Author profile: Harvey M. Sapolsky

Harvey M. Sapolsky

Harvey M. Sapolsky is Professor of Public Policy and Organization, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former Director of the MIT Security Studies Program. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In the defense field he has served as a consultant or panel member for a number of government commissions and study groups. His most recent books are US Defense Politics written with Eugene Gholz and Caitlin Talmadge and US Military Innovation Since the Cold War edited with Benjamin Friedman and Brendan Green, both published by Routledge.

The One Percent Problem

The One Percent Problem

One of the strangest criticisms of US security policy is that it burdens a too small percentage of the American people. In fact, the US has stopped paying for its wars.

The Fifteen-Sided War

The Fifteen-Sided War

US strategy for dealing with ISIL is widely criticised. However, it seems to be right for a war in which US enemies are its allies and allies are allies of its enemies.

Crimea: Putin’s Big Mistake

Crimea: Putin’s Big Mistake

President Obama may be naïve, and Putin may be a tough guy who knows both the West’s weaknesses, but Putin has made a serious mistake in seizing the Crimea.

The North Korean Question

The North Korean Question

Millions of North Koreans are starving and enslaved while other nations of the region thrive. The more the North opens, the more likely its people will gain some freedom.

Health or Defense

Health or Defense

Obamacare, now in its early stages of implementation, is the US military’s ticket home. The completion of the last element in America’s welfare state is likely to end the security welfare system the US provides for its allies.

Review – Anatomy of a Bad Idea: COIN Best Practices

Review – Anatomy of a Bad Idea: COIN Best Practices

Nearly every question about how the U.S. Army came to be entangled in wars it knew better than to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan are answered by three excellent and complementary books.

How War Weary Are We?

How War Weary Are We?

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have made the U.S. public war weary, which is constraining Obama’s efforts to mobilize support for a strike against the Assad regime. But, how accurate is this picture?

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

Obama recently gave a speech in which he tried to start a national discussion to redefine the nature of the struggle against al Qaeda and its affiliates. He said that this war had to have boundaries and, like all wars, must end.

Iraq: The Mistake Was Staying

Iraq: The Mistake Was Staying

With tens of thousands dead, it is easy to have regrets when reflecting back on the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The real policy mistake was staying there beyond the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Review – The Generals

Review – The Generals

The American military fights a lot, but wins less frequently. Thomas Ricks’ provocative examination of the relative failures of the US military’s major engagements since WWII (Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam) lays the blame with the generals.

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