About YRIS

The Yale Review of International Studies (YRIS) is an undergraduate journal dedicated to publishing both opinion and long-form scholarship on contemporary global issues: their origins, present effects, and the future they will shape. In order to address the many questions of present international interest, the Yale Review of International Studies will seek to stimulate broad and multi-faceted debate on issues ranging from foreign policy to international trends in law, culture, and the environment. YRIS is published three times per year and features book reviews, essays, and commentary on contemporary global topics. 

To learn more about YRIS or read online content:


YRIS Staff

Editors-in-Chief: Andrew Tran

Executive Editor: Sophia Kecskes

Managing Editor: Lysander Christakis and Stephen Mettler

Senior Editors: Aaron Berman, Anna Meixler, Apsara Iyer, Elizabeth de Ubl, Erwin Li, Josh Feng, Miguel Gabriel Goncalves, and Minsun Cha

Junior Editors: Anna Lu and Elena Vazquez

Graphic Design: Loide Marwanga and Ria Roberts

Academic Advisors:

Amanda Behm, Associate Director, International Security Studies, Yale University

Charles Hill, Diplomat-in-Residence and Lecturer in International Studies, Yale University

Jean Krasno, Distinguished Fellow at International Security Studies, Yale University

Michelle Malvesti, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute, Yale University

Paul Kennedy, CBE, J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Yale University

Walter Russell Mead, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs, Bard College

Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Kissinger Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute, Yale University

Jolyon Howorth, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Beverly Gage, Professor of History, Yale University

Nuno Monteiro, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University

How to Submit Work

YRIS seeks interesting, diverse, and compelling scholarship on international questions broadly understood. Submissions can either be previously written or a short proposal that explains your argument and background in the subject. We are looking for short op-eds, academic essays or policy papers, and book reviews of recently published work. If you currently attend Yale, or have an affiliation to the University, consider submitting your work for review.

Past Issues


The Acheson Prize

The Acheson Prize is awarded for original, unpublished undergraduate essays on international questions broadly understood. Named for Dean Gooderham Acheson ’15, the prize is awarded annually by YRIS and International Security Studies. Acheson served as Secretary of State from 1949 to 1953. Following his tenure at the State Department, he served on the Yale Corporation. In 1970, he won the Pulitzer Prize in History for his memoir, Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department. This prize honors Acheson’s legacy as a thinker, scholar, and public servant.

Winners receive a substantial cash prize, and winning submissions are published in the Acheson prize issue of the Yale Review of International Studies. Cash prizes total $2,000. A blind panel of Yale professors with diverse expertise serve as judges and select winners.

2014-2015 Winners:

First Place - Emefa Agawu

"The Armenian Genocide Centennial and the Politics of Remembrance"

Second Place - Joshua Altman

"A Farewell to ‘Dulce et Decorum est’? Constitutional Patriotism’s Strained Relationship with the Enlightenment and What It Means for the European Union"

Third Place - Zoe Rubin

"Advancing Deterrence and Eradicating Agency: The 1920 Iraqi Revolt and the Emergence of Aerial Control in Iraq"

Honorable Mention - Rhea Kumar and Joe English

"China in Africa: The Role of “Non-Official Development Assistance” in Emerging Economies" 

"Understanding Sexual Warfare in Kashmir: Prevalence, Consequences, and a Feminist Critique"