Chosen by Leaders


The FP Group’s standard for excellence has in turn made it the place where world leaders turn to express their own views and to engage one another. From Bill and Melinda Gates to Israeli President Shimon Peres, from Condoleezza Rice to Senators John Kerry and John McCain, from Turkish President Abdullah Gul to Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, the FP contributor list reads much like the who’s who that is our audience. To choose just a few examples of their extraordinary engagement with FP, consider the following recent illustrations involving top U.S. government officials:

  • When the Romney and Obama campaigns went head- to-head challenges on each others international policies in March 2012 they chose FP for their dueling columns. The back-and-forth made national headlines and kicked off the foreign policy debate for the 2012 general election.

  • When General Stanley McChrystal chose to write his first major article following his resignation, he chose FP to outline his views on modern warfare.

  • Secretary of Defense Robert Gates chose FP to announce his pending retirement.

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose FP when she wrote “America’s Pacific Century”–seen by many as the first extensive description of the signature strategic shift known now as “the pivot,” the transfer of America’s focus from the Middle East to Asia.

  • When a scandal enveloped the relations between Pakistan’s ambassador and the U.S. government, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen chose FP to reveal the existence of a memo that led to the resignation of Pakistan’s ambassador.