Why did Columbia reject the peace deal? Do referendums work?

Key issues:

  • Do referendums work? What is the purpose of a referendum?
  • Was the referendum rigged in Columbia? Or did the population reject the deal?
  • Was it influenced by those who were not affected by conflict?
  • Potential comparison to other referendums, e.g. Brexit, concerning media coverage and weak campaigns and how this influences a referendum outcome.
  • 50.24% of those who went to the polls said ‘No’ to the deal – with such a small margin, should the referendum result be implemented?

What is the economic impact of the US election?

Key issues:

  • We welcome papers that consider a broad range of implications or a specific economic impact, e.g. healthcare, foreign policy.
  • Select an angle, e.g. aid, trade, policy diffusion.
  • Role of IMF and World Bank if Donald Trump succeeds – if Trump wins, will they follow his guidance or become detached from US influence?
  • Will the US still hold power of international institutions? Will it remain an international superpower?
  • Feminist angle – three of the most powerful women are currently in leadership roles.

What is the future of Angola post-commodity boom? How will they sustain growth and development without FDI from China?

Key issues:

  • There has been little or no FDI from China to Angola since 2014.
  • Only the media is covering the debt issue Angola now faces in repaying loans – there are few publications or research.
  • How will Angola repay loans post-commodity boom?
  • Will they need to cooperate with IMF to find a method of financing?
  • How will the economy diversify while still depending on China as a source of exports?

Deadline for proposals: Submit your 200-word abstract by Monday 7th November 2016 in Word format to

Abstracts will be reviewed by IDJ’s Board of Editors during the week of 7th November. The editors will provide their decision by the 14th and would then ask for full submissions (articles of 2,000 words, including referencing) to be submitted by 1st December.