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Think more clearly about public life in America.

National Affairs is a quarterly journal of essays about domestic policy, political economy, society, culture, and political thought. It aims to help Americans think a little more clearly about our public life, and rise a little more ably to the challenge of self-government.

The journal makes its home at the American Enterprise Institute, and draws upon a broad, diverse array of authors from a range of backgrounds and points of view. They are academics, journalists, policy experts, political practitioners, and more. Our work embodies a general outlook, but not a party line. It begins from confidence and pride in America, from a sense that our challenge is to build on our strengths to address our weaknesses, and from the conviction that chief among those strengths are our democratic capitalism, our ideals of liberty and equality under the law, and our roots in the longstanding traditions of the West.

Each issue features lively yet serious essays on the range of domestic issues: from economics and health care to education and welfare; from the legal debates of the day to enduring dilemmas of society and culture. We will devote special attention to the deeper theoretical questions of American self-government—seeking to cut through the conventional wisdom, help you make sense of complex issues, offer concrete proposals, and illuminate the ideas that move our politics.

In doing so, we strive to walk in the footsteps of our intellectual and institutional predecessor, The Public Interest, a journal that for decades enriched our public life with its unparalleled clarity and wisdom. We hope to provide the same service to Americans addressing the problems of a new era, and to serve as a venue for a new generation of thinkers and writers seeking to influence the affairs of the nation.

Click here to read our inaugural editorial, laying out the magazine’s mission and aims.

Our Editors

Yuval Levin

Managing Editor
Christina Kopp

Associate Editor 
Daniel Wiser, Jr.

Assistant Editor
Howe Whitman III

Contributing Editors
Matthew Continetti
Adam Keiper
Eli Lehrer
Ramesh Ponnuru
Reihan Salam
Adam J. White

Publication Committee

Gerard Alexander • James W. Ceaser
Eric Cohen • John J. DiIulio Jr.
Nicholas Eberstadt •
Robert P. George • Michael W. Grebe
Roger Hertog • Kay Hymowitz
Leon R. Kass • Bruce Kovner
William Kristol • Jay Lefkowitz
Lawrence Lindsey • Wilfred M. McClay
James Piereson • Diana Schaub
Tad Smith • Irwin M. Stelzer • Tevi Troy

To Contact Us

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Washington, DC 20036  Denville, NJ 07834
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