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Features makes up the core of the magazine with academics and policy-makers who forge the ideas and craft the strategies that define international relations. Centered around the symposium topic for the issue, like Power, Religion, or Health, authors examine different aspects of this common theme and present a variety of opinions on how that issue manifests itself in the realm of international affairs.
Politicians and major players in the international arena don’t pull any punches in this section. Sharp criticisms and stunning advocacy of the latest and greatest claims of international affairs dominate this section with authors who are not afraid to say what they really think. The sparks of international debate really begin to fly here and provide a starting point to profound international discourse.
Unlike other sections of the Harvard International Review, The Pulpit web-exclusive content consists of short, opinion-based analysis pieces highlighting unique views on highly current events. The primary aim is to present some of the first thoughtful opinions on recent world happenings to an international body of readers. These pieces will offer a heightened level of dynamism and intellectual debate. We see the Pulpit as a venue through which academics and policymakers can express their thoughts about pressing issues in a concise, focused way.
Spotlight highlights groundbreaking new research from top research centers in the United States and around the world. Organizations such as Freedom House, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace publish datasets and analyses exclusively with the HIR.
A lot of things get said in the other sections of the magazine and not without controversy. Correspondences gives every reader the opportunity to rebut, reply, or reaffirm the claims made by various authors. Whether it is a politician calling an academic out-of-touch with the way the world works or a professor deriding a policy-maker as a dangerous fool, there is always something to say and someone to say it in this section.
In this section, politicians and pundits alike are forced to go beyond the rhetoric and double-speak to answer the hard-hitting questions that the world wants to know the answers to. With recent interviewees like Desmond Tutu and UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, this section gets the people at the forefront of international relations and sits them down to answer the questions that need to be asked.
Authors take on substantive issues within the theatre of international debate here in one of the most provocative sections of the magazine. With a spectrum of articles from in-depth analysis of dual-use technology to serious examination of the notion of human rights, the topics are large, but the scrutiny is anything but superficial. Contained here are some of the most cutting-edge and stimulating articles in the world of international affairs.
In this section, which is divided along the five major areas of the world—Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East—authors investigate region-specific topics with international dimensions. The analysis is extremely focused and to-the-point with an emphasis on issues that are long-standing, but have come to the forefront of debate with recent developments and significant prospects for the future.
The discipline of international relations is always evolving to meet the realities of an ever-changing world. Books on every aspect of foreign affairs under the sun come out every month and this section chooses some of the best to review and to examine for their contribution to international discourse.
The final page of the magazine gives authors the opportunity to have the last word and, in effect, make their point the one that the reader walks away with. The freedom to scrutinize any issue on the field of international affairs makes the section one that is always innovative and ever exciting.