The American Interest (AI) is a bimonthly magazine focusing primarily on foreign policy, international affairs, global economics, and military matters. It is available in print on newsstands and in bookstores; select articles are available free online.


The magazine was founded in 2005 by a number of members of the editorial board of The National Interest, led by former neoconservative writer Francis Fukuyama, who stated that they were upset by changes to that journal's editorial policy implemented by its new publisher, the Nixon Center.[1][2]

Several people formerly associated with The National Interest are now associated with The American Interest, including former National Interest editor Adam Garfinkle (the founding editor of The American Interest); Fukuyama, who serves as chairman of the new journal's four-man executive committee; Ruth Wedgwood, formerly a National Interest advisory council member and now an American Interest editorial board member; and Thomas M. Rickers, formerly the managing editor of The National Interest and now the managing editor of The American Interest.[3][4]


"The American Interest represents a new and fascinating sun in the expanding galaxy of opponents of Bush administration policy." —Robert S. Boynton writing in The American Prospect.[5]

Prominent contributors

Contributors to the journal are predominantly already established (rather than up-and-coming) commentators known for their expertise in international affairs, global strategy, and military matters. In addition to Fukuyama, Garfinkle, and other magazine staffers, the major contributors have included:[6]

See also


  1. ^ David D. Kirkpatrick, "Battle Splits Conservative Magazine", The New York Times, March 13, 2005
  2. ^ David Glenn, "Quarrels Cause Resignations at 'The National Interest' and Give Rise to Plans for a Rival Journal", Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2005
  3. ^ The American Interest's Masthead
  4. ^ Snapshot, via the Internet Archive, of The National Interest staff directory, January 5, 2006
  5. ^ Robert S. Boynton, "The Neocon Who Wasn't", The American Prospect, September 18, 2005
  6. ^ The American Interest's Back Issues page

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