About the App: 

The Foreign Affairs app delivers digital issues and eBooks optimized for an ideal reading experience on the iPad. It costs nothing to download the app and get instant access to a free excerpt from the best-selling “The World Ahead” issue (Nov/Dec 2010). Current subscribers are entitled to digital access. Subscriptions are also available in the iTunes store. Individual issues and selected Foreign Affairs eBooks are also available for purchase.  

About Foreign Affairs: 

Since 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading provider of clear commentary and analysis on global affairs, international business, science and technology, history, and society. In print and online, Foreign Affairs contributors drive the conversation about the most crucial issues in the world today. Authors from across the political spectrum include Roger Altman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Niall Ferguson, Henry Kissinger, Grover Norquist, Barack Obama, Condoleezza Rice, Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria, and more. Now the digital version offers the same intellectual heft that readers have enjoyed for 90 years--without the weight on your shelf, in your backpack, or in your briefcase. 


* Easy-to-navigate layout
* Bookmark tools

* Real-time discussions about every article

* 1-year subscription for $34.95 (your subscription will automatically renew unless you change your status in your Account Settings at least 24 hours before your term ends)

* Individual issues cost $7.95

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Privacy Policy:

What’s New

Version 2.3.1

-Enhanced discernment of narrated articles
-New instructions in FAQ page to match the updates made in version 2.3
-Made some visual layout improvements
-Updated search page for more intuitive process

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5K Ratings

5K Ratings

d-a-j-o-k-r ,

Questionable Update

It looks like this update was intended to allow dynamic content and consequently the ability to use with an iPhone. What I appreciated about the old app was that it was simply digital/ePub versions of the print magazine, and therefore replicated the experience of flipping through the pages but with the added portability of having your entire collection available on the plane or a train.

One (presumably unintended) consequence of the change in the display engine is that all the subscriber special editions are no longer available, at least as far as I could find. One has to now go to the FA website and download them from there.

Many people are having trouble with validating subscriptions. This has also been a problem with previous versions of this app. I did not personally experience it this time, but understand how frustrating it is having experienced it before.

I, for one, would appreciate the ability to retain the option to read ePub versions of the issues (and keep the subscriber specials), even as a separate option within the app.

Bottom line, Foreign Affairs is a world-class publication and ought to have a world class app. It’s not quite there yet.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your review. We have now added all of the past subscriber special editions as a PDF/ePub versions.

Big Time Writer Guy ,

Can't access my digital issues

Having the same problem as others who complain they can't access their digital copies of their print subscription through the app. The latest update seems to have broken the app, and customer service says they're "aware" of the problem, but so far, after weeks, they haven't fixed it. Seriously, it worked before,roll back to the previous version.

JamesMBaker ,

Horrible app and customer service

This app is a fraction of what it should be. I haven't been able to download the new issue on time for months now and still can't get the most recent one. Moreover, when you're on the app homepage and want to read a featured article, the app makes you log in for each article you read despite already being logged in on the app itself. So, reading eight featured articles require eight individual log-ins. Ridiculous. It's a shame such stellar content is drug down by such poor digital management. It's ironic that they're covering the advancement of technology (the most recent issue is on automation) while simultaneously failing at the most basic automation themselves. Also, I've called them 5 times about this issue and emailed them. No fix yet. Just the same old "yeah, we know there's a problem, we'll fix it" runaround for months now. Horrible customer service.

App Privacy

The developer, Council on Foreign Relations, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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