For the past fourteen years, in partnership with H-Diplo, the International Security Studies Forum (ISSF) has published hundreds of open-access reviews, essays, policy forums, and commentaries, offering a connecting point for academics and policy experts across the globe to discuss the most important new publications as well as world events. Our pages have been read by over 600,000 scholars across the globe. We cover a range of topics under the broad themes of war, peace, international security, foreign policy, diplomatic relations, grand strategy, nuclear weapons, and international law.
H-Diplo/ISSF is unique in the field of political science in its focus on debates between scholars of differing approaches and points of view; its openness to new ideas and interpretations; its commitment to elevating the voices of junior and underrepresented scholars; and its inclusion of scholars from a variety of disciplines outside of political science, most prominently diplomatic history. As always, H-Diplo/ISSF is editorially independent. It aims to highlight the best scholarship and features incisive and highly readable commentaries on major topics.
In honor of the late Robert Jervis’s founding role, and his tireless work and constant advocacy for H-Diplo/ISSF, we are pleased to announce its renaming as the H-Diplo/Robert Jervis International Security Studies Forum (RJISSF). We thank Dr. Keren Yarhi-Milo, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies and Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, for her critical support for this project.
H-Diplo/RJISSF represents Bob Jervis’s vision of the endless potential of drawing scholars and practitioners of International Relations into a constructive interdisciplinary dialogue with those of diplomacy and foreign relations. Its aims and mandate remain the same under its new name. RJISSF is guided by Jervis’s legendary curiosity and intellectual generosity; his unsurpassed mastery of a host of fields and approaches; his willingness to consider all arguments through a sharp analytical lens; and his desire to open the barriers to scholarly engagement to all who are interested.
We invite scholars, students, and policymakers from across the globe to join us as we work to honor Jervis’s aims in his founding and guiding of this forum, and to further expand our trans-disciplinary dialogue to its full potential. H-Diplo/RJISSF will continue to be grounded on our vast publication program, but it is also branching out in exciting new directions. Stay tuned!
With best regards,
Diane Labrosse, H-Diplo/RJISSF Senior Managing Editor, and Jennifer Erickson, RJISSF Managing Editor.
 For a more detailed description of the origins of ISSF, please see Diane N. Labrosse, “Bob Jervis and H-Diplo/ISSF,” in Richard Immerman, Labrosse, and Marc Trachtenberg, eds., “H-Diplo | ISSF Tribute to the Life, Scholarship, and Legacy of Robert Jervis: Part I,” 4 February 2022 | https://issforum.org/to/JervisTribute-1.