Roundtable Series on National Security Affairs

Director: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
July 2007 - Present

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.

Publications

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Meetings

Land Power and the Air-Sea Battle Concept

Speakers: Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Matthew Lopez, Concepts Division, Joint Force Development, Joint Staff, Douglas A. Ollivant, Mantid International, LLC
Presider: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 15, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

The United States Marine Corps and the Militarization of America: A Conversation with Aaron O'Connell

Speaker: Aaron O'Connell, Assistant Professor of History, United States Naval Academy
Presider: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 30, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Leadership Lessons from the Ancient Masters

Speaker: Barry Strauss, Cornell University
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
June 7, 2012

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The State of the Armed Forces in 2011

Speakers: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, Council on Foreign Relations, Colonel Willard Buhl, USMC, Council on Foreign Relations, Colonel Kathryn Burba, USA, Council on Foreign Relations, Colonel Chad T. Manske, USAF, Council on Foreign Relations, Captain Bradley S. Russell, USN, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
September 28, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

A Conversation with H.R. McMaster

Speaker: Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
May 24, 2011

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A Conversation with General Martin Dempsey

Speaker: General Martin E. Dempsey, USA, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
March 18, 2011

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Report from Kabul: The Diplomatic Front

Speakers: Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan, Mark Sedwill, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
September 29, 2010

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Miltary Planning in a Time of Austerity

Speaker: James N. Mattis, U.S. Joint Forces Command
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
May 26, 2010

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Afghanistan in 2010: A Situation Report

Speaker: Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
January 26, 2010

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Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Future of American Strategy

Speaker: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Stephen D. Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
November 4, 2009

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The Status of the U.S. Armed Forces in 2009

Speakers: Captain Eustaquio Castro-Mendoza, USN, Military Fellow, U.S. Navy, CFR, Colonel Bjarne M. Iverson, USA, Military Fellow, U.S. Army, CFR, Colonel John R. Parker, USMC, Miltary Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps, CFR
Presider: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security, CFR
September 16, 2009

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The War in Afghanistan: A Report from the Front Lines

Speaker: John Agoglia, Former Director, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
April 1, 2009

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Transition 2008: Tasks at Hand for the Department of Defense

Speaker: Eric S. Edelman, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
December 9, 2008

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The History--and Future--of the Iraq War

Speakers: Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History, The Ohio State University, Francis "Bing" West, Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly
Presider: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
September 10, 2008 12:15–12:30 p.m. () - Reception and Lunch
12:30–2:00 p.m. () - Meeting

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Special Operations Forces and the Future of the War on Terror

Speaker: Michael Vickers, Assistant Secretary for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict, and Interdependent Capabilities, U.S. Department of Defense
Presider: Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 16, 2008

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The Plight of the Iraqi Translators

Speakers: "Alex", Iraqi Interpreter and Adviser, Kirk Johnson, The List: Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, Owen O. West, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)
Presider: Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
June 12, 2008

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How to Reorient the Armed Forces for the 21st Century

Speakers: Lt. Col. John Nagl, U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, U.S. Army
Presider: Stephen D. Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
February 8, 2008

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General Petreaus Reports: An Insider's Perspective

Speaker: Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, Executive Officer to Commanding General, Multinational Force Iraq, U.S. Army
Presider: Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
September 13, 2007

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Iraq: A Front-Line Assessment

Speaker: David Kilcullen, Senior Counterinsurgency Adviser to General David Petraeus, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
July 9, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.