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The Prospector is the blog of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI). We welcome new and established voices to submit op-eds on issues of international relations. Please see the guidelines below.


Guest authors are advised to first email a brief ‘pitch’ of their proposed blogpost to the editors at All pitches should include:

  • A short bio of the author (please include your recent publications, current research and websites).
  • A 2-3 sentence summary of the blog post and specifically, of its main argument or point.
  • For useful guidance on writing a blog post, see these Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers.


  • Submissions should be 600-1000 words, inclusive of any endnotes (which are not required).
  • Please limit visuals (e.g. graphs) to 2 items, and indicate the source and last date it was accessed.
  • The document should be single-spaced, using Times New Roman font, in 12 pt size.


  • The editors may take up to 7 days to review your submission, and reserve the right to amend or not publish it.
  • If you are concurrently submitting the op-ed to another outlet, please state this when initially submitting it to The Prospector, and inform the editors as soon as possible if you wish to withdraw your submission (e.g. because it has been published elsewhere).


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