Founded in 1947, the Journal of International Affairs is a leading peer-reviewed journal published by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. It is the premier university-affiliated periodical in the field and has earned worldwide recognition for framing the heated debates that define global events and foreign policy.

In the aftermath of World War II, the founders of the journal saw a need for a publication that would serve as a forum for exploring issues and offering innovative solutions to problems of global concern. The journal has featured leading minds in the field of international affairs since its inception.

Contributors are drawn from a diverse group of academics and practitioners. Notable past authors includde Hannah Arendt, J. Brian Atwood, Jagdish Bhagwati, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Francis Deng, Francis Fukuyama, W. Averell Harriman, John Kerry, Robert S. McNamara, Margaret Mead, Hans Morgenthau, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Giandomenico Picco, Condoleezza Rice, Rajiv Shah, Paul Volcker, Kenneth Waltz, and Muhammad Yunus.

Notable recent contributors include David Wallace-Wells, Rana Foroohar, Ian Bremmer, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Helen Clark, William J. Burns, Zeynep Tufekci, and Michelle Bachelet.