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 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.”

“Questions abound about why some might want to exaggerate Iranian power.”

“According to the CBO, fiscal reality is coming, and far faster than most Washington policymakers appear to realize.”

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that qualified, fresh blood is desperately needed in the Army’s general officer ranks.”

“U.S. leaders seem to believe that America can kill its way out of this mess—and that’s totally wrong.”