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Poster Collection, INT 503, Hoover Institution Archives.
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Afghanistan—Graveyard of Empires?

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Hoover fellow Robinson, left, and Max Boot, right

Max Boot on guerilla warfare

with Max Bootvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Military historian Max Boot discusses current events in Syria, Iran, and his recent book Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to Present on Uncommon Knowledge. Boot explains how guerrilla warfare has been, and still is, the most common form of conflict even today, as seen in Syria and Afghanistan. Since conventional tactics do not work for unconventional armies, Boot offers lessons to be learned and applied to today’s battles. Boot further argues that now it is more important than ever to understand the history and operation of insurgent forces.

What do the Jihadists want?

What do the Islamists Want?

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot looks at historical lessons in understanding the motivations behind radical Islam.

Analysis and Commentary

Strategika: What Do The Jihadists Want?

by Max Boot, Josef Joffe, Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Savage Wars of Peace

by Max Bootvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Much as we dislike doing so, when necessary we must send our military forces on peacekeeping missions and into regional conflicts. And in the war on terror, it will be necessary. By Max Boot.

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A Clear-Eyed Assessment of ISIS

by Max Bootvia Commentary

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is certainly a growing menace–in fact the most immediate threat that we face in the Middle East.

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A Strategy for Defeating ISIS in Syria and Iraq

by Max Bootvia Armed Services Committee Hearings

Security Situation in Iraq and Syria: U.S. Policy Options and Implications for the Region

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Another Iraq war is coming – the only question is whether we want to win

by Max Bootvia The Spectator

A successful military intervention isn't just possible; it's essential

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The Defense Budget vs. History

by Max Bootvia Commentary

Traditionally, military planners have operated under a worst-case scenario: i.e., what do we need to have in place to respond if nothing goes as planned?