Stephen M. Walt

Harvard University

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Stephen Walt is Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. A Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy magazine, he is the author of Origins of Alliances and co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.

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