The American Interest
|Company||The American Interest LLC|
|Based in||Washington, D.C.|
The American Interest (AI) is a non-partisan 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 Francis Fukuyama, who stated that they were upset by changes to that journal's editorial policy implemented by its new publisher, the Nixon Center.
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.
Statement of purpose 
The purpose of the AI, as described on its website, is threefold:
1. "[T]o analyze America's conduct on the global stage and the forces that shape it--not just its strategic aspects, but also its economic, cultural and historical dimensions."
2. "[T]o examine what American policy should be. It is our view that the challenges and opportunities of our time transcend the assumptions and vocabulary used by both the Left and Right in recent years, and that we need to move beyond the defense of obsolete positions."
3. "Third, though its name is The American Interest, our pages are open to the world...the AI invites citizens of all nations into the American national dialogue, convinced that Americans have much to learn from the experience and perspectives of others."
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:
- Andrew J. Bacevich
- Stephen Biddle
- Niall Ferguson
- John Lewis Gaddis
- Bernard-Henri Lévy
- Robert D. Kaplan
- Walter Russell Mead
- Ralph Peters
- Robert Reich
- Dov Zakheim
- Mary R. Habeck
See also 
- David D. Kirkpatrick, "Battle Splits Conservative Magazine," New York Times, March 13, 2005
- 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
- The American Interest's Masthead
- Snapshot, via the Internet Archive, of The National Interest staff directory, January 5, 2006
- The American Interest's "Statement of Purpose"
- Robert S. Boynton, "The Neocon Who Wasn't," The American Prospect, September 18, 2005
- The American Interest's Back Issues page