Letter from the Editors (Vol. 5, Issue 1)


Dear Reader:

It is with great pleasure that we present you with this fall’s intercollegiate edition of the Yale Review of International Studies. Now in its second year, the intercollegiate issue has officially become an institutionalized part of the Review, and we believe that this commitment affirms the core of our mission: to provide a voice for the broader international studies community.

This year, our staff reached out to faculty and students at over twenty universities across the nation—pooling together what we believe to be the most diverse showcase of academic talent yet. The issue features topics such as the history of Romania’s oil industry; Chinese nationalistic cyber-hacking; and the imperial gendering of Britain’s East African campaign. To our contributors and friends at Harvard, Wellesley, the University of Chicago, Georgetown, and Berkeley, we owe you our deepest thanks and gratitude; you certainly made this intercollegiate issue quite special.

Also included in our publication is an editorial comment on Israeli pinkwashing and an interview with agronomist and 1970 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Norman Boulag. 2014 marks the fifth year since Dr. Boulag’s passing, and the Review would like to honor his memory and legacy by encouraging our audience to spend some time reading about his amazing work. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to further the discussion on these opinion pieces; we’re more than happy to act as a conduit for scholarship and dialogue.

Last, and certainly not least, we’d like to present a revamped design for the Review. None of this would have been at all possible without our fantastic layout team or the support of the Yale International Relations Association. We hope that this new striking look symbolizes the exciting things to come for this journal. Be on the lookout for additional scholarship, speaker conferences, and online content as the year progresses.

Working with peers at other universities these past two years has been nothing but an immense pleasure, and we are already excited for our next open issue, which will appear in fall 2015 after this year’s Yale exclusive winter issue and our spring Acheson Prize issue. For now though, please enjoy the publication, and as always, we hope that you will consider us as a platform for your own work.


The Editors


Erwin Li, Miguel Gabriel Goncalves

Executive Editor
Aaron Berman

Managing Editor
Apsara Iyer

Senior Editors
Anna Meixler, Abdul-Razak Zachariah, Andrew Tran, Elizabeth de Ubl

Josh Feng, Minsun Cha, Sophia Kecskes

Graphic Design
Loide Marwanga, Ria Roberts


Dhruv C. Aggarwal, James Gadea, Kate Massinger, Matt Hershey, Ryan Hang, Savitri Restrepo Alvarez

Academic Advisors

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

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

Beverly Gage, Professor of History, Yale University

Nuno Monteiro, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University

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

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


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