The National Interest
Winter 1995/96 cover
|Editor||Jacob Heilbrunn (since July 2013)|
|Executive Editor||Harry Kazianis (since July 2013)|
|Company||National Affairs, Inc. (1985–2001)|
Center for the National Interest (2001–present)
|Based in||Washington DC|
The National Interest (TNI) is an American bimonthly conservative international affairs magazine edited by American journalist Jacob Heilbrunn and published by the Center for the National Interest, a public policy think tank based in Washington D.C. that was established by former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1994 as the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom.
In 2001, The National Interest was acquired by The Center for the National Interest, a public policy think tank based in Washington D.C. that was established by former U.S. President Richard Nixon on January 20, 1994 as the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom. 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.
In 2005, ten editors of The National Interest resigned due to different viewpoints regarding the magazines acquisition and with the larger editorial board. Those who left founded a separate journal, The American Interest.
Influence and reception
The National Interest is credited with introducing ideas like "the West and the rest" and geoeconomics into public discourse. Political scientist Francis Fukuyama formulated his early political and philosophical thoughts on the end of history at the journal, which argued that the worldwide spread of liberal democracies and free-market capitalism of the West and its lifestyle may signal the end point of humanity's sociocultural evolution and become the final form of human government.
Writing in Politico, journalist James Kirchick argued in 2016 while commenting on Donald Trump's Russian relationships that The National Interest and its parent company "are two of the most Kremlin-sympathetic institutions in the nation’s capital, even more so that the Carnegie Moscow Center."
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. In 2018, Butina was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent.
- The American Interest, founded in 2005 by former members of the TNI editorial board
- National Affairs
- Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy
- Timeline of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections
- "The National Interest". Library of Congress. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
- The Nixon Center: Mission statement Archived October 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Mueller Report, vol. I, p. 103: "Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest."
- Kirkpatrick, David D. (March 13, 2005). "Battle Splits Conservative Magazine". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
- Fukuyama, Francis (1989). "The End of History?". The National Interest (16): 3–18. ISSN 0884-9382.
- Kirchick, James (April 27, 2016). "Donald Trump's Russia connections". POLITICO. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
- Butina, Maria (June 12, 2015). "The Bear and the Elephant". The National Interest.
- "Russian National Charged in Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States". www.justice.gov. 16 July 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- "Maria Butina, Suspected Secret Agent, Used Sex in Covert Plan, Prosecutors Say". The New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2018.