ADA University is pleased to announce the forthcoming re-launch of its flagship English-language quarterly policy journal Baku Dialogues.
Starting in September 2020, Baku Dialogues will be subtitled “Policy Perspectives on the Silk Road Region.” This choice reflects our intention to (i) broadly cover topics of geopolitical relevance to the overlapping set of regions to which Azerbaijan belongs whilst also (ii) focusing on contemporary cross-cutting issues that impact on the international position of what we view as one of the few keystone regions of global affairs, ranging from energy politics and infrastructure security to economic development and cultural heritage.
Both in our print and online editions, Baku Dialogues will remain an independent policy journal whose primary editorial guideline for considering manuscript submissions is driven by the following consideration: that our region is and will remain an important seam of international relations, continuing to serve as (i) a significant political and economic crossroads between various geographies; (ii) an important intercessor between major powers; and (iii) an unavoidable gateway between different blocks of states, regional associations, and civilizational groupings.
Physical and electronic copies of each edition of Baku Dialogues will be distributed widely and free of charge across a plethora of channels and platforms to an influential audience of national, regional, and international policymakers, diplomats, officials, legislators, commentators, thought leaders, journalists, business executives, think-tankers, academics, scholars, and students — all those who in one way or another pay attention to issues of consequence affecting the trajectory of our region.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Baku Dialogues invites non-technical, intellectually rigorous submissions from around the world by smart and knowledgeable policymakers, commentators, researchers, academics, and other scholars, analysts, and practitioners whose original and well-argued views, lucidly and elegantly presented, can contribute to a deeper understanding of the issues that will shape the destiny of this part of the world in the twenty-first century—be they understood as political, diplomatic, security, economic, social, environmental, or developmental more broadly. Interdisciplinary, holistic approaches are encouraged.
Our overarching goal is to foster honest, provocative, yet respectful debate between and amongst our authors and readers in line with our ambition to ensure Baku Dialogues becomes one of the world’s most trusted sources for thoughtful insight on matters having to do with one of the few keystone regions of global affairs.
At its discretion, Baku Dialogues is prepared to offer a modest honorarium to authors whose submissions are accepted for publication.
Please direct submissions to Baku-Dialogues@ada.edu.az whilst bearing in mind the Submission Guidelines outlined below.
We expect all of the essays we publish in Baku Dialogues to be between 3,500 and 6,500 words in length. Aa policy journal, we forgo the use of footnotes and other trappings of formal academic scholarship like abstracts, keywords, bibliographies, and so on.
Manuscripts should be submitted in well-written American English with source notes for fact-checking purposes. Such works should be submitted by e-mail attachment and as .doc or .docx files only. The text should be formatted in the “Times New Roman” font, 12 point, 1.0-spaced, paragraphs well-defined, and (optional) sub-headings clearly indicated.
Please put “Submission” in the subject line and include your contact information in the body of the email. Please also include a short two to three sentence biography at the end of your submitted manuscript. All emails will be answered within two weeks. During this period, we insist on exclusivity: authors should not, under any circumstances, “shop around” their manuscript.
The deadline for submitting manuscripts to be considered for publication in the inaugural re-launch issue is June 30th, 2020. Each subsequent deadline reflects our quarterly publication cycle, namely: September 30th, 2020, December 31st, 2020, March 31st, 2021, and so on.
Prospective authors may also contact the editors to propose essay ideas or concepts. Emails should be sent to the above address, with “Proposal” indicated in the subject line and contact information contained in the body of the email. All such inquiries will be answered promptly.
EDITORIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
We reiterate that Baku Dialogues is an independent policy journal. We are not a peer-reviewed academic or semi-academic journal. Submissions will be evaluated by our in-house editors led by Executive Vice Rector of ADA University Fariz Ismailzade, in conjunction with the Director of Policy Research and Publications of ADA University, Damjan Krnjević Mišković, and in consultation with the members of our Editorial Advisory Council.
Members of the Editorial Advisory Council of Baku Dialogues include:
Dr. Hafiz Pashayev, Rector of ADA University
Hikmet Çetin, former Speaker of Turkish Parliament and former Foreign Minister
Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor at Columbia University and Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Tedo Japaridze, former Georgian Foreign Minister
Sodyq Safoev, former Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan
Dr. Frederick Starr, Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Dr. Samad Seyidov, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee at the National Assembly of Azerbaijan
S. Enders Wimbush, President of StrateVarious
Nasimi Aghayev, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles