US edition of the world's oldest magazine

Contributing editor

Jacob Heilbrunn

Jacob Heilbrunn is the editor of the National Interest and a Spectator contributing editor. He is also the author of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons.

China

Pelosi is right to put China on notice

For all his bluster, Xi Jinping doesn’t want a war

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Music

The underrated Kenny Dorham

On the fiftieth anniversary of his death, it’s well worth revisiting his remarkable career

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Politics

The January 6 committee is dismantling Trump

His rivals wait in the wings as the evidence against him mounts

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Music

A concert begun in darkness

Remembering Rafael Schächter, a conductor imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Politics

Is Bob Woodward overrated?

Fifty years on, the hero of Watergate has become little more than a stenographer

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Politics

It’s Midge Decter’s Republican Party now

The late neoconservative thinker foresaw the culture wars to come

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Politics

Conservatives need to forget about Hungary

Putinism and Orbanism are toxic. It’s time to go West, posthaste

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Music

Messenger service

First Flight to Tokyo by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers reviewed

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Politics

Zelensky basks in the world’s spotlight

The Ukrainian president folds his country’s struggle for independence into the American saga

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Music

Sibelius speaks

A new recording of a rare piece by Jean Sibelius is out

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Europe

Biden is ‘convinced’ Putin will invade Ukraine. Is Putin?

The president’s constant calling out has made it slightly more difficult for Putin to waltz in with impunity

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Europe

Springtime for liberal interventionists

A showdown with Russia is exactly what Biden wants and NATO needs

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Music

Get with the program

Both in Pittsburgh and Miami, I was struck by the rousing enthusiasm that the symphony and soloists evoked with their temerarious playing

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Politics

Biden’s Capitol speech shows how much he needs Trump

The 45th president offers the 46th a cartoonish enemy that he can rally the nation against

By Jacob Heilbrunn

Book Review

Style and substance

Réginald-Jérôme de Mans evokes a Parisian world of glittering elegance

By Jacob Heilbrunn

more writers

Stay informed

Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.

Web-only content Copyright © 2021 The Spectator // Magazine content Copyright © 2021 The Spectator