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About American Affairs

American Affairs is a quarterly journal of public policy and political thought. It was founded to provide a forum for people who believe that the conventional partisan platforms are no longer relevant to the most pressing challenges facing our country.

The obsolescent ideologies and expectations of previous decades are constraining our political discourse. The hyper-partisan posturing of our politics masks an underlying conformity and complacency in our intellectual life. American Affairs, by contrast, seeks to advance a more ambitious discussion of the fundamental issues and divides of our time.

Each issue of American Affairs will explore topics in domestic and foreign policy, as well as broader debates in economic theory, political thought, and social criticism. We will feature established authors and new voices, from both the Right and the Left. Above all, contributors to this enterprise share a willingness to look beyond ossified ideological modes and a desire to offer more informed responses to perennial questions and immediate problems.

Read our mission statement here.

In the Media

“Generally speaking, an upstart journal should be both invigorating and somewhat strange, and American Affairs succeeds on both counts.”

Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker

“. . . as good a place as any to go looking for the intellectual future of conservatism.”

—Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times

The trajectory . . . thus moved from standard-issue populist remonstrance to French semiotics and then to the height of American progressivism. Clearly, this would not be The Weekly Standard or National Review.”

—Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The Nation

“In the pages of the quarterly journal’s inaugural issue, you can feel the frisson of old pieties being punctured. . . . American Affairs confounds settled ideological expectations.”

—Damon Linker, The Week

“I found the magazine lively and thought provoking and at times deeply insightful.”

—Matthew Continetti, The Washington Free Beacon

“. . . I am reading more periodicals, like this one [Glazer picks up a copy of American Affairs]. In general, I find conservative intellectual thought more interesting today than I ever did before.”

Nathan Glazer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

“erudite and thoughtful”

T. A. Frank, Vanity Fair


Editor  Julius Krein

Deputy Editor  Gladden Pappin

National Security Editor  Alexander Alden

Associate Editors  Aaron Bondar, Michael Cuenco

Contributing Editors
David Adler • Oren Cass • David P. Goldman • Yoram Hazony
Joel Kotkin • Malcom Kyeyune • Michael Lind • James Poulos


American Affairs is published quarterly by American Affairs Foundation Inc., One Boston Place, Suite 2600, Boston, Massachusetts 02108, a not-for-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Price: $10 per copy (USA), $13 (Canada). Print plus digital subscriptions: $30 for one year. For Canada, add $10 per year. For all other international subscriptions, add $20 per year. Digital only subscriptions: $20 per year. Postmaster and subscribers: send change of address, all remittances, and subscription inquiries to American Affairs, P.O. Box 3000, Denville, New Jersey 07834. Notice of nonreceipt must be sent to this address within three months of the issue date. For additional contact information, please visit the Contact Us page of this website.

Opinions expressed in articles herein, whether signed or unsigned, do not necessarily represent the views of the editors, board of advisers, American Affairs Foundation Inc., or its board of directors. Nothing in this journal is an attempt to influence the passage of any legislation or the election of any candidate.

ISSN 2475-8809 (print) | ISSN 2572-729X (online)

All contents Copyright © 2017–2021 by American Affairs Foundation Inc., unless otherwise noted.


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