The National Interest

The National Interest is an American bi-monthly 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 Anglo-Australian 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 impact the behavior of states.

“The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Russian military—not the Syrian army or the Syrian political class—are managing Syria’s destiny.”

“The country may never become a fully-fledged democracy, but staying the course may be the only option.”

“A centralized political system in Afghanistan only intensifies the competition for power and increases the cost of holding the country together.”

"The military does not have a very impressive record of achieving victory. It has won no wars since 1945—especially if victory is defined as achieving an objective at acceptable cost....

“The so-called victory in Mosul should give us cause to question the limited options available to militaries forced to fight in cities.”

John Nagl: “Trump must to go to Afghanistan immediately—this week—to meet with his commanders and diplomats.”