In the rarefied world of the journal-of-ideas, Foreign Affairs is at the top of its game, with a circulation of more than 163,000 in the United States. Speaking on February 28 at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Foreign Affairs‘s editor, James Hoge, Jr.—who spent three decades in newspaper journalism, on both the editorial and business sides, before taking on the journal’s editorship in 1992—discussed with students Foreign Affairs’s dual goals of educating the public and influencing policymakers; Henry Kissinger’s propensity for grudge-holding; the irony that the worst writers are often “the ones who are least aware of it”; and the encouraging fact that “a good, solid piece of analysis or interpretation can stay around for quite awhile.”

An audio file of the talk is available here. Enjoy.

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Previous Delacorte lectures:

Jon Meacham, Newsweek


Ted Genoways, Virginia Quarterly Review


Rick Stengel, Time