Writing Our Next Chapter Together
WASHINGTON — With a global team in place across our bureaus in Bologna, Nanjing, and Washington, D.C., we are enthusiastic about building on last year’s momentum to offer you more content that captures the pulse of SAIS — through photo essays, student commentary, faculty interviews, and on-the-record conversations with journalists and leading policymakers.
Over the last year, the Observer has seen tremendous changes. We went from being a monthly paper to a weekly in both print and online. With organizational changes in our staff, we now have in place section editors that span eight columns: campus news, student life, alumni, careers, continuing the discussion, faculty experts, opinion, IRlenz, and around town. Since our founding, web traffic has reached 50,000 views and has generated traffic from around the world.
Our staff have written for major newspapers, international publications, and literary magazines, including the BBC, Time.com, The New York Times, China’s People’s Daily, Korean JoongAng Daily, Coconuts Media and The Daily Emerald in Oregon. Exciting new initiatives we are launching this year are a new website, the IRlenz column for engaging policymakers, and a new fundraising campaign.
As the only IR graduate school newspaper publishing stories across three continents, we are defining a new era of student journalism. We look forward to serving this year both the SAIS community and our readers beyond the classroom. We encourage you to submit letters to editor, guest contributions, and ideas on new content you would be interested in seeing. Bon voyage, and don’t forget to pick up our weekly.
SAIS Observer Editors
An Interview With Laurel Buck: MAIR Student, Policy Nerd, and Steadfast Center Back
Stuart Grosvenor Laurel Buck, a second-year MAIR student and #12 on the Johns Hopkins Women's Soccer team, spoke to us...
Professor Adam Szubin’s “Yachts & Sanctions”
Hans Faye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdPbEUxqL4Q Professor Adam Szubin is no stranger to sanctions. Though he currently serves as a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at...
Battling Gender-based Violence in Contemporary China
Haoning (Zoe) Guo In the historian Jonathan D. Spence’s magnificent work The Death of Woman Wang, the woman known only...
Chinese Censorship: To Shanghai and Beyond
The author is a recent graduate of SAIS who has requested to stay anonymous. Forbidden to leave their houses, 26...
Pakistan’s Floods: Climate Change, Domestic Challenges, & North-South Divides
Mustafa Ahmad Starting in June 2022, Pakistan experienced some of the heaviest monsoon rains in its history, suffering devastating floods....
It’s Complicated: Reflections on the Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II
Tyler Parmelee At 6:30 PM BST September 8, 2022, it was announced Queen Elizabeth II quietly passed away at her...