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How To Pitch: Foreign Policy

Pitch narrative stories that upend conventional wisdom about global politics, economics, people and power.

- September 23, 2015
The information in this article is current and accurate.

Circulation: 71,000; website has 3.7 million monthly unique visitors
Frequency: Six times a year
Special issue: "Leading Global Thinkers" (November/December)

Background: In the fall of 1969, Harvard chums Samuel P. Huntington and Warren D. Manshel, both critical of the Vietnam War, were looking for an editor for their new magazine, Foreign Policy, which they intended (and succeeded to an extent) to use to convince policymakers to rethink current political strategies. The publication, launched in 1970, sought to be a more digestible version of the more academically inclined Foreign Affairs, published since 1922 by the Council on Foreign Relations.

FP now analyzes policy more than it aims to set it. But the magazine continues to do what it's always done best: Help wonks and neophytes understand changing global power structures more clearly. "We show you the world you thought you knew, in a way that's nuanced and surprising," says executive editor Mindy Kay Bricker.

In 2000, the publication transitioned from a quarterly to a bimonthly. Deeply investigative, narrative reporting replaced blanket monographs, and three national magazine awards followed. Respect of an international readership led the Washington Post Company (later renamed Graham Holdings Company) to purchase Foreign Policy in 2008 from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Editor David Rothkopf was tapped in 2012 to run FP Group, which added events and newsletters to the FP print and Web mix.


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