10 year Special Edition



Conjuntura Austral, 10 years: 

Assessments on the last decade and Perspectives on the next ten years in the Global South


Conjuntura Austral: Journal of the Global South was created in 2010, as the result of an ambitious project for disseminating scientific knowledge that is produced within developing countries and that is concerned primarily with their issues. This reflected not only the consolidation and strength of International Relations as a field of study within the Global South, but also the reality of transformations within the international arena. 

The first decade of the 2000s ended quite differently than how the 21st century began. The period was marked by the consolidation of an increasingly multipolar reality in international relations, which had as some of its important catalysts: the Global War on Terror since the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the profound international financial crisis of 2008. This emergent multipolar world order was also brought about by the erosion of United States (U.S.) global leadership, and most importantly by the rise of “emerging powers,” primarily driven by China. In this context, the formalization of the BRICS group in 2009 - initially formed by Brazil, Russia, India, and China, and later joined by South Africa - gave a clear sign of the growing power and prominence of these actors within world affairs. That fact became even more evident after the outbreak of the 2008 crisis, when emerging powers played an important role in initiatives to stabilize the global economy. This process led to an increase also in their participation and power within global financial institutions, such as the IMF and the World Bank. It was the Global South emerging countries moment.

Over the first ten years of Conjuntura Austral's existence, however, international relations continued to undergo important changes. During this period, some emerging powers (such as Brazil and South Africa) saw their strength significantly diminish, experiencing important internal political and economic crises. Regional integration processes also have been weakened, for example the dismantling of UNASUR in Latin America. As a reaction to the transformations that marked the previous decade, there has been a shift in international relations towards conservatism and isolationism. This change was central to the restrengthening of an exacerbated nationalism in several countries, resulting in a threat to the multilateral character of the international order. Conjuntura Austral has followed these movements with an attentive eye to the circumstantial and structural changes that took place throughout the Global South.

The second decade of the 21st century, therefore, ends in a context marked precisely by the constant questioning of the multilateral character of the international order. These challenges have their origins, notably, in the country that was once the biggest sponsor of multilateralism: the U.S. Such a shift is apparent both in the U.S. trade war against China and in the attacks by this western power on the WTO and other international organizations. The third decade of the century begins with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives and closed borders, causing a sharp decline in global commerce. The full political consequences of the pandemic are also still to be seen.

In the light of this, for its 10 year anniversary editionConjuntura Austral would like to invite scholars to reflect on recent transformations within international relations and their implications for the Global South. The objective, hence, is to discuss not only the changes of the last ten years and their impacts, but also to make predictions about what we can expect over the next decade.


Below you will find Conjuntura Austral's Author Guidelines. Please stick to them as much as possible, as this will make the processes of blind-peer reviewing, diagramming, and editing the manuscripts for publication much easier and faster. The articles must be submitted no later than August 20 through the 'Online submission' section on our website, which can be accessed here.

In case you have any questions, the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Guilherme Ziebell, will be fully available to help you and can be reached by his e-mail (guilherme.ziebell@ufrgs.br). Please do not hesitate to contact him in case you need any assistance.


1. The 10 year anniversary editions papers must contain between 25,000 and 50,000 characters. This character count includes spaces, title, body text and footnotes; references are excluded however;

2. Contributions must be accompanied by: 3 key words; Title; Abstract in English between 150 and 250 words;

3. Contributions must be presented in a Word 97-2003 or greater document format, in Times New Roman font, size 12, spacing 1.5 between lines, without spacing between paragraphs; 

4. Footnotes are restricted to additional clarifications of the text, and should not contain bibliographic references;

5. Contributions must not contain any information about the author. The items full nametitleinstitutional affiliation - with the full name of the institution - and contact email must be inserted in the respective fields of the journal’s submission platform;

6. The completion by the authors of the article submission form in its totality is mandatory;

6.1 The article submission form must also be completed in English, which is possible through the language change option available at the top of the form;

6.2 The question of the submission form that reads URL must be filled in with the link to the author’s Lattes Curriculum, if they have one;

7. Articles with more than three authors will not be considered for evaluation, except in cases considered pertinent by the Editorial Committee;

8. Work by undergraduate students will not be accepted, even in the case of co-authorship;

9. Work by master’s degree students will only be accepted if accompanied by a co-author with a higher degree;

10. Contributions must be presented in a Word 97-2003 or greater document format, in Times New Roman font, size 12, spacing 1.5 between lines, without spacing between paragraphs; 

11. Footnotes are restricted to additional clarifications of the text, and should not contain bibliographic references;

12. Direct citations must follow the ABNT 10520/2002 standard formatting: up to three lines in the body of the text within quotation marks; greater than three lines with 4 cm indentation on the left side, single spacing and font size 10pt. Citations must be in the same language as the article. Thus, the translated version should be used to the body of the text, and in the footnote the original version of the quote;

13. References must be listed at the end of the text and must be restricted to only those actually cited in the article. The Chicago system (AUTHOR, date) must be strictly observed. References in footnotes will not be accepted.

Bibliographic references must be in alphabetical order by surname, and must appear at the end of the paper, following these formatting guidelines:

LAST NAME, Name. Book title: subtitle. City: Publisher, Year.

LAST NAME, Name; LAST NAME, Name. Title of Chapter/Article. In: SURNAME, Name; Last name. Book title: book subtitle. Chapter X, p. xx-xx. City: Publisher, Year. 

LAST NAME, Name. Title of Article. Name of the Journal. City of the journal, v.X, n.X, p. xx-xx, Year. Available at: <Link to article>. Access in day month year.

LAST NAME, Name. Title of academic thesis: subtitle. Doctoral Thesis in (field), University, Year, (number of pages) p.

LAST NAME, Name. Newspaper / magazine headline. Name of the newspaper / magazine. City, day, month. year (from news publication). Available at: <link to news>. Access in day month. year.

14. In case of doubts regarding the format of bibliographic references, please contact our team;

15. Manuscripts submitted to CONJUNTURA AUSTRAL must not contain jargon and must be written clearly and concisely. Non-discriminatory and scientific language are mandatory, and racist, sexist or any other terms that express or connote any form of prejudice will not be tolerated;

16. Only contributions that are in accordance with the standards established by the journal will be forwarded for peer evaluation.