About Us

The Harvard International Review is a quarterly journal and website of international relations published by the Harvard International Relations Council at Harvard University. The HIR offers commentary on global developments in politics, economics, business, science & technology, and culture, as well as interviews with prominent global leaders and reviews of books and conferences.

The HIR features under-appreciated topics in the international affairs discourse and novel perspectives on more widely discussed topics. The HIR aims to serve as a trend-setter among similar publications by directing rather than following the public’s attention.

The HIR presents a variety of scholarly content in an accessible style and format. It makes the arguments of scholars, policymakers, and other international affairs actors available to a wider audience. The HIR seeks both academic and lay readers who wish to think seriously about international affairs.

The magazine is more a source of analysis than a source of news or editorial commentary. Its main purpose is not to present facts previously unreported elsewhere, but distinguishes itself primarily by serving as a forum for academic debate, rigorously applying theory to case studies, analyzing historical trends, and making informed predictions.