Thomas H. Henriksen

Senior Fellow, Emeritus
Biography: 

Thomas H. Henriksen is an emeritus senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he focuses on American foreign policy, international political affairs, and insurgencies. He specializes in the study of US diplomatic and military courses of action toward terrorist havens in the non-Western world and toward rogue regimes.

Henriksen's most recent book is Cycles in U.S. Foreign Policy since the Cold War , which was published by Palgrave in 2017. The year before, Eyes, Ears & Daggers: Special Operations Forces and the Central Intelligence Agency in America's Evolving Struggle against Terrorism was published. 

Earlier his book, America and the Rogue States, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. It analyzes Washington’s interactions with Iran, North Korea, and other rogue nations since the Cold War. It was preceded by American Power after the Berlin Wall (2007), which examines US policy through the prism of US interventions in Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (twice). Other books and monographs include Foreign Policy for America in the 21st Century: Alternative Perspectives, Using Power and Diplomacy to Deal with Rogue States, and an edited collection, North Korea after Kim Il Sung (Hoover Institution Press, 1999).

He also authored or edited the following books and monographs: One Korea? Challenges and Prospects for Reunification; The New World Order: War, Peace, and Military Preparedness; Revolution and Counterrevolution: Mozambique's War of Independence; The Struggle for Zimbabwe: Battle in the Bush; Soviet and Chinese Aid to African Nations; and Mozambique: A History, which was selected by Choice magazine for its Outstanding Book Award for African History. Additionally, he has written numerous journal articles and newspaper commentaries concerning international politics and security.

He is also a senior fellow at the US Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), where he concentrates on counterinsurgency practices. For JSOU, he has authored monographs entitled Dividing Our Enemies; The Israeli Approach to Irregular Warfare; Is Leaving the Middle East a Viable Option?; What Really Happened in Northern Ireland's Counterinsurgency; and Afghanistan, Counterinsurgency, and the Indirect Approach. His most recent monograph is WHAM: Winning Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan and Elsewhere.

He is a trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation. During the 1979–80 academic year, he was the Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He taught history at the State University of New York from 1969 until he left in 1979 as a full professor. During 1963–65, Henriksen served as an infantry officer in the US Army. His other national public service includes participation as a member of the US Army Science Board (1984–90) and the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (1987–93). He also received a Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service from the US Department of the Army in 1990.

Henriksen received his BA from Virginia Military Institute and his MA and PhD from Michigan State University. He was selected for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society, as a graduate student.

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North Korea Gets By With A Little Help From Its Friends: Russia And China

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What happened to U.S. plans to denuclearize North Korea since the high-profile Singapore summit? A recent report from the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization casts doubt on Pyongyang’s denuclearization steps.

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North Korea Has Come In Out Of The Cold — A Positive Step

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Singapore summit changed the old dynamics and raised the prospects for a geostrategic revolution in East Asia.

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Sudden Storm Can Ready Trump For Diplomatic Hurricane At Kim Summit

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

After weeks of clear sailing, the arrangements for the Donald Trump-Kim Jung Un summit ran into choppy seas last week. The interruption in this placid passage should jar us into thinking realistically about East Asia. Washington must wake up to envision the near-term and far-term impact of a changed North Korea on the region.

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Kim's Concessions Seem Too Good To Be True; They May Be Just That

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," goes an old Wall Street proverb. It is also apt when mentally processing North Korea’s latest burst of apparent “free” concessions.

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Kim's China Trip Shows Beijing Still Holds Many Keys To North Korea

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Thursday, March 29, 2018

What does the stealth train ride by the North Korean leader to China portend for the United States and its denuclearization meeting in May with the Pyongyang regime? The short answer is a lot and not a lot. This cryptic answer requires a little background before it is addressed.

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North Korean Disarmament: Keep The Champagne Corked For Now

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Friday, March 9, 2018

Wouldn't it be miraculous if North Korea's proposal to talk with United States about abandoning its nuclear arms led to genuine disarmament? Yes, it would. But the proposition is likely more mirage than miracle.

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China, Russia Delight As North Korea Preoccupies US

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Friday, February 2, 2018

In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump said that the United States is “waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent” North Korea from threatening “our homeland” by its “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

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What Beijing Doesn't Want

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

North Korea's nuclear threats are shaking up Asian security. That could put a welcome brake on China's ambitions.

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A Mexican Standoff On The Korean Peninsula

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Just months ago, the world held its breath over the possibility of a war with North Korea. Now, surprisingly sweetness and light seem to have replaced war talk. North and South Korean delegations recently met at Panmunjom, the village on the border of the two states.

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Re-Labeling North Korea A Terrorist State A Long Time Coming

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Monday, November 27, 2017

Donald Trump’s decision to re-designate North Korea a terrorist state corrects a mistake that remained in place far too long. But righting this wrong will not change the dynamics of its nuclear-arming.

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