Introducing the Winners of our 2018 Student Foreign Policy Essay Contest

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The winners of the Society’s annual student foreign policy essay contest with The National Interest have been published. This year’s contest prompt was simple: Where can America do less? Or, more precisely, “In what area of the world could the United States reduce its military involvement? Explain your reasoning.” First place went to Tom Zolot of the […]

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Chapter leaders attend Mattis dinner

Leaders of six JQA Society chapters attended a gala dinner in Washington Wednesday night featuring a speech by Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The dinner, hosted by the realist think tank Center for the National Interest, also featured remarks by Harvard’s Graham Allison and a number of other dignitaries. […]

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Chapters come together for first ever Student Leadership Conference

“I believe it was a great success and helped lay a strong foundation for the society’s future. Being in D.C. with other chapter leaders helped me realize our potential.  It has become clear to me that this is not simply a discussion group educating college students.  JQA offers a platform for individual growth in one’s […]

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Adams, Kennan, and the Value of a Prudent Foreign Policy

The beginning of July brings several anniversaries of great moments in American foreign policy. July 4, 1821 saw Secretary of State John Quincy Adams deliver his famed Independence Day speech at the U.S. Capitol. Adams sought to respond to attacks from two sides: one, arguing that the United States had done little for the world, the other, […]

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Read along with our chapter leaders!

Rising leaders in the Society are gearing up for our first-ever summer leadership conference. They’ll come to Washington for two days to hear from top national-security thinkers, learn about career opportunities in foreign policy, network, and be trained in effective chapter leadership. To help them prepare for the conference, we’ve prepared a list of readings […]

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2018 Essay Contest: Where Can America Do Less?

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has greatly expanded its role in international security. Major conflicts have been waged in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, and more. Defense guarantees have been extended to more than a dozen additional nations. The War on Terror, now in its seventeenth year, involves seventy-six countries. There are […]

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Iran’s Protests: What Would John Quincy Adams Do?

Iran has been roiled by protests this week, with at least twenty dead and hundreds arrested. The protests took many analysts by surprise – they appear to center on young, working-class men, ethnic minorities like the Kurds, and rural people. As Gissou Nia writes in Politico, these are not the kind of folks to whom analysts are […]

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2017 JQA Society/National Interest Essay Contest

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In the summer of 2017, we partnered with one of Washington’s top foreign-policy outlets to bring college students’ voices into our nation’s foreign policy conversation and to take a small step toward restoring a healthy, balanced civic debate on the proper scale of our nation’s ambitions and actions abroad. We received a deluge of excellent […]

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