World Policy Journal

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World Policy Journal
World Policy Journal Cover Summer 2016.jpg
EditorJessica Loudis
CategoriesInternational relations and Political Science
PublisherDuke University Press for the World Policy Institute
First issue1984
CountryUnited States
ISSN0740-2775 (print)
1936-0924 (web)

World Policy Journal is the flagship publication of the World Policy Institute, published by Duke University Press. Focusing on international relations, the publication provides left-wing, non-United States-centric perspectives to world issues. It contains primarily policy essays, but also book reviews, interviews, and historical essays. Most articles are commissioned.[1]


In June 1991 authors Steven Emerson and Cristina del Sesto wrote that World Policy Journal "is a publication with a clear bias toward a pro-P.L.O. point of view", and that "In the entire history of that quarterly's publication, there has never been one analysis presenting the Israeli mainstream point of view."[2] World Policy Institute senior fellow Eric Alterman characterized their critique as "wild aspersions".[3]


In a 2002 article, The New York Times described the magazine as "one of the voices of dissent in how the United States carries out the war on terror abroad", stating: "The World Policy Journal has little of the money or reach of Foreign Affairs, its august rival uptown. But it has a place. 'It is a thoughtful journal,' said James F. Hoge Jr., the editor of Foreign Affairs, which publishes articles by more mainstream political figures. 'It makes an effort to get views that may not find a home in more established publications like ours.'"[4]

Notable articles and authors[edit]

In March 2000, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) ranked the journal as one of the top foreign policy publications in the United States, along with Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, because of the quality and expert opinion of pieces written on the US global role for the post-Cold War era. The CRS named nine influential articles that appeared in World Policy Journal, such as Sidney Blumenthal's analysis on "The Return of the Repressed Anti-Internationalism and the American Right", Paul Kennedy's "The Next American Century?", and articles by David Calleo, Hugh DeSantis, Christopher Layne, Charles William Maynes, William Pfaff, Joel H. Rosenthal and David Unger.[5]

Material from the journal has sometimes been republished as books, such as Ahmed Rashid's Jihad, Rajan Menon's End of Alliances, and Brian Steidle's The Devil Came on Horseback.


Former editors are Jessica Loudis (2017-2018), Christopher Shay (2015-2016), Sherle R. Schwenninger (1982–1991), Richard Caplan (1991-1992), James Chace (1993–2000), Karl E. Meyer (2000–2008), and David A. Andelman (2008-2015).

Former managing editors include Laurel Jarombek, Yaffa Fredrick, Christopher Shay, Justin Vogt, Ryan Bradley, and Benjamin Pauker.

Patrick Coleff, the Digital Access and Books Specialist for Duke University Press has stated: "The owner of World Policy Journal, the World Policy Institute, is in a time of transition, and it is unclear when the journal will resume publication."

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

World Policy Journal is abstracted and indexed in Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, Arts and Humanities Search, PubMed, Scopus, and the Social Sciences Citation Index.

Editorial board[edit]

The current editorial board has the following members:[6]


  1. ^ "writers | World Policy Institute". 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2012-05-04.
  2. ^ "A Defector's Story". The New York Times. June 16, 1991.
  3. ^ Eric Alterman (July 7, 1991). "Letter: Outside the Israeli Mainstream?". New York Times.
  4. ^ link "Public Lives: Sounding out words of caution during wartime" by Chris Hedges. The New York Times, July 12, 2002
  5. ^ World Policy Journal, New York, NY, 1983-present
  6. ^ "About World Policy Journal | World Policy Institute". Retrieved 2016-06-23.

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