Few academic papers in the last decade have generated as much controversy as the one published by two political scientists from the realist school last spring.
The working paper was published by Harvard, and an abridged version ran in the London Review of Books after being pulled from the Atlantic Monthly.
John Mearsheimer is R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt is Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvards Kennedy School of Government.
Together, they wrote ‘The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy’. Theyve received both praise and condemnation for their work.
Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote theyve started a much-needed public debate,
Former Secretary of State George Schultz wrote in US News and World Report: This is a conspiracy theory, pure and simple.
Harvard attorney Allen Dershowitz called it: little more than a compilation of old, false, and authoritatively discredited charges dressed up in academic garb.
Tomorrow, we hear from Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev about the types of strategic arguments Walt and Mershiemer make, but well devote todays hour to the ideas in The Israel Lobby.
Note: The online version of the interview is longer than the version broadcast.