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Walter Russell Mead

Distinguished Fellow

Walter Russell Mead is a Distinguished Fellow at 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.

His book, Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), was widely hailed by reviewers, historians, and diplomats as an important study that will change the way Americans and others think about American foreign policy. Among several honors and prizes, Special Providence received the Lionel Gelber Award for best book in English on international relations in 2002. In 2012, the Foreign Policy Research Institute awarded him its Benjamin Franklin Prize for his work in the field of American foreign policy.

Mr. Mead’s most recent book, God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007), is a major study of 400 years of conflict between Anglophone powers and rivals ranging from absolute monarchies like Spain and France through Communist and Fascist enemies in the twentieth century to al-Qaeda today. The Washington Post and the Economist listed it as one of the best books of the year.

Mr. Mead writes regular essays at the website of the American Interest on a wide variety of subjects ranging from international affairs to religion, politics, culture, education and the media. Over the years he has contributed to a wide variety of leading American journals ranging from Mother Jones and GQ to the Wall Street Journal. He serves as a regular reviewer of books for Foreign Affairs and frequently appears on national and international radio and television programs. His next book, The Arc of A Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People will be published by Knopf later this year.

Mr. Mead is an honors graduate of Groton and Yale, where he received prizes for history, debate, and his translation of New Testament Greek. He has traveled widely in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, and often speaks at conferences in the United States and abroad. He is a founding board member of New America, and also serves on the board of Freedom House. He is a native of South Carolina and recently moved from Jackson Heights, Queens to Washington, D.C.

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Walter Russell Mead quoted in The New York Times on President Trump’s America First agenda and Jacksonian populists

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Town & Country Magazine on presidents using ambassadorships as rewards

Walter Russell Mead’s American Interest article on the rise of Jacksonian Populism quoted in The Atlantic

Walter Russell Mead quoted in The Economist on progressive politics liquidating the Jacksonian influence in American life

Walter Russell Mead quoted in U.S. News and World Report on changes to the presidential nominating process

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Bloomberg News on Europe’s approach to dealing with Russia

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Washington Post on Saudi women getting to vote for the first time

Walter Russell Mead’s article on President Obama’s Syria policy quoted in New York Times

Walter Russell Mead quoted in New York Post on Jacksonians

Walter Russell Mead quoted in USA Today on the Syrian refugee crisis

Walter Russell Mead’s Senate testimony on Putin’s ambitions quoted in TIME Magazine

Walter Russell Mead quoted in Wall Street Journal on how Russia, Iran and China see the American-backed world order

Walter Russell Mead’s event with U.S. Senator Tom Cotton written up in The Hill, The Blaze, Washington Diplomat, and Daily Caller

Walter Russell Mead, Author of “Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How it Changed the World” (Alfred A. Knopf), announced as the 13th winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize.

Walter Russell Mead and Arthur Herman featured in Foreign Affairs’ Best of 2014 Compilation