Introduction

The Towson University Journal of International Affairs (TJIA) is a student-run publication that disseminates exemplary undergraduate research along with articles by scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations.  The goal of the Journal is to publish high-quality writing explicitly related to international affairs, broadly concerned with the aim of contributing to scholarly debates in the international relations subfield of political science. Recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of international studies whose cognate disciplines range from economics to history to geography, we welcome submissions that take a broader approach to international affairs. All submissions are expected to present a well-defined argument, clear evidence, and a strong and thoroughly supported analysis that can be built upon and challenged. There are no deadlines on submissions as we accept them at any time. Please note, however, that the TJIA follows the semester schedule of Towson University so pieces submitted over the summer or in January will not be acted upon until the following semester.