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National Insecurity

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It is inevitable that U.S. naval, air, and ground strength will be downsized in the years ahead.

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ISIS: More Than Just A Terrorist Organization

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 23, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been dominating headlines for the past year and more. But what manner of organization is it? Is it a terrorist group, a guerrilla group, or something else? The answers to those questions, rooted in the study of military history, may hold the key to defeating the evil that is ISIS.

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No Need To Declare War Against Our Current Enemy

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Congress is now debating President Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Limited Military Force to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Yet the president’s request for this action from Congress comes more than six months after U.S. aircraft began bombing ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria...

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Inaction in Ukraine Sets a Dangerous Precedent

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The U.S. and Europe have been slow and hesitant in countering Vladimir Putin’s outrageous land grab in Ukraine. If allowed to stand, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its ability to wrest the eastern part of the country from Kiev’s control will set a dangerous precedent that will encourage aggression by China and other states. A more serious counter to Russia’s actions is necessary.

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Friends, Enemies, and 'Frenemies'

by Max Bootvia Analysis
Monday, February 9, 2015

The United States has few stalwart friends in the greater Middle East; even nominally allied states such as Qatar, Turkey, and Pakistan play a double game. The United States needs to make clear to them the costs of flirting with Islamists while trying to broaden the coalition to include substate actors such as the Sunni tribes of Iraq.

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War From On High

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 9, 2015

President Obama has adopted a “light footprint” approach to battling the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and other terrorist groups. Essentially this means putting few if any American “boots on the ground,” and instead relying on training and arming proxy forces such as the Yemeni, Pakistani, or the Iraqi military while staging air strikes to eliminate terrorist leaders. How well has this approach worked historically?

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American Sniper, American Marines, Iraqi Army

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 2, 2015

Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper has become a popular if controversial sensation. Critics accuse it of glamorizing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, while many have rushed to Kyle’s and the movie’s defense. But one aspect of the debate has gone largely unexamined: How historically accurate is the film?

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Contentions Obama vs. the Generals

by Max Bootvia Commentary
Friday, September 19, 2014

I have been writing in recent days that President Obama’s halfhearted strategy to battle ISIS–authorizing only a few air strikes and ruling out “boots on the ground”–may degrade the group but will not destroy it. A more robust effort is needed, I believe, to confront this cancer growing in the Middle East.

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How to Safeguard Afghan Progress

by Max Bootvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The U.S. could use a win abroad—something it arguably hasn't had since Osama bin Laden's demise in 2011.

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Strategika: “Is Failure in Afghanistan Inevitable?” with Max Boot

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Max Boot looks at Afghanistan’s history as the “graveyard of empires” and considers whether America still stands a chance of succeeding there.