A complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
U.S. foreign policy; defense policy; military history; terrorism and guerrilla warfare.
A complete global history of guerrilla uprisings through the ages.
Max Boot argues that the only way the crisis in Libya can end is to remove Qaddafi from power.
Max Boot says that even if Colonel Qaddafi steps down, the situation in Libya will still be dangerous.
Max Boot reviews Donald Rumsfeld's Known and Unknown.
Max Boot argues that President Obama's weak response to the situation in Libya will significantly reduce American power and prestige.
Max Boot argues that the United States cannot afford to ignore Iraq now, when it is so close to a successful outcome.
Max Boot says the best the United States and its allies can do with the exit of Hosni Mubarak is try to make the transition as fast and painless as possible.
Max Boot argues that plans for further cuts in defense spending will have detrimental effects on the international security commitments of the United States.
Max Boot discusses the use of covert action and secret warfare to fight terrorism and weapons proliferation.
Max Boot discusses the progress beginning to materialize in the war Afghanistan.
Max Boot and Peter Mansoor say the buildup of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is already having a considerable positive impact, although public opinion hasn't caught on yet.
The WikiLeaks revelations aren't likely to do lasting damage, but CFR experts say they will make it harder to collaborate with governments such as Pakistan, hurt sensitive relationships, and hinder the open exchanges successful diplomacy requires.
Max Boot reviews Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, by Robert Coram.
Max Boot reviews The Gun by C.J. Chivers.
Max Boot says defense cuts will leave the United Kingdom unable to support its current deployment in Afghanistan.
Increased military pressure and reassurances by the United States that it will not pull out of Afghanistan in July 2011 are keys to successful negotiations with the Taliban, says CFR's Max Boot.
Max Boot reviews Bob Woodward's Obama's Wars.
Max Boot says a strategy that focuses on defeating the Taliban and reducing the corruption that allows them to thrive can produce victory in Afghanistan.
Max Boot argues that even with the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, the United States must continue to fight for Iraq's future.
Max Boot argues that lawmakers should look to history before rushing to cut defense spending.
Max Boots states that President Obama displayed particular shrewdness in his avoidance of drama in the flap over General McChrystal's recent interview, and in his immediate appointment of General Petraeus as commander in Afghanistan.
This series focuses on issues, primarily military, that affect American national security. The series begins withan early focus on the war on Iraq, and later roundtables examine issues relating to the transformation of the American armed forces to cope with warfare in the information age.
This study group will result in a book that examines four major technological revolutions of the past 500 years (Gunpowder, Industrial, Mechanization, and Computerization) and how they transformed warfare and the international balance-of-power. For each military revolution, Mr. Boot will provide dramatic narratives of key conflicts--from the battle of the Spanish Armada to the recent war in Afghanistan--that highlight the effects of changing technologies on strategy. In addition, Mr. Boot applies the lessons of history to current dilemmas, examining crucial questions such as how long America's military advantage will last, and what the United States can do to preserve its hegemony.
This project has been made possible with the generous support from the following:
Smith Richardson Foundation
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Roger and Susan Hertog
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
John M. Olin Foundation
Max Boot is one of America's leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Boot is also a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and other publications.
Boot's newest book, Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present, was released in January 2013 by W.W. Norton & Co./Liveright and immediately became a New York Times Bestseller. It was acclaimed as "enormous, brilliant, and important" (Michael Korda, the Daily Beast) and "thoughtful, smart, fluent, with an eye for the good story" (Michael Mazower, New York Times Book Review, front page). John Nagl wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "Mr. Boot's impressive work of military history is destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest as well as the hardest form of war."
His previous book, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (Gotham Books, 2006), has been hailed as a "magisterial survey of technology and war" by the New York Times and "brilliantly crafted history" by the Wall Street Journal.
Boot's first book of military history, The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (Basic Books) was selected as one of the best books of 2002 by numerous newspapers, won the 2003 General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation as the best nonfiction book pertaining to Marine Corps history, and has been placed on Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy professional reading lists. More than 100,000 copies of his books are in print.
Boot has served as an adviser to U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign in 2007–2008 and a defense policy adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign in 2011–2012.
Boot is a frequent public speaker and guest on radio and television news programs, both at home and abroad. He has lectured on behalf of the U.S. State Department and at many military institutions, including the Army, Navy, and Air War Colleges, the Australian Defense College, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School, and West Point.
In 2004, he was named by the World Affairs Councils of America as one of "the 500 most influential people in the United States in the field of foreign policy." In 2007, he won the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, given annually to a writer who exhibits "love of country and its democratic institutions" and "bears witness to the evils of totalitarianism."
Before joining the Council in 2002, Boot spent eight years as a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal, the last five years as op-ed editor. From 1992 to 1994 he was an editor and writer at the Christian Science Monitor.
Boot holds a bachelor's degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991), and a master's degree in history from Yale University (1992). He was born in Russia, grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in the New York area. He has three children: Victoria, Abigail, and William.
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