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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).

Turkey

Two of America’s illiberal allies in the Muslim world have just received expressions of support from President Trump. He rolled out the red carpet at...
Putin

You can’t win them all. After Vladimir Putin’s successful intervention in the U.S. election last year—successful in the sense that he helped to elect Donald...
France

Every major economic upheaval produces a corresponding political upheaval. The First Industrial Revolution, beginning in the late 18th century, challenged absolute monarchies and set up a...
nikki haley

Noah noted that President Trump abandoned the “freedom agenda,” most recently by calling to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on winning a rigged referendum that will shred...
carriers

Just when the Trump administration was starting to get some positive reviews for the cruise missile strike on Syria, the president’s endorsement of NATO, and...
North Korea

So the weekend ended without the outbreak of Korean War II. That really shouldn’t be a cause for much surprise, but it was easy to...
Marine Le Pen

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has tried hard to shed the anti-Semitic baggage of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National...
Sisi

A week ago, President Trump rolled out the red carpet for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was persona non grata in the Obama White...
Syria

One of the worst things that Barack Obama did while in office was to announce a “red line” over the Syrian government’s use of chemical...
Mike Flynn

Even supporters of President Trump would have to admit that his first few months in office have been chaotic, what with the ill-advised executive order...
North Korea

Why does North Korea continue to act badly—testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, repressing its own populace, and threatening its neighbors? Because it can do...
bahrain

What happens if you make legal protest impossible? In some countries—e.g., Russia and China—you wind up with one-party rule. Those countries have secret police forces...