Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead

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Walter Russell Mead is the James Clark Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and editor at large of the American Interest. Until 2010 Mead was the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations; until 2011 he was a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University. He is the author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2002, winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award); Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America's Grand Strategy in a World at Risk (2005); and God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2007). His blog, Via Meadia, appears at the American Interest online.

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The Checkered History Of Arms Control

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Arms control agreements have become an accepted part of the diplomat’s toolkit. They’re taught in seminars at places like Johns Hopkins’ SAIS and Harvard’s Kennedy School; they’re name-checked alongside peace treaties and trade agreements as things diplomats do; negotiating and monitoring them is even a career track.

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A More Powerful United States

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Thursday, March 26, 2015

The revolution in U.S. energy production is one of the big stories of our time, and it has consequences for the future of America’s primary geostrategic project of generating, leading, and defending a liberal capitalist world order. Not every result of American energy production will be positive, but the net effect will be to support America’s ability to play a leading role in world affairs.

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Point the Way Out of the Hole

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Friday, December 19, 2014

The first step for the United States in the Middle East is to observe the First Rule of Holes: stop digging. The pursuit of a nuclear understanding with Iran without simultaneously acting to constrain Iran’s effort to dominate the region has destabilized the Sunni world, undermined key American alliances, and contributed to the rise of ISIS and related groups.

Give Them the Tools

by Walter Russell Mead via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nations struggling toward democracy need not pressure but encouragement.

Crazy Like a Fox

by Walter Russell Mead via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nice to have, suicidal to use: the bizarre logic of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.

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Turkey's Struggles Point to the Need for Allies

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Republic of Turkey is geographically, politically, and culturally, an odd-looking member in an alliance known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Turkey has a long coastline washed by the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara, the Aegean Sea, and the Mediterranean, but it is hundreds of miles from the Atlantic. Turkish democracy for most of NATO’s history could best be described as an aspiration rather than a reality.

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North Korea’s Nuclear Necessity

by Walter Russell Mead via Strategika
Thursday, August 1, 2013