Kaplan and Mearsheimer: The Power of Realism

Robert Kaplan's new piece on John Mearsheimer is a testament to realism and a manifesto on lively political discourse.

In sending his piece to friends and colleagues, Kaplan described it as “a measured defense of [Mearsheimer’s] life’s work” designed to foster an understanding of twenty-first-century American realism. But he notes that because of Mearsheimer’s views on Israel, “the piece may unleash a firestorm.” If a firestorm ensues, one would hope it would express itself in language as measured and carefully framed as the language of Kaplan’s article.

Robert W. Merry is editor of The National Interest and the author of books on American history and foreign policy.

Image: John Mearsheimer