To our readers:
These days, Foreign Affairs publishes a broad range of content on a wide variety of platforms. Our innovations are increasingly coming in the digital realm, and this year alone we've released an iPad app, put out two eBooks, digitized our full archives, and ramped up online editorial content, from text to video to infographics. But our flagship print edition is also thriving, reaching its highest ever paid circulation and gaining more influence and buzz than ever before. So we decided that after a generation with our current print design, and nine decades with a nearly blank or text-based cover, it was time to put our classic wine in a beautiful new bottle.
There were several reasons for the makeover, among them to distinguish successive issues from one another, to work effectively across multiple digital platforms, and to attract an even larger general-interest readership. Our goal is to build on our strong success in recent years and to introduce fresh audiences to all our wonderful content, and so we spent a lot of time and effort coming up with an incremental redesign that would maximize our aesthetic appeal and accessibility while preserving our readability and gravitas. The January/February 2013 issue showcases our fresh new look -- an eye-catching cover; a crisp, clean layout inside; some new features. We're thrilled with how it turned out, and hope you are, too.
The issue itself, by the way, is a blockbuster. From a lead package featuring articles by Fareed Zakaria and Roger Altman on America's economic and political future, to fascinating debates over whether Chinese communism can survive and whether the Arab Spring was a good thing, to exchanges on U.S. grand strategy among some of the world's most prominent scholars of international relations, we've pulled out all the stops -- just so you won't think that we're only a pretty face. Meet the president of Turkey and the defense minister of Israel, read about the future of Republican foreign policy and the rise and fall of counterinsurgency, ponder the misguided nature of American social welfare policy and the enduring temptation of totalitarianism. All this and more in just one number.
Editor, Foreign Affairs