The Wilson Journal

The University of Virginia's home for undergraduate foreign affairs


About the Wilson Journal

Founded in 2004, the Wilson Journal is the pre-eminent publication for foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. Distributed in partnership with the student-run International Relations Organization (IRO), the Wilson Journal is one of the only undergraduate research journals for international relations in the country.

The Journal celebrates and showcases the impressive research conducted by UVA students, striving to foster meaningful dialogue on the world’s most pressing challenges, spark interest in international issues, and promote high-quality undergraduate research in foreign affairs. We encourage all University students and recent graduates to submit for our next edition!

Submitting to the Wilson Journal

Do you have a thought-provoking essay about a contemporary foreign affairs topic? Would you like to join the ranks of distinguished Wilson Journal authors?

Submit to the journal at! We accept submissions on a rolling basis, with journals published semesterly. Guidelines for submission can be found below. Essays for our Spring 2018 issue are due by February 20 at 11:59 PM

Only University of Virginia undergraduates or newly-minted graduates are eligible to submit.

  • Topic: A contemporary issue related to foreign affairs
  • Length: 10 pages or more
  • Essay grade: B+ or higher
  • Additional information: Include a title page, abstract, and brief author bio (150 words max.)
  • Format: Send your essay in Word document form with MLA, parenthetical, inline citations

Executive Board – Fall 2017


Editor-in-Chief – Eric Xu

Eric Xu is a third-year from Crozet, Virginia majoring in the Politics Honors program. Apart from the Wilson Journal, Eric also serves as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Virginia Review of Politics. Eric is also a former President of the UVA Quizbowl club, a research assistant with Professor Leblang in the Politics Department, and the Head Researcher for the Charlottesville Debate League. When Eric isn't lost twelve levels deep on a Wikipedia hunt, he can be found exploring Charlottesville restaurants and watching his beloved Cleveland/Virginia Cavaliers sports teams.



Sarah is a second-year from Atlanta, Georgia pursuing a degree in Foreign Affairs. Outside of the Wilson Journal, Sarah works as a research assistant for Professor Denise Walsh in the Politics Department, serves on the Honor Committee, is Speaker Selection Committee Co-Chair for TEDxUVA, and works at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. Sarah's independent research concerns migration and protection for vulnerable women, focusing on the latest migration and refugee crises.


program coordinator – Vilas annavarapu

Vilas Annavarapu is a 2nd-year from Newark, Delaware pursuing a degree in Foreign Affairs. Outside of the Wilson Journal, Vilas serves as the Chair of the Asian Leaders Council, is a Resident Adviser in Brown College, and competes nationally on U.Va's Raas team. His research with the Legal Aid and Justice Center focuses on the impacts of housing policy and gentrification on Charlottesville residents. He is a proud Joe Biden enthusiast and Parks and Recreation binge watcher. 


special projects coordinator – catherine huang

Catherine is a first year from Bel Air, Maryland who is considering majoring in Foreign Affairs and/or Politics. Aside from the Wilson Journal, Catherine is a staff writer and interviewer for the Virginia Review of Politics. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys playing the violin and piano, as well as petting dogs on the Lawn.


media manager – molly magoffin

Molly Magoffin is a Second-Year from Purcellville, Virginia, majoring in German Studies and Foreign Affairs. Molly is also President of German Society, Outreach for the German Studies Student Council, and a member of the dance group Mahogany. She spent last summer working in a refugee camp in Germany and hopes to spend next summer working with survivors of human trafficking in Berlin. She hopes to focus on refugee and migration policy as she continues with foreign affairs.



production chair – madeline swank

Madeline is a 2nd-year from Leesburg, Virginia. Her interest in politics and recent time studying abroad in Spain has lead her to pursue a degree in Foreign Affairs and Spanish. Outside of the Wilson Journal, Madeline is a Spanish tutor for the Spanish department and mentor for the club College Mentors for Kids. 

editorial staff – spring 2018

former editors-in-chief

Carly Mulvihill
Griffin Asnis
Brendan Novak
Ellie Beahm
Devan Keesling
David Martineau
Richard Song
Victoria Farris
Vaishnavi Karimpuzha
Moriah Hendrick

Christopher Benos (Spring '16, Fall '16, Spring '17)
Jackson Simon (Fall '15)
Michael Breger (Fall '14, Spring '15)
Frances Russell (Fall '13, Spring '14)
Daniel Clark (Fall '12, Spring '13)
Camille Danvers (Spring '12)
Haley Hicks (Spring '09)
Svanje Swider (Spring '08)
J. Salvatore Calascione (Spring '07)
Caitlin N. Howarth (Spring '06)
S. John Mikhail (Spring '05)
Kurt Mitman (Spring '04)

Print Edition Archives

The Wilson Journal's online archives go back to 2005 and contain articles on every topic within the foreign affairs literature and more. All articles seen here were published in print form by the Wilson Journal. 

To access PDFs of certain Journals, click on either the highlighted links or the image previews of the Journals for a new tab containing the Journal.

Fall 2017

This Journal includes articles by: 

  • William Truban – Institutional Development of Social Power for State Development
  • Robert Stephens – Do Structural Funds Effectively Equalize Opportunity in the European Union?
  • Ankita Satpathy – India's Inequality and Education as an Equalizer: A Case Study on the Relationships between Educational Policy, Practice, and Inequality
  • Sarah Corning – The Rohingya: A Stateless Minority Seeking Refuge
  • Morgan King and Sarah Rupert – Why Did the Moroccan Monarchy Not Fall During the Arab Upheavals?
  • Ansley Bradwell and Anna Gray – To What Extent Is Russian Lobbying and Psychological Influence a Threat to the Economic and Political Security and Stability of the US and EU?
  • Pascal Hensel – Defying the State: How Executive Constraint and State Capacity Affect Control over Pro-Government Militias 

Spring 2017

This Journal includes articles by: 

  • Celia Aidinoff – To What Extent Do Economic Circumstances Fuel Religious Violence? An Examination of Boko Haram's Growth
  • Grant Oken – Islamic Banking and the Global Financial Crisis
  • Sabrina Kim – War or Diplomacy? Lesson from the Bush Administration's War in Iraq and the Obama Administration's Nuclear Deal with Iran
  • Liam Kraft – Fundamentalism, Secularization, and Politics in South Asia
  • Emily Zhou – Forecasting a Peaceful Resolution of the Taiwan Issue
  • Zhen Wang – U.S. and China's Counterterrorism Initiative

Fall 2016

This Journal includes articles by: 

  • Sean Rumage – Turkey and the EU: Friends with (Conditional) Benefits
  • Erica Jensen – Who Will Attack Again? A Quantitative Analysis of Variables in Recidivism Among Guantanamo Bay Detainees
  • Kelly Abbinanti – Reassessing Beijing's Carrot-and-Stick Policy: The Significance for Future Trilateral Relations
  • Fiona McCarthy – International Criminal Law: The Problem of Serving Arrest Warrants
  • William Henagan – The Worst Kept Secret in Washington: American Dissent to Intervention in Guatemala, 1954

Spring 2016

This Journal includes articles by:

  • Kara Anderson – Cubs of the Caliphate: The Systematic Recruitment, Training, and Use of Children in the Islamic State
  • Jake Anderson – How the CIA's Role in Combating the Threat Presented by Al-Qaeda has Evolved
  • Stephanie Sacco – The Role of Islam in Violent Extremist Islamist Radicalization in the West
  • Rachel Goretsky – Giving in to International Peer Pressure: The Extent to Which UN Human Rights Council Condemnations Influence Israeli Counterterrorism Policy
  • Connor Kennel – The Hunt for Silver Bullets: The Threat of Lone Wolf Terrorism and Preventive Countermeasures

FALL 2015

The Journal includes articles by:

  • Kelly Abbinanti – China's Proliferation of Cyber Warfare Capabilities
  • Ana Derrick – The Power of Community-Based Crime Prevention
  • John Brake – Power and Principle at Play in Iraq
  • Benjamin Harris – Withdrawing from Iraq: The 2008 SOFA Negotiations
  • Saiful Khan – Why the Dollar Will Remain the Principle Reserve Currency
  • Caitlin Hall – The Obama Administration's Response to the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Spring 2015

This Journal includes articles by:

  • Sam Gruber – Implementing Party State Democracy in China
  • Mathilda Shepherd – The Enemy of My Enemy is My Enemy?
  • Colleen Cook – Mohamed Morsi's Removal in the Media
  • Avery Rasmussen – The Tension Between Enlargement and Integration in the EU
  • Muskan Mumtaz – Qatari Labor Reform for the FIFA 2022 World Cup
  • Jessica Hirsch – Mozambique: The Exception to Duverger's Rule

Fall 2014

This Journal contains articles by:

  • Patrick Hoover – The Neighborhoods of Baghdad
  • Erica Johnson – The Atypical Irish Political Spectrum
  • Katharyn Gadient – Iraqi Women and Mental Health Initiatives
  • Jessica DeJesus – What the Dalai Lama Could Learn From Gandhi
  • Naguib Bebawi – Politics of Resistance
  • Eric Sutherland – The Responsibility to Protect Initiative and UN Intervention in Darfur
  • Lila Kelso – Politics in a Gendered World

Spring 2014

This Journal contains articles by:

  • Colleen Cook – Game of Drones: The Battle to Define U.S. Drone Policy
  • Adria Penatzer – The Chinese Communist Party's Hierarchy of Needs: China's Domestic Threats and How They Affect Party Behavior
  • Ryan Smith – Odebrecht: A Case Study of South-South Cooperation Between Brazil and Other Developing Nations
  • Naomi Bishop – Prosecuting United Nations Peacekeepers for Human Rights Violations
  • Alexandra Dicocco – Triangular Tension: How Tension Was Generated Within the U.S.-Russian Relationship by Their Independent Interactions with the Republic of Kazakhstan and Today's Potential for Cooperation

Spring 2012

This Journal contains articles by: 

  • Joe Riley – How did FM 3-24 Become the Most Revolutionary Military Doctrine in the 21st Century?
  • Lillian Frost – How Does Al-Jazeera Arabic Influence Jordanian Political Attitudes and Identities?
  • Allie Vandivier – The Role of Islam in Turkish Politics and its Effects on Democratic Transition
  • Emily Laser – A Failed Response: Why the United States' Policy Toward Genocide Has Failed and How to Change It
  • Melanie Bartell – The Causes and Effects of Migration on Nepali Women
  • Andrew Koch – Al-Shabaab: Recruiting Practices and U.S. Mitigation Efforts
  • Peter Snyder – Why the Visa Waiver Program Should be Extended to Poland
  • Nicole Bailey – Bolivia and the Global Financial Crisis
  • Stevie Chancellor – Exacerbation of Islamophobia in American News Media: Turkey's Ban on Youtube
  • Colin Custer and Peter Slag – The Copper Dragon: Zambian Perceptions of Chinese Investment in Lusaka and the Urban Copperbelt

Spring 2009

This Journal contains articles by:

  • Prashanth Parameswaran – Beyond 'Jihad': A Typology of Insurgency Internationalization and the Case of Southern Thailand Insurgency
  • Gary Lawkowski – Biting the Hands that Feeds: Conflict in Humanitarian Interventions
  • Thomas Wonder – The Intersection of Power and Interest: Russia-U.S. Interaction in the South Caucasus
  • Wesley Stanley – The Face of Proliferation: The Story of A.Q. Khan and History's Greatest Proliferation Network
  • Alexander MacKay, Colleen Barrett, Martin Oberst, Sebastian von Marschall, and Shane Warren – Is Food Aid Beneficial? An Analysis of Its Effects in Ethiopia and the United States?
  • Yi-Xian Ng – Tibet's Influence on China: Tourism, Tibetan Medicine, and Tibetan Buddhism
  • Vetan Kapoor – Democracy and Economic Growth in Pakistan
  • Giancarlo Vannini - The Dynamics of Romania and Bulgaria in the Global European Economy
  • Taylor Maltz – Sino-Sudanese Relations: Beijing's Changing Policy and Its Implication For China's Asymmetric Relations
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Spring 2007

This Journal contains articles by:

  • Taylor Jaworski – Terrorism, the State and Islam in Central Asia
  • Konstantin Lantsman – U.S., E.U., and Iran: Creating a Stark Choice
  • Lee Skluzak – Domestic-Foreign Linkages: China's Energy Security in Eurasia
  • Jennifer Love Stringfellow – Success Isn't Everything: The Effectiveness of International Intervention
  • Tiffany Bassford – The Two-Ballot Electoral System and Party Behavior in the French Fifth Republic
  • Jessica Stallings – Compromising National Interests: Policies of Ethnic Relations in Hungary and Poland
  • Josh Levy – Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Diana El-Osta – In Pursuit of Silence: Academic Freedom and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
  • Andrew Miller – A Critical Analysis of the Bush Administration's Development Policy

Spring 2006

This Journal includes articles by:

  • Andrew Tuttle – A Window of Relaxation for the Developing World
  • Marie-Adelaide Mol – U.S.-China Policy: How Interests Trump Ideals
  • Lee Skluzak – Kyrgyzstan's "Tulip Revolution": An Asymmetric Perspective
  • Aigerim Karimova – The Cuban Embargo in the 21st Century
  • Mary Rodeghier – Modern Tibetan Ethnicity in Political China
  • Scott Anderson – A House Built on Sand: Stability in the Saudi Royal Family
  • Charles Taylor – Norway: Cleavages and E.U. Integration
  • Stephanie Maximous – Women's Bodies and the Israel-Palestine Conflict
  • Nadia Shairzay – Executive and Legislative War Powers

Spring 2005

This Journal contains articles by:

  • Patrick Lane – Domestic Politics, Realist Calculations, and the Iraq War
  • Bsrat Mezchebe – Nation Building in Eritrea and Ethiopia
  • Benjamin Rankin – Nicaragua v. U.S.: A Legal Analysis
  • Shareefa Al-Adwandi – The Life Cycle of Israel's Labor Party
  • Ken Ray – The Neglected Element in U.S.-Colombia Policy
  • Scott Anderson – A Potential Partnership: Sino-Saudi Relations
  • Nathan Damweber – Cosmopolitan Theories on Poverty and Disease
  • David Buckley – Abrahamic Faiths and High Diplomacy
  • Devon Knudsen – Japan's New Nationalism