Barbara Walter

Barbara F. Walter is one of the world's leading experts on civil wars, violent extremism and domestic terror. She is the author of five books and dozens of articles on these subjects and is a contributor to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, the BBC and the PBS NewsHour. She has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Time, The New Republic, Reuters and Foreign Affairs. Walter is a frequent live guest on CNN, MSNBC and an occasional consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, the Departments of Defense and State, and the January 6th Committee. Walter has written for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Time, the New Republic, and Foreign Affairs, and is very happy when her research is showcased in the New York Times or the New Yorker, her favorite hometown publications. 

Walter was the recipient of the 2022 Peacemaker of the Year Award, given by the National Conflict Resolution Center, and the International Studies Association's highest career award, the Susan Strange Award (it recognizes a person whose intellect, assertiveness, and insight most challenge conventional wisdom and intellectual and organizational complacency in the international studies community). She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a TED2023 speaker. Walter is the Rohr Professor of International Affairs at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and did post-doctoral fellowships at the Olin Institute of Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and the War & Peace Institute at Columbia University.


Books by Barbara Walter