The year 2025 marks the centennial of the death of Sun Yat-sen, the pivotal figure behind the 1911 Chinese Revolution and China’s inaugural President. The Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ) is proud to announce a special issue dedicated to examining the historical significance, enduring legacy, and contemporary relevance of both this revolutionary movement and Sun Yat-sen's visionary ideas.

Revolutions cannot be imagined independently from the impact of international politics and the interactions they have with each other, both indirect and direct. The awakening of Asia, which began with the revolutions in Russia in 1905, Iran in 1906, Turkey in 1908, and China in 1911, paved the way for a global wave of revolutionary movements centered around national-democratic and socialist movements throughout the 20th century. Specifically, in China, the end of a two-thousand-year monarchy with the 1911 revolution initiated a difficult journey towards independence and liberation for the Chinese people. This revolution spread the ideas of modernization and republicanism in China and was a precursor to revolutions in Russia in 1917, Turkey in 1923, and China in 1949. Under these circumstances, Asia’s awakening and modernization had a significant impact worldwide. This process plays a major role in shaping the current international political landscape even today.

Against this backdrop, BRIQ’s upcoming special issue, titled “The Centenary of Sun Yat-Sen’s Death: The 1911 Chinese Revolution and Sun Yat-Sen’s Enduring Legacy”, invites submissions on a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • The 1911 Revolution and Sun Yat-sen
  • Sun Yat-sen and the Chinese Revolution
  • The past and present of the Age of Revolutions in Asia
  • Comparative studies on the Age of Revolutions in Asia
  • Similarities between the 1911 Chinese Revolution and the Turkish Revolution
  • Revolution and modernization in Asia
  • Chinese and Turkish Modernization
  • Similarities between Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's Six Arrows and Sun Yat-sen's Three Principles of the People
  • Sun Yat-sen and the global revolutionary wave
  • National-democratic and socialist revolutions in the 20th and 21st centuries

We welcome paper submissions in English and Turkish, reflecting the diverse and global character of the legacy of the 1911 Revolution and Sun Yat-sen's ideas. To ensure accessibility and broader dissemination of accepted papers, all contributions selected for publication will be translated into English and Turkish. Authors are encouraged to submit their original research in any of the aforementioned languages, and the BRIQ will manage the translation process for the final published versions in the special issue.

Submission Guidelines

BRIQ (Belt & Road Initiative Quarterly) is a scholarly journal of international politics, economy, and culture. Belt and Road Initiative Quarterly (BRIQ) features a broad range of content, from academic articles to book reviews, review essays, interviews, news reports, and feature articles.

The Editorial Board can issue calls for papers for special issues and invite authors to contribute manuscripts; however, it also welcomes unsolicited submissions.

Submissions are invited in English or Turkish. All submissions are to include a short biography (150-word limit) and should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to . Articles or other content that have been previously published or are under review by other journals will not be considered for publication. BRIQ follows American Psychology Association style (6th edition, and uses American English spelling.

BRIQ uses a double-blind review process for all academic articles. Academic articles should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words in length, including abstracts, notes, references, and all other content. Please supply a cover page that includes complete author information, and a fully anonymized manuscript that also contains an abstract (200- word limit) and 5 keywords. Book reviews should not exceed 1,000 words; review essays covering two or more works can be up to 3,000 words. News reports consisting of brief analyses of news developments should not exceed 1,500 words; feature articles combining reporting and analysis can be up to 3,500 words. Please contact the Editorial Board for interview proposals.