Mission and History

The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs is the official publication of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs was founded to serve as an academic resource for scholars, business leaders, policy makers, and students of international relations alike, cultivating a dialogue accessible to those with all levels of knowledge about foreign affairs and international politics. We are committed to providing our readership with high caliber content, and in the process present a diverse array of literature penned by some of the most influential names in the field that bridges the gap left between the work done by news outlets and that done by more traditional academic journals.

The Journal strives to continue to expand both the quality and scope of its offerings. We currently offer the following content to our readership:

  • A semi-annual, peer reviewed print publication released for sale on January 15 and June 15 of each year. These issues feature a Forum offering unique, focused analysis of key issues as well as nine regular sections: Books, Business & Economics, Conflict & Security, Culture & Society, Law & Ethics, A Look Back, Politics & Diplomacy, Science & Technology, and View from the Ground.
  • Free daily content released online. In addition to analysis and research on ‘hot-topics’ in international affairs, we also supply our readership with in-depth scholarship in five thematic sections: Faith & Freedom, Growth at Grassroots, Human Rights & Dignity, Markets in Motion, and Matters Military.
  • Free weekly interviews with leading practitioners and scholars in the field through our online Five Minutes with an Expert feature.
  • Annual peer reviewed ‘special editions’ that feature collected academic analysis on rapidly changing domains within the arena of international affairs. Special issues currently on offer include our International Engagement on Cyber (October 15 release) series.


The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs was conceived in 1998 to complement the university’s international affairs program. The first issue of the Journal was published in the spring of 2000. Since then, the Journal has established a unique identity and global reputation.

Widely recognized and distributed internationally, the Journal is in continuous expansion. The Journal is currently distributed in over 300 retail outlets in the United States and to subscribers worldwide. Our core readership is comprised of international affairs professionals, think tanks, embassies, and university libraries around the world.

Additionally, the Journal is indexed in major academic hosting services, such as Columbia International Affairs Online, ProQuest, Hein Online, Thomson Gale, and the Public Affairs Information Service. Our articles are regularly excerpted by the Chronicle of Higher Education and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Executive Digest and frequently used in classrooms from Harvard, Princeton, and Georgetown Universities to the National Defense University.

In 2014, the Journal officially entered into a partnership with Georgetown University Press in order to collaborate on growing the reach and potential of the publication.