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The National Interest
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The National Interest is a prominent quarterly international affairs journal, founded in 1985 and published by Irving Kristol. 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. It is often critical of positions taken by its rival journal, Foreign Affairs, which many see as reflecting the dominant position within the U.S. State Department.
In 1989, The National Interest published Francis Fukuyama’s famous and controversial article, The End of History? In covering the fall of Soviet Communism, The National Interest featured contributors to which included both specialists like Richard Pipes and Robert Conquest, but Nobel Prize winning novelist Saul Bellow.
The magazine has an international readership, and its articles are excerpted in newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Korea’s Shin Dong-A , the London Spectator, and Austria’s Europaische Rundschau .
Currently The National Interest is suffering from significantly declining readership, and it is unclear how much longer it will continue to be published.
The Editorial Board is chaired by Conrad Black, and co-chaired by Henry Kissinger. Its publisher is James Schlesinger. Other board members include: Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington, Charles Krauthammer, Richard Perle, and Daniel Pipes.
The journal's chief editor is John O'Sullivan.
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