A discussion with Max Boot, author and Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to launch his new book, 'Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present'.
The book studies non-traditional warfare, beginning with the first insurgencies in the ancient world — when Alexander the Great discovered that fleet nomads were harder to defeat than massive conventional armies — through to the post-9/11 battlefields of today.
Boot points out the astonishing fact that, in the current international scene, there isn't a single conflict in which two uniformed militaries are pitted against each other. Examining guerrilla warfare's long history not only brings to light many compelling, half-forgotten characters; it lays to rest numerous myths and allows us to come to grips with the most pressing national security issue of our time.
The breakfast discussion will be chaired by author and historian, Hywel Williams, and moderated by LI's President and CEO, Jeffrey Gedmin.
About the Author
Max Boot is one of America’s leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Boot is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and other publications.
As well as Invisible Armies, Boot is author of War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (Gotham Books, 2006), and The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (Basic Books).
Boot has served as an adviser to U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign (2007-2008) and a defense policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s campaign (2011-2012). He is a frequent public speaker and guest on radio and has lectured on behalf of the U.S. State Department and at many military institutions, including the Army, Navy, and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School.
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