Journal of International Affairs

Foreign affairs periodical focuses on policy analysis, including state building and peace operations.

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 1, Fall-Winter

A High Stakes Gamble: U.S. Assistance for Ukraine's Pro-Democracy Movements
International democracy promotion has gained traction in US foreign policy during the past decades. Based on the firm belief that democracies do not wage war against each other (known as the dyadic Democratic Peace Theory), democracy promotion has...
A Rejection of Hope
A Review of We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy By Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York: One World, 2017), 400 pages. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy is a collection of essays that Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote for The Atlantic...
Civil Society: The Pulsating Heart of a Country, Its Safety Valve
Civil society has always been with us. In fact, it has been present in some way since the earliest forms of human society, although the term is of recent origin. Greek philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle, were already speaking about forms of...
Colombia, a Laboratory for History
Not long ago, Uruguay's former president Jose Mujica said something that stuck in my mind: "Colombia is a laboratory for history!" In a polarized world facing numerous political disturbances, sectarian warfare, terrorism, and even the growing and...
"Democracy in Europe Is Being Reconsidered from Top to Bottom"
With a weakened Germany after recent elections, limits on France's hopes for further European integration, secessionist tensions in Spain, and democratic backsliding in Hungary and Poland, democracy seems incapable of addressing current issues in Europe....
Democratic Grassroots Politics and Clean Economic Growth
The environment has evolved as a political issue, and the grassroots demand for environmental protection is a phase of economic development. Technology is driving the world's economy to be more brain-based and less so on manual labor. The changing...
Digital Challenges to Democracy: Politics of Automation, Attention, and Engagement
Digital interconnectedness was prophesized to usher in greater understanding between people. It was supposed to be good for democracy, political participation, and representation of disenfranchised segments of the population. Digital communication...
Disinformation and Democracy: The Internet Transformed Protest but Did Not Improve Democracy
2016 was the year that public opinion turned against social media and big tech companies. In 2011, Facebook was hailed as a platform that would bring democracy to the world. We were grateful to Google. The protests in Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain,...
"Economic Globalization Has Run Ahead of Political Globalization"
Globalization brings with it many challenges and opportunities, impacting every sphere of our daily lives. We spoke with Rana Foroohar, a global economic analyst at CNN and The Financial Times, about the complex impacts of globalization on modern democracy....
How Big Data Is Changing Democracy
Humans now create an extraordinary amount of information every day. (1) Unique content, regardless of veracity, is distributed with unprecedented velocity to an ever-growing audience. Individual citizens' patterns of life are now collected by everyone...
Letter from the Dean
This issue of the Journal of International Affairs is broad ranging and asks questions of great consequence about the future of democracy, be it in Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, Turkey, or in an age of data and interconnection....
Letter from the Editors
The current Journal of International Affairs editorial board is diverse, comprising of students from countries across six continents, ranging from the oldest constitutional democracy in the world to four ex-Commonwealth states, one of which gained...
Pre-Copernican Political Science: What Analysis of "Authoritarianism" Reveals about the American Study of Politics
In the early 1990s, an expectant euphoria attended the fall of the Berlin Wall: the historic triumph of liberalism and democracy seemed within reach and the "end of history" was in view. A quarter century later, gloomy anxiety had replaced that confident...
Predicting the Future
A Review of Human Rights Futures Edited by Stephen Hopgood, Jack Snyder, and Leslie Vinjamuri (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 2344 pages. Amnesty International declared the world in 2016 "a darker and more unstable place." (1) Not...
Shoring Up a Democracy under Siege
The United States is experiencing an unprecedented erosion of democratic institutions and norms under the Trump administration. While constitutional checks and balances are holding for now, we are seeing the kinds of challenges that have presaged a...
The Construct of Muslim Unity
A Review of The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History By Cemil Aydin (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), 304 pages. In May 2017, President Donald Trump made his first official foreign visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,...
The Latin American Left's Missed Opportunity to Deepen Democracy
One of the most interesting aspects of the much-debated turn to the Left in Latin America at the beginning of the 21st century was the remarkable rise of experimentation with participatory institutions, first locally and later nationally. Prior to...
"The Russian People Do Not Want to Make Sacrifices Anymore for the Sake of Great Power Status, Which Is a Huge. Change in Mentality"
Russia will hold its next presidential elections in March 2018. Pluralism and competition, which generally characterize these electoral processes, are not features of Russia's political landscape. JIA interviewed Dr. Lilia Shevtsova, Associate Fellow...
The Slow Death of Western Democracy and What Comes After
"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." Franklin D. Roosevelt...
Turkey: Marching toward One-Man Rule
On October 18, 2017, Osman Kavala, a prominent businessman, philanthropist, and civil society leader, was taken into custody as he landed at the Istanbul airport. His arrest and subsequent prosecution on absurd charges of trying to overthrow the Turkish...
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