Keeping up With Current Affairs

Keeping up with current affairs is a must. Besides the importance of knowing what events are transpiring throughout the world, it is a necessary use of time in order to pass the Foreign Service Officer Test and be prepared for the steps that follow the exam.

In order to keep up, below you will find a listing of all the publications suggested by the State Department on current events. The divisions are separated by periodicals, major daily newspapers, and journals with each image linking to the publishers main website.

An important notion to keep in mind: If you are going to subscribe to one of these publications, then you must commit to it. Reading the headline news or the major titles and headers will keep you updated, but this is not Twitter. What is important here is the substance. Content is king as they say and within the content is where you will find connections and references to the historical events that will help you pass the FSOT.

I look forward to hearing which periodical on the list, or not on the list, is your favorite.


US News and World Report
The Economist
Time Magazine
The Atlantic
The New Yorker

Major Daily Newspapers

Wall Street Journal
New York Times
The Washington Post
Los Angeles Times


Foreign Affairs              Foreign Policy

New York Review of Books

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