Pacific Affairs has always been a scholarly journal with a policy orientation, originating as the academic research vehicle for the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR) in the 1920s. Beginning in 1926 as the News Bulletin of the IPR, in May 1928 it became Pacific Affairs and has published continuously since then. During the first two decades of the journal, prominent policy concerns were addressed in shorter essays, particularly the “Notes and Comments” section in each issue, as well as in our trademark monograph articles. In the 1950s the balance shifted as the journal moved away from policy debates to concentrate on full-length academic essays and reviews. “Notes and Comments” made very few appearances over the 1960s and ceased by the mid-70s.
In Winter 2006 (Vol. 70. No.4), we revived the earlier practice of publishing divergent perspectives on contemporary policy issues (the samples can be viewed on the Submissions page under the yellow Sample Articles button near the top). The new “Perspectives” section will present opinion pieces that aim to bridge academic and policy circles. Our goal is to provide more light than heat, that is clear, concise, and in-depth reasoning as opposed to sabre rattling and inflammatory rhetoric, to suggest fresh, reasoned perspectives and to challenge ourselves to reconsider cherished “truths” without excessive emotional baggage. We hope such essays will complement our, longer, more empirical articles.
We invite proposals for single pieces, or a set of two countering perspectives on issues of salience and relevance to contemporary Asia and the Pacific. We also welcome suggestions for topics related to contemporary policy that would benefit from energized but reasoned debate. In the case of single paper submission, we would find a contributor who would write a piece that would serve to highlight a different perspective from the original piece. Each paper should be no more than 4,000 words including the notes, and should follow the Submissions Guide, Style Guide, and Romanization Guide. Perspectives articles will be subject to double-blind reviews as is the practice for our regular articles.
Please specify in your cover letter/email that you are proposing or submitting a piece that would fit the category of Perspectives rather than regular articles.