Max Boot
A View from Washington on the US and the World

Max Boot

Columnist, The Washington Post

February 9, 2018 12:00 PM    Roundtable

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Max Boot is a Russian-American writer, consultant and military historian, who has just been appointed a national security columnist for the Washington Post (column here). The former editor of the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed pages, Boot describes himself as a “contrarian conservative.” His most recent book, a biography of Edward Lansdale, the legendary covert US operative in the Philippines and Vietnam, called The Road Not Taken, has become a New York Times bestseller (review here). Boot will talk about his views of America’s role in the world, particularly in the Middle East, Russia and East Asia. In 2012 during President Obama’s administration Boot argued for “a more muscular American policy” in Syria to keep Iran in check and stop the violence from spreading. He has also been critical of the current administration’s foreign policy. He will discuss the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his views of how the US military should position itself to maintain its global superiority in the face of technological change and the emergence of cyberwarfare as a new threat.

Boot is the Jeane J Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Previously he spent eight years as a writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal, the last five as op-ed editor. From 1992 to 1994 he was an editor and writer at the Christian Science Monitor. He was also a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2007–08, a defense policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2011–12, and the head of the Counter-Terrorism Working Group for Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2015-2016. Boot holds a bachelor’s degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991), and a master’s degree in history from Yale University (1992). He was born in Moscow, grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in the New York area. 

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