A Conversation with Kenneth Waltz

Posted: 25 Jun 2012

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Kenneth Waltz

University of California, Berkeley

James D. Fearon

Stanford University

Date Written: June 2012


Kenneth Waltz's books and articles have definitively shaped the study of international relations over the past fifty years. He developed a version of “Realist” thinking on the subject that has structured research in the entire field, for critics and supporters alike. On March 11, 2011, at his home in New York, he was interviewed by James Fearon, a member of the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Political Science. The conversation ranged over some of his best-known arguments and the relationships between them, his thinking about contemporary international politics, and issues in the field that he thinks are understudied relative to their importance. What follows is an edited transcript of that conversation. A video of the entire conversation is available online.

Suggested Citation

Waltz, Kenneth and Fearon, James D., A Conversation with Kenneth Waltz (June 2012). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 15, pp. 1-12, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2089184 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-020511-174136

Kenneth Waltz (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

James D. Fearon

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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