Vigorous debate, informed commentary and fresh ideas are much needed to help citizens cope with the profound forces reshaping our world. So welcome to The American Interest, which will add to our understanding of consequential issues in politics, culture and international relations.
James F. Hoge, Jr.
Editor, Foreign Affairs
In today’s saturated media environment, many would consider the launching of a new print publication too bold an initiative. Ironically, one devoted to advancing intelligent debate about the pressing dilemmas of our time will be considered even more risky. We were told as much five years ago, when we relaunched Foreign Policy magazine.
Today, I can safely tell you that the pessimists are wrong. In fact, I expect The American Interest to do very well. This confidence is based in our experience at FP. We have consistently found that powerful ideas have a way of finding their way into the national— indeed the global—conversation. This is especially true if they are presented in a way that respects the needs of readers rather than the idiosyncrasies of authors. I know that the world-class thinkers behind The American Interest will ensure that each issue will have powerful ideas that will be amply debated. I also know that your presence will force us at Foreign Policy to produce an even more interesting magazine. We welcome your arrival and wish you a long life and much success. We will be reading you.
Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Knowing that The American Interest will not confine itself to a narrow notion of national interests, I very much look forward to what promises to be a fresh voice in the necessary and never-ending conversation about the not-so-manifest destiny of an experiment that continues to entertain, if ever so gingerly, the possibility that it is, in the words of the Founders, a novus ordo seclorum. All the best with this important project.As ever,
(The Rev.) Richard John Neuhaus
Editor-in-Chief, First Things
The advent of The American Interest is an important and welcome event in the public discussion about America’s distinctive role in the world. Adam, your intellectual scope, professional experience and wise sensibility will help you to conduct a distinguished orchestra on the themes of culture, politics and foreign policy. Welcome to the block.
Editor, Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs
Never before have so many had so much access to so much information and commentary about the events of the day. It is a revolution. All praise to it. Unfortunately, this newfound abundance of raw material can obscure the problem of the shortage in reliable guidance for making one’s way through it. Historically, such guidance has always been in short supply. The purpose of publications such as the one I edit is to try to provide it. Another serious entry in the pursuit of this aim, The American Interest, is cause for celebration. There’s more than enough work for all capable hands, so let’s get to it.
Editor, Policy Review
Welcome to The American Interest from Prospect magazine in London. Starting a magazine from scratch is a tiring but exhilarating business (as I discovered ten years ago). I particularly welcome the fact that—-like Prospect—-you will be open to different currents of argument, even if you will have a dominant voice of pragmatic conservatism. As our own dominant voice is a realistic liberalism we will no doubt often be on different sides of arguments, but Prospect wishes you well in the years ahead.
David Goodhart Editor, Prospect
It is a rare pleasure to welcome a new magazine of ideas into the world, especially one with such a distinguished cast and such high promise. The great issues confronting our country urgently need the kind of sustained and serious reflection they will receive in The American Interest.
Steven Lagerfeld Editor, The Wilson Quarterly
Congratulations on the birth of The American Interest. I wish you well, for we all need to understand better the times of great change and challenge in which we live.
Gen. Colin L. Powell (USA, Ret.) McLean, Virginia