An Online Foreign Policy Forum
At the Waterʼs Edge is an open forum for discussion of current international relations
and foreign policy topics. At the Waterʼs Edge is hosted by the Tucson Committee on
Foreign Relations, an independent, non-partisan educational organization.
Commentary on TCFR activities, programs, and speakers is welcome in At the
Waterʼs Edge, in addition to more general topics.
1. Content Goal: We seek content that is interesting, concise, and reliable. We want to
educate readers and stimulate discussion concerning issues relevant to the TCFR
2. Our Target Audience: At the Waterʼs Edge authors are writing primarily for TCFR
members and prospective members. The membership of TCFR includes present and
former foreign service officers and other diplomats, academics, military officers,
international business executives, professionals, and many others who simply have
an interest in learning more about international relations and foreign policy.
3. Content Criteria: Topics can include (i) analysis of current international relations
issues, (ii) commentary on current international relations news, (iii) book reviews, (iv)
biographical sketches or interviews of persons in the field of international relations
and foreign policy, and (v) more. Promotion of products or services and other
commercial communications are not appropriate, nor is advocacy for particular
4. Submission of Posts: Material proposed for publication should be submitted to the
TCFR Communications & Marketing Committee (the “Committee”) at
email@example.com. The Committee will consider proposed topics
(this saves everyone time in case a topic is not accepted), topic outlines, or full posts.
The Committee will review submissions promptly. The decision to accept or reject
material for publication is within the sole discretion of the Committee. The Committee
reserves the right to edit submissions for style and length, but if it does so the
edited version will be reviewed with the author before posting.
5. Style and Format: Proposed posts should be submitted electronically, in an editable
format (Word for PCs or Pages for Mac). Posts generally should not exceed 600 words,
although longer posts can be accepted at the discretion of the Committee. Authors
are requested to suggest a headline; write clearly in short sentences; and use
paragraphs, sub-headings, and bullet points for clarity and ease of reading.
Limited use of links, photographs and other illustrative material is permitted if
otherwise appropriate under these guidelines and conducive to an understanding of
the subject matter of the post. Compliance with copyright laws is the responsibility of
6. Republishing of Content: At the Waterʼs Edge will publish only original, previously
unpublished material. Authors may republish their posts elsewhere, not sooner than
two weeks after publication in At the Waterʼs Edge. Subsequent publication must cite
At the Waterʼs Edge as the original publisher of the material.
7. What Else to Submit: Upon acceptance of a post for publication in At the Waterʼs
Edge, contributors should submit a brief (approximately 60 words) bio. A photograph
to accompany the post is welcome but optional.
8. Comments and Discussion: Comments to At the Waterʼs Edge posts can be made
by both TCFR members and non-members. Authors are encouraged to engage in
dialogue with commentators. Comments must be civil and should be confined to the
subject of the original post. TCFR reserves the right to remove inappropriate comments.
Thank you for your interest in At the Waterʼs Edge and the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations.