The National Interest

Irving Kristol Center for the National Interest ISSN (identifier)

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
Year founded1985
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 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.

The magazine is associated with the realist school of foreign policy thought.[1] It was founded in 1985 by Irving Kristol and until 2001 was edited by Australian academic Owen Harries.[1]


Founded in 1985 by American columnist and neoconservatism advocate Irving Kristol, the magazine was until 2001 edited by Australian academic Owen Harries.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Influence and reception

The National Interest is credited with introducing ideas like "the West and the rest" and geoeconomics into public discourse.[4] 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.[5]

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."[6]

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.[7] In 2018, Butina was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent.[8][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "The National Interest". Library of Congress. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  2. ^ The Nixon Center: Mission statement Archived October 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Mueller Report, vol. I, p. 103: "Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest."
  4. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, David D. (March 13, 2005). "Battle Splits Conservative Magazine". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Fukuyama, Francis (1989). "The End of History?". The National Interest (16): 3–18. ISSN 0884-9382.
  6. ^ Kirchick, James (April 27, 2016). "Donald Trump's Russia connections". POLITICO. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  7. ^ Butina, Maria (June 12, 2015). "The Bear and the Elephant". The National Interest.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Maria Butina, Suspected Secret Agent, Used Sex in Covert Plan, Prosecutors Say". The New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2018.