Stephen Walt

Stephen Walt

Formal First Name
1955 - present

Stephen Walt is a political scientist and the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Faculty Chair of the Belfer Center’s International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a Contributing Editor at Foreign Policy magazine, where he writes a weekly online column, and serves on the editorial boards of Security Studies, International Relations, and Journal of Cold War Studies. In addition, he is Co-chair of the editorial board of International Security, and Co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. Stephen has made important contributions to the theory of defensive neorealism, and developed the balance of threat theory. Previously, he has taught at Princeton and at the University of Chicago, where he was Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. His book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than 20 foreign languages.

Professional Experience

Academic History



  • The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy (2018)

  • The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007)

  • Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (2005)

  • Revolution and War  (1996)

  • The Origins of Alliances (1987)


  • 2014 Distinguished Senior Scholar Award, International Studies Association

  • 2010 “Top Quark” Award for Best Political Blog

  • 2010 Top 10 Global Thinkers, PULSE Media

  • 2005 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award