The New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy publishes work that combines geopolitical insight with subject-matter expertise. New Lines Institute publications examine tactical developments involving regimes, nonstate actors, local politics, ideologies, etc. Our work situates them in the strategic context of macro-level factors such as geography, populations, economics, military power, history, and culture. All our content must demonstrate analytical empathy and is geared toward advancing the cause of human security and stabilization and development on our planet. That said, we do not publish “op-ed” pieces, polemical content, or activist/advocacy work.

We welcome contributions from diverse experts with various sub-specialties to ensure that we consistently produce the highest-quality product. Our team firmly believes that expertise exists across the political spectrum and disciplinary fields; the key is to help our authors showcase it without indulging in partisan discussions. We expect our authors to focus on the how, why and (most importantly) the what next because our audience is already very familiar with the who, what, where, and when of the subjects we tackle.

New Lines’ view is that an extremely high-quality assessment is one in which each paragraph is rich in insight. Authors should examine issues bearing in mind the imperatives of the actors involved and the constraints and latitudes they face. In this way, our work can identify for U.S. policymakers (our core target audience) the narrow range of options to choose from in order to deal with the issue in question. All recommendations, which ought to emerge logically from the analyses and forecasts, must advance policy options for U.S. national security and international stability and should diligently steer clear of any form of ideologically motivated policy advocacy.

We are proud to have had some of the top names in their fields writing for us. Our aim is to publish reports that cannot be found elsewhere – at least not in other open source media. Our content provides insights in ways that allow a policymaker, an analyst, and even a non-specialist to appreciate the complex geopolitical nuances. While our publications respond to current issues, they are neither news reports nor op-eds. Likewise, though it provides analysis, our content is not disinterested in outcomes. Finally, our content is not just political analysis. Beneath our content’s rational, evidence-based rhetoric is a universal, values-based approach to geopolitics that prefers order over chaos and peace over conflict. Our content privileges good governance, human rights, and people’s active participation in the destiny of their own society without retribution.

Manuscripts submitted for consideration must not be submitted simultaneously to any other publication, nor may they have been previously published elsewhere in any language, online or in print. Submissions must be entirely original works, with sufficient source citations. The New Lines Institute has a zero-tolerance policy toward plagiarism. Authors are responsible for any accusations of research misconduct.

We accept pitches for the following types of publications:

(Please refer to our Author Guidelines for information on our publication process and style)

Net Assessment

As the flagship publication of the Newlines Institute, the Net Assessment is published when issues of geopolitical significance for U.S. foreign policy arise. While it responds to a current issue, the Net Assessment is neither a report nor an op-ed. Rather, it is a policy essay that captures analysis, forecast, and policy implications in 1,200-1,600 words. It thus allows us to bring to the attention of our audience the multiple issues that our analytical team is constantly monitoring.

Terrain Analysis

The Terrain Analysis is a graphics-heavy, 2,500- to 3,000-word report that offers a deeper dive into issues of critical geopolitical importance. It balances crucial details with high-level analysis and forecasting to give readers a tactical understanding of a strategic issue. These terrain analyses are geared toward enhancing understanding of issues that otherwise are treated superficially in the media. 


Influenced by U.S. government intelligence dossiers, the New Lines Dossier bridges the gap between subject matter expertise and policymaking spaces with an academic-quality, intelligence-style report. Each Dossier takes a deep dive into an under covered or misunderstood issue or region, contextualizing relevant content within a broader geopolitical context to present detailed, scholarly research and analysis to a policy audience.

Policy Report

New Lines Policy Reports are not just detailed reports on various topics of interest. We work hard to produce these reports that provide policy planners and decision makers advice to solve policy problems. In these 4,000-word documents, the bulk of the text is devoted to analysis-driven policy solutions that are distilled from forecasts of what would occur without intervention. Therefore, they focus more on prescription as opposed to being just lengthy pieces of analysis. Policy Reports should include an executive summary with a bulleted list of highlights from the report, including key policy recommendations. These reports should be well-researched, with sources cited in endnotes written in APA style.

Intelligence Briefing

As a team of analysts tracking key developments in our areas of responsibility, we come across information which is not yet publicly available but is of critical strategic importance. Our Intelligence Briefing is the vehicle through which we bring this hitherto unknown information to the attention of our audiences. Rich in tactical details, these briefings bring to light either newer aspects of issues already in play or entirely new developments. Given that intelligence comes in various sizes these do not have a specific word limit. As with Policy Reports, any source citations should be in endnotes written in APA style.

If you are interested in publishing with us, please email our Content Manager, at [email protected] with a short paragraph that outlines your argument as per the aforementioned criteria, a short bio of yourself and links to previous articles you’ve published. We will get back to you within two business days.

If you are interested in republishing or translating our materials, you must give appropriate credit to New Lines Institute for Strategy and Policy, give credit to the author, and provide a link to the original article at the beginning of your post. For further questions, please contact [email protected].

For more information, please refer to the Author Guidelines.