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 is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Professor Walt was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005 and received the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Senior Scholar award in 2014.  His books include The Origins of Alliances, (1987) which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award; Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (2005) which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber International Affairs Book Award and the Arthur Ross Book Prize; and (with John J. Mearsheimer) The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007) a New York Times best-seller that has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages.  His latest book is The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy (2018).