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Max Boot

Max Boot

Max Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a regular contributor to Commentary, and the author, most recently, of Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare From Ancient Times to the Present Day (Liveright, 2013).

Steve Bannon

In their confirmation hearings, many of President Trump’s national security appointees--including Jim Mattis, Rex Tillerson, John Kelly, and Nikki Haley--expressed disagreement with his views on...
advisors

After a chaotic weekend rollout of President Trump’s executive order on immigration, a little sanity has been restored to the process with the announcement that...
donald trump

During the campaign, Donald Trump morphed from advocating a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” to a more amorphous pledge to...
trade

Donald Trump cannot be accused of being a consistent ideologue in the way that the liberal Barack Obama and the conservative George W. Bush were....
Donald Trump

It was smart of Donald Trump to spend part of his first full day as president visiting Langley to reassure CIA employees spooked by his...
gambia

It is easy as Americans to be lost in our own affairs and to ignore significant events on the other side of the world—especially when...
Barack Obama

Say this for Barack Obama: He was personally untarnished by scandal and he was consistently dignified and thoughtful. Those are all qualities we may miss...
reconstruction

Amid a flurry of last-minute acts, including questionable decisions like revoking an automatic policy of giving asylum to refugees from communist Cuba, President Obama has done...
Turkey

NATO is in big trouble—and not just because of incoming President Donald Trump’s habit of calling it “obsolete.” Also deeply problematic is Turkey’s future as...
afghanistan

The Korean War has sometimes been called the Forgotten War, but it was positively front and center compared to our ongoing war in Afghanistan. Now...
Information warfare

Last week, the intelligence community released an unclassified summary of its report on Russia’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election by promoting Donald Trump...
Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump styles himself as the ultimate deal-maker. So he must understand that any successful deal requires the use of leverage to get more than...