Stephen M. Walt

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs
International Security Program,
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
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Stephen Walt


Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs. He previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he served as Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. He has been a Resident Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, and he has also served as a consultant for the Institute of Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and the National Defense University. He presently serves on the editorial boards of Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Relations, and Journal of Cold War Studies, and he also serves as Co-Editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, published by Cornell University Press. Additionally, he was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005.

Professor Walt is the author of The Origins of Alliances (1987), which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award. He is also the author of Revolution and War (1996), Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (2005), and, with co-author J.J. Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby (2007).


Fall 2

  • IGA-219M What's Wrong with U.S. Foreign Policy?


  • IGA-100 International and Global Affairs:Concepts and Applications

Spring 2

  • IGA-170M Realism in International Relations

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Ikenberry, G. John, and Stephen M. Walt. "Offshore Balancing or International Institutions? The Way Forward to U.S. Foreign Policy." Brown Journal of World Affairs XIV.1 (Fall/Winter 2007): 13-23.
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy." Middle East Policy 13.3 (September 2006): 29-87.
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. "Mearsheimer and Walt Respond." Foreign Policy 155 (July/August 2006): 64-66.
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. "Unrestricted Access." Foreign Policy 155 (May/June 2006): 57-58.
    • Walt, Stephen. "The Blame Game." Foreign Policy 151 (November/December 2005): 44-46.
    • Walt, Stephen. "Taming American Power." Foreign Affairs 84.5 (Sep/Oct 2005): 105-120.
    • Walt, Stephen. “The Relationship between Theory and Policy in International Relations." Annual Review of Political Science Vol. 8 (2005).
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. "An Unnecessary War." Foreign Policy 134 (January-February 2003): 51-59.
    • Walt, Stephen. "American Primacy: Its Prospects and Pitfalls." Naval War College Review 55.2 (Spring 2002).
    • Walt, Stephen. "Nothing Revolutionary." Review of International Studies 27.4 (October 2001).
    • Walt, Stephen. "Beyond bin Laden: Reshaping U.S. Foreign Policy." International Security 26.3 (Winter 2001-2002).
  • Book Chapters
    • Walt, Stephen. "The Enduring Relevance of the Realist Tradition." Political Science: State of the Discipline III. Ed. Ira Katznelson and Helen Milner. Norton, 2002.
    • Walt, Stephen. "Keeping the World Off-Balance: Self-Restraint and U.S. Foreign Policy." America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power. Ed. G. John Ikenberry. Cornell University Press, 2002.
    • Walt, Stephen. "NATO's Future (In Theory)." Allied Force or Forced Allies? NATO After Kosovo. Ed. M. Bawley and P. Martin. St. Martin's, 2001.
    • Walt, Stephen. "Alliances." Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World, 2nd Edition. Ed. J. Krieger. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Books
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. & Foreign Editions. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.
    • Walt, Stephen. Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy. W.W. Norton, 2005.
  • Commentary
    • Walt, Stephen. "America Needs Realists, Not William Kristol.", January 16, 2008.
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. "Israel's False Friends." Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2008.
    • Walt, Stephen. "Misreading the Tea Leaves: U.S. Missteps on Foreign Policy." Boston Globe, October 5, 2006.
    • Walt, Stephen. "The World Watches as the U.S. Attempts Its Restoration." Financial Times, October 18, 2005.
    • Walt, Stephen. "Bush Needs a Mideast Exit Plan." Financial Times, London edition, September 8, 2003: 19.
    • Walt, Stephen, and John M. Mearsheimer. "Keeping Saddam in a Box." New York Times, February 2, 2003.
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. "'Realists' Are Not Alone in Opposing War With Iraq." Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2002.
    • Walt, Stephen. "Fragile: Package with Care." Boston Globe, September 30, 2001.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Walt, Stephen and John J. Mearsheimer. "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy." KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP06-011, March 2006.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Mearsheimer, John J., and Stephen Walt. "Power in Context." Economist 385.8551 (October 20, 2007): 22.
    • Walt, Stephen, and John J. Mearsheimer. "Mearsheimer and Walt Redux." Chronicle of Higher Education 54.4 (September 21, 2007): B6.
    • Mearsheimer, John, and Stephen Walt. "The Israel Lobby." London Review of Books Vol. 28, No. 6, March 23, 2006: 3-12.
    • Walt, Stephen. "In the National Interest: A New Grand Strategy of American Foreign Policy." Boston Review February/March 2005.
    • Walt, Stephen. "The Imbalance of Power." Harvard Magazine March/April 2004.
    • Walt, Stephen. "A Policy Failure?" Boston Review October/November 2002.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Mearsheimer, John, and Stephen Walt. "Setting the Record Straight: A Response to Critics of the 'Israel Lobby.'" Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy official website:, December 12, 2006.
    • Walt, Stephen. "Can Saddam Be Contained? History Says Yes." BCSIA Occasional Papers, November 2002.

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