As many of you probably read over the weekend, historian Tony Judt passed away last week after a valiant struggle with ALS. I don't have anything to add to my earlier tribute to him, but the announcement from New York University (where he taught for many years) contained a moving summary of Judt's scholarly credo, and it is one to which we all should aspire:
Above all, he insisted on intellectual honesty: his ideas rested simply on what he thought was right, rather than on what he thought was popular, or provocative, or politically correct."
Though we never met, I feel as if I have lost a friend.
Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.