The National Interest

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The National Interest
National Interest Cover.jpg
Winter 1995/96 cover
EditorJacob Heilbrunn (since July 2013)
Executive EditorHarry Kazianis (since July 2013)
CategoriesInternational affairs
PublisherDimitri Simes
FounderIrving Kristol
First issue1985
CompanyNational Affairs, Inc. (1985–2001)
Center for the National Interest (2001–present)
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington DC

The National Interest (TNI) is an American bimonthly conservative international affairs magazine edited by the Jacob Heilbrunn and published by the Center for the National Interest, after being acquired in 2001.

The Center for the National Interest, is a Washington, D.C.-based public policy think tank that was established by former U.S. President Richard Nixon on January 20, 1994, as the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom.[1] Nixon's handpicked executive and current president, Dimitri Simes, was named in the Mueller Report as one of the “links” between Donald Trump Campaign officials and individuals with ties to the Russian government.[2]

The magazine is associated with the realist school of foreign policy thought.[3] It was founded in 1985 by Irving Kristol and until 2001 was edited by Owen Harries.[3] The National Interest is not restricted in content to "foreign policy" in the narrow, technical sense but rather attempts to pay attention to broad ideas and the way in which cultural and social differences, technological innovations, history, and religion affect the behavior of states.

Readership and design[edit]

TNI has an international readership, and excerpts from its articles have been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Australian, International Herald Tribune, Shin Dong-A, The Spectator, and Austria's Europäische Rundschau [de], as well as on online sites such as the Russian

In 2006, the magazine adopted a new, glossier cover format, based around a central image and tagline, making it look more like the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs or Foreign Policy as opposed to the staid, text-only covers of Foreign Affairs or Commentary. The magazine also added daily online content to its website.

In July 2015, the magazine published an article by Maria Butina advocating improved relations between the Russian Federation and a future US Republican presidential administration.[4] In 2018, Butina was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent.[5][6]


Since July 2013, the magazine's editor has been Jacob Heilbrunn.[7] The advisory council was chaired by James Schlesinger until his death in 2014, and has since been chaired by Charles G. Boyd. The magazine's honorary chairman is Henry Kissinger. Dimitri K. Simes is the publisher, while Paul J. Saunders is the associate publisher.

Among the members of the magazine's advisory council are Morton Abramowitz, Graham Allison, John Mearsheimer, and Dov Zakheim. The contributing editors are Andrew J. Bacevich, Ian Bremmer, Ted Galen Carpenter, Bruce Hoffman, Andrew Kohut, Paul R. Pillar, Milton Ezrati, Kenneth M. Pollack, and Nikolas Gvosdev.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Nixon Center: Mission statement Archived October 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Mueller Report, vol. I, p. 103: "Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest."
  3. ^ a b "The National Interest". Library of Congress. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Butina, Maria (June 12, 2015). "The Bear and the Elephant". The National Interest.
  5. ^ "Russian National Charged in Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States". 16 July 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Maria Butina, Suspected Secret Agent, Used Sex in Covert Plan, Prosecutors Say". The New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jacob Heilbrunn". Center for the National Interest. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  8. ^ [dead link]Masthead

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