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In the contemporary world also, the academic community is faced with increasing calls for being useful and relevant. But what is the actual space for academic expertise and policy analysis in the making of foreign policy? How do the two coincide and coexist temporally? The article takes its starting point the work of Robert Cox and Fred Chernoff to debate the issue of policy-relevant knowledge and theory. In addition, the article seeks to analyze the spatial and temporal aspects of providing scholarly analysis in the actual making of policy. Drawing from this, the article concludes by sketching out three strategies, or roles, a scholar may apply in trying to get the message across different audience groups and in different contingencies.