Orbis, FPRI’s quarterly journal of world affairs, was founded in 1957 as a forum for policymakers, scholars, and the informed public who sought an engaging, thought-provoking debate beyond the predictable, conventional journals of that time. Over half a century later, Orbis continues to offer informative, insightful, and lively discourse on the full range of topics relating to American foreign policy and national security, as well as in-depth analysis on important international developments. Orbis readers always know the stories behind the headlines. Based upon Google Scholar, which ranks scholarly citations, Orbis is the 11th most cited journal publication for Military Studies, and is the 3rd most cited amongst Military Studies policy journals.
Orbis is edited by Mackubin (Mac) Owens, Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. A prolific writer on military affairs, Dr. Owens is a long-time associate of FPRI, where he is a Senior Fellow in the Program on National Security. From 1990–97, he was Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Boston University. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel in 1994. Dr. Owens earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dallas, his M.A. in economics from Oklahoma University and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His articles on national security have appeared in numerous publications.