In opening the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General António Guterres observed that our current era is marked with a wide spectrum of grave threats, including terrorism, poverty, climate change, and nuclear proliferation. Mr. Guterres also remarked, however, that this is an era of “transformational potential.”1 As the incoming editors of International Studies Review, we could not agree more. The problems facing the world are massive and, at times in the past few years, appeared insurmountable. Yet we also think that international studies research has “transformational potential” to help policymakers and practitioners address these problems. We see International Studies Review as a critical conduit of transformational research and we are excited to facilitate in the transmission of scholarly insights in this critical era. Following a transitional period that started in October 2017, our editorial duties began in January 2018 and will run through December 31, 2022. Thanks to Kelly Kadera and Laura Sjoberg, we are taking over a well-run journal that is known for outstanding scholarship. And thanks to Aida Hozic, we are taking over a journal that provides incredible book reviews on current scholarly publications. We are committed to continuing the rigorous scholarship for which that ISR is known. International Studies Review (ISR) serves a critical function for the International Studies Association (ISA) community. Given the diversity of ISA's membership and its global reach, it is difficult for all of us to stay up-to-date on current trends outside of our main research area. Having an outlet available through which scholars can become informed of new books, critical evaluations of different strands of international studies, and scholarly reflections by leading experts in their areas. We believe this is critical for our development as a discipline. ISA also represents an incredibly diverse set of research questions, theoretical lenses, and methods, which occasionally do not engage directly with one another. Through ISR, we are able to sustain a larger, ongoing dialogue, allowing us to learn from each other about our diverse approaches and global experiences. Though we may approach questions differently, we all seek to better understand the political world in which we find ourselves. We will continue to make ISR a source for cutting edge analytical and review pieces, book reviews and forums, while remaining cognizant and representative of the growth and diversity in our community. As editors, we hope to emphasize and highlight analytical and review essays on topics of importance to the entire ISA community, provide streamlined procedures for inviting submissions from ISA's diverse membership, and increase outreach designed to encourage a new generation of scholars to see the value and uniqueness of ISR. In the coming months, please visit the ISR journal's website for more information on new submissions (https://academic.oup.com/isr/pages/General_Instructions). We welcome inquiries about book reviews and review essays (firstname.lastname@example.org), as well as general inquiries about submissions over email (email@example.com). This year, the Presidential Special Issue will be in Issue 2. This will better coincide with the ISA's annual meeting. Original analytical and review essays, forums, and book reviews will make up the content of the other issues within the current volume. In short, we are in an era where there are many challenges facing the global community. By helping to disseminate information on current trends in the discipline, we hope that future scholarship has the potential to contribute to sustainable solutions. We look forward to serving ISA! Footnotes 1https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2017-09-12/secretary-generals-remarks-opening-72nd-session-general-assembly © The Author(s) (2017). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Studies Association. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Studies Review – Oxford University Press
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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