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Columbia | SIPA Journal of International Affairs JIA is the oldest university-affiliated periodical on foreign affairs. The Journal of International Affairs is a leading foreign affairs periodical published by the students at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

The Journal has earned worldwide recognition for its unique, single-topic format and for framing heated debates in international affairs for over fifty years. Its contributors are drawn from a diverse group of academics and practitioners and have included:

• Konrad Adenauer
• Hannah Arendt
• Raymond Aron
• Jagdish Bhagwati,
• Boutros Boutros-Ghali
• W***y Brandt
• Zbigniew Brzezinski
• Domingo Ca

The Journal has earned worldwide recognition for its unique, single-topic format and for framing heated debates in international affairs for over fifty years. Its contributors are drawn from a diverse group of academics and practitioners and have included:

• Konrad Adenauer
• Hannah Arendt
• Raymond Aron
• Jagdish Bhagwati,
• Boutros Boutros-Ghali
• W***y Brandt
• Zbigniew Brzezinski
• Domingo Ca

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Episode 4 with Jason Healey is out now! Listen in to learn about the history of cyber conflict and learn what the future...
03/29/2022

Episode 4 with Jason Healey is out now! Listen in to learn about the history of cyber conflict and learn what the future holds in this evolving domain.

"Current negotiations — not least a series of urgent dashes to Russia and Ukraine by European leaders — increasingly app...
02/11/2022

"Current negotiations — not least a series of urgent dashes to Russia and Ukraine by European leaders — increasingly appear to be desperate, final rolls of the diplomatic dice."

Our second newsletter of 2022 is out! Read and subscribe here: https://mailchi.mp/e15f5c9b51fe/get-me-moscow

"New York has the opportunity to be a model global city," writes the Ford Foundation's Christian Loubeau, U.S. diplomat ...
01/25/2022
New York City’s Role as an International Leader Advancing Equity

"New York has the opportunity to be a model global city," writes the Ford Foundation's Christian Loubeau, U.S. diplomat and SIPA alumnus. Exploring how NYC's soft power can wield diplomatic influence, he suggests ways in which "city government can promote international municipal-level cooperation on critical transnational issues."

https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/new-york-citys-role-international-leader-advancing-equity

C40 Cities
Local Progress
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Open Society Foundations
Mayor's Office of Trade and International Affairs
International Domestic Workers Federation

New York has the opportunity to be a model global city, advancing equity internationally through smart public policies and partnerships. Cultural differences and varied constituencies can make it difficult to coordinate global public policy changes, but annual voluntary local reviews can ensure a le...

A bumper newsletter to kick off 2022! We have taken a look at the year ahead, both for JIA and the field of internationa...
01/25/2022

A bumper newsletter to kick off 2022!

We have taken a look at the year ahead, both for JIA and the field of international affairs. There's also updates on our forthcoming print issue, our ongoing call for papers, and the next series of the ABROADcast podcast.

You can read, subscribe, and get in touch here - https://mailchi.mp/255e036948fe/jia-looks-back-on-6585421

As we embark on the Journal's 75th anniversary year, we're delighted to be re-launching our bimonthly newsletter to brin...
12/07/2021
Welcome Back from JIA

As we embark on the Journal's 75th anniversary year, we're delighted to be re-launching our bimonthly newsletter to bring our JIA community together in celebration. We’ll be delving back into our outstanding archives, from Jimmy Carter to Hannah Arendt, while championing the work of the JIA community as it sets about the challenge of shaping the years ahead. In that vein, we’ll also be using this newsletter to bring you insights from the remarkable JIA team and the areas of interest they’re exploring here at Columbia.

You can read today's newsletter here -> https://mailchi.mp/0c9b1ff25b21/jia-december-newsletter!

Please do read, subscribe, and let us know what you think!

It is a pleasure to be bringing this newly refreshed Journal of International Affairs newsletter to your inboxes. My name is Alex Urwin - I’m a current Master’s student at Columbia, on an early career break from the UK Government and my most recent role in Number 10 - and I’ll be editing the n...

Hydrogen has the potential to cause major disruptions in our existing energy infrastructure, trade relations, supply cha...
02/04/2021
Hydrogen: Expectations for Future Energy Relations

Hydrogen has the potential to cause major disruptions in our existing energy infrastructure, trade relations, supply chains, and climate strategies.

If you want to know more about the future of hydrogen and its far-reaching geopolitical effects, read our latest piece by Delft University of Technology's Ben Riemersma and Daniel Scholten.

https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/hydrogen-expectations-future-energy-relations

Hydrogen is increasing in importance as a greener alternative to fossil fuel energy sources.

On January 22, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will go into effect and will impact the global nuclear ...
01/15/2021
How the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Impacts the United States, and Why the United States Must Embrace its Entry into Force

On January 22, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will go into effect and will impact the global nuclear security dynamic. Alicia Sanders-Zakre and Seth Shelden of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) argue in our latest JIA article that the United States must pivot their previous opposition to the #TPNW to respond to a new political dynamic.

The United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will enter into force on January 22, 2021, two days following the inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

The EU has taken a major step towards addressing rule of law violations by publishing their first annual Rule of Law Rep...
12/28/2020
The Rule of Law Report: A story of preemption, political symbolism and dialogue in the European Union

The EU has taken a major step towards addressing rule of law violations by publishing their first annual Rule of Law Report. Read more about this development in our latest piece by Vasiliki Poula and Eponine Howarth. https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/rule-law-report-story-preemption-political-symbolism-and-dialogue-european-union

In September, the European Commission released its first Rule of Law Report. While the Report cannot be expected to single-handedly change the rule of law landscape of the European Union, it is a promising effort to monitor and react to rule of law violations. Most importantly, its release should be...

In Sri Lanka, high levels of militarization are hindering its citizens’ economic and social development. Particularly in...
12/09/2020
Strategic Demilitarization in Sri Lanka: Paradoxes and Trajectories

In Sri Lanka, high levels of militarization are hindering its citizens’ economic and social development. Particularly in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the Rajapaksa government should reconsider its military strategy. Learn more in our latest piece by Nathasha Fernando. https://t.co/xOKiuh4CRA?amp=1

Military land-grabs and military-owned businesses have perverted the development-security nexus in Sri Lanka.

In our newest article, Dr. Lev Topor takes a deep dive into the world of mis/disinformation in the time of COVID-19. He ...
09/10/2020
Lessons From the Pandemic: Why Global Powers Spread Conspiracies

In our newest article, Dr. Lev Topor takes a deep dive into the world of mis/disinformation in the time of COVID-19. He analyzes the motivations and goals of major global powers as they wage information warfare.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/LessonsFromthePandemic

Following the Coronavirus pandemic related conspiracy theories emerged. Global powers began shaping the pandemic narrative, fending off blame and associating it with others. Some did it for domestic control, others to undermine their global adversaries.

Kimberly Kim, the author of our latest argument ponders if the Olympics can continue to serve as an institution of peace...
08/29/2020
The Olympics Can’t Bring World Peace and We Know It

Kimberly Kim, the author of our latest argument ponders if the Olympics can continue to serve as an institution of peace, in the context of COVID-19, the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and divergent political interests among nations.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/olympics-can%E2%80%99t-bring-world-peace-and-we-know-it

Olympic years have held a salient place in history, for during the celebration of the Olympic Games, participating city states (in the

The authors of our latest argument offer recommendations for regulating noise and water pollution from a U.S. military b...
08/23/2020
Protecting the Dugong: Regulating U.S. Military Bases in Japan

The authors of our latest argument offer recommendations for regulating noise and water pollution from a U.S. military base in Okinawa, in order to avoid dugong population fragmentation, habitat changes and travel route disruption.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/protecting-dugong-regulating-us-military-bases-japan

There has been constant conflict in the Okinawa Island of Japan regarding the construction of a new U.S. Military Base. The underlying reason for said conflict has been an environmental concern—the waters surrounding the proposed site for the base are home to the endangered Okinawa dugong, a manat...

In commemoration of this year's World Humanitarian Day, the Journal of International Affairs reviews a noteworthy book t...
08/19/2020
A New Ethics of Professionalism in the Humanitarian sector: A Review of "Necessary Risks" by Abby Stoddard

In commemoration of this year's World Humanitarian Day, the Journal of International Affairs reviews a noteworthy book titled "Necessary Risks" by Abby Stoddard, which encapuslates over a decade's worth of research in the field of humanitarian operational security practice.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/new-ethics-professionalism-humanitarian-sector-review-necessary-risks-abby-stoddard

In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalized the 19th of August as World Humanitarian Day (WHD), in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 humanitarian workers, including the UN's chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

08/07/2020

A reminder on today's priority deadline for the Cordier essay contest, and the 31 Aug (extended) deadline for the GPPN essay contest. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

In our newest arguments essay, Alexander Peter and Alistair Somerville explain why leading multilateral initiatives is t...
08/06/2020
Unilateralism Won’t Help Global Britain

In our newest arguments essay, Alexander Peter and Alistair Somerville explain why leading multilateral initiatives is the best chance for the UK to achieve its "Global Britain" Strategy.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/unilateralism-wont-help-global-britain

As post-Brexit Britain seeks to redefine its foreign policy, the country has taken a strong stand to condemn human rights’ violations and reject Chinese 5G technology. While a step in the right direction, the UK missed the opportunity to lead a coordinated multilateral response.

"Fantastical notions of invisibility cloaks and shields are no longer fantastical". In our latest feature, Nilanthan Nir...
07/28/2020
Invisibility Cloaks and their Potential Impact on Global Security

"Fantastical notions of invisibility cloaks and shields are no longer fantastical". In our latest feature, Nilanthan Niruthan analyzes the implications of new invisibility technology on global security, particularly asymmetric warfare.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/invisibility-cloaks-and-their-potential-impact-global-security

Invisibility is no longer a mere trope of fantasy and science fiction; it is a tangible area of research that many companies around the world are pouring vast resources into. This article seeks to trace the evolution of invisibility technology from a literary staple into a real-world innovation.

Our latest feature by Lokendra Sharma and Pratima Yadav outlines India's newfound influence in the regulation of the glo...
07/11/2020
India and the Multilateral Export Control Regimes (MECRs): From Apartheid to Active Engagement

Our latest feature by Lokendra Sharma and Pratima Yadav outlines India's newfound influence in the regulation of the global arms trade and in the prevention of proliferation of nuclear weapons, through its membership in four multilateral export control regimes (MECRs).
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/india-and-multilateral-export-control-regimes-mecrs-apartheid-active-engagement

India was denied membership to an exclusive grouping of states called the

Our latest feature by Ruchir Joshi and Esha Joshi confronts the issue of persecution of the rights of religious minoriti...
07/07/2020
COVID-19: A Catalyst for Minority Exploitation in Pakistan

Our latest feature by Ruchir Joshi and Esha Joshi confronts the issue of persecution of the rights of religious minorities in Pakistan, which has been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/covid-19-catalyst-minority-exploitation-pakistan

Pakistan has a notorious and well-documented history of disrespecting the rights of religious minorities and enabling their rampant persecution. During a crisis like COVID-19, it is especially important for a country to prioritize the health and well-being of all its citizens.

06/15/2020

Deadline Extended: We are looking for two Senior Editors for Print, one Assistant Editor for Digital, and a Production Director to join the new editorial board in the summer of 2020. Apply by Friday, 19 June 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/recruitment

JIA is hiring! We are looking for two Senior Editors for Print, one Assistant Editor for Digital, and a Production Direc...
06/02/2020
Recruitment

JIA is hiring! We are looking for two Senior Editors for Print, one Assistant Editor for Digital, and a Production Director to join the new editorial board in the summer of 2020. Apply by 14 June 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/recruitment

The Columbia University Journal of International Affairs, established in 1947, is the School of International and Public Affairs' flagship academic publication. Our Editorial Board is entirely student run and we produce and publish two single-theme issues every year. Past issues have featured Nobel....

Our latest feature by Don McLain Gill and Joshua Espeña outlines strategies for the United States to use sea power to in...
06/02/2020
A Mahanian Vision for the Post-COVID Era: Challenges and a Way Forward

Our latest feature by Don McLain Gill and Joshua Espeña outlines strategies for the United States to use sea power to influence world affairs in the post-COVID era.

https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/mahanian-vision-post-covid-era-challenges-and-way-forward

Alfred Thayer Mahan was an evangelist of sea power in the study of geopolitics. The essence of his vision was that sea power serves as the crux for the United States (U.S.) to control and influence world affairs. Today, three factors challenge his assertion: the rise of China, Trump’s unstable and...

Our latest features essay from Vindu Mai Chotani and Gayathri Iyer argues that as the American-led order in Asia arguabl...
05/22/2020
Re-envisioning the Future of Asian Regionalism in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Our latest features essay from Vindu Mai Chotani and Gayathri Iyer argues that as the American-led order in Asia arguably falters, instead of China rushing to fill the post COVID-19 vacuum, it is Asia’s middle powers, in particular Japan and India, that should endeavor to envision and shape a new order led by Asian regionalism.

https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/re-envisioning-future-asian-regionalism-post-covid-19-era

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that global health crises are geopolitical events with far-reaching and long-lasting effects across the globe. It creates prodigious disruptions across economic, security, and social sectors, with spillover effects through trade, financial linkages, and tourism,....

Our latest arguments essay from Vasabjit Banerjee and Marisa Laudadio illustrates how the COVID-19 outbreak is making Br...
05/21/2020
Praetorians in the time of Pandemic: Militaries in Latin American Populist Regimes

Our latest arguments essay from Vasabjit Banerjee and Marisa Laudadio illustrates how the COVID-19 outbreak is making Brazil, Mexico, and El Salvador increasingly vulnerable to military interference in politics.

https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/praetorians-time-pandemic-militaries-latin-american-populist-regimes

As the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads across Latin America, civilian leaders are asking the region’s militaries to

Our newest article by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak takes a look at how the Philippines has fared in enhancing its trade facil...
05/20/2020
Enhancing Trade Facilitation through ICT: Progress and Roadblocks for the Philippines

Our newest article by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak takes a look at how the Philippines has fared in enhancing its trade facilitation since the government's ratification of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in October 2016.

https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/enhancing-trade-facilitation-through-ict-progress-and-roadblocks-philippines

In October 2016, the Philippine government reaffirmed its commitment to advancing cross-border trade by

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“Standing with those engaged in the struggle for freedom and democratic values against authoritarian regimes worldwide must remain a frontline U.S. foreign policy priority.” International Republican Institute (IRI) Board Member Marco Rubio in the Columbia | SIPA Journal of International Affairs on why U.S. silence and inaction signals to dictators that they can strip away their citizens’ freedoms with impunity. https://bit.ly/2Vj1jx1
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Grassroots women are powerful agents for peace when we choose to mobilize and stand together. Columbia | SIPA Journal of International Affairs published my reflections on the Liberian women's peace movement and our actions to build peace for Liberia. https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/when-women-stand-together-one-power-womens-grassroots-peace-movements
I’m Margarita Martinez, a 98’ SIPA alum and award-winning Colombian documentary filmmaker. For five years I have been documenting the Colombian peace negotiations, from Havana, from Bogotá, from guerrilla zones, building the information necessary to understand this unique and transformative process. We need your help to finish the post-production. Please, share and/or donate https://vaki.co/vaki/LaNegociacionDocumental. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/281369460