Scott Horton Interviews Stephen M. Walt

Scott Horton, March 29, 2011

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Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at Harvard University and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, discusses the liberal interventionists and neoconservatives uniting in support of war in Libya; how the mission to protect Libyan civilians almost immediately became a mandate for regime change – despite claims to the contrary; fighting a preventative war based on anticipated massacres and imagined regional repercussions; the risk of moral hazard, where any and all “rebel” groups can demand help and protection – a bailout, so to speak; and how the US government somehow got on the right side of history by sort-of backing the Egyptian protesters at the last minute, after decades of stabbing them in the back.

MP3 here. (20:07)

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he served as academic dean from 2002-2006. He previously 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.

He has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, and he has also been a consultant for the Institute of Defense Analyses, the Center for Naval Analyses, and Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Professor Walt is the author of Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (W. W. Norton, 2005), and, with coauthor J.J. Mearsheimer, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).

He presently serves as faculty chair of the international security program at the Belfer Center for Science and international affairs and as co-chair of the editorial board of the journal International Security. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Relations, and Journal of Cold War Studies, and co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, published by Cornell University Press. He was elected as a fellow in the American academy of arts and sciences in May 2005.

10 Responses to “Stephen M. Walt”

  1. As usual, you are right on prof. Walt. I only wish the powers that be would listen to you and not to their narcisistic hubris. The arab revolution is about the arab people, not america. God help us all.

  2. Using weapons with depleted uranium to enforce a no-fly zone is a war crime. Fallujah is worse than Hiroshima because of DU. The evil empire is asking to be destroyed.

  3. And when all of 'our dictators' are overthrown – those dictators who have suppressed or even killed the religious radical Islamics – we will then yearn to return for the days when they were in power.
    Beware what you wish for – less you get it!
    America has become 'the Great Satan' committing war crimes all over this green Earth!
    Makes one wonder – what evil would we be doing IF we were not a 'Christian nation'?

  4. If Obama is a Socialist then why is he attacking the "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya"?

    When you add this to the 2003 invasion of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party’s ‘Republic of Iraq’ and the bombing of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the 1990's – you could almost get the feeling that the last two decades since the collapse of the USSR has just been a mop up of other Socialist countries…

    It's hard to believe that such an avowedly anti-socialist country as America would elect a Socialist president…
    ;)

  5. …unfortunately, "intellectuals" like Walt, have never lived, worked, started a business, learned foreign languages, in any foreign country, let alone the Arab world…I have (I did graduate from Yale…never met so many jerks in my life) and that experience has had nothing to do with my real life experiences…it would be nice, if an "educated" opinion is actually based on something…

  6. I don't buy the notion of humanitarian preventative intervention. It was never about something bad happening if "we" don't do something. No, it was about recycling a ready made demon for the American public.

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  8. Thanks to Professor Walt for participating in this interview,
    and for his astute comments.

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