Walter Russell Mead

Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship

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Walter Russell Mead is the Ravenel B. Curry III distinguished fellow in strategy and statesmanship at Hudson Institute.

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Grady Nixon
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Biography

Walter Russell Mead is the Ravenel B. Curry III distinguished fellow in strategy and statesmanship at Hudson Institute, the James Clarke Chace professor of foreign affairs and humanities at Bard College, and the "Global View" columnist  at the Wall Street Journal. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Mead was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, serving as the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for US foreign policy from 2003 until his departure. He is a member of Aspen Institute Italy.

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 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.

His most recent book, The Arc of A Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People (Alfred A. Knopf, 2022), is a bold history of the US-Israel relationship that examines the origins of American support for Israel and the relationship’s impact on past, present and future US policy. Mr. Mead discusses, among other things, the forgotten history of left-wing support for Zionism, the foundation of the state of Israel, the myth of the “Israel lobby” and the rise of the Sunbelt coalition in US politics.

Mr. Mead writes on a wide variety of subjects ranging from international affairs to religion, politics, culture, education and the media. He has contributed to a wide variety of leading American journals ranging from Mother Jones to GQ and frequently appears on national and international radio and television programs.

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 Aspenia. He is a native of South Carolina and lives in Washington, DC.

Events
11
August 2022
Past Event
The Arc of a Covenant: A Conversation with Walter Russell Mead and Michael Doran
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Walter Russell Mead
United States and Israel flags near the American Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. (Getty Images)
11
August 2022
Past Event
The Arc of a Covenant: A Conversation with Walter Russell Mead and Michael Doran

Please join Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow Walter Russell Mead and Senior Fellow Michael Doran for a discussion centered on Mead’s recently rel

Thursday 4:00 - 5:00PM
United States and Israel flags near the American Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Walter Russell Mead
25
July 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Dialogues on American Foreign Policy and World Affairs: A Conversation with Robert Kagan
Featured Speakers:
Robert Kagan
Walter Russell Mead
A child wears a Ukrainian flag during a rally run by people and relatives of Azov battalion servicemen's currently engaged in defending Azovstal plant, in Kyiv on May 3, 2022. (Getty Images)
25
July 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Dialogues on American Foreign Policy and World Affairs: A Conversation with Robert Kagan

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, July 25. Register for the event here.

Monday 12:00 - 1:00PM
A child wears a Ukrainian flag during a rally run by people and relatives of Azov battalion servicemen's currently engaged in defending Azovstal plant, in Kyiv on May 3, 2022. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Robert Kagan
Walter Russell Mead
24
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | War, Ukraine, and a Global Alliance for Freedom
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Walter Russell Mead
70th U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images)
24
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | War, Ukraine, and a Global Alliance for Freedom

This event will premiere on this page at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, June 24. Register for the event here.

Friday 10:00 - 10:45AM
70th U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Walter Russell Mead
19
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Ambassador’s Series: A Conversation with French Ambassador Philippe Étienne
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Philippe Étienne
Walter Russell Mead
A French flag hangs from the Arc de Triomphe during the 100 Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on November 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Getty Images)
19
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Ambassador’s Series: A Conversation with French Ambassador Philippe Étienne

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 19. Register for the event here.

Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00PM
A French flag hangs from the Arc de Triomphe during the 100 Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on November 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Philippe Étienne
Walter Russell Mead