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 Fall 2017 are due by Sunday, September 17, 2017 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 is a 3rd-year majoring in the Honors Politics program and East Asian Studies. Apart from the Wilson Journal, Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Review of Politics, President of the Academic Competition Club, and a co-chair of the Miller Center’s Millennium Caucus project. His academic interests include U.S.-China relations, the Supreme Court, and multiculturalism in the United States. Outside of class, Eric enjoys playing various instruments, reading, and hiking. 


managing editor – Vilas annavarapu

Vilas is a 2nd-year from Newark, Delaware. Given his interest in politics, Vilas intends on pursuing a degree in Foreign Affairs. Outside of the Wilson Journal, Vilas worked as a Crisis Director for the Virginia International Crisis Simulation, serves on the Indian Student Association's Executive Board, competes nationally on U.Va's Raas team, and is a Resident Adviser in Brown College.

Managing editor – Alexa iadarola

Alexa Iadarola is a 3rd-year graduating from the College with a BA in Foreign Affairs, pursing a Masters in Public Policy from the Frank Batten School at UVA. She has been serving on the Wilson Journal editing staff since Fall 2015, and has enjoyed coordinating submissions for the Journal. Outside of the Wilson Journal, Alexa works with One Less, a sexual assault education and advocacy group on Grounds, and with Madison House as a tutor for local grade school children.

Production chair – Isabelle foley

Isabelle is a 3rd-year from Arlington, Virginia majoring in Foreign Affairs and Religious Studies with a minor in French. In addition to the Wilson Journal, she is a Sustained Dialogue moderator and an intern for the UVa Initiative on Religion, Politics and Conflict.

media manager – molly magoffin

Molly Magoffin is a 2nd-year from Purcellville, Virginia, majoring in German and Foreign Affairs. Molly is also President of German Society, Outreach for the German Studies Student Council, as well as a member of Arabic Conversation Club and the dance group Mahogany. She is spending the summer working in a refugee camp in Germany and hopes to focus on refugee politics as she continues with Foreign Affairs.

historian – niko marcich

Niko Marcich is a 4th-year from Springfield, Virginia majoring in Foreign Affairs and International Economics. In addition to the Wilson Journal, Niko is the host and editor-in-chief of IRO's undergraduate podcast at UVA about international affairs, the Global Inquirer. Outside of IRO, Niko volunteers with LAMA and VISAS every week and plays for an adult league soccer team in Charlottesville.

editorial staff – FALL 2017

former editors-in-chief

Victoria Farris
Carly Mulvihill
Ankita Satpathy
Caroline Peters
Nicholas Mortensen
Griffin Asnis
Brendan Novak
Anna Pollard
Nikola Marcich
Kate Bellows
Ellie Beahm
Devan Keesling
Madeline Swank
Sarah Corning
Catherine Huang
David Martineau
Emma Anderson
Richard Song
Anna von Spakovsky


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)


Apply for the Wilson Journal

Applications for the Fall '17 semester of the Wilson Journal are closed. We will be re-opening applications before Winter Break of 2017 to re-solicit editors for the spring semester. We encourage all candidates to re-apply then!


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.

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