The Harvard International Review (HIR) is an undergraduate online and quarterly print publication of international relations, including content from its undergraduate staff as well as external experts. It 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. The HIR distinguishes itself primarily by serving as a forum for academic debate, rigorously applying theory to case studies, analyzing historical trends, and making informed predictions.
The HIR has a readership spanning six continents and can be found at newsstands and major bookstores such as Barnes and Nobles. It has featured contributions from a number of established scholars and policymakers from around the world, including Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Krugman, Condoleezza Rice, Amartya Sen, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon, Benazir Bhutto, Al Gore, Kofi Annan, and The Dalai Lama. Notable alumni of the undergraduate staff of the HIR include Philip A. Brimmer, Bernard Hebda, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Simpsons writer Jeff Martin, Marc Rotenberg, Phillip Steck, and David Laibson.