Authors John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government will discuss the impact of Israel's lobbying on U. S. foreign policy, the basis of their new book, The Israel Lobby and U. S. Foreign Policy, during a free, public talk and will take questions on Wednesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. in Ford Auditorium of Allen Memorial Library, 11100 Euclid Ave. on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. The event is sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice.
Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, and Walt is the Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard.
Pooling their expertise and knowledge on international foreign policy, they penned one of the most controversial articles about Israel and US relations in regards to joint military and political venture in the Middle East and in relation to the 40-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The argument initially appeared in March 2006 in Mearsheimer and Walt's article "The Israel Lobby" in the London Review of Books, according to Alice Bach, the Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies at Case. The article was expanded into their new book, just published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
"Mearsheimer and Walt's argument and conclusions have provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what has been a taboo issue in America," said Bach.
The article and book describe the level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. The authors examine the relationship of a coalition of individuals who exert political influence in a pro-Israeli direction of the country's foreign policy.
For information, contact Bach at 216-368-1637 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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