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Monday, 08 July 2013 21:18

S. V. Lavrov

The International Life issues give us a chance to trace back the Russian diplomatic history for nearly a century – from the 1922 Genoa Conference and the Treaty of Rapallo to the foreign policy of new Russia, including initiatives to create new architecture of security and cooperation in Euro-Atlantic, in Asian-Pacifi c region and other parts of the world and efforts made to settle confl ict situations. 

I am impressed by the once and for all adopted creative credo of the International Life – to report on signifi cant events and interesting people in diplomacy, current global issues and our foreign policy in a highly professional way and at the same time with words that are clear both to foreign affairs experts and non-experts who are eager to study the foreign policy of our country. 

Today the magazine is deservedly viewed as one of the most respected print media in international relations area, the source of high-quality information and analytical materials that are in demand either in the area of diplomacy and among general readers, including foreign readers. When the world is rapidly changing and on-line media are getting more and more competitive, we’d like to make special mention of the International Life efforts to work enthusiastically and creatively, using high information technologies including web-portal. Special theme-based issues, the “Unedited History “ collection, international conferences and “panel discussions”, lectures as part of the “Golden Collection” project draw attention of the Russian and foreign scientifi c and expert community and allow to advance regularly the foreign policy agenda of our country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia highly appreciates constructive interaction with the magazine editorial staff and is ready to further develop effective cooperation contributing to successful implementation of the Russia’s foreign policy.

Our credo – being Intelligent Readers’ Choice – is not a PR slogan. It is our strongly held belief that intelligent audiences are found not exclusively among elites and in the corridors of punditry – “the street” actually abounds with intelligent readers. In today’s world, you will hardly ever come across even local events or developments which are insulated from the pervasive global context. The essence of our mission is to help people understand the dynamics of the increasingly interconnected globalizing world, to provoke thought.

Russia is legitimately proud of its diplomats steeped in the tradition which can be traced back to A.S. Griboyedov, F.I. Tyutchev, A.M. Gorchakov, and K.N. Leontyev and combines responsibility and professionalism with sharp thinking and crisp writing. We draw from this legacy and also stay hospitable to authors from around the world, with their original views and diverse perspectives on global politics. International Affairs is a journal with a keen interest in a whole range of humanities.

For us, the coverage of cultural life, Russian and foreign book reviews, studies in the history of world politics, and the publication of documents freshly extracted from archives are not sidelines but priority spheres of activity.

International Affairs has never been a ministerial outlet narrowly focused on the craft of diplomacy. For decades the journal used to be Russia’s nationwide and international brand, and is currently staging a comeback as such. Thanks to everybody: to our authors, readers, friends, to all those who are helping us.

Monday, 08 July 2013 21:01

Today’s International Affairs

Founded in 1922 as a weekly of the USSR People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs and re-established as a monthly edition in 1954, International Affairs is a journal of Russia’s Foreign Ministry covering a broad range of subjects in international politics, diplomacy, and global security. Today’s International Affairs is among the world’s key forums for discussions of international policy issues. The Russian Federation Minister of Foreign Affairs S.V. Lavrov presides over the International Affairs council. A.G. Oganesyan, international politics commentator and adviser to the Russian Federation Foreign Minister, is the journal’s editor-in-chief.

International Affairs offers a round-up and competent analysis of Russia’s and the world’s most pressing political and economic problems. Extensive connections within Russia’s Foreign Ministry reinforce the journal’s ability to serve as a credible and well-informed source of information. Contributors to International Affairs comprise a unique team of diplomats and experts from Russian and international politics, research, business, and policy analysis communities.

International Affairs is available in Russian and English. The English-language version is distributed in the US by East View Publications. International Affairs digests are also published in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese and Arabic. The journal is available to individual and corporate subscribers in Russia and 150 other countries. International Affairs hosts expert meetings, roundtables, and seminars.

Regular complements to the main issue of International Affairs provide focused coverage of special topics in international relations and economy. Essays&Analyses, a complement to International Affairs edited by Dr. Yu.K. Shafranik, president of the Global Policy and Resources Foundation, is published quarterly in print and online.

Video programs are a new informational resource set up by International Affairs.

The International Affairs website can be accessed at The journal maintains a continuously updated multimedia collection.

Papers in International Affairs are recognized as admissible research publications for defending academic degrees by the Russian Supreme Attestation Commission.

International Affairs has a media registration certificate #016560 issued on August 29, 1997.