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War & Statesmanship

Walter Russell Mead

The American Interest

Walter Russell Mead is the Distinguished Scholar in American Strategy and Statesmanship at the Hudson Institute, the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College, and Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Mead was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, serving as the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy from 2003 until his departure.

Mr. Mead is the author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007), and The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel and the Fate of the Jewish People (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017), and writes regularly on international affairs for many of the world’s leading publications. He serves as a regular reviewer of books on American history and foreign policy for Foreign Affairs and frequently contributes articles and review essays to the journal. He appears often on national and international radio and television programs.  In 1997, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in the category of essays and criticism. In addition to his print publications, Mead is the author of the “Via Meadia” blog at The-American-Interest.com, where he writes regular essays on international affairs, religion, politics, culture, education, economics, technology, literature, and the media.

Prior to his current positions at Bard and The American Interest, Mr. Mead was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City between 1997 and 2010, serving as the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy from 2003 until his departure. He is a founding board member of the New America Foundation. Mr. Mead is an honors graduate of Groton and Yale, where he received prizes for history, debate, and the translation of New Testament Greek. He is a native of South Carolina and lives in Jackson Heights, New York.