What Are the Major Differences between al-Qaeda and the 'Islamic State?'
Inger Kviseth
The 9/11 terrorist attacks were a watershed event in world affairs.
Did 9/11 also mark a watershed in the US government's practice of strategy?
Lukas Kisielius
Border Security at the Top of African Agendas
Why has border security become so important in African states and whose interests does it serve?
Johannes Gaechter
The Role of Religious Sectarianism in the New Middle Eastern Cold War
Daniel Cooley
Immigration in the United States: A Red Thread from Past to Present
A comparative study of the McCarran-Walter Act and contemporary immigration policies
Olena Dobrunik
An Ethiopian Development Model
Nils Lange
The SAIS Europe Journal of Global Affairs is now accepting submissions for its 23rd edition to be published in May 2020
Against the Grain: Recent Civic Mobilizations, Protests, and Popular Movements

Around the world, people are engaged in civic mobilizations, protests, and popular uprisings. These movements stem from economic inequality, oppression, government corruption, minority rights, migration, foreign interventions, and climate change, among other issues. The emergence of these popular uprisings gives us the opportunity to examine the particularities of each movement and their underlying causes. They provide a framework for discussing the major political, social, economic, technological, and environmental issues of our day.

The SAIS Europe Journal of Global Affairs seeks submissions for this year's Journal: Against the Grain: Recent Civic Mobilizations, Protests, and Popular Movements.

We are looking for submissions that are analytically diverse, cross-regional, and which provide in-depth diagnoses of these protest movements. What issues drive these movements? Who are the key players and what binds them together? How are they organized? What makes these movements different from one another and from past movements? Why now?

Submissions must be sent by January 31, 2020 to:


Submissions will be considered for both print and online. Scholars and practitioners of international relations, political science, economics, history and other related subjects are invited to submit:
  • Academic articles of up to 4000 words
    Articles that have been peer-reviewed or are candidates for peer review, consisting of original research or critical evaluations of published research.
  • Analytical essays of up to 2000 words
    Essays providing analytical and critical observations of the topic.
  • Book reviews of up to 1500 words
    Reviews of recently published books relevant to the Journal's theme.
All submissions should be accompanied by an abstract (150 words) and cover letter including the author's name, contact information, and a short biography in the third person. Citations should be made using Chicago Style endnotes. We encourage writers to submit images or graphics to accompany their submissions. All images should be submitted in high resolution, and you must have a copyright or have obtained permission from the copyright holder for all submitted images that are not your own work.

We are welcoming people across disciplines in the pursuit of deeper insight< into policy making.

We believe that deep policy insight comes from drawing upon multiple perspectives to a single challenge.

The SAIS Europe Journal is a graduate student-run organization whose primary purpose is to publish peer-reviewed articles for policy makers, academics and professionals who are interested in the world's most pressing policy issues.

With a student body in China, Europe and the United States, the SAIS community is built on a strong foundation of intersecting perspectives. Motivated by its rich global history, the SAIS Europe Journal provides a specialized forum on issues of Security, Environment, Politics, Economics and Development.

On, we're building an ever-evolving archive of knowledge from the world's most inspired professors, graduate students and policy makers. Aside from serving as an important forum on Global Affairs, the SAIS Europe Journal has two other goals.

First, it is designed to be an effective research tool for practicing policy makers. Second, it provides policy makers, academics and graduate students opportunities for refining their work while also making important contributions.