Walter Russell Mead

James Clark Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities, Bard College

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clark Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College. He was the editor-at-large of  The American Interest magazine, the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Stiftung. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow in American Strategy and Statesmanship at the Hudson Institute. Mead is the author of God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World(2008);Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk(2004); and Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2001). He was the winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award. In February 2018, he was named Global View columnist at The Wall Street Journal. He writes articles, book reviews, and op-ed pieces for Foreign Affairs and other magazines and newspapers. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University; and from 1987 to 1997, the President’s Fellow at the World Policy Institute at The New School. He was a finalist for the National Magazine Award (essays and criticism) in 1997. Mead graduated from Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. 

Book Talk With Walter Russell Mead: The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People

On September 14, AGSIW hosted a discussion with Walter Russell Mead on his new book and current U.S. policy in the Middle East.