Public Appearances

I’ve made numerous appearances on Chicago Public TV, CNN, NPR, and NewsHour. I’ve also given interviews and public talks. You can find links to video, audio, or transcripts of each appearance below.

Radio and TV Appearances

July 30, 2023

Ukraine war is a long-term danger

The Grayzone

July 13, 2023

Why Ukraine won’t be joining NATO anytime soon

The Bottom Line

June 9, 2023

Is Ukraine’s fight also Australia’s fight? North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and its border crackdown and Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy, 50 years on

ABC: Tom Switzer

August 6th, 2022

Ukraine: a foolish and unnecessary war

Tom Switzer the ABC Australia

June 8, 2022

Russia is not a serious threat to the United States


June 6, 2022

The New Era of Great Power Competition | John Mearsheimer & Stephen Walt

Hidden Forces

May 5, 2022

PBS News Hour: U.S. shifts goals on war in Ukraine

PBS News Hour

December 16, 2021

What next for US-China relations?

Between The Lines with Tom Switzer

November 16, 2021

Nuclear weapons, Taiwan and other key issues addressed on Biden-Xi call

PBS News Hour

November 9, 2021

The Lawfare Podcast: America, China and the Tragedy of Great-Power Politics

Jen Patja Howell

October 25, 2021

John Mearsheimer on Krystal Nation

Andrew Krystal

June 15, 2021

Is Joe Biden’s policy towards China ‘Trump 2.0’?

CGTN Global Thinkers

Aug 26, 2021

Defending the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Between The Lines with Tom Switzer

October 15, 2020

The Clash of Great Powers: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Primacy

UChicago Yuen Campus in Hong Kong

June 20, 2020

Will Fight With China Push India Closer To US?

Rahul Kanwal

September 30, 2019

Allies Watch Closely as Trump Impeachment Probe Intensifies

Chicago Tonight, WTTW

August 8, 2019

China and the US: Should Australia Choose Trade or Security?

Radio Debate on "Between the Lines" with Kevin Rudd, former Australian Prime Minister

August 5, 2019

The Post-Liberal International Order Has Arrived

Radio Interview on "Late Night Live" with Phillip Adams

June 20, 2019

Has Trump broken the ‘rules-based international order’?


December 6, 2018

The Shifting Current in US Foreign Policy

Between The Lines

September 25, 2018

New Book Argues US Foreign Policy is ‘Doomed to Fail’

Chicago Public TV

September 20, 2018

Unresolved: U.S. National Security

Intelligence Squared

July 16, 2018

American Scholars Say The Real Threat To The U.S. Is Russophobia


July 16, 2018

Trump: Putin’s Election Meddling Denial ‘Stong and Powerful’

Chicago Tonight , WTTW Chicago Public Media

July 11, 2018

How Trump’s ‘Bullying’ Approach Might Affect NATO

PBS News Hour, WTTW Chicago Public Media

May 10, 2018

Was Donald Trump Right to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal?

ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

February 15, 2018

Containing North Korea

ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

December 20, 2017

Russia and China React Angrily to U.S. National Security Report


November 3, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: The Future of Great Power Politics

The American Conservative

October 9, 2017

GOP Senator Warns Trump’s Recklessness Could Lead to World War III

Chicago Tonight

September 18, 2017

Co-Authors Reflect Ten years After Publishing Controversial Book, ‘The Israel Lobby’

WBEZ91.5 Chicago

August 1, 2017

Trump To Sign Sanctions Against Russia ‘Soon’

Chicago Tonight

July 22, 2017

Is American prestige and influence in decline as a result of the Trump administration’s foreign policy? And if so what does it mean for Australia?

ABC Sunday Roundtable on Sunday Extra

June 21, 2017

Trump Administration in Foreign Territory as Global Crises Mount

Chicago Tonight

December 22, 2011

In Face of Coordinated Attacks in Iraq, Should U.S. Have Stayed Put?

PBS Newshour

May 15, 2012

NATO & Afghanistan

WTTW Chicago Tonight

May 23, 2012

Hegemonic wrangling or co-prosperity

CCTV News Dialogue in China

July 9, 2012

Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Bring ‘Stability’ But Risks

PBS Newshour

July 13, 2012

Debate: Should Iran get the bomb?

BBC News

March 3, 2013

U.S. Pro-Israel Lobby,

The Heat, CCTV News

July 23, 2013

White House Reaffirms Syrian Rebel Support as Pentagon Outlines Options, Risks

PBS Newshour

August 28, 2013

Should U.S. Punish Syria? Debating Legality, Effectiveness and National Interest

PBS Newshour

September 3, 2013

America & Syria on the Brink

WTTW Chicago Tonight

September 10, 2013

President Obama to Address Nation on Syria

WTTW Chicago Tonight

September 12, 2013

Backers of Israel Press for Strikes on Syria

NPR Morning Edition

September 12, 2013

Russian President Makes ‘Plea for Caution’ in Syria

WTTW Chicago Tonight

December 2013

Global Outlook: State of International Politics

United Daily News TV in Taiwan

March 4, 2014

Few Options for U.S. on Russia’s Ukraine Intervention?

PBS Newshour

September 18, 2014

Inside the Islamic State

Radio Open Source: arts, ideas & politics with Christopher Lydon

October 4, 2014

Did NATO Provoke Putin?

Radio National: Saturday Extra (Australia))

November 21, 2014

Russia: A Foe Again?

The Agenda with Steve Paiken

February 2, 2015

Should the U.S. beef up military support to Ukraine?


February 5, 2015

The Ukraine Crisis fuels tensions between Russia and the West

Radio National

February 10, 2015

Playing with Fire? A Debate on U.S. Arming Ukraine & NATO Expansion to Russia’s Borders

Democracy Now

March 2, 2015

New Security Architecture for Europe: Bringing Russia in from the Cold


March 5, 2015

Ukraine is a Laboratory of Social Engineering

Russia Today Deutsch: The Missing Part

March 9, 2015

US used to bullying, unwilling to change habits

Russia Today

March 18, 2015

The West Blew It Big Time and Irreversibly Endangered European Security

Russian Insider

July 1, 2015

US Deployment of Heavy Military Equipment to the Baltics and Eastern Europe Esculates Tension with Russia

Between the Lines

August 6, 2015

Is American Foreign Policy Misdirected?

Radio National

September 25, 2015

What Did and Didn’t Get Done at the U.S.-China White House Summit

PBS Newshour

April 23, 2016

Obama’s Chilly Reception in Saudi Arabia

Radio National Saturday Extra

May 3, 2016

Analyzing Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Agenda

WBEZ Chicago

June 27, 2016

The Geopolitical Ramifications Of The ‘Brexit’ Vote

WBEZ Chicago

October 20, 2016

Competition & Attrition

Russia Today

December 20, 2016

Rebel Defeat in Aleppo Underscores U.S. Policy Failures

Chicago Tonight

January 9, 2017

“Trump’s Russia Reset: President -Elect Welcomes Warmer Ties with Old Foe

Chicago Tonight

February 27, 2017

Trump’s Russia Policy Sends Mixed Messages as Investigations Mount

Chicago Tonight

April 7, 2017

Analysis: United States Launches Airstrikes In Syria

WBEZ Chicago

April 9, 2017

Trump, Syrian and what’s next

Radio National-Sunday Roundtable

July 1, 2019

Why Are Iran and North Korea Pursuing Nuclear Programs?

Steve Bynum on WBEZ91.5


September 26, 2023

Who Really Started Ukraine War?

Judge Napolitano - Judging Freedom

July 1, 2023

US Power & the Darkness Ahead for Ukraine

Glenn Greenwald

April 28, 2023

Is China the Real Winner of Ukraine War? | Endgame

Gita Wirjawan

April 26, 2023

Russia Hawks and China Hawks (Overtime)

Robert Wright for the Nonzero

April 26, 2023

Russia Hawks and China Hawks | Robert Wright & John Mearsheimer

Robert Wright for the Nonzero

November 28, 2022

John Mearsheimer: The West is playing Russian roulette


June 16, 2022

Why is the US not pushing for an end to the Ukraine war?

Steve Clemons for Aljazeera

April 14, 2022

Who Gains The Most From The Ukraine-Russia War & What Could End Putin’s Assault

CRUX India

April 7, 2022

John Mearsheimer on War in Ukraine with Katrina vanden Heuvel, Ambassador Jack Matlock, Nicolai Petro, Marlene Laruelle and James W. Carden

American Committee for US-Russia Accord

March 22, 2022

John Mearsheimer on Ukraine, International Relations, and the Military

C-SPAN Booknotes+ Podcast

February 7, 2022

The Return of Great Power Politics: America in the 21st Century

The Norwegian Atlantic Committee

January 28, 2022

Handling Russia And China

Andrew Sullivan

December 1, 2021

Pacific Century: John Mearsheimer On The Inevitable US-China Rivalry

Michael R. Auslin

December 12, 2021

The Hale Podcast with John J Mearsheimer: A Realpolitik View of US-China Relations

Lyric Hughes Hale

December 12, 2021

‘No flashpoint in Cold War as dangerous as Taiwan is today’ – Mearsheimer, Wang Yiwei on whether China, US can avoid tragedy of great power politics

Hu Yuwei

October 19, 2021

The New Cold War

Tom Switzer at the Center for Independent Studies

October 14, 2020

King’s Think Tank Interview Series: American Foreign Policy and Security Issues with China

King's College London Defense and Diplomacy Policy Center

September 23, 2020

Deutsche Welle Interview: ‘The US won’t tolerate China as peer competitor’

Rodion Ebbighausen, Deutsche Welle

August 17, 2020

U.S.-China rift runs real risk of escalating into a nuclear war

Kenji Minemura

August 4, 2020

NIICE Nepal: The Plague and The Future of Great Power Politics

Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement

August 3, 2020

Conversation: How Covid-19 Will Affect World Politics

Conversation Six

May 20, 2020

Guancha Syndicate Interview: Mearsheimer on Sino-American Relations

Guancha Syndicate

June 23, 2020

University of Michigan Debate: Realism and the Rise of China

University of Michigan

June 20, 2020

Panel Debate: US Foolishly Fed the Rise of China

Rahul Kanwal

May 28, 2020

Vindicated: John Mearsheimer saw today’s bellicose China coming

Tom Switzer

December 26, 2019

The Failure of American Hegemony: Why Nationalism Trumps Liberalism Every Time

Hidden Forces Podcast with Demetri Kofinas

October 15, 2019

China-U.S. Competition: Inevitable or Manageable?

Tian Wei at the CGTN

May 27, 2019

John J. Mearsheimer in Shaking the Global Order

Alan Alexandroff at Global Summitry

February 21, 2018

Book Discussion with John Mearsheimer

Interview at SETA Foundation

October 5, 2018

A Critical Look at the U.S.’s Efforts to Spread Its Liberal Ideals Around the World

Interview at The Hoover Institution

January 31, 2017

Trump and Trade: Extreme Tactics in Search of a Point

The New York Times

June 23, 2016

The Proposed referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union would be no danger to peace


March 10, 2016

Crouching Tiger: John Mearsheimer On Strangling China And The Inevitability of War

Real Clear Politics

October 31, 2015

German Specialist with the U.S. political scientist John Mearsheimer

Russia Today

July 8, 2015

Mearsheimer v. Nye on the Rise of China

Bill Callahan, The Diplomat

January 29, 2014

Neoconservatives Are in Real Trouble

The National Interest

August 15, 2013

Israel and the Two-State Solution: Fantasy or Reality?

Chicago Policy Review

June 24, 2012

Power as the Currency of International Relations, Disciplining US Foreign Policy, and Being an Independent Variable

Theory Talks

Reconsidering America’s Future

Christopher Gombeski, The Politic: A Yale Undergraduate Journal of Politics

January 4, 2008

Speaking Truth to Power

Electronic Politics

September 2007

Seven Questions: The Israel Lobby Revisited (with Stephen M. Walt)

Foreign Policy

December 2, 2007

Debating the Israel Lobby

Bruce Feiler,

October 2, 2007

The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

September 19, 2007

Domestic Politics and International Relations (with Stephen M. Walt)

Harry Kreisler, "Conversations with History" series

July 2006

Grabbing the Third Rail (with Stephen M. Walt)

Mother Jones


Conversations in International Relations – Interview with John J. Mearsheimer (Part I)

International Relations, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2006), pp. 105-124


Conversations in International Relations – Interview with John J. Mearsheimer (Part II)

International Relations, Vol. 20, No. 2 (2006), pp. 231-243

Public Talks

May 24, 2023

Ukraine Salon

Committee for the Republic

December 1st, 2022

The 2022 Holberg Debate: John Mearsheimer and Carl Bildt on Ukraine, Russia, China and the West

Holberg Debate

September 6, 2022

The Sugar High of Unipolarity: Why U.S. Military Interventions Increased after the Cold War

Quincy Institute

May 12, 2022

Munk Debate: Russia-Ukraine War | Stephen Walt, John Mearsheimer v Michael McFaul, Radosław Sikorski

Munk Debate

January 19, 2022

Expert Discussion: Russia and the West on Security Guarantees in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna

Valdai Club

June 26, 2014

Russia, Ukraine and the West: Is Confrontation Inevitable?

Chatham House

October 5, 2021

World Economy Working Group: Is U.S.-China Conflict Unavoidable?

International Economic Association

September 25, 2015

Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault?

The University of Chicago

December 16, 2021

Debate: Should the U.S. Seek to Contain China?

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

Dec 14, 2021

“The Past and Future of the US-China Relations” Lecture at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Moscow State Institute of International Relations

March 10, 2021

“Why Leaders Lie?” at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Vishnu Som

February 17, 2021

“World on the Edge”: the crisis of the Western liberal order

London School of Economics Political Science

November 5, 2020

TAC’s 7th Annual Foreign Policy Conference: Great Power Politics in the ’20s and Beyond

The American Conservative

July 24, 2020

Debate: Will NATO still be relevant in the future?

The Atlantic Council

May 7, 2020

Debate: Has China Won? Mahbubani vs Mearsheimer

Tom Switzer at the Centre for Independent Studies

September 23, 2019

H-Diplo|ISSF Roundtable 11-2

Robert Jervis, Columbia University

August 8, 2019

China Debate: John Mearsheimer versus Hugh White

The Centre for International Studies

June 28, 2019

The Transatlantic Relationship Has Been Irreparably Damaged

Intelligence Squared and the German Marshall Fund, Brussels, Belgium

November 16, 2017

The Case for Restraint

The Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies

November 15, 2017

The False Promise of Liberal Hegemony

The Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies

November 13, 2017

The Roots of Liberal Hegemony

The Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies

March 25, 2017

Changes in the Israel Lobby

National Press Club, Washington D.C.

November 16, 2016

Maximizing the Opening with Iran

NIAC, Washington, D.c.

October 25, 2016

World Order: Quo Vadis

Valdai Conference, Sochi, Moscow

October 18, 2015

Global Order and Great Power Politics in the 21st Century

Valdai Club, Moscow, Russia

October 14, 2015

China and the U.S. Are Long Term Enemies

debate before Intelligence Square U.S.

November 18, 2014

Will Democracy Have Competitors in the 21st Century?

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

October 3, 2014

Structural Realism

The Open University

June 27, 2014

Is this the Cold War II?

The New York Times

December 7, 2013

Taiwan in the Shadow of a Rising China

Association of International Relations in Taiwan

November 2, 2013

Can China Rise Peacefully? (with Yan Xuetong)

Tsinghua University

October 12, 2013

Reflection: A Celebration of the Life of Kenneth N. Waltz

Columbia University. SIWPS

April 10, 2013

Future of the Army: The Rise of China and the Decline of the U.S. Army

U.S. Army War College Strategy Conference

June 4, 2011

Imperial by Design

Talk before University of Chicago alumni

August 4, 2010

The Gathering Storm: China’s Challenge to U.S. Power in Asia

Michael Hintze Lecture in International Security, University of Sydney

April 29, 2010

The Future of Palestine: Righteous Jews vs the New Afrikaners

The Hisham Sharabi Memorial Lecture, The Palestine Center, Washington, D.C.

September 9, 2008

Resolved: End America’s Special Relationship with Israel

debate before Yale Political Union, Yale University, New Haven, CT

May 29, 2008

Congress and Israel

comments at the Council for the National Interest (CNI) Public Hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

February 7, 2008

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Support for Israel

talk before Chicago Friends of Israel, University of Chicago

October 30, 2007

Israel and American Academia

comments at symposium on "Freedom and the University," Columbia University

October 12, 2007

In Defense of Academic Freedom

comments at "In Defense of Academic Freedom" conference, University of Chicago

June 10, 2005

Remains of Education

Address to Class of 2005, University of Chicago

October 14, 2004

E.H. Carr vs. Idealism: The Battle Rages On

E.H. Carr Memorial Lecture, Aberystwyth, UK

June 11-12, 2004

The United States and the World in the 21st Century

Graduation Speech, University of Chicago

September 21, 1997

Aims of Education

Address to Class of 2001, University of Chicago