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'Israel Lobby' authors to speak, Dec. 10

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt will discuss their book "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The book, published last fall, expands and updates the authors' controversial article, "The Israel Lobby," published in the London Review of Books in March 2006. The authors argue that the Israel lobby has pushed American foreign policy in the Middle East, and toward Israel in particular, in directions that often have been at odds with American national interests.

Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and co-director of the university's Program on International Security Policy. He writes extensively about security issues and international politics. Walt, a former Princeton faculty member, is the Robert and Rene Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. His research focuses on security issues, foreign policy and military strategy.

Robert Keohane, Princeton professor of public and international affairs, also will offer comments.

The event is part of the "Book Forum: Debate and Discussion" series sponsored by the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies. It is cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

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