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The Yale Journal of International Affairs (YJIA) is an annual print journal that seeks to bridge the gap between academia and the policy world. YJIA publishes articles, interviews, and op-eds by academic scholars, think tanks, policy practitioners, and advanced graduate students on international affairs topics with implications for policy. We look for bold, original arguments and thoughtful policy critiques.

Past contributors to the Yale Journal of International Affairs include: Francis Gavin, Robert Jervis, John M. Owen IV, Marc Trachtenberg, Stephen M. Walt, David Cohen, Alexander Evans, Janet Napolitano, Oona Hathaway, Stanley McChrystal, Tony Blair, Paul Collier, Joseph Stiglitz, John Negroponte, and Mary Kaldor, among others. To view YJIA’s print archives, click the “Print Journal” tab at the top of this page.


DESCRIPTION is the online counterpart of the Yale Journal of International Affairs (YJIA). It furthers the YJIA’s aim to link academia with policy-making through original and insightful content, and also provides access to the print journal for an online audience. publishes op-eds, articles, and photo essays by scholars, practitioners, advanced graduate students, and freelance contributors. It also hosts YJIA’s print archives, which can be viewed through the “Print Journal” tab at the top of this page.


Submissions for YJIA are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please observe the following submission guidelines:


YJIA considers three main types of submissions:

1) Articles (1,500 to 3,500 words)

  • Articles should be geared towards a knowledgeable reader of international affairs, but not a specialist in a topic area.
  • Articles should have a main argument that can be summarized in one sentence.
  • We prefer articles that are free of unexplained jargon (e.g., path dependency, cultural Marxism) and throat-clearing (e.g. “it must be realized that” or “in an era of deep technological change”)
  • We accept pitches on articles (500 words or less) as well as submissions.

2) Op-Eds (600 to 850 words)

  • Op-eds should make one argument.
  • Op-eds can and should be topical, but should avoid being so time-specific as to become dated hours after publication.
  • We accept op-eds in advance of a planned event (Publication not until afterwards).

3) Photo essays (up to 25 images)

  • Please include captions with all pictures and a short narrative (500 words or less) to precede and set up your photo essay.
  • A photo essay is a narrative tool. Each image should convey a powerful message while the whole should also tell a comprehensive story.
  • Photo essays explore the human condition, social or political issues, or the character of places and events; all should have a focus on international themes.
  • We are looking for images with clarity, aesthetic style, and documentary integrity, and welcome essays with up to 25 photographs.

Formatting your submission:

  • All citations should take the form of endnotes.
  • All submissions must conform to the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.
  • All submissions must include a short bio of the author, which must indicate current institutional affiliation and not exceed three sentences in length.
  • All submissions must be original work, with quotations and citations properly acknowledged.
  • All submissions must be exclusive to YJIA, unless the article is time-sensitive and the author explicitly acknowledges submission to other publications at the time of submission.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in a rejection.

Please send your contributions electronically to

In association with the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs