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Stephen M. Walt
Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he served as Academic Dean from 2002 to 2006. He previously taught at Princeton University and at the University of Chicago, where he was Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, co-chair of the editorial board of International Security, and co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005.

Professor Walt’s books include The Origins of Alliances, which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award, and Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy, which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber International Affairs Book Award and the Arthur Ross Book Prize. His most recent book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (co-authored with John J. Mearsheimer) was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages. His weekly Foreign Policy column can be found at

Entries by Stephen M. Walt

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

(1031) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:58 PM

The official name for Israel's latest assault on Gaza is "Operation Protective Edge." A better name would be "Operation Déjà Vu." As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now...

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Shadow Elite: March to War - Why the Neoconservatives Are Not a Cabal or Conspiracy

(194) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 7:00 AM

For the past few weeks, to mark seven years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, this column has been focusing on what I call in my book Shadow Elite, the "Neocon core", a tiny circle of longtime ideological allies who used their interlocking relationships across government, think...

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Five Years and Counting: Ten Unpleasant Truths About the War in Iraq

(6) Comments | Posted March 19, 2008 | 7:41 PM

Full Disclosure: I opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, because I was convinced that war was unnecessary and would result in a costly, open-ended occupation. Along with several other scholars, I made the case for containment in a number of published articles, speeches, and media appearances. I also helped...

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