Our Mission

Realist Review is an online media outlet that seeks to provide a fresh perspective on foreign policy through the realist prism. The publication is run by university students and young professionals who believe American foreign policy should be dominated by prudence, rationality, diplomacy and the exercise of soft power. 

For the past several decades, the American foreign policy discourse has been dominated by proponents of an intrusive and aggressive strategic mindset. The one-sided, interventionist nature of the current discourse impedes serious analysis and sound policy making, as the consequences of America’s conflicts in the Middle East have revealed. We believe that the best way to avoid repeating our errors is to have a more open, honest and informed conversation about the fundamentals of foreign policy.

At Realist Review, we aim to foster intellectual discussion by providing a platform for new, young voices to share their opinions on foreign policy. We want to empower voices who favor diplomacy over war and restraint over confrontation. We want to promote an informed and rational perspective of global issues. Most of all, we want to provide you with engaging commentary and passionate journalism about the world and the role America plays in it, as seen by its youth.

Come join the dialogue!



A Special Letter from Our CEO: 

Dear Realist Review Readers, 

Of all of the utensils ever created, one of the most important is the fork. And it’s not just because I’m a big fan of food, but it’s because of the sentiment behind it. 

At every dinner or special event I’ve ever attended, loved ones would always remind me to keep my fork because the best was yet to come. 

While the “best yet to come” at those dinners was Grandpa’s bread pudding, I have realized that this idea isn’t limited to food.

We at Realist Review have spent the last few years gathering expertise from policy advisors, established writers, and digital marketing experts in our quest to solidify who we are and to better serve our readers. 

We’ve received international input and shared our writing with Washington’s elite. We’ve poured over analytics, scouted universities and reached out to publishing companies for fresh, new writers who are eager to offer the world unique (and much needed) perspectives on foreign affairs. 

Our world is currently undergoing a magnitude of unforeseen changes. Now is a time ripe with both unprecedented technology and timeless problems.

The staff of Realist Review is ready to thrive in this era of new voices in journalism, politics, and foreign policy. For this reason, we are relaunching our platform.

We’ve assembled a great staff whose skill far surpasses their years, and each and every one of us is eager to make a difference.

Visit our website regularly, follow us on Twitter (@review_realist) and grab your forks–because the best is yet to come. 

Thank you for your readership and support,

Katie Zakrzewski

CEO | Realist Review