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The SAIS Review Continues Its Tradition of Engagement

Posted: March 1, 2012 at 2:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The SAIS Review of International Affairs, the academic journal of The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), has long sought to provide a forum for fresh insight and discussion of some of the most pressing and significant issues in international relations, economics, and policy. Now with the launch of the SAIS Review blog and website, it hopes to continue this mission, reaching new audiences and playing a greater role in the development of the community of ideas.

As an academic program that has found a comfortable niche nestled between the worlds of academia and policy, SAIS has a long history of developing knowledge and translating it into practical implementation. The SAIS Review of International Affairs has played an integral role in the process, publishing the works, thoughts, recommendations, and observations of some of the most influential academics and policymakers. Writings from such luminaries as Madeleine AlbrightGeorge H.W. BushAl Gore Jr.Richard HolbrookePaul WolfowitzBill RichardsonPaul H. Nitze, and Joe Biden and scholars such as Hernando de SotoMax CordenOlivier RoyPiero GleijesesNassim Taleb, and Michael Mandelbaum have appeared in the journal.

The SAIS Review website strives to expand upon the decades of excellence in our print journal to offer a new, but complementary, forum for the exploration of international relations and economics. The articles and posts online will be shorter and less formal, yet still delve into the intricacies and nuances of the policy issues that have come to define SAIS Review discussions. We will follow current events and changes across the globe, track developments in research and thought, and provide insight into policy and politics. We will rely upon the extensive network and knowledge-base that has made SAIS a leader in the field.

Our authors will come from a wide array of backgrounds: from students submerged in the thick of academic studies, to academics who have researched the finer points in their areas of expertise, from policymakers seasoned with experience abroad or in the field, to global leaders in the private and public sectors. Our aim, like in the print journal, is to provide a surfeit of perspectives, opinions, and ideas, from which our readers can gain new insights into the increasingly important worlds of international relations and economics.

However, the blog endeavors to be more than a unidirectional source of information, but an interactive forum for our community, where authors and readers can engage each other. Unlike journal articles, blogs strive to be more immediate and precise. They will offer quick thoughts, commentary, or observation. They demand response and dialogue. We are looking to create a discussion and discourse where readers are unafraid to ask questions, challenge assumptions or express their own viewpoint. Each author’s writings express his or her own opinions, experiences, or views and we hope that they will inspire others to offer their own insights.

The website is also linked to our print journal. It provides information on past issues, subscriptions, submissions and our editorial staff. There is also information on speaker-series and other events held by the SAIS Review.

This project has been in development for over a year and will continue to evolve. Many people have played an integral role in developing the website. We are deeply indebted to the assistance from our advisory board, authors, and particularly our editorial staff. A special thanks must go out to Chris Hunter, SAIS’s Web Strategy Administrator, and especially, Michael Carbone, the SAIS Review’s webmaster and the brains behind the site design. We, in the spirit of this website, welcome any feedback, thoughts, or commentary. We are always looking for suggestions, ideas, new content, and guest bloggers. If you would like to reach out please send an email to

Written by Josh Grundleger

Josh Grundleger is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the SAIS Review of International Affairs. He is a second year graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he is studying American Foreign Policy, Global Theory and History, and International Economics. He is also an author on

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