International Relations Journal

Mission Statement

The San Francisco State University International Relations Journal is the result of a collaborative student effort to contribute to the literature in the field of International Relations. The journal does not subscribe to a particular theoretical or political position, but rather, seeks to reflect the diverse range of student opinions at San Francisco State University. Each student writer assumes a term-long partnership with an editor under the supervision of the managing and senior editors, who are in turn guided by a faculty advisor. From amongst the candidates for publication, several articles and/or book reviews are presented to the readers of the journal in an annual issue that showcases undergraduate and graduate student work.


The staff of The International Relations Journal is grateful for the funding allocated by the Instructionally Related Activities Committee and the Department of International Relations at San Francisco State University for the production of this journal. The managing editor would like to especially thank all of the members of the editorial board and the contributing writers.

The guidance and advice of Dr. Burcu Ellis in the Department of International Relations have been indispensable to the successful publication of the Journal. The staff of the International Relations Journal is most grateful to her for her outstanding effort.

About the International Relations Journal

Graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of International Relations at San Francisco State University publish an annual issue of the International Relations Journal.

The Journal contains articles on political, historical, economic, legal, philosophical, diplomatic and theoretical issues concerning world affairs and is distributed to the students and faculty of San Francisco State University, as well as to universities worldwide.

Current San Francisco State University students from any major or program are encouraged to submit papers and book reviews pertinent to the field international relations for consideration. If your department or organization would like to contact the Journal, you may email Dr. Burcu Ellis at Please indicate your name, institutional affiliation (if any) and your mailing address.

Visit our Contact page to email submission requests or contact us by mail.

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Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary Issue

Our Journal Issues

The most recent issues of the IR Journal are available below in PDF format. Select back issues can be read in the International Relations Student Lounge in Humanities 200a.

Many of the documents on this website/webpage might not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. If you experience difficulty in accessing this content, please contact the Department of International Relations by email at and we will provide you with accessible alternatives.

2024 International Relations Journal blue cover

Volume 43, 2024

International Relations Journal volume 42, 2023 cover

Volume 42, 2023

IRJ Volume 41, 2022 volume cover

Volume 41, 2022

IRJ 2021 40th anniversary journal cover

Volume 40, 2021

IRJ 2020 journal cover

Volume 39, 2020

IRJ 2019 journal cover

Volume 38, 2019

IRJ 2018  journal cover

Volume 37, 2018

IRJ 2017 journal cover with bay bridge

Volume 36, 2017

IRJ 2016 journal cover with Bay bridge

Volume 35, 2016

IRJ 2015 journal cover

Volume 34, 2015

IRJ 2014 journal cover

Volume 33, 2014

IRJ 2013 journal cover

Volume 32, 2013

IRJ 2012 journal cover

Volume 31, 2012

IRJ 2011 journal cover

Volume 30, 2011

Table of Contents 2003-2010

2003-2010 Table of Contents