Today, the founders of the publication are the Public Union “Editorial Board of the Foreign Affairs Journal. Until January 1, 2018, the Foreign Affairs Journal was published monthly. After the re-registration of the print media, the journal is to be published in an updated format.
The publication has a history of almost 80 years. The first predecessor of the journal was called “Agitator's Notebook // Publishing House of the Central Committee of the Communist Party “Soviet Ukraine”. It was a socio-political journal of the ideological department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (Bolsheviks) of Ukraine, published in Kyiv twice a month in Ukrainian and Russian since January 1941. In July 1969, the journal was renamed “Under the Banner of Leninism”, although its ideological mentor, the Central Committee of the Communist Party, which oversaw the publication until 1991, remained unchanged. The publication covered the practice of communist construction in the USSR, the struggle of the CPSU to strengthen the international movement and more. In 1992, starting from the second issue (No. 1273), the co-founders of the journal were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations of Ukraine and the editorial staff. From September to October of the same year (No. 1280-1281) the founders of the journal were only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the editorial staff.
The successor of “Under the Banner of Leninism” was the “Politics and Time” journal (registration certificate dated June 9, 1994), and its sole founder — the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The journal covered Ukraine's foreign policy, foreign economic relations, issues of international relations and the world economy, socio-political and spiritual life of Ukraine, Ukraine's activities in international organisations.
The format of the Foreign Affairs Journal — the successor of “Politics and Time” — was an attempt to make foreign policy a matter of experts, scientists, and all those who are interested in it, to convey non-standard scientific ideas to a wide audience. In this period, the co-founders of the publication were the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, SE “Politics and Time” as the publisher of the journal, and the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The editorial board comprised diplomats and international scholars. Its pages covered the history of Ukrainian diplomacy, the practices of the diplomatic service of independent Ukraine and the foreign policy of other countries, current trends and issues of international relations and international law. According to its content, the journal represented an effective discussion platform, where the best theorists and practitioners of strategy and tactics of international relations and foreign policy had the opportunity to discuss the best options for Ukraine's place in contemporary globalised world.
The transfer of rights and responsibilities from the previous co-founders of the Foreign Affairs Journal in favour of the Public Union “Editorial Board of the Foreign Affairs Journal” and allows strengthening the debatability of studies, their analytical and journalistic components, while leaving the thematic focus of the journal intact: history analysis, as well as analysis of modernity and prospects of developing the international relations and the place of Ukraine in them.
The editorial board of the journal is open to cooperation and invites Ukrainian and foreign researchers to active and fruitful creative work.
Editorial Board of the Foreign Affairs Journal