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Kenneth Waltz

Born: Jun 8, 1924

Death: May 12, 2013

Birthplace: Ann Arbor

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Kenneth Waltz

Date of Birth : Jun 8, 1924
Date of Death : May 12, 2013
Birth Place : Ann Arbor

Kenneth Neal Waltz was an American political scientist who was a member of the faculty at both the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University and one of the most prominent scholars in the field of international relations. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. Waltz was a founder of neorealism, or structural realism, in international relations theory. Waltz's theories have been extensively debated within the field of international relations. In 1981, Waltz published a monograph arguing that the proliferation of nuclear weapons would increase the probability of international peace. Leslie H. Gelb has considered Waltz one of the "giants" who helped define the field of international relations as an academic discipline. Columbia University colleague Robert Jervis has said of Waltz, "Almost everything he has written challenges the consensus that prevailed at the time" and "Even when you disagree, he moves your thinking ahead."


  • Politician
  • Philosopher
  • Political Scientist

Also known as

  • Kenneth Neal Waltz
  • Kenneth N. Waltz

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
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