About Responsible Statecraft


Responsible Statecraft is the online magazine of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. It publishes outside contributors and reporters as well as staff  analysis, opinion, and news to promote a positive, non-partisan vision of U.S. foreign policy and critique the ideologies and interests that have mired the United States in counterproductive and endless wars and made the world less secure.

The views expressed by authors on Responsible Statecraft do not necessarily reflect those of the Quincy Institute or its associates.


Kelley Beaucar Vlahos is Editorial Director of Responsible Statecraft and Senior Advisor at the Quincy Institute. Previously, she served for three years as Executive Editor of the The American Conservative magazine, where she had been reporting and publishing regular articles on national security, civil liberties, foreign policy, veterans, and Washington politics since 2007. From 2013 to 2017, Vlahos served as director of social media and online editor at WTOP News in Washington, D.C.. She also spent 15 years as an online political reporter for Fox News at the channel’s Washington D.C. bureau, as well as Washington correspondent for Homeland Security Today magazine. Follow her on Twitter @VlahosAtQuincy

Ben Armbruster is the Managing Editor of Responsible Statecraft. He has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of politics, foreign policy, and media. Ben previously held senior editorial and management positions at Media Matters, ThinkProgress, ReThink Media, and Win Without War. His work has been published in the Guardian, Salon, The Globe Post, LobeLog and other outlets. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from Ohio University and a master of arts in international relations from King’s College London. Follow him on Twitter @benjamina.

Jim Lobe is a Senior Advisor and contributing editor at Responsible Statecraft. He served as chief of the Washington bureau of Inter Press Service (the other IPS) from 1980 to 1985 and again from 1989 to 2015. Best known for his coverage of the neoconservative movement’s influence on U.S. foreign policy, he has directed LobeLog.com, which has focused primarily on U.S. Middle East policy, since 2007. In 2015, LobeLog became the first weblog to win American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Media Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis on Foreign Affairs. Proud native of Seattle, Jim graduated with Highest Honors in History from Williams College and received a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall). Follow him on Twitter @LobeLog.

Eli Clifton is a Senior Advisor at the Quincy Institute and Investigative Journalist at Large for Responsible Statecraft. Eli focuses on money in politics and U.S. foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service. Clifton is co-author of the Center for American Progress’s report Fear Inc.: The Roots Of the Islamophobia Network In America. Eli has been a fellow at The Nation Institute and the Type Media Center. His work has appeared on PBS/Frontline’s Tehran bureau, The Intercept, the South China Morning Post, Right Web, LobeLog, Salon, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Slate, Gawker, and ForeignPolicy.com. Eli holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics. You can follow him on Twitter @EliClifton.

Sam Fraser is an assistant editor at Responsible Statecraft and communications associate at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College. His studies there focused on U.S. foreign policy and Latin America, and he has conducted field research on human rights and transitional justice in Argentina. He has also studied the issue of impunity for U.S. foreign policy officials for his undergraduate thesis entitled “The Catastrophe Artists: Understanding America’s Unaccountable Foreign Policy Elite.” You can follow him on Twitter @SxmFrxser.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should generally reflect Responsible Statecraft’s mission and be presented most often within the context of the immediate news cycle. They should also offer a unique viewpoint; present a novel, unconventional, or contrarian argument; and/or introduce previously unreported or underreported and compelling information. Articles on Responsible Statecraft range from 400- to 500-word rapid-response pieces to commentary and analyses of the 800- to 1,200-word range, although, in some circumstances, essays may exceed that limit.

Potential authors should send their pitch to [email protected] with a one- to three-sentence explanation of the thesis they want to put forward, and/or a preview of the news they want to report. Completed articles are accepted but short pitches are preferred.

Submissions should be written in American English and adhere to AP style. Links to reputable sources should be embedded in the text.