About Responsible Statecraft


Responsible Statecraft is a publication of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. It provides analysis, opinion, and news to promote a positive vision of U.S. foreign policy based on humility, diplomatic engagement, and military restraint. RS also critiques the ideas — and the ideologies and interests behind them — 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.


Jim Lobe is the Editorial Director of 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).

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.

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.