Max Boot

New York

Columnist covering national security

Education: University of California at Berkeley, BA in history; Yale University, MA in history

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a columnist for The Washington Post. Max Boot is now writing a biography of Ronald Reagan for Norton/Liveright. His previous biography, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam (Norton/Liveright, 2018), was a New York Times bestseller and a finali
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Should South Korea go nuclear? That’s a decision for Seoul, not Washington.

Given North Korea's growing threat, popular support in South Korean for developing a nuclear deterrent is no surprise. The Biden administration opposes it.

April 24, 2023

In the U.S.-China competition, the real ‘existential’ danger is nuclear war

The danger of a catastrophic escalation is one that China hawks don't pay enough attention to.

April 17, 2023

As Ukraine prepares its spring offensive, Russia goes from defeat to defeat

The West still must do more to ensure that Ukraine will win the next stage of the war.

April 10, 2023

Netanyahu is doing lasting damage to the U.S.-Israel relationship

Israel can’t afford to squander U.S. support.

April 3, 2023

Yes, TikTok is a threat to America. But so are U.S. social media companies.

TikTok isn’t the only popular social media platform beholden to China.

March 27, 2023

The pre-Pearl Harbor GOP is back

Republicans have been drawn to a quasi-isolationist, Asia First foreign policy.

March 21, 2023

Russia’s population crisis is making Putin more dangerous

Vladimir Putin may be seeking military solutions to his country's demographic decline.

March 14, 2023

South Korea takes a brave step toward reconciliation with Japan

Resolving a historical dispute over forced labor is in both countries' interest.

March 7, 2023

Democrats and Republicans agree on China. That’s a problem.

We don’t need more China alarmism. But that’s what Congress is providing.

March 6, 2023

Zelensky takes on Ukraine’s top internal enemy

The fight against corruption is critical to Ukraine’s future.

February 27, 2023