Thomas H. Henriksen

Senior Fellow

Thomas H. Henriksen is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he focuses on American foreign policy, international political affairs, and insurgencies. He specializes in the study of US diplomatic and military courses of action toward terrorist havens in the non-Western world and toward rogue regimes.

Henriksen's most recent volume, America and the Rogue States, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. It analyzes Washington’s interactions with Iran, North Korea, and other rogue nations since the Cold War. It was preceded by American Power after the Berlin Wall (2007), which examines US policy through the prism of US interventions in Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (twice). Other books and monographs include Foreign Policy for America in the 21st Century: Alternative Perspectives, Using Power and Diplomacy to Deal with Rogue States, and an edited collection, North Korea after Kim Il Sung (Hoover Institution Press, 1999).

He also authored or edited the following books and monographs: One Korea? Challenges and Prospects for Reunification; The New World Order: War, Peace, and Military Preparedness; Revolution and Counterrevolution: Mozambique's War of Independence; The Struggle for Zimbabwe: Battle in the Bush; Soviet and Chinese Aid to African Nations; and Mozambique: A History, which was selected by Choice magazine for its Outstanding Book Award for African History. Additionally, he has written numerous journal articles and newspaper commentaries concerning international politics and security.

He is also a senior fellow at the US Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), where he concentrates on counterinsurgency practices. For JSOU, he has authored monographs entitled Dividing Our Enemies; The Israeli Approach to Irregular Warfare; Is Leaving the Middle East a Viable Option?; What Really Happened in Northern Ireland's Counterinsurgency; and Afghanistan, Counterinsurgency, and the Indirect Approach. His most recent monograph is WHAM: Winning Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan and Elsewhere.

He is a trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation. During the 1979–80 academic year, he was the Susan Louise Dyer Peace Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He taught history at the State University of New York from 1969 until he left in 1979 as a full professor. During 1963–65, Henriksen served as an infantry officer in the US Army. His other national public service includes participation as a member of the US Army Science Board (1984–90) and the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (1987–93). He also received a Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service from the US Department of the Army in 1990.

Henriksen received his BA from Virginia Military Institute and his MA and PhD from Michigan State University. He was selected for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary society, as a graduate student.

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Analysis and Commentary

Letter to the Editor: War Powers, the Islamic State and the War Powers Act

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In an otherwise spot-on op-ed, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman miscasts how the Vietnam War ended. In fact, Congress withheld funding to the South Vietnamese in early 1975 after all U.S. military ground combat forces had been withdrawn by late March 1973.

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Burning the Terrorist Grass

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Strategika
Monday, September 1, 2014

Over and over, we have heard the no-military-solution shibboleth applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as to insurgencies or military clashes elsewhere. The sheer length of Palestinian and Arab armed hostility toward Israel superficially lends credence to the fuzzy notion that only high-minded diplomacy can dissolve the Middle East belligerency. One after another grand peace scheme, however, has failed. Yet faith remains in them rather than a military end.

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Special: Henriksen, Sofaer, and Schake on the John Batchelor Show

by Thomas H. Henriksen, Abraham D. Sofaer, Kori Schakevia John Batchelor Show
Monday, May 5, 2014

On the eve before a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show at the Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor and Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted a special foreign policy discussion featuring Hoover senior fellows Thomas Henriksen and Abraham Sofaer and Hoover research fellow Kori Schake.

Humpty Dumpty in Syria

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

With or without outside intervention, nothing will put Bashar al-Assad’s tyranny back together again. America should plan accordingly.

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The Forgotten Islamist Threat

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We need a comprehensive U.S. global counterterrorism strategy, which includes more boots on the ground.

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The Perilous Future of Afghanistan

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

As U.S. forces prepare to withdraw, will the country suffer a similar dismal fate as South Vietnam?

Analysis and Commentary

Syria is Set to Become a Fractured State Like the Former Yugoslavia

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Guardian (UK)
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Thomas H Henriksen: A US strike on Syria is as much about beating back al-Qaida affiliates as it is about Bashar al-Assad

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Henriksen discusses his latest book, America and the Rogue States

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia C-Span2 Book TV
Monday, July 1, 2013

Thomas Henriksen, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was interviewed about this book, America and Rogue States, in which he looks at the United States’ handling of countries like North Korea, Iran, and pre-invasion Iraq.

Analysis and Commentary

The AUMF Should Be Amended, Not Voided

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia US News and World Report
Monday, June 17, 2013