January 3, 2013--Foreign Affairs, the magazine that has played host to many of the great debates that defined the twentieth century and that will continue to shape the twenty-first, ushers in 2013 with a new design.
The redesign signals the magazine's desire to broaden its range and appeal at a time when discussions of international affairs have come to encompass economics, business, culture, technology, religion, education, global health, women's rights, American fiscal policy, and even U.S. politics.
"Foreign Affairs has always combined authority with accessibility. Now we're putting that classic wine in a beautiful new bottle, making it even more attractive to ever-larger audiences," says Editor Gideon Rose. "We will continue to preserve and enhance our standing as the leading forum for serious discussion of important issues of foreign policy and national security."
For the first time since 1922, Foreign Affairs will feature a photographic cover. The inaugural image is the Statue of Liberty surrounded in scaffolding, with the tagline "Can America Be Fixed?"
That question is answered in two separate articles. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS and editor-at-large of Time, writes that the United States faces a bigger challenge after the fiscal cliff: a retooling to perform effectively in the twenty-first century. And Roger Altman, investment banker, cofounder of Evercore Partners, and former deputy treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, cites several reasons to be bullish on a U.S. recovery.
The new Foreign Affairs features profiles and interviews with world leaders. Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman interviews the president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, who responds to criticism that democracy is under threat in his country and offers his advice on how to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
A profile of the controversial Israeli politician Ehud Barak, also by Tepperman, notes that "if there's one indisputable fact about this most polarizing of figures, it's that he is hard to get rid of-and every retreat, even his most recent withdrawal from political life, lays the groundwork for an eventual counterattack."
The magazine--which also features a new contributors page and color photos--includes the following pieces:
• The End of the Age of Petraeus by Slate columnist Fred Kaplan
• The Volcker Way by Austan Goolsbee, former chair of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers
• The Promise of the Arab Spring by Columbia University professor Sheri Berman
• The Life of the Party by venture capitalist Eric X. Li
• Rebooting Republican Foreign Policy by noted global affairs blogger Daniel W. Drezner
• Protecting and Compensating Civilians in War by Sarah Holewinski, the executive director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict
• America's Misguided Approach to Social Welfare by George Washington University professor Kimberly J. Morgan
In an editor's note to readers--attached to an accompanying gallery of previous cover designs--Rose touched on the magazine's digital accomplishments. "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."