Jacob Heilbrunn is the editor of The National Interest, a foreign policy magazine that was founded by Irving Kristol in 1985. He began his career as an assistant editor at the magazine, where his first issue was the one featuring Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History?” essay. He went on to become a senior editor at the New Republic and an editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times. He has written on both foreign and domestic issues for numerous publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Reuters, Washington Monthly, and Weekly Standard. He has also written for German publications such as Cicero, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Der Tagesspiegel.
In 1994 he was an Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Berlin, Germany. In 1996 he was a Japan Society Fellow in Tokyo, where he studied Japanese nationalism. In 2007 he won the George F. Kennan Award for commentary on German-American relations. In 2008 his book They Knew They Were Right: the Rise of the Neocons was published by Doubleday. It was named one of the 100 notable books of the year by The New York Times.