About TWQ

The Journal

Hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs and published by Taylor & Francis, The Washington Quarterly is a global security affairs journal providing diverse perspectives on strategic changes, trends, and relations around the world and their public policy implications. It addresses topics such as:

  • the U.S. role in the world 
  • China, India and other emerging great powers 
  • nuclear proliferation challenges including Iran, North Korea, and terrorism 
  • pivotal states such as Pakistan and Turkey
  • the use of force including the responsibility to protect (R2P) and preemption
  • regional flashpoints such as the East and South China Seas, Taiwan, and Kashmir
  • global political changes such as elections and mass uprisings
Contributors are often drawn from outside, as well as inside, the United States and reflect diverse political, regional, and professional perspectives. Essays are authoritative yet written for the global affairs generalist. Members of the analytical, diplomatic, intelligence, media, and policymaking communities value TWQ as a source of incisive, independent thinking about global political and security challenges and policies. TWQ has subscribers in more than 50 countries.



Alex LennonAlexander TJ Lennon, Ph.D., Editor in Chief

Alexander T. J. Lennon is the editor-in-chief of The Washington Quarterly, focusing on global strategic trends and their public policy implications, hosted at The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Lennon focuses on the grand strategy and foreign and security policies of contemporary major powers—especially the United States and China—as well as nuclear proliferation prevention strategy, particularly toward Iran and global nonproliferation. He has completed projects on the future of democracy promotion in U.S. grand strategy, the national security implications of global climate change, and the regional risks of proliferation from Iran and North Korea. He previously served at the U.S. Department of State, focusing on Middle East affairs. Lennon has edited or coedited seven books, published numerous articles and op-eds, and has been interviewed frequently by the media. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP). Lennon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, where his dissertation was on the role of track-two networks in U.S. nonproliferation policy, an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University, and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University, where he was the national policy debate (NDT) champion. He also volunteers as a manager and director of fall programs for Fairfax Little League baseball.




 Kiana Herold, Assistant Editor

Kiana aids in bringing articles to full publication, which includes substantial editing both for content and grammar, developing key themes within a security focus, and communicating with authors. She also oversees the day-to-day operations of the journal: this includes managing the budget; overseeing administration, marketing, and social media strategies; and serving as the main liaison with the publisher. Kiana earned her B.A. as a Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought major at Amherst College, with a focus on international relations. While at Amherst she wrote an honors thesis on refugees, human rights and subjecthood from a global legal perspective. She has worked at The American Society of International Law, the Hudson Institute, and an NGO working on arms control issues at the United Nations. Kiana has also spent time abroad in Vienna, Austria, where she polished her German language skills. Kiana is a DC transplant originally from California.




Editorial Board

Michael E. Brown

Daniel Byman
Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer
Karen Donfried
Lawrence Freedman
Yoichi Funabashi
Michael J. Green
G. John    Ikenberry
Bruce W. Jentleson
Michael A. McFaul
C. Raja Mohan
Laurence Nardon
Robin Niblett
Joseph S.  Nye Jr
Meghan O’Sullivan
Vladimir Orlov
Kenneth M. Pollack
Mitchell B. Reiss
David Shambaugh
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Julianne Smith
Constanze Stelzenmuller
Ashley J. Tellis
Bruno Tertrais
Dmitri Trenin
Wu Xinbo
Fareed Zakaria



The Washington Quarterly welcomes unsolicited submissions. To be considered, please email a manuscript of about 5,000 words to [email protected]. Published pieces tend to focus on global strategic changes and their public-policy implications, targeting an audience of international affairs generalists, by providing sound analytical assessments that lead to policy predictions or recommendations for the near future. Manuscripts should come to about 5,000 words, written in an engaging style for a targeted audience of informed international affairs generalists.

All manuscripts should be neatly typed, double-spaced, and maintain 1-inch margins. Please feature the author's name, current byline, a provisional title, and an abstract on the top of the first page, including endnotes where necessary using Chicago Manual of Style. Unsolicited manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis at the editor's discretion. The Washington Quarterly is not a peer review publication.


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