Stephen M. Walt


10 Things World Leaders Are Thankful For

The United States isn't the only country that devotes a holiday to giving thanks, yet it still feels like a quintessentially American celebration. It starts ...


The Top 5 Foreign Policy Lessons of the Past 20 Years

Tell me, friend: Do you find the current world situation confusing? Are you having trouble sorting through the bewildering array of alarums, provocations, reassurances, and ...


The Big Counterterrorism Counterfactual

The head of the British electronic spy agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, created a minor flap last week in an article he wrote for the Financial ...


Netanyahu’s Not Chickenshit, the White House Is

I've been reluctant to say much about this week's tempest in a teapot -- i.e., the U.S.-Israeli flap over "chickenshit-gate" -- because the flap itself ...


Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper

The attack on the Canadian Parliament building on Wednesday raises familiar questions about how democratic leaders should respond to such events. The death of a ...


Uncle Sucker to the Rescue

In case you hadn't noticed, the new U.S. war in Iraq is not going well. The alliance we've been trying to assemble to "degrade and ...


Much Ado About the Islamic State

Isn't 2014 wonderful? We've got a new war going against the Islamic State. Separatism continues to simmer in Catalonia and elsewhere. There's a frozen conflict ...


Competence Not Required

Something unusual happened in Washington, D.C., this week: A federal official was fired ("resigned under pressure") for doing her job badly. I refer to former ...


Survey Says

What do the American people want from U.S. foreign policy? If you're a die-hard neoconservative, a committed liberal interventionist, or somebody who thinks the solution ...

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About Stephen M. Walt

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

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