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. Policymakers such 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.

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, we publishes essays that bridge the boundary between scholarly inquiry and practical experience. Each issue of examines contemporary issues in international affairs through the aperture of a particular issue theme.

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 SAIS.

Online Edition

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

Articles are published on a rolling basis. Web article submissions are reviewed weekly, with decisions offered between one and two weeks following submission. For more information, see our Submissions page. The website first launched in March 2012. Since then, it has undergone three redesigns: Summer 2018, Summer 2020, and Fall 2023. The website runs on the WordPress platform.


The Looking Glass is the premier international relations podcast by The SAIS Review with support from The Foreign Policy Institute. Showcasing fresh, policy-relevant perspectives from professional and student experts, The Looking Glass is dedicated to advancing the debate on leading contemporary issues in world affairs. SAISer Kosi Ogbuli, this cycle’s senior editor, won’t be the only voice you hear! Join us as we reflect on foreign policy and peer into its future.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are the speakers’ own, and they do not represent the views or opinions of The SAIS Review of International Affairs, its Editorial Board, or its Advisory Board; the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute; SAIS; or The Johns Hopkins University.


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