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Foreign Policy

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CEO and Editor  David Rothkopf
Total circulation (December 2012)  101,054
Frequency  Bimonthly
Categories  News magazine news site
Founder  Samuel P. Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel
Year founded  December 1970; 46 years ago (1970-12)

Foreign Policy is an American news publication, founded in 1970 and focused on global affairs, current events, and domestic and international policy. It produces content daily on its website, and in six print issues annually.


Foreign Policy is under the leadership of CEO and Editor of The FP Group David Rothkopf, who joined FP in that role 2012 after being a regular contributor to the publication since 1997. Foreign Policy magazine and are published by The FP Group, a division of Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company). The FP Group also produces FP Events, Foreign Policy's events division, launched in 2012.


Foreign Policy was founded in the winter of 1970-71 by Samuel P. Huntington, professor of Harvard University, and his friend Warren Demian Manshel to give a voice to alternative views about American foreign policy at the time of the Vietnam War. Huntington hoped it would be "serious but not scholarly, lively but not glib." In the Spring of 1978, after six years of close partnership, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace acquired full ownership of Foreign Policy. In 2000, a format change was implemented from a slim quarterly academic journal to a bi-monthly magazine. Also, it launched international editions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

In September 2008, Foreign Policy was bought by The Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings Company). In 2012, Foreign Policy grew to become the FP Group – an expansion of Foreign Policy magazine to include and FP Events.

In December 2013, FP expanded and modernized as part of a complete website redesign. The new site was designed to present FP's readers with an expanded array of editorial features and tools.

Channels: (Regional)

  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
  • South Asia
  • (Topical)

  • The Complex
  • The Cable
  • Democracy Lab
  • Economics & Finance
  • Energy
  • National Security
  • Passport (blog)
  • Peace
  • Tea Leaf Nation
  • Tech & Cyber
  • Foreign Policy magazine

    Foreign Policy magazine publishes its print issue six times a year. Editorial features for the print publication include:

  • The Annual Global Thinkers Issue
  • The Annual War Issue
  • Ivory Tower: FP's Annual International Education Rankings
  • FP Newsletters

  • Situation Report - FP's daily national security news brief.
  • Morning Brief - FP's daily digest of top global news.
  • Flash Points - Weekly reader of highlights from delivered every Friday morning.
  • Democracy Lab Weekly Brief - Reporting on a world in transition.
  • South Asia Daily - A daily synthesis of news about Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (formerly AfPak Channel Daily Brief, focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan.)
  • Mideast Daily Brief - A daily morning overview of major news in the region.
  • Editors' Picks - An afternoon roundup of the day's top stories
  • Awards

    Since 2003, Foreign Policy has been nominated for eight National Magazine Awards, winning six - three for its print publication, and three for its digital publication at FP is the only independent magazine that has won consecutive digital national magazine awards every year from being established in 2009.


  • Foreign Policy received its first design recognition for "The Surveillance State", appearing in its annual Global Thinkers issue in December 2013. The illustration by Oliver Munday accompanied the marquee story by novelist William T. Volmann, who discussed “the surveillance state” we knowingly living in after the revelations of wide-reaching surveillance by the NSA. Munday’s illustration for FP appeared in the American Illustration annual award book (#33.)
  • 2012

  • Foreign Policy won an Overseas Press Club award for General Excellence for the best overall international coverage on a website.
  • FP’s “Qaddafi Files” won the National Magazine Award for Multimedia
  • 2011

  • Foreign Policy Magazine and former Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser were presented with a special citation for the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.
  • “Turtle Bay,” the reported blog by journalist Colum Lynch, won the Digital National Magazine Award for best reporting for a series of hard-hitting investigative articles about the United Nations.
  • 2010

  • Foreign Policy’s “The Best Defense” column authored by Tom Ricks received the Digital National Magazine Award for best blog.
  • 2009

  • Foreign Policy won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the 100,000 to 250,000 circulation category.
  • Forbes RealClearWorld designated as a top international news site.
  • 2008

  • Folio Magazine Gold Editorial Excellence (Eddie) Award – Consumer Magazine, News/Commentary/General Interest (single article), "What America Must Do" by Kenneth Rogoff, Jan/Feb 2008.
  • FP's "What America Must Do" feature received the Eddie Award as a Gold Winner for the Consumer News/Commentary/General Interest category for a Single Article.
  • Folio Magazine Silver Editorial Excellence (Eddie) Award – Consumer Magazine, News/Commentary/General Interest (single article), "A World Enslaved" by Benjamin Skinner, Mar/Apr 2008.
  • Folio Magazine Silver Editorial Excellence (Eddie) Award – Consumer Magazine, News/Commentary/General Interest (full issue), May/June 2008.
  • Media Industry Newsletter's (min) "Best of the Web" Award in the blog category for Passport a blog by the editors of Foreign Policy.
  • 2007

  • Foreign Policy won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the 100,000 to 250,000 circulation category.
  • Foreign Policy was presented as a Gold Winner by the Eddie Awards for “Who Wins in Iraq,” in the Consumer News/Commentary/General Interest category.
  • 2003

  • Foreign Policy won the National Magazine Award for Outstanding Achievement and General Excellence in the under 100,000 circulation category.
  • References

    Foreign Policy Wikipedia