The Washington Post has named foreign policy analyst and historian Max Boot a columnist for the Opinions section. A former advisor to military commanders and top-ranking Republican politicians, Boot will write a column focused on national security, American government and foreign affairs.
“Max’s expertise on armed conflict, the historical understanding he brings to current affairs, and his incisive, original perceptions on U.S. politics and world affairs will be a huge asset to our readers as he helps deepen our section’s coverage of national security issues,” said Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt.
Boot’s columns will begin appearing in The Post in February.
Boot has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His latest book—The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam—came out in January 2018 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Boot is the author of three previous, widely acclaimed books: The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (2002), War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (2006), and the New York Times best-seller Invisible Armies: The Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present (2013). He has been a columnist for Foreign Policy, a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times, a member of the USA Today board of contributors, and a regular contributor to many other publications including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Boot has advised military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his books have been assigned reading by the military services. He was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2007-2008, a defense policy adviser to Mitt Romney in 2011-2012, and a foreign policy adviser to Marco Rubio in 2015-2016. Boot graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (BA, history, 1991) and Yale University (MA, history, 1992). Born in Moscow, he grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in New York City.