The National Interest

The National Interest
Winter 1995/96 cover
Editor Jacob Heilbrunn (since July 2013)
Executive Editor Harry Kazianis (since July 2013)
Categories International affairs
Frequency Bi-monthly
Founder Irving Kristol
First issue 1985
Company National Affairs, Inc. (1985–2001)
Center for the National Interest (2001–present)
Country United States
ISSN 0884-9382

The National Interest (TNI) is an American bimonthly international affairs magazine published by the Center for the National Interest. It is associated with the realist school of foreign policy thought. It was founded in 1985 by Irving Kristol and until 2001 was edited by Owen Harries. The National Interest is not restricted in content to "foreign policy" in the narrow, technical sense but 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

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, 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.[1] In 2018, Butina was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent.[2][3]


Since July 2013, the magazine's editor has been Jacob Heilbrunn. 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, and Kenneth M. Pollack. Anatol Lieven and former editor Nikolas Gvosdev serve as senior editors.[4]

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