The Politic

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The Politic: The Yale College Journal of Politics
  • Keera Annamaneni
  • Lily Moore-Eissenberg
Categories American Politics, International Relations
Frequency Monthly
Publisher The Politic, Inc.
First issue 1947
Country United States
The Yale Political Journal's first issue, published in February 1947.

The Politic: The Yale College Journal of Politics is a monthly Yale University student publication that traces its roots to 1947, when the Yale Political Journal: A Magazine of Student Opinion was founded. The magazine was revived in 1979 as the Yale Political Monthly by future political commentator and historian Robert Kagan, and known alternately as Yale Political Magazine for the following twenty years.[1] In addition to Kagan, past Editors-in-Chief include author and CNN host Fareed Zakaria and Foreign Affairs Editor-in-Chief Gideon Rose.[2]


In 1947, a group of undergraduate students started the Yale Political Journal: A Magazine of Student Opinion, or the Journal for short. In their first issue, the founding editors wrote:

"We have coined as our by-line, 'a magazine of student opinion' presupposing that student opinion is worthy of separation from the attitudes of other groups and that it is worthy as well of attention and study.”[3]

In 1979, Kagan revived the publication, which was for a period dormant, under a new name, Yale Political Monthly. At the time, Kagan was "frustrated that things tended to be one sided" at Yale, and he sought to provide a non-partisan platform for debate on campus.

Students relaunched the publication again in 2001, this time as The Politic, in response to increased interest in politics on campus following the 2000 presidential election.

Other Projects[edit]

The Politic has also expanded beyond the monthly magazine. In 2014, The Politic interviewed more than 100 diplomats and published the collection as a book, Diplomatic Discourse.[4] Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, The Politic surveyed Yale students from all fifty states for their impressions of and predictions for the election and published them in an interactive map.[5] And in 2017, The Politic released its first documentary, Resettled: New Haven's Refugee Community,[6] which won the Best Student Film Award at the NHDocs Film Festival.[7]

The Politic regularly hosts events as part of a speaker series, The Politic Presents, for the Yale community. Past guests have included John Dickerson, Susan Glasser, Christiane Amanpour, Norman Ornstein, Jake Sullivan, Salman Rushdie, Jeffrey Sachs, Ken Burns, Jesse Jackson, Retired Gen. James Cartwright, and Malcolm Gladwell.



  1. ^ Andrew Mangino (2005-10-27). "Robert Kagan '80 follows father but forges own path". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  2. ^ "Trustee Zakaria '86 found his niche at Yale". Yale Daily News. 2006-02-14. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  3. ^ Inc., The Politic, (1947). "Yale Political Journal; A Magazine of Student Opinion 1947 February". Volume 1 (No.1).
  4. ^ Shelton, Jim. "Yale Student Magazine Offers a Passport to U.S. Foreign Service". Connecticut Magazine. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  5. ^ "Yale's Take on the Election, Mapped". The Politic. 2017-07-31. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  6. ^ "Student documentary 'Resettled' looks at New Haven's refugee community". YaleNews. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  7. ^ "2017 Schedule". Retrieved 2017-08-05.

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