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American Diplomacy is an Internet-based professional journal focused on international relations. We publish articles of commentary and analysis, material related specifically to the U.S. Foreign Service, scholarly research, reviews of books, and comments from readers. Articles are reviewed by foreign affairs professionals or scholars in the relevant field.

Our target audience includes foreign affairs professionals, active and retired; scholars, educators and students; and others interested in foreign policy and the practice of diplomacy. We have readers around the globe.

American Diplomacy was launched in 1996. It is published online by American Diplomacy Publishers (a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation), in cooperation with the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Curriculum in Peace, War & Defense Studies, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Statement on Nonpartisanship

American Diplomacy and its parent organization, American Diplomacy Publishers, maintain a nonpartisan position. We do not publish material containing extremist views, intemperate language, or personal attacks.

However, our authors often express strong opinions and reflect a wide variety of political views as well as foreign policy intellectual traditions. The opinions expressed by the authors published in this journal are not necessarily those of members of the journal’s staff or the American Diplomacy Board of Directors, nor of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies or the Curriculum for Peace, War & Defense at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


We welcome all submissions and will acknowledge and consider them promptly. They should be sent via e-mail ( as an attachment in Microsoft Word. Submissions should use the Times New Roman font in 12 point type, with the exception of the title, which should be 14 point.  The title and section heads should be bolded.

Most commentary and analysis articles, opinions, and Eyewitness Foreign Service stories should not exceed 2000 words. Book reviews should be no more than 1500 words.  We occasionally also accept research-based scholarly articles of greater length. 

Extensive, detailed notes should be avoided. Source citations, if necessary, may be inserted parenthetically in the text or as endnotes.

Our editorial style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, with some variations. We also encourage adherence to the principles of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.

We publish on a quarterly schedule on February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1.  We welcome submissions as early as possible with submission deadlines on January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15 for the respective issues.


We encourage pictures and illustrations to accompany submissions. They should be submitted electronically in JPEG or GIF formats.


The journal’s editor evaluates article submissions for further consideration. They may then be submitted for evaluation to members of our Board or other qualified reviewers.

We will promptly inform authors of acceptance or rejection. Acceptable submissions may be edited for style, clarity, and factual accuracy. In some cases, we may ask authors to make substantive revisions.

Book reviews will be evaluated and edited by the American Diplomacy Books editor. Following the general practice of professional and scholarly journals, we do not offer payment for published material.



New material is posted on the journal’s web site on a quarterly basis, after which original works are archived. Archives are maintained permanently and accessed through website navigation.

Previous Publication

We primarily publish original works, but we will consider items that have been published elsewhere if the original publisher is willing to provide written permission.


We expect authors to assign copyright on their work published in the journal to American Diplomacy unless it has been previously copyrighted. We will routinely grant permission to authors for subsequent use of their material, formally transferring copyright thereto if requested.

© All articles and other original materials are property of American Diplomacy Publishers unless otherwise indicated. Registered, ISSN Center, Library of Congress, ISSN No. 1094-8120

Format preferences

Images for Submission Documents in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx

Images in .jpg or .gif

Analysis, features, and memoirs up to 2,000 words; scholarly articles may be somewhat longer.

Book Reviews 1500 words

Announcements up to 1000 words