“Lackluster”

I’m not usually the piling-on type, especially when the victim is a clown like Marty Peretz, but let me join Matt Yglesias, Rob Farley, and Scott Lemieux is saying that calling Stephen Walt‘s career “lackluster” is beyond ridiculous. The Origin of Alliances, and the balance of threat theory in general, are immensely influential; BOT and Mearsheimer‘s offensive realism are easily the most significant developments in realist theory since Waltz. Compared to someone whose main political theory is “Arabs are bad”, Walt holds up quite well. If you want a primer on his “lackluster” career, see here.

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