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Foreign policy publications every politics graduate should read

When political science students graduate, many of them lose interest in the topics they were studying in university. New jobs and worrying about your career takes your focus, and it’s easy for students to lose touch with what is going on the world. However, being aware of major political events can be very important for job interviews. Reading foreign policy magazines will also train you to analyze current events and provide a good ideas for why conflict arises and subsides.  If you plan to work in international relations, being aware of what goes on in the world is of the utmost importance.

For English-speakers, there are a handful of notable publications to follow. It’s common to see articles from these journals listed as mandatory reading in university courses, so you might have come across a few of them already during a political science degree. While some are academic and popular news, others have more of an activist approach focused more on world inequalities and human rights.

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs is one of the most important magazines about foreign policy and international affairs. It is also a very popular magazine in Washington DC, so its readership includes many policy and decision-makers.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy covers global news and you can find many in-depth articles and analyses there. It is usually paired with Foreign Affairs as two essential reads for people working in international relations.

The Diplomat

If your focus is the Asia-Pacific region, then this is the publication for you. The articles all examine Asia or Oceania, and they cover a lot of topics and events mainstream American outlets do not write about.

 

Le Monde Diplomatique

An iconic French paper that covers global affairs with a focus on the European perspective and also viewed as more left-leaning politically. It publishes interesting news coverage and stories monthly.

Politico (Europe)

Politico has an American and a European edition. Obviously, if you are interested in European affairs, the European edition is probably the best choice. Politico is center-right, so you will probably find different takes than in Le Monde Diplomatique.

The Economist

Despite the name, The Economist does not focus only on economic affairs. It is one of the best publications to be informed about the world, although it is usually accused of being a vessel of neoliberalism.

The Atlantic

The Atlantic is an old American magazine and its “Global” section has featured many important interviews with world leaders. It also offers foreign policy analysis and news coverage of major political events on the global level. The Atlantic has conservative and liberal opinion makers and journalists, so you will find a lot of diversity in terms of analysis and positions.

World Policy Journal

If you are looking for fresh ideas about policy-making on the global level, the World Policy Journal is probably the best option for you. The writers featured are from diverse backgrounds and they are usually writing about their own countries.

New Internationalist

A grassroots magazine devoted to radical thinking to reduce inequalities on the global level. A must read for activists and campaigners.

Modern Diplomacy

A Europe-based magazine that seeks to highlight news stories and analysis beyond mainstream Western media.

Open Democracy

An online magazine to raise awareness of human rights and encourage citizens of the world to take action.

Bonus: blogs and sites for political science graduates to read

The Conversation

The “Global perspectives” section of The Conversation is the best place to find rigorous articles written by academics in a easy-to-digest writing style.

Project Syndicate

Project Syndicate describes itself as “the world’s opinion page” and it really is just that. The “Development” section in particularly stimulating for people interested in international development and human rights.

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