The SAIS Review is a journal of international affairs published in print twice annually and digitally on a rolling basis by the Johns Hopkins University Press for the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The editors welcome articles, book and documentary reviews, photo essays, and interviews with foreign policy experts and professionals. The SAIS Review makes no effort to exact an editorial consensus. All inquiries should be directed to:

The Editors
The SAIS Review
of International Affairs
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-2213

Web Article Submissions

The online edition of the SAIS Review accepts submissions on a rolling basis. We publish essays and reviews of recent books/documentaries. We do not publish pieces in an op-ed format.

We encourage fresh, research-backed perspectives on current foreign policy issues. We are looking to publish pieces that offer new insights, highlight emerging trends, examine underexplored topics, and will enrich our readers’ understanding of international affairs. The SAIS Review welcomes submissions from writers across all levels of academic and professional foreign policy experience.

To submit to the online edition, send your article as an attachment to with the subject line “Web Article Submission” along with a brief author bio.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Web publications are usually between 1,000-3,000 words, though we do not have strict upper or lower word limits. More in-depth essays or research papers that warrant a higher word count are welcome.
  • Our online edition uses in-text hyperlink citations with a Works Cited list at the end of the article with works listed in order of appearance in Chicago Style. (We make exceptions to this format if an essay extensively uses sources that cannot be linked to, such as information acquired from interviews and field research.)
  • Our publication aims to dive deep into policy questions while being accessible for the average reader familiar with foreign affairs. Authors should avoid jargon, define terminology, and provide the necessary background and context for a non-expert to understand their argument.
  • We accept pieces dealing with historical events, but they should be relevant to a current issue, pertain to an ongoing historical debate, offer a novel perspective, or make use of newly uncovered or rarely used primary sources.
  • Please allow up to two weeks for a decision on publication after your draft has been submitted.

Fall 2023 Print Edition

The SAIS Review of International Affairs is accepting submissions for our Fall 2023 Print Edition, “Water Wars”.

Our Fall 2023 issue will explore how diplomatic relations can be impacted by disputes over water management, water law, and maritime politics. This issue seeks to explore questions such as the following: How do water rights impact the creation and implementation of countries’ foreign policy? How can international institutions prevent conflict between nations over the accessibility, ownership, and use of water? How will water affect political trends in the regions most affected by climate change and resource degradation?

Policymakers, professionals, academics, and activists with expertise may submit to Abstracts are due August 22, 2023 and manuscripts are due September 11, 2023. See submission guidelines below.

Print Edition Submission Guidelines

The SAIS Review welcomes print edition submissions that relate to the theme specified on the current Call for Submissions linked above. Manuscript length should range from twenty to twenty-five pages (4,000 to 7,000 words), including introduction, text, conclusion, tables, figure captions/legends, and footnotes. Please include subheadings to highlight substantive divisions within the article. The SAIS Review will rely on the author to verify facts within the text. On a separate sheet please include an author identification as you would like it to appear at the foot of the title page. Please supply an abstract of 100 or fewer words with your paper. Please format the manuscript as follows:

  • Submit as a double-spaced Microsoft Word document.
  • Use 1-inch margins.
  • Place all citations in endnotes.
  • Number all pages, including endnotes.
  • Figures, including photos, illustrations, charts, and graphs may be submitted, separately, as .tiffs or high-quality .jpgs of at least 300 dpi. Make note of the positions of all figures in the manuscript.

For citations, please follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary (Unabridged). The editorial process focuses on organization, flow, clarity, and consistency but also reviews grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style. All publications use American Spelling, except where other spellings appear in proper nouns, quotations, and the like. The SAIS Review aims to strike a balance between varying levels of knowledge among the journal’s readership.

After your article has been edited, you will receive a printout for approval and any necessary clarifications or updates. If you would like reprints of your article, please contact The SAIS Review before the date of publication.