I had the honor of working from the IO editor’s chair during 1992 through 1996. Two articles that appeared in the journal during that period achieved special impact, and seven others deserve greater attention than they have received so far. I could name more and these are personal opinions; other scholars will have their own ideas.
My predecessor, Stephen Krasner, accepted “Anarchy Is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power Politics,” by Alexander Wendt, which was published in 1992. Wendt’s very highly cited article helped launch the constructivist approach to international relations.