“Of course it cannot be expected that the whole body of any people will study international law; but a sufficient number can readily become sufficiently familiar with it to lead and form public opinion in every community in our country upon all international questions as they arise.”
- Elihu Root, U.S. Secretary of State (1905-1909)
“At Google, as we strive to organize all the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, our success depends on users, employees, and partners understanding the reality of interdependence in today’s world. Resources like Foreign Policy Digest will help the next generation of leaders engage more effectively in an important global dialogue about the issues which shape their lives.”
- Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google Inc.
As the world turns, it grows smaller. Shifting alliances, changes in leadership, and market trends thousands of miles away have a profound effect on our quality of lives at home. Unfortunately, while the capacity for dialogue and cooperation on issues of foreign policy has never been greater, major news outlets in the United States are scaling back their coverage of international issues. A recent study by Public Radio International shows that only about twenty percent of evening news coverage/airtime is devoted to covering international affairs. And of that twenty percent, the majority pertains to Iraq and Afghanistan.
This disconnect leaves us uninformed about the present and unprepared for the future.
Foreign Policy Digest is the answer. We focus exclusively on explaining world affairs through a platform designed for the digital media generation.We aim to make sense of new and interesting global developments to help Americans better understand the world in which we live. Every month we publish a series of articles for each of six regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, South Asia, Europe/Russia, and the Middle East. Each article highlights a significant news event and features a clear explanation of the issue involved, the appropriate level of background to provide readers with necessary context, and analysis of how the issue is likely to affect the lives of Americans.
The content created by Foreign Policy Digest can be found on mobile sites and smart phones. Our podcasts and video interviews will be made available on iTunes and YouTube, respectively. We understand that today’s generation of students and young professionals gets their news and entertainment from various Internet sources. And we want to connect with this new generation where they are—online.