Walter Russell Mead (born June 12, 1952) is an American academic. He serves as the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and Professor of American foreign policy at Yale University. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The American Interest magazine and a non-resident Scholar at the Hudson Institute.
Walter Russell Mead was born on June 12, 1952 in Columbia, South Carolina. His father, Loren Mead, is an Episcopal priest in Washington, D.C., who grew up in the South. He was educated at the Groton School, a private boarding school. He then graduated from Yale University, where he received his B.A. in English Literature.
He serves as the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and Professor of American foreign policy at Yale University. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The American Interest. In 2014, he joined the Hudson Institute as a Distinguished Scholar in American Strategy and Statesmanship. He served as the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations until 2010. He is a co-founder of the New America Foundation, a think tank that has been described as "radical centrist" [clarification needed] in orientation.
In 2003, he argued that an Iraq war was preferable to continuing UN sanctions against Iraq, because "Each year of containment is a new Gulf War", and that "The existence of al Qaeda, and the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are part of the price the United States has paid to contain Saddam Hussein." A Democrat, he has said he voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election...
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