Advisory Council Member
Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and the Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship at Hudson Institute. Prior to that, he was the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Mead is the author of God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008); Power, Terror, Peace, and War: America’s Grand Strategy in a World at Risk (2004); and Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (2001). He was the winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize and was nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award. His most recent book, The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People (2022) examines the origins of American support for Israel and the relationship’s impact on past, present, and future U.S. policy. In February 2018, he was named Global View columnist at The Wall Street Journal. He has written for Foreign Affairs and a wide variety of leading American journals. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University; and from 1987 to 1997, President’s Fellow at the World Policy Institute at The New School. He holds a BA from Yale University.