Why We Exist

The National Interest stands for realism in U.S. international relations, a conviction that foreign policy should be based upon real-world considerations—forces, pressures and passions emanating from factors of culture and geography.

Issue: Jan-Feb 2012

THIS COLUMN was instituted as a regular feature of The National Interest some seven years ago, but more recently it has appeared only from time to time. As the new editor of the magazine, my first decision was to reinstate it as a predictable element of every issue. So in the future you can expect to find it right here, at the front of the magazine, whenever you pick it up.

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