Walter Russell Mead, a leading interpreter of the history of U.S.
foreign policy and America?s role in the world, has been named the
Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, announced
Council President Richard N. Haass. A Council senior fellow since
1997, Mead recently won the Lionel Gelber Prize, for Special
Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World.
The book examines American foreign policy over the past two
centuries. "Walter was the obvious choice to be the next Kissinger
Senior Fellow," said Haass. "His thoughtful application of history
and its lessons for today's foreign policy challenges is in the best
tradition of Henry Kissinger's work and writing."
Mead is currently working on a Council book on America's grand
strategy, Power, Terror, Peace, and War, that will be
released next spring. He succeeds Charles G. Boyd as holder of the
Kissinger Senior Fellowship. Boyd resigned the position to devote
his full energy to his duties as President and Chief Executive
Officer of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a
position he has held since May 2002. BENS, headquartered in
Washington, D.C., is a nationwide nonpartisan organization and the
primary channel through which senior business executives can affect
the national security institutions' structures and processes.
The senior fellowship for U.S. foreign policy was established to
honor Henry A. Kissinger, one of this country's greatest thinkers
and doers, for his distinguished contributions to the field of U.S.
foreign policy. Kissinger, a Council member since 1956, is currently
co-chairing the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on