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17 J. Conflict Resol. 3 (1973)

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New Editors for an Old Journal


   Sixteen years ago, the Journal of Conflict Resolution was inaugurated
at the University of Michigan. The Journal's founders shortly thereafter
formed  the Center for Research on Conflict Resolution, which published
the Journal until the Center was disbanded in August 1971.' While many
of the scholars most closely associated with the Center and the journal
have remained  at Michigan, the journal's institutional home is now gone.
After  a  wide  search for potential new   editors and  publishers, the
responsible officers of the University of Michigan decided to transfer JCR
to a team composed  of an editorial group at Yale University and the Sage
Publishing Company.  The Editorial Board has since been reconstituted to
include a substantial number of scholars at Yale, several members of the
former  Board, and  wider national and  international representation. In
retaining members  of the  former Board,  we  identify our intention to
maintain continuity with the journal as it has developed over the years. To
help  us surmount  our  cultural and national biases we have  added an
International Advisory Board. These changes are effective with this issue,
though  here and in the next issue most of the articles were selected by the
previous editors.
   In the editors' original policy statement in 1957, they put forth two
reasons for initiating their enterprise: The first is that by far the most
important  practical problem  facing the human   race today  is that of
international relations-more specifically, the prevention of global war.
The  second is that if intellectual progress is to be made in this area, the
study  of  international relations must  be  made  an  interdisciplinary
enterprise, drawing its discourse from all the social sciences, and even
further. At  the  time, this combination   of beliefs was  rare. Most
international relations journals seemed hostile or at best indifferent to
interdisciplinary and especially quantitative research; some of the discipli-
nary journals were more open  on that score, but with all the substantive,
theoretical, and methodological  issues of their disciplines to consider,
could devote only a fraction of their space to international relations. Thus,

   1. See the statement by Kenneth Boulding in the September 1971 issue of this
journal.


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