Author profile: 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.

Review – Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Apr 25 2019 • Features

Michael Beckley is convincing in his argument that the United States is the most efficient producer of power on the planet.

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Sep 9 2018 • Articles

European Allies must decide whether or not to honor America as a global intervener by naming the new NATO headquarters building after John McCain.

When Will America Come Home? When Trump Visits London, Seoul or Berlin

Harvey M. Sapolsky • May 30 2018 • Articles

The forward deployment is a legacy of the Cold War when the US was faced with a challenging Superpower and the need to protect its allies.

The Next Front in a Very Long War

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Aug 11 2017 • Articles

War memorials are ways in which nations define the conflict for posterity and thus are intensely political in presence and purpose.

Protecting Europe: We Really Mean it

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Feb 27 2017 • Articles

Once a year or so, the US will complain about how little our allies do. Don’t worry. It is just ritualistic behavior expected of the incumbent and carries no weight back here.

Finding an Alternative World Order

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Feb 14 2017 • Articles

Serious change in the global security order can come about only when the United States actually does less international intervening. Then, others will do more – if slowly at first.

Making Sense of Trump’s Travel Ban

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Feb 5 2017 • Articles

Terrorism terrorizes. The public’s desire for protection will provoke a political response. The ban is a message to friends and family of terrorists.

A World Full of Free Riders?

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Feb 1 2017 • Articles

In some American eyes, most recently in the Trump administration, the rich nations of the world appear to find excuses to do little for global security or even their own defense.

Managing Global Security beyond ‘Pax Americana’

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Jan 21 2017 • Articles

The rivalry of superpowers that we saw in the 20th century was a certain kind of world order. The hubris of one rich and powerful nation, the USA, is another – and one that is likely to end soon.

Anger, the Race for the Presidency and US Foreign Policy

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Feb 21 2016 • Articles

Trump’s lack of knowledge of foreign policy will draw the most attention for fear of him assuming command of America’s powerful and complex security apparatus.

Review – Providing for National Security: A Comparative Analysis

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Aug 13 2015 • Features

Although there is much of value in this title, its attention to the usual suspects of big to medium powers should instead be focused on North Africa and the Middle East.

The Strange Politics of 2016 US Foreign Policy

Harvey M. Sapolsky • May 3 2015 • Articles

The center of US foreign policy is to the right of Obama post bin Laden and to the left of George W. Bush. That is where you will find the leading candidates for 2016.

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