|Company||The American Interest LLC|
|Based in||Washington, D.C.|
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 have been 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 journal's 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. In October 2018, Jeffrey Gedmin was appointed Editor-in-Chief.
As of 2 October 2020, “Due primarily to financing difficulties, The American Interest is taking a hiatus from publishing new material.”
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:
- David D. Kirkpatrick, "Battle Splits Conservative Magazine", The 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 Archived 2008-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Snapshot, via the Internet Archive, of The National Interest staff directory, January 5, 2006
- Davidson, Charles (23 October 2018). "An Important Announcement". The American Interest.
- Robert S. Boynton, "The Neocon Who Wasn't", The American Prospect, September 18, 2005
- The American Interest's Back Issues page Archived 2008-12-20 at the Wayback Machine