Jacob Heilbrunn

Jacob Heilbrunn is editor of The National Interest.


How two nations have changed.

A new prudence about using force abroad will sustain, not undermine, American leadership abroad.

He said that economic interdependence had made war obsolete. Four years later, World War One turned him into a laughingstock. Yet his later career saw him abandon many of his own illusions.

There are growing signs of a divergence in American-Israeli relations and interests. 

Germany is no longer Europe’s most troublesome player. It’s now an indispensable nation. The power of this transformation is personified by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delicate political and diplomatic balancing act.


How can an Israeli PM mobilize U.S. politicians against a U.S. president committed to Israeli interests? Beinart's provocative answer: U.S. Jewish leaders commandeered Jewish organizations and turned them into agencies for Likud interests.

Jonathan Steinberg’s new biography depicts a Bismarck rife with contradictions. Still, it comes dangerously close to conflating the mad Junker’s cautious conservatism with the führer’s nihilism. There is more to Germany than destiny alone.

For the great historian Hugh Trevor-Roper—whose poison pen spared no ego and whose toxic overconfidence relegated him to a perpetual almost-ran—refusing to become the false prophet of a grand new theory of history was his greatest triumph.

As the GOP's leading contender in 2012, can Sarah Palin channel the optimism of her hero Reagan without abandoning her bromides against the tyranny of the ruling class?

The conservative movement is cracking up—just look at three memoirs of former administration officials. These new books may engage in justification and self-aggrandizement, but they do prescribe salves for fixing the conservative experiment.


A 2008 essay here by the controversial journalist ripped the media for living in a bubble of its own creation.

Surely it is better to hope for progress than to progress steadily toward hopelessness.

Germany and Indonesia certainly have a radical Islam problem. Stymieing
the construction of mosques here is a surefire way to create one in the
U.S. as well.

Christiane Amanpour debuted on “This Week” yesterday. Is she headed for her first big failure?

Obama’s chances for reelection may well hinge on his ability to forge a tax armistice.

Blog Posts

The Kentucky senator should be pleased with all the attention he's been getting—even when it's negative.

He deserves a chance to prove his innocence on neutral ground, and he'd love the publicity.

We've got few tools at our disposal - and Moscow's invasion will prove counterproductive.

Leon Wieseltier's risible attack on his colleague.

The latest blot on the former prime minister's reputation.

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April 19, 2014