It’s a big day today at Foreign Policy.
Not only are we launching our fifth annual Global Thinkers issue, but we’re also unveiling a new website. FP has come a long way since its days as an academic journal founded in 1970, and with the redesign of the website, we take one further step toward revitalizing the magazine for the digital era. The new site is built for the social web, with sharing tools built right into article pages. (For example, try highlighting the text of this piece — you’ll see a pop-up tool that allows you instantly share on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit.) A new gallery function beautifully displays FP‘s photojournalism offerings. And the "My FP" customization feature (look for the thumbprint in the right sidebar, or at the bottom of the page on mobile) will take reader interests into account to deliver content tailored just for you. The new homepage puts all of FP‘s featured content in one gorgeous, easy-to-navigate space, with a "Breaking News" feed from FP‘s reporters and a "Stories We’re Watching" bar that provides a snapshot of news from international papers.
The redesign also highlights an expansion in the content offered by FP. Regional offerings include channels focusing on the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and South Asia (the new AfPak Channel, with an added focus on India), in addition to channels covering economics, finance, and energy. Regular readers of FP will notice that our defense coverage has been consolidated into one blog, The Complex. The Cable remains the home for our coverage of the State Department, the United Nations, and America’s foreign policy establishment. Passport stays as FP‘s staff blog and offers the day’s top news and under-the-radar items from around the world. We also have a slew of new voices and columnists who have joined the FP stable: Adm. James Stavridis, Michael Weiss, Bruce Stokes, Emile Simpson, Xeni Jardin, Kalev Leetaru, Matt Bors, and Michael Peck.
Addtionally, Monday marks the launch of FP‘s 2013 Global Thinkers issue. During the past several months, the editors of FP have huddled and argued over the biggest stories of the year to pick the 100 individuals making a difference in the world. (Eagle-eyed readers will notice that there are in fact more than 100 thinkers as some of the slots include groups of people.) The issue surveys the world of surveillance and privacy, decision-makers, challengers, environmental activists, innovators, advocates, chroniclers, healers, artists, and moguls in effort to make sense of the chaotic, fascinating world we live in. You’ll find essays by novelist William T. Vollmann on surveillance; Douglas Brinkley on Secretary of State John Kerry; E.J. Dionne Jr. on Pope Francis; and Michael Belfiore on Elon Musk. The issue, which is on newsstands now, also features a wonderful dispatch from Dharamsala, ground zero in China’s cyberwar; an interview with Leon Panetta, the man who’s held just about every job in Washington; and an essay by Robert D. Kaplan on what Late Antiquity says about the 21st century and the Syrian crisis.
In short, it’s a magazine to delve into, revel in, and carry with you as you travel around the world, and we hope the new ForeignPolicy.com will become your regular, frequent source of news about that world. So go check out the new site, tweet about it, tell your friends (on Facebook and elsewhere) about it, and let us know what you think. (We’ll keep an eye on the comments below for your feedback.)
The past few months at FP have been an intense labor of love as we have put together a new site and a double print issue. We hope that work shows — and that you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it for you.
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Passport |
Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is the author of The Arab Uprising (March 2012, PublicAffairs).
He publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Arab media and information technology, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Islamist movements.| Marc Lynch |