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date: 16 December 2019

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This article examines the gap between theorists and practitioners in the field of international relations. In recent years, the gap has been widening and bridging efforts have become more difficult. In response, former ambassador David Newsom (1995–6) advised his colleagues to broaden State Department research grants, to increase scholar-diplomat programs, and to encourage senior officials to participate in scholarly association meetings. The intelligence community, particularly the National Intelligence Council, holds regular unclassified seminars and conferences with academics. Internships and exchanges such as the Foreign Affairs fellowships sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States have also helped to introduce young American academics to a policy environment. The Internet and blogs also provide new opportunities for scholars to become involved in policy debates on a global basis. On the university side, departments could give greater weight to real-world relevance and impact in hiring and promotion decisions, and journals could place greater weight on relevance in evaluating submissions.

Keywords: international relations theory, foreign policy, academic theory, Internet, blogs, policy debates

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