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Stephen Walt

Stephen Martin Walt (born July 2, 1955) is an American political scientist. He is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A member of the realist school of international relations, Walt has made important contributions to the theory of defensive neorealism and has authored the balance of threat theory. Books that he has authored or coauthored include Origins of Alliances, Revolution and War, and The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

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Walt was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where his father, a physicist, worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His mother was a teacher. The family moved to the Bay Area when Walt was about eight months old.

Walt grew up in Los Altos Hills. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Stanford University. He first majored in chemistry with an eye to becoming a biochemist but then shifted to history and finally to international relations.

After attaining his B.A., Walt began graduate work at University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a M.A. in Political Science in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1983.

Walt 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. As of 2015, he held the Robert and Renee Belfer Professorship in International Affairs in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Other professional activities

Walt was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005.

He spoke at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University in 2010. In 2012, Walt took part in a panel at the one-state solution conference at the Kennedy School, along with Ali Abunimah and Eve Spangler.

Walt spoke at Clark University in April 2013. He gave a talk at the College of William and Mary in October 2013: "Why US Foreign Policy Keeps Failing."

He delivered the 2013 F.H. Hinsley Lecture at Cambridge University.

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American power and culture

In the comprehensive 2005 article "Taming American Power", Walt argued that the US should "make its dominant position acceptable to others – by using military force sparingly, by fostering greater cooperation with key allies, and, most important of all, by rebuilding its crumbling international image." He proposed for the US to "resume its traditional role as an 'offshore balancer'", to intervene "only when absolutely necessary", and to keep "its military presence as small as possible."

In a late 2011 article for The National Interest, "The End of the American Era", Walt wrote that America is losing its position of world dominance.

Walt gave a speech in 2013 to the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, "Why does US foreign policy keep failing?" The institute later described him as seeing "an overwhelming bias among US foreign policy institutions toward an activist foreign policy" and "a propensity to exaggerate threats, noting the chances of being struck by lightning have been far greater since 2001 than death by terrorist attack." He also characterized the US as lacking "diplomatic skill and finesse" and advised Europeans "to think of themselves and not rely on the US for guidance or advice on solving their security issues." Ultimately, he argued that "the United States is simply not skilled enough to run the world."

In 2013, Walt asked "Why are Americans so willing to pay taxes in order to support a world-girdling national security establishment, yet so reluctant to pay taxes to have better schools, health care, roads, bridges, subways, parks, museums, libraries, and all the other trappings of a wealthy and successful society?" He said that the question was especially puzzling given that "the United States is the most secure power in history and will remain remarkably secure unless it keeps repeating the errors of the past decade or so."

Foreign policy

A critic of military interventionism, Walt stated,

"Hawks like to portray opponents of military intervention as 'isolationist' because they know it is a discredited political label. Yet there is a coherent case for a more detached and selective approach to U.S. grand strategy, and one reason that our foreign policy establishment works so hard to discredit is their suspicion that a lot of Americans might find it convincing if they weren't constantly being reminded about looming foreign dangers in faraway places. The arguments in favor of a more restrained grand strategy are far from silly, and the approach makes a lot more sense to than neoconservatives' fantasies of global primacy or liberal hawks' fondness for endless quasi-humanitarian efforts to reform whole regions."

Europe

In 1998, Walt wrote that "deep structural forces" were "beginning to pull Europe and America apart."

Walt argued that NATO must be sustained because of four major areas in which close co-operation is beneficial to European and American interest.

  1. Defeating international terrorism; Walt saw a need for cooperation between Europe and the United States in managing terrorist networks and stopping the flow of money to terror cells.
  2. Limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction; Walt argued that anti-proliferation efforts are most successful when Europe and the U.S. work in concert to bring loose nuclear material into responsible custody. He cited the case of Libya's willingness to abandon its nascent fission program after being pressured multilaterally as evidence of this.
  3. Managing the world economy; lowering barriers to trade and investment particularly between the U.S. and the E.U. would accelerate economic growth. Notable differences in trade policy stem mainly in areas of agricultural policy.
  4. Dealing with failed states; failed states are breeding grounds for anti-Western movements. Managing failed states such as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Somalia require a multinational response since the U.S. has insufficient wealth to modernise and rebuild these alone. In this area, European allies are especially desirable because they have more experience with peacekeeping and "nation-building".

Eastern Europe and Russia

In 2015, Walt wrote that extending invitations for NATO membership to countries in the former Soviet bloc is a "dangerous and unnecessary goal" and that nations such as Ukraine ought to be "neutral buffer state(s) in perpetuity." From that perspective, he believed that arming Ukrainian armed forces after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia "is a recipe for a longer and more destructive conflict."

Middle East

Walt said in December 2012 that America's "best course in the Middle East would be to act as an 'offshore balancer': ready to intervene if the balance of power is upset, but otherwise keeping our military footprint small. We should also have normal relationship with states like Israel and Saudi Arabia, instead of the counterproductive 'special relationships' we have today."

An article by Walt, ″What Should We Do if the Islamic State Wins? Live with it,″ appeared on June 10, 2015 in Foreign Policy magazine. He explained his view that the Islamic State was unlikely to grow into a longlasting world power on Point of Inquiry, the podcast of the Center for Inquiry in July 2015.

Israel

Walt has been a critic of the Israel lobby in the United States and the influence he says that it has on its foreign policy. He wrote that Barack Obama erred by breaking with the principles in his Cairo speech by allowing continued Israeli settlement and by participating in a "well-coordinated assault" against the Goldstone Report.

Walt suggested in 2010 that State Department diplomat Dennis Ross's alleged partiality toward Israel might make him give Obama advice that was against US interests. Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), defended Ross and criticized Walt in a piece published by Foreign Affairs, which had published Walt's piece a few days earlier. Satloff wrote that Ross's connection to WINEP is innocuous (Ross was a distinguished fellow at WINEP throughout George W. Bush's administration, and Mearsheimer and Walt's book described WINEP as "part of the core" of the Israel lobby in the United States) and that Walt mistakenly believes that the US cannot simultaneously "advance strategic partnership both with Israel and with friendly Arab and Muslim states."

After the Itamar attack, in which a Jewish family was killed on the West Bank in March 2011, Walt condemned the murderers but added that "while we are at it, we should not spare the other parties who have helped create and perpetuate the circumstances." He listed "every Israeli government since 1967, for actively promoting the illegal effort to colonize these lands;", "Palestinian leaders who have glorified violence;" and "the settlers themselves, some of whom routinely use violence to intimidate the Palestinians who live in the lands they covet."

Walt criticized the US for voting against a Security Council resolution condemning Israel's West Bank settlements and called the vote a "foolish step" because "the resolution was in fact consistent with the official policy of every president since Lyndon Johnson."

Iran

Walt has frequently criticized America's policy with respect to Iran. In 2011, Walt told an interviewer that the American reaction to an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States "might be part of a larger American diplomatic effort to put Iran on the hot seat."

"Washington continues to insist on a near-total Iranian capitulation," wrote Walt in December 2012. "And because Iran has been effectively demonized here in America, it would be very hard for President Obama to reach a compromise and then sell it back home."

Walt said in November 2013, "Americans often forget just how secure the United States is, especially compared with other states," thanks to its power, resources, and geography, and thus "routinely blows minor threats out of all proportion. I mean: Iran has a defense budget of about $10 billion... yet we manage to convince ourselves that Iran is a Very Serious Threat to U.S. vital interests. Ditto the constant fretting about minor-league powers like Syria, North Korea, Muammar al-Qaddafi's Libya, and other so-called 'rogue states.'" Therefore, whatever happens in the Middle East, "the United States can almost certainly adjust and adapt and be just fine."

Libya

After visiting Libya, Walt wrote in Foreign Policy in January 2010 that while "Libya is far from a democracy, it also doesn't feel like other police states that I have visited. I caught no whiff of an omnipresent security service—which is not to say that they aren't there.... The Libyans with whom I spoke were open and candid and gave no sign of being worried about being overheard or reported or anything like that.... I tried visiting various political websites from my hotel room and had no problems, although other human rights groups report that Libya does engage in selective filtering of some political websites critical of the regime. It is also a crime to criticize Qaddafi himself, the government's past human rights record is disturbing at best, and the press in Libya is almost entirely government-controlled. Nonetheless, Libya appears to be more open than contemporary Iran or China and the overall atmosphere seemed far less oppressive than most places I visited in the old Warsaw Pact."

David E. Bernstein, Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law, criticized Walt in 2011 for accepting funding from the Libyan government for a trip to Libya in which he addressed that country's Economic Development Board and then wrote what Bernstein called "a puff piece" about his visit. Bernstein said it was ironic that "Walt, after fulminating about the American domestic 'Israel Lobby'" had thus become "a part of the 'Libya lobby'". Bernstein also found it ironic that "Walt, a leading critic of the friendship the U.S. and Israel, concludes his piece with the hope 'that the United States and Libya continue to nurture and build a constructive relationship.' Because, you know, Israel is so much nastier than Qaddafi's Libya."

Under the headline "Is Stephen Walt Blind, a Complete Fool, or a Big Liar?", Martin Peretz of the New Republic mocked Walt for praising Libya, which Peretz called a "murderous place" and for viewing its dictator as "civilized." Peretz contrasted Walt's view of Libya, which, Peretz noted, he had visited for less than a day.

Syria

In August 2013, Walt argued that even if it turned out that Bashar al-Assad of Syria had used chemical weapons, the US should not intervene. "Dead is dead, no matter how it is done," wrote Walt. "Obama may be tempted to strike because he foolishly drew a 'red line' over this issue and feels his credibility is now at stake. But following one foolish step with another will not restore that lost standing." In September 2013, Walt wrote an open letter asking his representative to vote against a strike on Syria. Dr. Josef Olmert pointed out "at least two glaring inaccuracies," including Walt's failure to recognize that Syria is already a failed state and already riven by sectarian struggle, "something that 'realist' liberals find somehow hard to accept." Olmert noted that despite Walt's professed belief that Israel is at the center of all Middle East conflicts, Israel in fact has nothing to do with the conflicts in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, or other countries in the region, which "are mostly the makings of the Arabs, ones which ought to be solved by them."

Asia

Walt posits that offshore balancing is the most desirable strategy to deal with China. In 2011, Walt argued that China will seek to gain regional hegemony and a broad sphere of influence in Asia, which was comparable in size to the US position in the Western Hemisphere. If that happens, he predicts that China would be secure enough on the mainland to give added attention to shaping events to its favour in far flung areas. Since China is resource-poor, it will likely aim to safeguard vital sea lanes in areas such as the Persian Gulf.

In a December 2012 interview, Walt said that "the United States does not help its own cause by exaggerating Chinese power. We should not base our policy today on what China might become twenty or thirty years down the road."

Balance of threat theory

Walt developed the balance of threat theory, which defined threats in terms of aggregate power, geographic proximity, offensive power, and aggressive intentions. It is a modification of the "balance of power" theory, whose framework was refined by neorealist Kenneth Waltz.

Snowden case

In July 2013, Walt argued that Obama should give Edward Snowden an immediate pardon. "Mr Snowden's motives," wrote Walt, "were laudable: he believed fellow citizens should know their government was conducting a secret surveillance programme enormous in scope, poorly supervised and possibly unconstitutional. He was right." History, Walt suggested, "will probably be kinder to Mr Snowden than to his pursuers, and his name may one day be linked to the other brave men and women – Daniel Ellsberg, Martin Luther King Jr., Mark Felt, Karen Silkwood and so on – whose acts of principled defiance are now widely admired."

In his 1987 book The Origins of Alliances, Walt examines the way in which alliances are made and "proposes a fundamental change in the present conceptions of alliance systems."

Revolution and War (1996) exposes "the flaws in existing theories about the relationship between revolution and war" by studying in detail the French, Russian, and Iranian Revolutions and providing briefer views of the American, Mexican, Turkish, and Chinese Revolutions.

Taming American Power (2005) provides a thorough critique of US strategy from the perspective of its adversaries. Anatol Lieven called it "a brilliant contribution to the American foreign policy debate."

The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy was published on 16 October 2018.

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

In March 2006, John Mearsheimer and Walt, then academic dean of the Kennedy School of Government, published a working paper, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" and an article entitled "The Israel Lobby" in the London Review of Books on the negative effects of "the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby." They defined the Israel lobby as "the loose coalition of individuals and organizations who actively work to steer US foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction." Mearsheimer and Walt took this position: "What the Israel lobby wants, it too often gets."

The articles, as well as the bestselling book that Walt and Mearsheimer later developed, generated considerable media coverage throughout the world. Contending that Walt and Mearsheimer are members of a "school that essentially wishes that the war with jihadism had never started," Christopher Hitchens concluded, "Wishfulness has led them to seriously mischaracterize the origins of the problem...." Former US Ambassador Edward Peck wrote the "tsunami" of responses condemning the report proved the existence of the lobby and "Opinions differ on the long-term costs and benefits for both nations, but the lobby's views of Israel's interests have become the basis of U.S. Middle East policies."

Walt is married to Rebecca E. Stone, who ran for Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 2018 election. The couple has two children.

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Stephen Walt Language Watch Edit Stephen Martin Walt born July 2 1955 is an American political scientist He is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University 1 A member of the realist school of international relations Walt has made important contributions to the theory of defensive neorealism and has authored the balance of threat theory 2 Books that he has authored or coauthored include Origins of Alliances Revolution and War and The Israel Lobby and U S Foreign Policy 3 Stephen WaltBornStephen Martin Walt 1955 07 02 July 2 1955 age 66 Los Alamos New MexicoEducationStanford University B A University of California Berkeley M A Ph D SchoolNeorealismInstitutionsHarvard University University of Chicago Princeton UniversityMain interestsInternational relations theoryNotable ideasDefensive realism balance of threatInfluences Kenneth Waltz Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Career 2 1 Other professional activities 3 Opinions 3 1 American power and culture 3 2 Foreign policy 3 3 Europe 3 4 Eastern Europe and Russia 3 5 Middle East 3 6 Israel 3 7 Iran 3 8 Libya 3 9 Syria 3 10 Asia 3 11 Balance of threat theory 3 12 Snowden case 4 Books 4 1 The Israel Lobby and U S Foreign Policy 5 Personal life 6 Titles and positions 7 References 8 External linksEarly life and education EditWalt was born in Los Alamos New Mexico where his father a physicist worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory His mother was a teacher The family moved to the Bay Area when Walt was about eight months old Walt grew up in Los Altos Hills 4 He pursued his undergraduate studies at Stanford University He first majored in chemistry with an eye to becoming a biochemist but then shifted to history and finally to international relations 4 After attaining his B A Walt began graduate work at University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a M A in Political Science in 1978 and a Ph D in Political Science in 1983 Career EditWalt 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 As of 2015 he held the Robert and Renee Belfer Professorship in International Affairs in the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University 3 5 Other professional activities Edit Walt was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005 5 He spoke at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University in 2010 6 In 2012 Walt took part in a panel at the one state solution conference at the Kennedy School along with Ali Abunimah and Eve Spangler 7 Walt spoke at Clark University in April 2013 8 He gave a talk at the College of William and Mary in October 2013 Why US Foreign Policy Keeps Failing 9 He delivered the 2013 F H Hinsley Lecture at Cambridge University 10 Opinions Edit The template below POV is being considered for merging See templates for discussion to help reach a consensus The neutrality of this section is disputed Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met January 2015 Learn how and when to remove this template message American power and culture Edit In the comprehensive 2005 article Taming American Power Walt argued that the US should make its dominant position acceptable to others by using military force sparingly by fostering greater cooperation with key allies and most important of all by rebuilding its crumbling international image He proposed for the US to resume its traditional role as an offshore balancer to intervene only when absolutely necessary and to keep its military presence as small as possible 11 In a late 2011 article for The National Interest The End of the American Era Walt wrote that America is losing its position of world dominance 12 Walt gave a speech in 2013 to the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies Why does US foreign policy keep failing The institute later described him as seeing an overwhelming bias among US foreign policy institutions toward an activist foreign policy and a propensity to exaggerate threats noting the chances of being struck by lightning have been far greater since 2001 than death by terrorist attack He also characterized the US as lacking diplomatic skill and finesse and advised Europeans to think of themselves and not rely on the US for guidance or advice on solving their security issues Ultimately he argued that the United States is simply not skilled enough to run the world 13 In 2013 Walt asked Why are Americans so willing to pay taxes in order to support a world girdling national security establishment yet so reluctant to pay taxes to have better schools health care roads bridges subways parks museums libraries and all the other trappings of a wealthy and successful society He said that the question was especially puzzling given that the United States is the most secure power in history and will remain remarkably secure unless it keeps repeating the errors of the past decade or so 14 Foreign policy Edit A critic of military interventionism Walt stated Hawks like to portray opponents of military intervention as isolationist because they know it is a discredited political label Yet there is a coherent case for a more detached and selective approach to U S grand strategy and one reason that our foreign policy establishment works so hard to discredit is their suspicion that a lot of Americans might find it convincing if they weren t constantly being reminded about looming foreign dangers in faraway places The arguments in favor of a more restrained grand strategy are far from silly and the approach makes a lot more sense to than neoconservatives fantasies of global primacy or liberal hawks fondness for endless quasi humanitarian efforts to reform whole regions 15 Europe Edit In 1998 Walt wrote that deep structural forces were beginning to pull Europe and America apart 16 Walt argued that NATO must be sustained because of four major areas in which close co operation is beneficial to European and American interest 17 Defeating international terrorism Walt saw a need for cooperation between Europe and the United States in managing terrorist networks and stopping the flow of money to terror cells 17 Limiting the spread of weapons of mass destruction Walt argued that anti proliferation efforts are most successful when Europe and the U S work in concert to bring loose nuclear material into responsible custody He cited the case of Libya s willingness to abandon its nascent fission program after being pressured multilaterally as evidence of this 17 Managing the world economy lowering barriers to trade and investment particularly between the U S and the E U would accelerate economic growth Notable differences in trade policy stem mainly in areas of agricultural policy 17 Dealing with failed states failed states are breeding grounds for anti Western movements Managing failed states such as Afghanistan Bosnia and Somalia require a multinational response since the U S has insufficient wealth to modernise and rebuild these alone In this area European allies are especially desirable because they have more experience with peacekeeping and nation building 17 Eastern Europe and Russia Edit In 2015 Walt wrote that extending invitations for NATO membership to countries in the former Soviet bloc is a dangerous and unnecessary goal and that nations such as Ukraine ought to be neutral buffer state s in perpetuity 18 From that perspective he believed that arming Ukrainian armed forces after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia is a recipe for a longer and more destructive conflict 18 Middle East Edit Walt said in December 2012 that America s best course in the Middle East would be to act as an offshore balancer ready to intervene if the balance of power is upset but otherwise keeping our military footprint small We should also have normal relationship with states like Israel and Saudi Arabia instead of the counterproductive special relationships we have today 19 An article by Walt What Should We Do if the Islamic State Wins Live with it appeared on June 10 2015 in Foreign Policy magazine 20 He explained his view that the Islamic State was unlikely to grow into a longlasting world power on Point of Inquiry the podcast of the Center for Inquiry in July 2015 21 Israel Edit Walt has been a critic of the Israel lobby in the United States and the influence he says that it has on its foreign policy He wrote that Barack Obama erred by breaking with the principles in his Cairo speech by allowing continued Israeli settlement and by participating in a well coordinated assault against the Goldstone Report 5 Walt suggested in 2010 that State Department diplomat Dennis Ross s alleged partiality toward Israel might make him give Obama advice that was against US interests 22 Robert Satloff executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy WINEP defended Ross and criticized Walt in a piece published by Foreign Affairs which had published Walt s piece a few days earlier 23 Satloff wrote that Ross s connection to WINEP is innocuous Ross was a distinguished fellow at WINEP throughout George W Bush s administration and Mearsheimer and Walt s book described WINEP as part of the core of the Israel lobby in the United States and that Walt mistakenly believes that the US cannot simultaneously advance strategic partnership both with Israel and with friendly Arab and Muslim states 23 After the Itamar attack in which a Jewish family was killed on the West Bank in March 2011 Walt condemned the murderers but added that while we are at it we should not spare the other parties who have helped create and perpetuate the circumstances He listed every Israeli government since 1967 for actively promoting the illegal effort to colonize these lands Palestinian leaders who have glorified violence and the settlers themselves some of whom routinely use violence to intimidate the Palestinians who live in the lands they covet 24 Walt criticized the US for voting against a Security Council resolution condemning Israel s West Bank settlements and called the vote a foolish step because the resolution was in fact consistent with the official policy of every president since Lyndon Johnson 25 Iran Edit Walt has frequently criticized America s policy with respect to Iran In 2011 Walt told an interviewer that the American reaction to an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States might be part of a larger American diplomatic effort to put Iran on the hot seat 26 Washington continues to insist on a near total Iranian capitulation wrote Walt in December 2012 And because Iran has been effectively demonized here in America it would be very hard for President Obama to reach a compromise and then sell it back home 27 Walt said in November 2013 Americans often forget just how secure the United States is especially compared with other states thanks to its power resources and geography and thus routinely blows minor threats out of all proportion I mean Iran has a defense budget of about 10 billion yet we manage to convince ourselves that Iran is a Very Serious Threat to U S vital interests Ditto the constant fretting about minor league powers like Syria North Korea Muammar al Qaddafi s Libya and other so called rogue states Therefore whatever happens in the Middle East the United States can almost certainly adjust and adapt and be just fine 14 Libya Edit After visiting Libya Walt wrote in Foreign Policy in January 2010 that while Libya is far from a democracy it also doesn t feel like other police states that I have visited I caught no whiff of an omnipresent security service which is not to say that they aren t there The Libyans with whom I spoke were open and candid and gave no sign of being worried about being overheard or reported or anything like that I tried visiting various political websites from my hotel room and had no problems although other human rights groups report that Libya does engage in selective filtering of some political websites critical of the regime It is also a crime to criticize Qaddafi himself the government s past human rights record is disturbing at best and the press in Libya is almost entirely government controlled Nonetheless Libya appears to be more open than contemporary Iran or China and the overall atmosphere seemed far less oppressive than most places I visited in the old Warsaw Pact 28 David E Bernstein Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law criticized Walt in 2011 for accepting funding from the Libyan government for a trip to Libya in which he addressed that country s Economic Development Board and then wrote what Bernstein called a puff piece about his visit Bernstein said it was ironic that Walt after fulminating about the American domestic Israel Lobby had thus become a part of the Libya lobby Bernstein also found it ironic that Walt a leading critic of the friendship the U S and Israel concludes his piece with the hope that the United States and Libya continue to nurture and build a constructive relationship Because you know Israel is so much nastier than Qaddafi s Libya 29 Under the headline Is Stephen Walt Blind a Complete Fool or a Big Liar Martin Peretz of the New Republic mocked Walt for praising Libya which Peretz called a murderous place and for viewing its dictator as civilized Peretz contrasted Walt s view of Libya which Peretz noted he had visited for less than a day 30 Syria Edit In August 2013 Walt argued that even if it turned out that Bashar al Assad of Syria had used chemical weapons the US should not intervene Dead is dead no matter how it is done wrote Walt Obama may be tempted to strike because he foolishly drew a red line over this issue and feels his credibility is now at stake But following one foolish step with another will not restore that lost standing 31 In September 2013 Walt wrote an open letter asking his representative to vote against a strike on Syria Dr Josef Olmert pointed out at least two glaring inaccuracies including Walt s failure to recognize that Syria is already a failed state and already riven by sectarian struggle something that realist liberals find somehow hard to accept Olmert noted that despite Walt s professed belief that Israel is at the center of all Middle East conflicts Israel in fact has nothing to do with the conflicts in Syria Egypt Tunisia or other countries in the region which are mostly the makings of the Arabs ones which ought to be solved by them 32 Asia Edit Walt posits that offshore balancing is the most desirable strategy to deal with China 33 34 In 2011 Walt argued that China will seek to gain regional hegemony and a broad sphere of influence in Asia which was comparable in size to the US position in the Western Hemisphere 33 If that happens he predicts that China would be secure enough on the mainland to give added attention to shaping events to its favour in far flung areas Since China is resource poor it will likely aim to safeguard vital sea lanes in areas such as the Persian Gulf 35 36 In a December 2012 interview Walt said that the United States does not help its own cause by exaggerating Chinese power We should not base our policy today on what China might become twenty or thirty years down the road 37 Balance of threat theory Edit Walt developed the balance of threat theory which defined threats in terms of aggregate power geographic proximity offensive power and aggressive intentions It is a modification of the balance of power theory whose framework was refined by neorealist Kenneth Waltz 38 Snowden case Edit In July 2013 Walt argued that Obama should give Edward Snowden an immediate pardon Mr Snowden s motives wrote Walt were laudable he believed fellow citizens should know their government was conducting a secret surveillance programme enormous in scope poorly supervised and possibly unconstitutional He was right History Walt suggested will probably be kinder to Mr Snowden than to his pursuers and his name may one day be linked to the other brave men and women Daniel Ellsberg Martin Luther King Jr Mark Felt Karen Silkwood and so on whose acts of principled defiance are now widely admired 39 Books EditIn his 1987 book The Origins of Alliances Walt examines the way in which alliances are made and proposes a fundamental change in the present conceptions of alliance systems 40 Revolution and War 1996 exposes the flaws in existing theories about the relationship between revolution and war by studying in detail the French Russian and Iranian Revolutions and providing briefer views of the American Mexican Turkish and Chinese Revolutions 41 Taming American Power 2005 provides a thorough critique of US strategy from the perspective of its adversaries 42 Anatol Lieven called it a brilliant contribution to the American foreign policy debate 43 The Hell of Good Intentions America s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U S Primacy was published on 16 October 2018 The Israel Lobby and U S Foreign Policy Edit Main article The Israel Lobby and U S Foreign Policy In March 2006 John Mearsheimer and Walt then academic dean of the Kennedy School of Government published a working paper The Israel Lobby and U S Foreign Policy 44 and an article entitled The Israel Lobby in the London Review of Books on the negative effects of the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby They defined the Israel lobby as the loose coalition of individuals and organizations who actively work to steer US foreign policy in a pro Israel direction 45 Mearsheimer and Walt took this position What the Israel lobby wants it too often gets 46 The articles as well as the bestselling book that Walt and Mearsheimer later developed generated considerable media coverage throughout the world Contending that Walt and Mearsheimer are members of a school that essentially wishes that the war with jihadism had never started Christopher Hitchens concluded Wishfulness has led them to seriously mischaracterize the origins of the problem 47 Former US Ambassador Edward Peck wrote the tsunami of responses condemning the report proved the existence of the lobby and Opinions differ on the long term costs and benefits for both nations but the lobby s views of Israel s interests have become the basis of U S Middle East policies 48 Personal life EditWalt is married to Rebecca E Stone 49 who ran for Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 2018 election 50 The couple has two children 51 Titles and positions Edit1999 Present Belfer Professor of International Affairs John F Kennedy School of Government Harvard University 2002 2006 Academic Dean John F Kennedy School of Government Harvard University January 2000 Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies Institute for Defense and Security Studies Nanyang Technological University Singapore 1996 1999 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