Clocks and Clouds is an American University undergraduate research journal that publishes articles on the cutting edge of political science, international relations, and public policy. Through the journal, our authors contribute to the intellectual dialogue both within the American University community and in broader academia. Philosopher Karl Popper’s “clocks and clouds” metaphor describes the two ends of the spectrum of predictability in social science: Clouds represent the disorderly and irregular, and clocks represent the predictable and rational. By providing a venue for top undergraduate research, Clocks and Clouds aims to find the clocks amidst the clouds.
The Journal of International Service publishes articles by American University students in the academic fields studied at AU's School of International Service. The Journal was founded in 1992 under the name Swords and Ploughshares.
The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for the sharing of critical thinking and constructive action on issues at the intersection of conflict, development and peace.
The School of International Service (SIS) is American University's school of advanced international study in the areas of international politics, international communication, international development, international economic relations, peace and conflict resolution, global environmental politics, and U.S. foreign policy.
The School of International Service was created when AU's Hurst Anderson was urged by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to create a school of practitioners prepared for foreign policy beyond the U.S.–Soviet rivalry. Since 1957, SIS has prepared thousands of graduates to represent their country in the global arena by "waging peace" and employing the hallmarks of thoughtful diplomacy.
SIS is the largest school of international relations in the United States, enrolling more than 2,000 students from over 150 countries. The school makes extensive use of the academic and governmental resources offered by the university's location in Washington, D.C.
Foreign Policy, in its 2015 rankings of top international affairs programs, ranked the school's master's and undergraduate programs as 8th- and 9th-best in the world, respectively. SIS is also consistently ranked in conjunction with American University's School of Public Affairs as a leading program in the country by U.S. News & World Report's college and university rankings. SIS is also a full member of The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.
The World Mind is published at American University in conjunction with Clocks and Clouds Undergraduate Research Journal. The World Mind is American University’s first undergraduate policy magazine for international public affairs. The World Mind publishes regular article submissions consisting of policy briefs, critical essays, current events analyses, feature articles, and book reviews.