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

Roundtable Meeting

Land Power and the Air-Sea Battle Concept

Speakers:

Matthew Lopez, Concepts Division, Joint Force Development, Joint Staff, Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, 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.

Roundtable Meeting

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.

Roundtable Meeting

Leadership Lessons from the Ancient Masters

Speaker:

Barry Strauss, Cornell University

Presider:

Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
June 7, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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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.

Roundtable Meeting

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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Roundtable Meeting

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

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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Roundtable Meeting

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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Roundtable Meeting

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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Roundtable Meeting

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

Speakers:

Colonel Bjarne M. Iverson, USA, Military Fellow, U.S. Army, CFR, Colonel John R. Parker, USMC, Miltary Fellow, U.S. Marine Corps, CFR, Captain Eustaquio Castro-Mendoza, USN, Military Fellow, U.S. Navy, CFR

Presider:

Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security, CFR
September 16, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speakers:

Francis "Bing" West, Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly, Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History, The Ohio State University

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Special Operations Forces and the Future of the War on Terror

Presider:

Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Michael Vickers, Assistant Secretary for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict, and Interdependent Capabilities, U.S. Department of Defense
June 16, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The Plight of the Iraqi Translators

Speakers:

Kirk Johnson, The List: Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, Owen O. West, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), "Alex", Iraqi Interpreter and Adviser

Presider:

Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations
June 12, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

How to Reorient the Armed Forces for the 21st Century

Presider:

Stephen D. Biddle, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Lt. Col. John Nagl, U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, U.S. Army
February 8, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

General Petreaus Reports: An Insider's Perspective

Presider:

Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, Executive Officer to Commanding General, Multinational Force Iraq, U.S. Army
September 13, 2007

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Roundtable Meeting

Iraq: A Front-Line Assessment

Presider:

Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

David Kilcullen, Senior Counterinsurgency Adviser to General David Petraeus, U.S. Department of State
July 9, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.