Stephen Walt


Stephen Walt

Stephen Martin Walt (born July 2, 1955) is a professor of international affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1983, he received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Walt developed the 'Balance of Threat' Theory, which defined threats in terms of aggregate power, geographic proximity, offensive power, and aggressive intentions. More recently Walt has attracted attention for co-authoring and publishing with John Mearsheimer an article, which was subsequently published as a book, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy", a New York Times Best Seller.

elected awards

*1988 -- Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award for "The Origins of Alliances"

Academic career

*Academic Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002-2006
*Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1999-present
*January 2000 -- Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies, Institute for Defense and Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
*1996 - 1999 -- University of Chicago, deputy dean of social sciences
*1995 - 1999 -- University of Chicago, professor
*1992 - 2001 -- "Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists", Board of Directors
*1989 - 1995 -- University of Chicago, associate professor
*1988 -- The Brookings Institution, guest scholar
*1986 - 1987 -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, resident associate
*1985 - 1989 -- "World Politics", Board of Editors
*1984 - 1989 -- Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School, assistant professor
*1981 - 1984 -- Harvard University, Center for Science and International Affairs, research fellow
*1978 - 1982 -- Center for Naval Analyses, staff

Books by Stephen Walt

*"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" (2007)
*"Taming American Power" (2005)
*"Revolution and War" (1996)
*"The Origins of Alliances" (1987)

Israel Lobby

In March 2006, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, academic dean of the Kennedy School of Government, published a working paper [http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/Research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP06-011/ The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy] and an article [http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/print/mear01_.html The Israel Lobby] in the London Review of Books on the negative effects of "the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby". They define the Lobby as "the loose coalition of individuals and organisations who actively work to steer US foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction". The articles generated considerable media coverage throughout the world.

External links

* [http://ksghome.harvard.edu/~swalt/ Home Page]
* [http://ksgfaculty.harvard.edu/Stephen_Walt Profile at Harvard University]
* [http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/213/stephen_m_walt.html Prof. Walt's publications - full text]
* [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/rosnerBlog.jhtml?itemNo=697960&contrassID=25&subContrassID=0&sbSubContrassID=1&listSrc=Y&art=2#article697960 Kennedy School removes its logo from lobby 'study'] Rosner's Blog, Haaretz, March 22, 2006
* [http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people5/Walt/walt-con0.html Conversations with History] with Harry Kreisler, November 2005
* [http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5342 Stephen Walt's War On Israel] , The American Thinker
* [http://jpundit.typepad.com/jci/2006/03/walt_mearsheime.html Another source of links to critiques on The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy]
* [http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/Research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP06-011 The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy] , Paper available for download from Harvard website
* [http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3506 What the Israel lobby wants, it too often gets] , Mearsheimer and Walt respond to their critics in Foreign Policy


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