Foreign Affairs Launches Full Archive Online

To celebrate its 90th birthday, Foreign Affairs created a new hub for its online archive to showcase the magazine's venerable history as the leading publication on U.S. foreign policy.

The archive, dating back to 1922, is now accessible at www.foreignaffairs.com/archive -- a portal to 8,000 articles from nearly 400 issues. To help Web visitors sample archive highlights, the editors have put together nine collections that trace the grand arcs of foreign policy as they played out in the magazine's pages -- from fascism and World War II to the "Rise of the Rest." For a limited time, the articles included in these collections are available with free registration. From the main archives page, visitors can also browse all past articles chronologically by issue.

"These collections take our web visitors on a magical history tour," says Editor Gideon Rose. "In addition to the greatest hits like Samuel Huntington's ‘The Clash of Civilizations' or George Kennan's ‘Sources of Soviet Conduct,' the archives hold innumerable other treasures, and our new reading lists offer wonderful tasting menus for readers to sample."

The project to convert the 90 years of print content into Web format was almost a year in the making. In March 2011, Foreign Affairs began a collaboration with Chrisian, a data conversion company, to convert PDF scans of the back issues into XML files. The files were imported into Drupal (its CMS) with the appropriate keywords and metadata to optimize search. The final files also include more than 300 images and maps, a bonus that helps convey the full depth of the archival content.

The Foreign Affairs Web site receives 50% of its referral traffic from search engines. "The introduction of thousands of new articles will help boost the reach and volume of long-tail search engine visits," says Tom Davey, Director of Web Management and Development.

Just as the print magazine has been a staple for students and researchers for nine decades, the Web site is an all-around resource for followers of global politics and economics. Subscribers get full access to the entire archive and the new issues online, and the site publishes daily Web-only content that offers insight and analysis on current events. Site licenses via I.P. address recognition are available for libraries and institutions who wish to offer the Foreign Affairs trove of material to their communities.

"What more and more of our readers are discovering is that Foreign Affairs is more than the magazine found on newsstands," says Rose. "The daily web content and full online archives - plus the print magazine, e-books, and other products - make Foreign Affairs and ForeignAffairs.com the best resource available for keeping track of the world's past, present, and future."

About Foreign Affairs:

Foreign Affairs reaches a paid audience of 170,000 between subscribers, eReader subscribers, and newsstand buyers in 190 countries. The magazine publishes six issues each year and posts daily content on the award-winning ForeignAffairs.com.

Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy through the free exchange of ideas.

Contact Christine Leonard at cleonard@cfr.org for more information on site licenses and academic resources.

 

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