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Editorial influence and brand appeal grows with second consecutive nomination for top industry award

NEW YORK, NY—January 15, 2016—Foreign Affairs magazine, the world’s leading forum for serious discussion of global affairs, has received its second consecutive nomination for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The 2016 National Magazine Awards, the publishing industry’s highest honor, will be announced by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) on February 1.

Foreign Affairs was named a 2016 finalist for General Excellence in the Literature, Science, and Politics category, along with Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Aperture, and Nautilus. It was named a finalist in the same category in 2015. “We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Gideon Rose, the magazine’s editor. “These nominations show that it is possible to maintain the highest standards of traditional editorial quality while putting out an ever-expanding, multiplatform, contemporary global publication.”

Published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs appears bimonthly in print as well as featuring multiple original articles daily on its website, In recent years, the 94-year-old magazine has continued to provide comprehensive coverage of its core territory of American foreign policy even as it has broadened its reach to tackle all issues in the global public sphere, with the hallmarks of its brand remaining seriousness of purpose, intellectual and practical authority, and accessible presentation.

“The demand for high quality content is demonstrated by our consistent audience growth over the past three years, and their extraordinarily level of engagement,” said Publisher Lynda Hammes. “Being recognized by our peers in the publishing industry is just icing on the cake.”

The lead print packages nominated for the 2016 National Magazine Award, for example, included not only an assessment of the Obama administration’s foreign policy record and a survey of the “post-American Middle East,” but also a look at racial issues across the globe. Web articles recognized for the award included discussions of rhetoric of the Islamic State (or ISIS), gay rights in Ireland, the impact of modernization on marriage patterns in India, and how climate change is triggering witch hunts in Africa.

During 2015, the magazine broke news with an exclusive interview by Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, offering a disturbing look into the mind of the dictator currently waging a bloody civil war.

Foreign Affairs also launched a top-to-bottom redesign of its website, expanding its reach and broadening its range of digital content. And it expanded new features such as a podcast series, high-profile video interviews, photo galleries, and regular polls of experts on pressing policy questions. The new content and presentation is resonating with audiences, moreover, as the magazine has been rewarded with a record number of subscriptions, web traffic, and social media followers.

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Friday, January 15, 2016