About 2020–2021


Founded in 1956 as an alumni letter for The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)The SAIS Review of International Affairs became a full-fledged academic journal in 1981. Since then, The SAIS Review has consistently been recognized as one of the leading publications in foreign affairs.

As a program straddling the worlds of policy and academia, SAIS has specialized in developing knowledge and translating it into practical implementation. The SAIS Review has played an integral role in this process, publishing the works, thoughts, and recommendations of some of the world’s most influential academics and policymakers. Writings from policymakers including 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.

Since 1981, diverse and talented SAIS graduate students have served as the journal’s editorial board. The SAIS Review is the premier publication of the Foreign Policy Institute, and several of the Institute’s senior fellows serve on the journal’s Advisory Board.

Print Journal

The SAIS Review of International Affairs is dedicated to advancing the debate on leading contemporary issues in world affairs. Seeking to bring a fresh and policy-relevant perspective to global political, economic, and security questions, The SAIS Review publishes essays that bridge the boundary between scholarly inquiry and practical experience.

Each issue of The SAIS Review examines contemporary issues in international affairs through the aperture of a particular issue theme. Past issues have included:

  • Migration and its Consequences (Summer-Fall 2017)
  • “Here Be Dragons”: Ungoverned Spaces on Land and at Sea (Winter-Spring 2016)
  • Flying the Flag: Considering Nationalism in its Modern Incarnations (Summer-Fall 2015)
  • Policy by Numbers: How Big Data is Transforming Security, Governance, and Development (Winter-Spring 2014)
  • The Politics of Play: Sport and International Affairs (Winter-Spring 2011)

We are currently accepting submissions for our Spring 2021 Issue, Who Runs the World: A Look at Gender in International Affairs. For more information, please see our Call for Submissions.

The SAIS Review print journal is published twice yearly by the Johns Hopkins University Press with the support of the Foreign Policy Institute, a research center of The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


The online edition of the SAIS Review publishes articles across a broad spectrum of issue areas, striving to balance broad accessibility with a nuanced exploration of policy issues. The SAIS Review website expands upon the decades of excellence established by our print journal, offering a complementary forum for the exploration of international relations and economics.

The website follows current events and changes across the globe, tracks developments in research and thought, and provides insight into the global policymaking community. Contributors to the website come from a wide array of backgrounds and include current SAIS students and professors, accomplished academics, veteran policymakers, and global leaders in the public and private sectors.

Articles are published on the website twice per month, alongside editors’ updates, interviews, and other semi-regular content. Web article submissions are reviewed weekly, with decisions offered between one and two weeks following submission.

The website was first launched in March 2012 and was redesigned over the summer of 2018. The website runs on the free and open source WordPress platform.


The SAIS Review website and its content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, which permits non-commercial re-use of SAIS Review blog content when proper attribution is provided. For more details read the page on the Creative Commons website. Some content on this site may be owned or co-owned by third parties and may have additional copyright restrictions, especially photos, so we will do our best to label such content. In addition, please note that this copyright information does not include content from The SAIS Review journal itself that is printed by The Johns Hopkins University Press.