Publications

I have produced a large number of books, articles, op-ed pieces, and unpublished papers. They can be accessed through the links below.

Books

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018

Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities

John J. Mearsheimer

Translated into 3 languages: Chinese, Korean, and Italian.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2011

Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics

John J. Mearsheimer

Translated into 12 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, and Turkish.

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Translated into 24 languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, and Vietnamese.

New York: Norton, 2001

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

John J. Mearsheimer

Translated into 9 languages. Updated Edition, New York: Norton, 2014.

New York: Cornell University Press; London: Brassey's, 1988

Liddell Hart and the Weight of History

John J. Mearsheimer

Translated into Chinese.

New York: Cornell University Press, 1983

Conventional Deterrence

John J. Mearsheimer

Op-Ed Pieces

The New York Times, July 1, 2019

Iran Is Rushing to Build a Nuclear Weapon — and Trump Can’t Stop It

John J. Mearsheimer

The National Interest (online), November 27, 2016.

Donald Trump Should Embrace a Realist Foreign Policy

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times paid advertisement, September 8, 2015

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Is In America’s National Interest

John J. Mearsheimer et al.

New York Times, February 8, 2015

Don’t Arm Ukraine

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, March 13, 2014

Getting Ukraine Wrong

John J. Mearsheimer

London Review of Books Blog, November 16, 2012

A Pillar Built on Sand

John J. Mearsheimer

The Financial Times, March 5, 2012

Mr. Obama Must Take a Stand Against Israel over Iran

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Counter Punch, May 23, 2011

Obama and the Iron Cage

John J. Mearsheimer

Sydney Morning Herald, August 3, 2010

Trouble Brewing in the ‘hood’

John J. Mearsheimer

Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2010. Reprinted in Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 5 (July 2010), pp. 14-15

Israel’s Fated Bleak Future

John J. Mearsheimer

ondon Review of Books, Vol. 31, No. 6 (March 26, 2009), p. 22

The Lobby Falters

John J. Mearsheimer

Newsweek, December 7, 2009

Afghanistan: No More the Good War

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Policy (online), November 2, 2009

Hollow Victory

John J. Mearsheimer

London Review of Books, Vol. 31, No. 2 (January 29, 2009)

LRB Contributors React to War in Gaza

John J. Mearsheimer

Newsweek, December 8, 2008

Know the Limits of U.S. Power

John J. Mearsheimer

Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2008

Israel’s false friends: U.S. presidential candidates aren’t doing the Jewish state any favors by offering unconditional support

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

London Review of Books, March 23, 2006

The Israel Lobby

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

The Australian, November 18, 2005

The Rise of China will Not Be Peaceful at All

John J. Mearsheimer

letter published in the New Republic, August 9, 2004, p. 4.

Real World

John J. Mearsheimer

The New York Times, February 2, 2003

Keeping Saddam Hussein in a Box

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

New York Times paid advertisement, September 26, 2002

War with Iraq Is Not in America’s National Interest

John J. Mearsheimer et al.

New York Times, November 4, 2001

Guns Won’t Win the Afghan War

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, January 11, 2001

The Impossible Partition

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, March 24, 2000

India Needs The Bomb

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, April 19, 1999

Redraw the Map, Stop the Killing

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Van Evera

New York Times, October 19, 1998

A Peace Agreement That’s Bound To Fail

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, May 17, 1998

Here We Go Again

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, October 7, 1997

The Only Exit From Bosnia

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, September 24, 1996

Hateful Neighbors

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Van Evera

New York Times, March 31, 1993

Shrink Bosnia to Save It

John J. Mearsheimer

New York Times, February 8, 1991

Will Iraq Fight or Fold Its Tent? Liberation in Less Than a Week

John J. Mearsheimer

Chicago Tribune, January 15, 1991

A War the U.S. Can Win – Decisively

John J. Mearsheimer

Articles and Book Chapters

Avancer sans théorie

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt

This is the French translation of Leaving Theory Behind, originally published in EJIR (2013)

Horizons, Issue 14 (Summer 2019), pp.12-29

Realism and Restraint

John J. Mearsheimer

La Vela, 2019

Forthcoming – Ritorno al futuro: La crisi dell’Europa dopo la Guerra fredda

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Spring 2019), pp. 7-50

Bound to Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Liberal International Order

John J. Mearsheimer

Strategic Studies Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Winter 2018), pp. 3-8

Conventional Deterrence: An Interview with John J. Mearsheimer

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Affairs, Vol 95. No. 4 (July/August 2016), pp. 70-83

The Case for Offshore Balancing

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Military Review, Vol. 96, No. 3 (May/June 2016), pp. 27-31

Defining a New Security Architecture for Europe that Brings Russia in from the Cold

John J. Mearsheimer

International Studies Review, Vol 18, No. 1 (March 2016) pp.1-3

Benign Hegemony

John J. Mearsheimer

Translated into Czech by Sandra Knudsen: https://www.zoobio.se/teaching/2017/06/22/benigni-hegemonie/

National Interest No. 139 (September/October 2015), pp. 34-35

What is America’s Purpose

John J. Mearsheimer

in Akeel Bilgrami and Johnathan R. Cole, Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom?, (Columbia Univeristy Press, 2015) pp. 316-333

Israel and Academic Freedom

John J. Mearsheimer

in Audience Cost and the Vietnam War, H-Diplo/ISSf Forem, No. 3, November 7, 2014, pp.86-89

Comments

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Affairs, Vol 93, No. 6 (November/December 2014), pp. 167-171.

Moscow’s Choice

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Affairs, Vol. 93 No. 5 (September/October 2014), pp. 1-12

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

John J. Mearsheimer

The National Interest, No. 130 (March/April 2014), pp. 29-39

Taiwan’s Dire Straits

John J. Mearsheimer

The National Interest, No. 129 (January/February 2014), pp. 9-30

America Unhinged

John J. Mearsheimer

European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 19, No. 3 (September 2013), pp. 427-57

Leaving Theory Behind: Why Simplistic Hypothesis Testing is Bad for IR

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Faculty Research Working Paper No. RWP13-001, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, January 2013

Leaving Theory Behind: Why Hypothesis Testing Has Become Bad for IR

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

in Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, eds., International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity, 3rd Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 77-93

Structural Realism

John J. Mearsheimer

in George F. Kennan, American Diplomacy, expanded ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), pp.vii-xlvii

Introduction

John J. Mearsheimer

in Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor, eds., After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine, (London: Saqi Books, 2012), pp. 135-153

The Future of Palestine: Righteous Jews vs. the New Afrikaners

John J. Mearsheimer

Security Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3 (July-September 2011), pp. 424-430

Realists as Idealists

John J. Mearsheimer

Vita e Pensiero, No. 3 (May/June 2011), pp. 23-31

Asia e Pacifico: ora la Cina sfida davvero gli States

John J. Mearsheimer

International Relations, Vol. 23, No. 2 (June 2009), pp. 241-256

Reckless States and Realism

John J. Mearsheimer

Also published as "Reckless States and Realism," in Ken Booth, ed., Realism and World Politics (New York: Routledge, 2011), pp. 124-40

The National Interest, No. 111 (January/February 2010), pp. 16-34

Imperial by Design

John J. Mearsheimer

The Chinese Journal of International Politics, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Winter 2010)

The Gathering Storm: China’s Challenge to US Power in Asia

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Affairs, Vol. 89, No. 6 (November/December 2010)

Review: The Best and the Brightest

John J. Mearsheimer

The Spectator, (October 2, 2010)

Australians Should Fear the Rise of China

John J. Mearsheimer

Blatter fur deutsche und internationale Politik, (October 2010)

China vs. USA: Der aufziehende Strum

John J. Mearsheimer

European Political Science, Vol. 9, 2 No. 3 (September 2010)

Why Is Europe Peaceful Today

John J. Mearsheimer

The American Conservative, August 2010, pp. 10-12

Sinking Ship

John J. Mearsheimer

Leviathan, Vol. 37, No. 4 (December 2009), pp. 519-531

Warum herrscht Frieden in Europa?

John J. Mearsheimer

The American Conservative, May 18, 2009

Saving Israel from Itself

John J. Mearsheimer

Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 7, No. 02 (June 2009), pp. 259-273

The Blind Man and the Elephant in the Room: Robert Lieberman and the Israel Lobby

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Security Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1 (March 2009), pp. 58-78

Is It Love or the Lobby? Explaining America’s Special Relationship with Israel

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

The American Conservative, January 26, 2009, pp. 6-8.

Another War, Another Defeat

John J. Mearsheimer

China Security, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Spring 2008), pp. 9-10

Rivalry in the Offing

John J. Mearsheimer

Jordan Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Summer 2008), pp. 35-44

The Israel Lobby in the United States

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

in Naoto Yoshikawa and Kazuhiko Noguchi, Perspectives on International Relations (Tokyo: Keiso Text Selection, 2006), pp. i-vi

Forward

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Policy, No. 155 (July/August 2006), pp. 57-58, 64-66

The War over Israel’s Influence

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Current History, Vol. 105, No. 690 (April 2006), pp. 160-162

China’s Unpeaceful Rise

John J. Mearsheimer

in Carlo Masala, Kenneth N. Waltz: Einführung in seine Theorie und Auseinandersetzung mit seinen Kritikern (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2005)

Zu Diesem Buch

John J. Mearsheimer

opendemocracy.com, posted May 19, 2005

Hans Morgenthau and the Iraq War: Realism versus Neo-Conservatism

John J. Mearsheimer

Excerpted as "Realism is Right," in The National Interest, No. 81 (Fall 2005), p. 10. Also published as "Hans Morgenthau und der Irakkrieg: Realismus versus Neokonservatismus," in Merkur, Vol. 59, No. 677/678 (September-October 2005), pp. 836-844. Also published as "A Case Study of Iraq - Analogies to Vietnam?" in Christian Hacke, Gottfried-Karl Kindermann, and Kai M. Schellhorn, eds., The Heritage, Challenge, and Future of Realism (Gottingen: V&R Unipress, 2005), pp. 139-148.

International Relations, Vol. 19, No. 3 (September 2005), pp. 354-359. [My response to five pieces responding to my "E.H. Carr vs. Idealism" piece]

The Mores Isms the Better

John J. Mearsheimer

International Relations, Vol. 19, No. 2 (June 2005), pp. 139-152

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

John J. Mearsheimer

A Debate with Zbigniew Brzezinski on the Rise of China, Foreign Policy, No. 146 (January-February 2005), pp. 46-49

Clash of the Titans

John J. Mearsheimer

in G.O. Mazur, ed., One Hundred Year Commemoration to the Life of Hans Morgenthau (1904-2004) (New York: Semenenko Foundation, 2004), pp. 184-196

Power and Fear in Great Power Politics

John J. Mearsheimer

Palestine-Israel Journal, Vol. 15, Nos. 1 & 2 (2008), pp. 147-152

The U.S. Should Act as an Honest Broker

John J. Mearsheimer

in Ian Shapiro, Rogers M. Smith, and Tarek E. Masoud, eds., Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 388-394.

A Self-Enclosed World?

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Policy, No. 134 (January-February, 2003), pp. 50-59

An Unnecessary War

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Reprinted in Australian Financial Review, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Germany), Prospect (UK), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), Magyar Narancs (Hungary), Foreign Policy-Arabic Edition, Foreign Policy-Turkish Edition, Gestion (Ecuador), Opposing Viewpoints: Middle East (Gale Group); and in Micah L. Sifry and Christopher Cerf, eds., The Iraq Reader: History, Documents, Opinions (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003), pp. 414-424

(Cambridge, MA: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs), November 12, 2002)

Can Saddam Be Contained? History Says Yes

John J. Mearsheimer

The National Interest, No. 69 (Fall 2002), pp. 13-16

Hearts and Minds

John J. Mearsheimer

in Michael Brecher and Frank P. Harvey, eds., Realism and Institutionalism in International Studies (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2002), pp. 23-33

Realism, the Real World, and the Academy

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 5 (September/October, 2001), pp. 46-61

The Future of the American Pacifier

John J. Mearsheimer

The National Interest, No. 65 (Fall 2001), pp. 123-129

Kissinger’s Wisdom … and Advice

John J. Mearsheimer

in Philosophy and Literature, Vol. 22, No. 1 (April 1998), pp. 137-155

The Aims of Education

John J. Mearsheimer

in Philosophy and Literature, Vol. 22, No. 1 (April 1998), pp. 193-98

Teaching Morality at the Margins

John J. Mearsheimer

in Geir Lundestad, ed., No End To Alliance: The United States and Western Europe (New York: St. Martin's, 1998), pp. 221-242.

The Future of America’s Continental Commitment

John J. Mearsheimer

New Republic, December 18, 1995, pp. 16-21.

When Peace Means War

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Summer 1995), pp. 82-93. [My response to four pieces responding to my "False Promise" piece].

A Realist Reply

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Winter 1994/1995), pp. 5-49

The False Promise of International Institutions

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in Michael E. Brown et al., eds., The Perils of Anarchy: Contemporary Realism and International Security (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995), pp. 332-376; Michael E. Brown et al., eds., Theories of War and Peace: An International Security Reader (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998), pp. 329-383; Karen Mingst and Jack Snyder, eds., Essential Readings in World Politics (New York: Norton, 2000); Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, 7th ed, revised by Kenneth W. Thompson and W. David Clinton (New York: McGraw Hill, pp. 569-585. Originally published as Working Paper No. 10 for the Project on the Changing Security Environment and American National Interests, John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, November 1994.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol. 49, No. 6 (June/July 1993). Review of Deborah Shapley, Promise and Power: The Life and Times of Robert McNamara (New York: Little, Brown, 1993).

McNamara’s War

John J. Mearsheimer

Foreign Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 3 (Summer 1993), pp. 50-66.

The Case for a Ukrainian Nuclear Deterrent

John J. Mearsheimer

The New Republic, June 14, 1993, pp. 22-28

The Answer: A Three-Way Partition Plan for Bosnia And How the U.S. Can Enforce It

John J. Mearsheimer and Robert A. Pape

in Graham Allison and Gregory Treverton, eds., Rethinking America's Security: Beyond Cold War to New World Order (New York: Norton, 1992), pp. 213-237.

Disorder Restored

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Summer 1990), pp. 5-56

Back to the Future: Instability in Europe After the Cold War

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in Sean M. Lynn-Jones, ed., The Cold War and After: Prospects for Peace (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1991), pp. 141-192; Michael E. Brown et al., eds., The Perils of Anarchy: Contemporary Realism and International Security (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995), pp. 78-129. and Michael E. Brown et al., eds., Theories of War and Peace: An International Security Reader (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998), pp. 3-54.

International Security, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Winter 1990/1991), pp. 219-222

Correspondence: Back to the Future, Part III: Realism and the Realities of European Security

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Fall 1990), pp. 194-199

Correspondence: Back to the Future, Part II: International Relations Theory and Post-Cold War Europe

John J. Mearsheimer

The Atlantic, August 1990, pp. 35-50.

Why We Will Soon Miss the Cold War

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in numerous places. Also see "Letters to the Editor: The Cold War Reconsidered," The Atlantic, November 1990, pp. 8-16.

International Security, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Spring 1989), pp. 54-89.

Assessing the Conventional Balance: The 3:1 Rule and Its Critics

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Spring 1989), pp. 128-144

Correspondence: Reassessing Net Assessment

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Spring 1988), pp. 174-185.

Numbers, Strategy, and the European Balance

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Fall 1986), pp. 3 57.

A Strategic Misstep: The Maritime Strategy and Deterrence in Europe

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in Robert J. Art and Kenneth N. Waltz, eds., The Use of Force, 3rd ed. (New York: University Press of America, 1988), pp. 590-617; and Steven E. Miller and Stephen Van Evera, eds., Naval Strategy and National Security (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988), pp. 47-101.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol. 41, No. 7 (August 1985), pp. 158 162.

Prospects for Conventional Deterrence in Europe

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in Len Ackland and Steven McGuire, eds., Assessing the Nuclear Age (Chicago: Education Foundation for Nuclear Science, 1986), pp. 335-343.

International Security, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Winter 1984/1985), pp. 19 46.

Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence in Europe

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in Hylke Tromp, ed., War in Europe (Aldershot, Eng.: Avebury, 1989), pp. 71-100.

ournal of Modern History, Vol. 56, No. 4 (December 1984), pp. 710-711.

War in the Modern Great Power System, 1495-1975

John J. Mearsheimer

Review essay of Jack S. Levy, War in the Modern Great Power System, 1495-1975 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1983).

in Ted Galen Carpenter, ed., NATO's Empty Victory: A Postmortem on the Balkan War (Washington, DC: CATO Institute, 2000), pp. 133-138

The Case for Partitioning Kosovo

John J. Mearsheimer

ORBIS, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Summer 1983), pp. 285-300.

The Military Reform Movement: A Critical Assessment

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Summer 1982), pp. 3 39.

Why the Soviets Can’t Win Quickly in Central Europe

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in Robert J. Art and Kenneth N. Waltz, eds., The Use of Force, 3rd ed. (New York: University Press of America, 1988), pp. 442-463; and Steven E. Miller, ed., Conventional Forces and American Defense Policy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986), pp. 121-157.

International Security, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Winter 1981/1982), pp. 104 122.

Maneuver, Mobile Defense and the NATO Central Front

John J. Mearsheimer

Reprinted in Steven E. Miller, ed., Conventional Forces and American Defense Policy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986), pp. 231-249.

International Security, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Winter 1981/82), pp. 227 229.

Correspondence [regarding the “British Generals Talk”]

John J. Mearsheimer

International Security, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Summer 1981), pp. 165 184.

The British Generals Talk

John J. Mearsheimer

in "Debate on Precision guided Munitions," Survival, Vol. XXII, No. 1 (January February 1980), pp. 20 22.

Rejoinder

John J. Mearsheimer

Survival, Vol. XXI, No. 2 (March April 1979), pp. 68 76.

Precision guided Munitions and Conventional Deterrence

John J. Mearsheimer

Unpublished Works

Prepared for Yale Workshop on International Relations, May 5, 2011

Kissing Cousins: Nationalism and Realism

John J. Mearsheimer

A Memo on the Logic of Offensive Realism June 24, 2011

Sister Camilla and the Anarchic Schoolyard.

John J. Mearsheimer