Speaker: Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Associate. International Security Program

How do articles in scholarly journals influence national security policy? What purposes do policy-relevant articles serve? Why should scholars in the social sciences write and publish policy-relevant articles on problems in national and international security? The experience of International Security offers lessons for how scholarly articles influence national security policy.

International Security has published a higher proportion of policy-relevant articles than any other scholarly journal of international relations and foreign policy. Journal articles rarely have an immediate impact on foreign policy. They may, however, have important long-term and general effects. The articles that future policymakers read when they are students can shape their worldview and approach to national security policy. Prominent articles that advance new ideas can set the context for policy debates or persuasively challenge the conventional wisdom.

Over time, a series of articles advocating a new policy may help to build support for that policy. Journal articles also can influence foreign policy by calling attention to their authors' views and credentials to serve in policymaking positions. Authors who are appointed to government positions can influence policy directly.

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For more information, email the International Security Program Assistant at susan_lynch@harvard.edu.