Foreign Affairs

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Foreign Affairs

description American foreign policy journal
language English
Headquarters New York City
First edition 1922
Frequency of publication bi-monthly
Web link
ISSN (print)

Foreign Affairs (German: "Foreign Affairs") is the title of a journal focusing on US foreign policy and international politics and international relations.

Foreign Affairs has been published in New York City since 1922 . The journal is currently published six times a year; originally until the 1990s as a quarterly , i.e. with a quarterly publication.

The editor is James F. Hoge, Jr. on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a large US think tank that includes numerous authors and scholars, including many former US presidents , US state secretaries and US treasury officials .


The frequently cited periodical is considered by many to be the leading specialist journal in its field worldwide and the “strategic journal of US foreign policy” par excellence. The Spiegel editor Wilhelm Bittorf called the magazine the “most distinguished publication for foreign policy and global economic issues” in 1975. According to a publisher's brochure on publications by the Council on Foreign Relations , the Washington Post called it the “bible of foreign policy thought”. Foreign Affairs currently has a circulation of 140,000 copies. Much of what is later implemented in concrete policy was first thought out here and developed with arguments. These include the X article by George F. Kennan , with which the containment policy was first introduced to the public in 1947, and the article Clash of Civilizations by Samuel P. Huntington , which was published in the magazine in 1993.

Foreign Affairs was founded by the Council on Foreign Relations in order to reach a broader public in addition to the political circles already used. The magazine developed into a cornerstone of the CFR. Archibald Cary Coolidge became the first editor .

There is no permanent editorial office . In addition to authors from the USA who provide the majority of the published articles, contributions from abroad are also printed. Foreign Affairs and the CFR describe themselves as politically neutral; however, the magazine is sometimes accused of preferring the US way of looking at things.

Originally, the magazine was committed to maintaining US engagement in the world (anti- isolationism ; see also Woodrow Wilson ). Today the CFR describes its objective as promoting an understanding of the world in the USA and sees itself as a source of ideas for US foreign policy. Target groups are the foreign policy actors of the USA and other western industrial nations as well as journalists, students and citizens of the USA and abroad.

The website of the multiple award-winning magazine offers a paid archive in which all articles from 1988 onwards are accessible. Selected articles from the current print edition are partially published in full. In addition, Foreign Affairs often refers to other Internet resources on the field of international politics, for example in the “Guide to International Affairs”, a detailed list of links with comments.

Selected articles in the periodical were published in German exclusively by Rheinischer Merkur, which has since been discontinued . Foreign Affairs currently cooperates u. a. also with the Russian edition of Russia in Global Affairs .

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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wilhelm Bittorf: A Politburo for Capitalism? In: Der Spiegel . No. 50 , 1975 ( online ).
  2. ^ Council on Foreign Relations: Recent Publications Spring / Summer 2012 . (PDF; 2.3 MB) accessed on February 25, 2013.
  3. , accessed on February 25, 2013