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Celebrating 25th anniversary of Soviet collapse

Veterans of the 1991 Soviet collapse met at Harvard University to mark the 25th anniversary of their disparate efforts to take down the USSR. Gennady Burbulis (right) was Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s right-hand man who was instrumental in arranging for Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia to secede from the Soviet Union on December 8, 1991, thus

Media outlets

The forest guardians who beat back Mexico’s cartels

by J Michael Waller / The Daily Beast / September 24, 2016. MORELIA, Mexico — One day in the late spring of 2012, Mexican police pulled over Efrén Olivares Valdez and told him he was delivering his truckload of raw pine resin to the wrong refinery. The grandfatherly driver, a leader of his indigenous tribal

WikiLeaks game can turn Kremlin fortress into glass house

by J Michael Waller / Forbes / August 16, 2016. For the first time since the 1950s, Russian subversion of the American political process has become a presidential campaign issue. The Kremlin’s latest act of espionage-driven propaganda–document dump of Democratic National Committee emails via WikiLeaks–achieved its desired effect of immediate politicization. We should step back to learn two

Muslim cleric in Iraq backs Trump

by J Michael Waller / AMI Newswire / March 10, 2016. A Muslim cleric who descends from the Prophet Muhammad’s family says Donald Trump can smash Islamic extremism. “Donald Trump – he is the 45th president of USA,” Ayad Jamal al-Din said Tuesday on Twitter. “I predict the start of the de-Islamization era” if Trump

Green police, Part 1: Mexican tribesmen take up arms to protect their forests from crooked officials & cartels

by J Michael Waller / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal / February 25 and March 7, 2016. I visited Cherán and walked the mountainside with the guardabosques, writing a two-part series for the American Media Institute that appeared February 25 and 26. Here are the stories, as published in the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal: Part 1: “Green Police: Mexican tribesmen save their forests from

Secret emails reveal high-level Ecuador campaign to win US hearts and minds

by J Michael Waller / AMI Newswire / February 24, 2016. Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s leftist president, has a flair for publicity, as he demonstrated again last week in claiming vindication for harboring the fugitive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. But a separate high-profile case shows just how far he will go to manipulate international opinion. American Media Institute reviewed

Putin propagandists pick up ex-Pentagon PSYOPers

by J Michael Waller / AMI Newswire / February 14, 2016. In an irony that illustrates the contrast in value that Russia and the U.S. place on sound information strategy, the Russian government’s international propaganda service has hired American PSYOP professionals left jobless after congressionally mandated program cuts. RT/Sputnik hired at least four contractors from the US Special

How a hostile foreign regime waged propaganda against Chevron

by J Michael Waller / El Tiempo Latino / December 11, 2015. Many foreign governments target U.S. companies with hostile propaganda for political and financial reasons. A cache of secret emails among a South American strongman and his inner circle show how even small countries can run propaganda campaigns against some of the largest U.S. corporations. These

Ukraine’s secret weapon

by J Michael Waller / Kyiv Post / Ukraine, April 7, 2015. Ukraine has a secret weapon that it can deploy to defend itself against Russian aggression and subversion, and to deter further Russian hybrid hostilities against other countries. I discuss “Ukraine’s Secret Weapon” in a guest piece published April 7 in the Kyiv Post. Here’s the text: Like no

Hillary Clinton’s email server a foreign spy magnet

by J Michael Waller / Investor’s Business Daily / April 7, 2015 The private email server of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, set up for personal secrecy purposes, was a “spy magnet” for foreign intelligence services. I wrote about the problem in Investor’s Business Daily. It is worth noting that I gave Clinton’s office a week to respond

Why did we give Putin control over our satellite launches?

by J Michael Waller / The Daily Caller / May 19, 2014. After Russia cut off the sole supply of first-stage booster engines to the U.S. Air Force’s Atlas V rockets – the rockets that place our military and intelligence satellites in orbit – I wrote a piece for The Daily Caller to alert the public to the problem, and to

Against all odds: Why Putin is winning

Russia is using a not-so-secret weapon that has flipped Western notions of strength and weakness on their head. If trends continue, the U.S. could be faced with the terrible choice of losing its credibility as a conventional ally and a strategic nuclear power or overreacting in order to prevent such a loss. Kremlin strongman Vladimir

Celebrating 96 years of gangster government in Russia

by J Michael Waller / Investor’s Business Daily / December 21-23, 2013. The bloody birth of the most murderous secret police in history occurred 96 years ago and is being celebrated across Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Always feared, the KGB is now revered. “In the past, the services worked for the Communist Party and the party

A resurgent Russia challenges US as Obama fails foreign policy test

by J Michael Waller / Investor’s Business Daily / September 5, 2013. US meekness in the face of Russian assertiveness is a danger to international stability and American security, because it can be misunderstood and unwittingly invite a mistaken response. “Provocative weakness is a state in which you look weak, and you inadvertently provoke Russia, and others who

Time to prosecute left-wing dictators for genocide?

by J Michael Waller / New York Times / May 19, 2013. Comment: Decades after losing to Ronald Reagan’s line-in-the-sand in the 1980s, Latin American Marxist revolutionaries continue their fight in a different battlespace: the legal system. Prosecutions of former military officers and dictators, as I argue in the New York Times, aren’t about justice. They’re about winning a

Spy hunter: WikiLeaks should be handled as espionage case

by J Michael Waller, BigPeace/Breitbart.com – One of the nation’s highest-ranking former spy hunters says that the individuals responsible for the theft and publication of tens of thousands of secret military documents should be prosecuted under federal espionage laws. The Obama Administration is pursuing the disclosure of more than 90,000 secret documents to WikiLeaks.org as merely the mishandling

Did Russian spies unwittingly kill arms control treaty?

by J. Michael Waller / Debut on BigPeace.com’s first week – An elaborately planned strategic influence effort went awry for the former KGB last month when the FBI busted 11 Russian agents after a decade-long investigation. Many of the Russian spies, who had spent years assuming American and other western identities, were emplaced to influence

Strategic global influence for the United States (House, 2010)

Testimony of J. Michael Waller, Ph.D. Annenberg Professor of International Security Affairs, Institute of World Politics; Vice President for Information Operations, Center for Security Policy Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight March 4, 2010 Introduction Chairman Carnahan, Congressman Rohrabacher and other members of the panel, I

Private ships of war

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, January 2, 2009. Privately owned warships are so deeply at the heart of American maritime tradition that a reference to them is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. With their own contract crews who rushed to the fight for independence during the American Revolution and in defense of the nation during

Clara Barton and the American Red Cross

by J Michael Waller / Serviam / January 2, 2009. First Sergeant Roland Williston lay on a gurney in the 100-degree Virginia heat, with gangrene consuming the amputated stumps of his shattered left hand and leg. The 26-year-old barber from Holyoke, Mass., had been among the first volunteers to answer President Abraham Lincoln’s call to save the

An officer and a businessman: Captain Parrott and his guns

by J Michael Waller / Serviam / December 30, 2008. After a successful if rather uneventful career as a U.S. Army artillery officer, Capt. Robert Parker Parrott went into the private sector. That’s where his real contribution to American national defense began. Thanks to his West Point education and his 12 years as a commissioned officer, Parrott amassed

Public diplomacy: ‘Medicine is the universal language’

by J Michael Waller / Serviam / September-October 2008 Serviam’s person of the year, Project HOPE President and CEO John P. Howe III, MD, champions the military’s new humanitarian partnerships with businesses and charities, and comments on the role of health NGOs in global stability operations. Serviam Editor J. Michael Waller interviewed Dr. Howe in September 2008. Download

The contract flyers of World War I

by J Michael Waller / Serviam / March-April 2008.* With war raging on the other side of the world, Charlie Meyers left his home in Brooklyn and headed for Canada’ Not to avoid a military draft, but to go and fight. The United States had not yet entered World War l, and Meyers, a young flier during

Cultural battlespace: Muslim rockers resist extremism

by J Michael Waller / Serviam / January-February 2008. Al Qaeda has identified one type of enemy that it can’t fight against: Muslim rock stars. U.S. intelligence discovered evidence that the terrorist group had considered murdering top Egyptian performing artists for being “infidels” but decided against it for fear of creating a youth grassroots backlash from Arabs.

Our Wall Street Journal team won the Russia debate on NPR

A team consisting of a former Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, a current Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member and Dr Waller, won an Oxford-style debate in New York on National Public Radio. An audience of 300 people voted on the winner. The debate topic was, “Russia Is Becoming Our Enemy Again.” Arguing in

Lawyers for terror

by J Michael Waller / New York Post / October 17, 2007. HERE’S a new twist in the Blackwater story: A legal group with a four-decade record of aiding and abetting terrorists, spies and cop-killers is suing the company. Joining it is an Egyptian attorney who has been representing what the U.S. Treasury Department calls a fund-raising

Private security contractors in America: 400 years and counting

by J. Michael Waller / Serviam / September-October 2007. The soldier-turned-private-contractor arrived in Virginia in shackles and leg irons. A war hero who fought an Islamic army, he had left the military with a sense of mission and adventure. Now he was part of a private, government-chartered company to lead security operations in an inhospitable part of

Boycott allies who arm our adversaries

by J Michael Waller / Providence Journal / May 24, 2006. WASHINGTON – The arms embargo recently announced by the U.S. against the revolutionary regime in Venezuela is long overdue. Venezuela’s dictator, Hugo Chavez, has gone out of his way to align his country with terrorist regimes, aid extremist movements and break anti-terrorism treaty obligations. But at

Larry, Curly and Osama: Killing the enemy by ridicule

by J Michael Waller / Los Angeles Times / May 21, 2006.  The piece, titled in the print edition as “Larry, Curly and Osama,” appears online as “Larry, Curly and Musab.” OSAMA BIN LADEN says he doesn’t fear dying. He says he fears being humiliated. So let’s give it to him. Bin Laden and others have thrived on

USA Today cites Waller’s strategy on weaponizing ridicule

(Institute of World Politics news release)  A recently-published white paper on the use of ridicule as an instrument of political warfare by  IWP Professor J. Michael Waller has been recognized in the opinion pages of USA Today and is topic of discussion in the blogosphere. Author Peter Schweizer posited that “in a brilliant new white paper on public diplomacy, Michael Waller, the

Information a vital weapon

by J Michael Waller, USA Today, December 7, 2005. [USA Today ran an editorial that criticizes the US military for planting propaganda in the Iraqi press. The editors invited Professor J. Michael Waller to provide an opposing view after the Pentagon refused. Both pieces appeared together on December 7. For the USA Today editorial, click here. Dr. Waller’s column

How to undermine Chavez regime in Venezuela: See VOA interviews

The consolidating dictatorship of strongman Hugo Chavez is destroying the Venezuelan economy and threatening to destabilize South America and the Caribbean, Annenberg Professor J. Michael Waller said on the Voice of America radio and VOA-TV in separate interviews on June 21 and 23, 2005. In the Spanish-language programs, Waller called on Brazil, as Venezuela’s largest and most influential immediate

Activities

At WikiConference North America

WikiConference North America, an annual gathering to discuss the future of Wikipedia and other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, took place this year in San Diego. Dr. Waller attended to see how defense and security experts could participate more effectively in the Wiki movement, and how the Wiki movement could benefit. The 300 or so

State-of-the-art political & psychological warfare against US

‘Islamism in America: State-of-the-art political & psychological warfare” was Dr Waller’s presentation at the 58th meeting of The Military Conflict Institute. The hour-long, conversational-style lecture focused on the Muslim Brotherhood and its infiltration national security and defense policymaking, as well as training of professionals throughout government. Documented with primary source material, the October 3 presentation

On the record: Waller again questions FBI training to detect jihadists

The FBI’s failure to stop jihadists in America before they kill is proof that the Bureau is not training its agents to recognize the threat before innocent people die. Bill Gertz interviewed Dr. Waller and others in the Washington Free Beacon after a mass shooting at a Seattle-area mall. “This policy began under the previous FBI director,

PSYOP/MISO class @ Fort Bragg

Returned from two days at Fort Bragg to teach a great group of officers and senior NCOs about psychological operations (PSYOP), still confusingly called military information support operations (MISO). There is no shortage of critical thinkers among the special operations soldiers in these units, a very encouraging thing to see, even though overall training doctrine

Presenter at Georgetown University, Kennan-Donovan Initiative

Political Warfare & Strategy was the title of Dr. Waller’s presentation at the Kennan-Donovan Initiative at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. The January 21 event, chaired by COL Dave Maxwell USA (Ret), involved about 40 civilian and military participants from the unconventional warfare field who focus on the “gray zone.” See the presentation slides

Defeating ISIS: The missing psychological warfare dimension

The Westminster Institute hosted Dr. Waller to give a presentation on how to use psychological warfare to defeat ISIS/Daesh and other jihadist movements. The October 21, 2015 presentation, titled “Defeating ISIS: The Missing Psychological Warfare Dimension,” demonstrated the low-cost, high-impact opportunities at hand to wipe out Daesh. Dr. Waller’s presentation also discussed how to retaliate

Launching NATO’s new strategic communications journal

We just launched NATO’s new Defence Strategic Communications journal, a publication of the alliance’s new STRATCOM Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia. Our first editorial board meeting occurred during the inauguration of the Centre of Excellence, with the participation of civilian and military leaders from the entire NATO alliance and interested countries like Finland and

Plan for victory over the global jihad movement

A team of veteran national security practitioners and scholars authored a Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement. The authors modeled the plan after President Ronald Reagan’s historic National Security Decision Directive 75, which laid out a strategy to defeat the Soviet Union without going to war. Published under the auspices of the Center

On CNN discussing US counter-ISIS propaganda

Ashleigh Banfield of CNN invited Dr Waller to appear on her show to discuss a segment on US propaganda efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. The US State Department seems very proud of its “Just Say No”-style videos designed to persuade prospective ISIS recruits from joining the cause. [September 5, 2014] Ashleigh seemed very skeptical –

On Fox News about terror threats

Fox News hosted Dr. Waller as a guest to comment on terrorism threats in a year’s-end episode of the O’Reilly Factor. With Laura Ingraham as guest host, Waller addressed the possibility of jihadist or other forms of terrorism at the upcoming Sochi Olympics in Russia, and the iron hand of Vladimir Putin to maintain order.

Fox News: Talking about US weaknesses toward Russia

US policy toward Putin’s Russia is one of provocative weakness that plays into Russian pretensions of great power status and will diminish the power of the United States. That’s what Dr. Waller said in a Fox News interview with Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor.” The program aired September 13. American waffling on Syria provided Putin with

At US Capitol panel on Muslim Brotherhood

The US Capitol building was the venue for Dr. Waller to speak on the Muslim Brotherhood and the power of ideology as part of a Westminster Institute program. The September 6, 2013 event brought together a panel of distinguished speakers on a range of topics to battle Islamist aggression: Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, The Role of Religion in the

Iran elections don’t matter, Waller tells Alhurra TV

Iran’s elections are illegitimate because all candidates are approved by the mullahs who control the regime, an IWP professor tells a US public diplomacy TV channel. (Institute of World Politics news release) “It doesn’t matter who wins the presidential elections in Iran,” IWP Provost J. Michael Waller says on Alhurra, an Arabic-language satellite TV channel broadcast to the

Inaugural PASS:PORT series concludes with capstone session

(Institute of World Politics news release) On Sunday, June 2, the Professional Advancement for Security Strategists: Program on Reducing Threats (PASS:PORT) celebrated the completion of its inaugural year. Through the course of the May 31 to June 2 weekend, participants prepared and presented their capstone project. The project was the culmination of the nine-month series of evening seminars

Wall Street Journal quotes Dr Waller on genocide trial

The Wall Street Journal quoted Professor Waller in an article about a Guatemalan court’s decision to overturn the genocide conviction of a former Guatemalan dictator. The rushed trial of 86 year-old Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala for 17 years in 1982-83, resulted in a verdict of crimes against humanity and genocide. The trial was controversial from

IWP names Waller as vice president and provost

In an announcement that promises accelerated change amid strategic continuity, IWP founder and president John Lenczowski appointed Professor J. Michael Waller to serve as Vice President and Provost of the school. The interim position will give the IWP board time of find a professional to manage the school. “I am delighted that Dr. Waller will be helping

Heritage venue: Getting the word out for global opinion advantage

The Heritage Foundation sponsored a great talk on January 24, in which we discussed the international public opinion battlespace and how to operate within it. Helle Dale was our host, who invited Dr Amy Zalman, Department of Defense Chair of Information Integration at the National War College; Dr Ariel Cohen, of Heritage, Dean Cheng of Heritage,

Psychological strategy presentation at Westminster Institute

After a decade of war, with many military victories to its credit, the United States continues to struggle with defining and combating ideological adversaries. It has been unable to dominate the psychological battlespace in which America’s enemies – both those practicing violence and those not presently violent – flourish. Dr. Waller outlines a strategic solution

Tackling foreign propaganda at 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit

(Institute of World Politics news release)  Dr J. Michael Waller discussed “Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions and Policy: Countering Information Designed to Mislead or Persuade” at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington, D.C.  The summit is organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement. Dr Waller spoke as part of the summit’s Psychological Warfare Focus Day.

Dr W’s students compete in Wikistrat’s Grand Strategy Competition

(Institute of World Politics news release) IWP students and alumni are competing with their counterparts at some of the top academic institutions around the world in Wikistrat’s 2011 International Grand Strategy Competition. This simulation exercise, which is by invitation only, is taking place throughout June 2011, and is managed by former Pentagon strategist Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett.  IWP

At Fort Hood to teach Army training program

[IWP News Release] Publication Date: February 1, 2011 The brigade commander of an Army force being deployed to South Korea invited IWP Professor J. Michael Waller to Fort Hood, Texas, to brief his officers and senior enlisted personnel on the propaganda war in the Korean peninsula. Waller spent the week before the first days of spring semester at

Waller is part of Team B report on enemy threat doctrine

[IWP news release] An IWP professor is part of the now-famous ‘Team B’ report on enemy threat doctrine and operations, including the Muslim Brotherhood penetration of the United States. Annenberg Professor of International Communication J. Michael Waller joins a range of noted defense, intelligence and security experts as a contributor to Shariah: The Threat to America, a new

Dr Waller marks teaching 3,000th Army officer

(Institute of World Politics news release) COLORADO SPRINGS – Sitting among the officers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division, IWP Professor J Michael Waller marked teaching the three thousandth Army officer about influence operations. “Three thousand Army officers – it’s a pretty humbling experience to work among them,” noted Waller, who holds

At Heritage panel on public diplomacy and the private sector

[IWP news release] Professor J Michael Waller was part of a Heritage Foundation panel on “Public Diplomacy and the Private Sector: The Power of Individual Initiative.” He joins Marc Ginsburg of Layalina Productions, Inc., David Nassar of the Alliance for Youth Movements, and Helle Dale of the Heritage Foundation. When: Thursday, April 29, 2010, from 10:00 –

At Fort Campbell to help 101st Airborne prep for Afghan deployment

IWP news release / Publication Date: April 12, 2010. IWP Professor J Michael Waller spent a week with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, teaching a module on strategic communications under combat conditions to help prepare troops for deployment to Afghanistan. The 4th BCT of the 101st is the last major unit scheduled to deploy under the

Dr Waller on PSYOP assessment team for Pentagon

Publication Date: February 24, 2010 The US Special Operations Command has requested an IWP professor’s assistance with a major assessment project to design military psychological operations capabilities for the next decade. Professor J Michael Waller is part of a US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) team to develop the Department of Defense PSYOP Capabilities-Based Assessment. The objective of the

Addressing NATO officers on creative PSYOP

TAMPA – As the wrapup speaker at the 22ndannual NATO Joint Senior Psychological Operations Conference, IWP Professor J Michael Waller outlined a range of new opportunities for the military and intelligence communities in the area of psychological warfare. The conference topic was “Psychological Operations Support to Counterinsurgency.” Waller proposed reviving an alliance-wide psychological strategy worldview and doctrine. The US

Observer at El Salvador elections

[IWP news release] Anti-democratic movements win when they have outside support and when the US stands aside as a disinterested “neutral” party. That’s Professor J Michael Waller’s conclusion after he returned from witnessing the historic March 15 presidential election that brought a former Communist guerrilla group to power. The ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party

Our Wall Street Journal team won the Russia debate on NPR

A team consisting of a former Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, a current Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member, and Dr. J Michael Waller won an Oxford-style debate in New York on National Public Radio. An audience of 300 people voted on the winner. The debate topic was, “Russia Is Becoming Our Enemy Again.”

Touring the Reagan Ranch with Michelle Malkin

At a Young Americas Foundation conference in Santa Barbara, California, Professor J. Michael Waller gave a seminar to college students on how to combat Islamist extremism on the campuses. Waller used examples from fighting the Soviets and Soviet front organizations that can be adapted to expose, discredit, document and uproot terrorist support groups at American universities. He specifically

Armed Forces Journal: Waller’s book could ‘squelch the enemy into a blob of irrelevance’

The Armed Forces Journal has published a review of Dr. Waller’s new book Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War. “The book is packed with action points that could be implemented rapidly and at little cost,”writes Armed Forces Journal editor Karen Walker. “We could, for instance, stop feeding the terrorist’s self-esteem and confirming his status as a martyr

Hudson Institute & McCormick Tribune Foundation host Waller at broadcasting conference

[News release] Annenberg Professor of International Communication J. Michael Waller was a participant at a conference on international broadcasting sponsored by the Hudson Institute and the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The April 25-27 event brought together former directors of the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, former government officials, current military information operations officers, and other professional communicators to discuss

Canada cites Dr Waller in deportation of ‘illegal’ Russian spy

The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) extensively cited Dr Waller in support of its request for a Montreal court to hold an alleged Russian “illegal” spy. The alleged Russian deep-cover agent, who goes by the assumed name Paul William Hampel, is being held under a rarely-used “security certificate” so that he can be detained

Standing in for National Intelligence Officer at academic conference on Putin

Introduced by the moderator as “the only panelist who can say, ‘I told you so,’” Professor J. Michael Waller took part in a panel discussion on Russian politics as part of the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS, pronounced “triple-A, double-S”). The question put forth before the November 18 panel was, “Is the

Bloggers credited with stopping European military sale to Venezuela

In what could signal a transformation of world politics, bloggers are credited with stopping Europe’s $630 million military aircraft sale to Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. Several online news services quickly picked up on the story and published a statement from an Institute of World Politics professor who has done cutting-edge work on blogging and international politics. Foreign

PBS documentary features JMW exposing political corruption

The PBS documentary “Capitol Crimes” featured this blogger who provided insights into the internal workings of corruption in Washington, including foreign-funded political influence operations with ties to the Russian intelligence services. Professor J. Michael Waller appeared on “Capitol Crimes,” a feature of Bill Moyers’ “Moyers on America” series, aired on October 4, 2006. He described inner workings of

Fox News hosts Dr Waller in debate on Venezuela’s Chavez

Fox News had IWP Annenberg Professor J. Michael Waller on its Dayside program on September 22 to talk about Venezuelan Hugo Chavez, in a live show that coincided with the dictator’s incendiary speech in Harlem. The spirited show featured a guest supportive of the Chavez regime who stood in for the Venezuelan ambassador, and studio audience participation. For the transcript

Senators ask president for action based on Waller’s paper

A bipartisan group of four US senators has asked President George W. Bush to act against allies who damage American national security interests by arming extremist regimes. The senators’ letter, which concerns what to do about Venezuela after diplomacy has failed, echoes policy recommendations that an IWP professor made a month ago. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Judiciary

With Cato Institute’s Doug Bandow in Zurich, debating US policies

[News release] In Zurich, IWP Annenberg Professor J. Michael Waller and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Doug Bandow gave contrasting presentations on US foreign policy to Swiss business executives and alumni of the American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders program. Martin Meyer, Culture Editor of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, moderated at the well-attended event, held at the Swiss Re Centre for Global

Waller discusses Putin with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News

(Institute of World Politics news release)  Professor J. Michael Waller was Bill O’Reilly’s guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” show February 24, discussing the conduct of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of the Bush-Putin summit in Bratislava. The program is on the Fox News Channel. Citing the Russian leader’s murky KGB career, which involved allegedly corrupt dealings with

Academic

Russia’s info war & what to do about it

“Russia’s New Information War: What It’s Like and What to Do About It,” by J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., in Fred Fleitz, ed., Putin’s Reset: The Bear Is Back and How America Must Respond  (Washington: Center for Security Policy, 2016), is a policy essay that examines Moscow’s information and propaganda warfare against the West, with a list

Oxford University publishes Dr Waller’s information warfare strategy

Oxford University Press is republishing Dr Waller’s strategy to design an information warfare campaign against global jihadists. Dr. Waller wrote the strategy for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, with the Threat Knowledge Group. The plan is titled “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement.” Oxford

Understanding subversion in an age of countering violent extremism

Subversion: Non-Violent Warfare in an Age of Countering Violent Extremism  By J. Michael Waller, Ph.D. John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, NC, September 12, 2016 Abstract Subversion is an ambiguous form of conflict in war and peace that does not rely on violence. From the perspective of the target, subversion is so ambiguous

The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, strategy, operations & vulnerabilities

by J Michael Waller / Westminster Institute / 2016. Want to discover the vulnerabilities of the Muslim Brotherhood? Study its doctrine, strategy and operations worldwide. That’s what we set out to do in “The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities,” a chapter in the newly published book, Meeting the Ideological Challenges of Islamism: How to

Designing an information warfare campaign against the global jihadi movement

The Threat Knowledge Group has published Dr. Waller’s chapter, “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement,” as part of the Threat Knowledge Group’s special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement. The report, written in 2014, was prepared for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare

The importance of words

chapter in Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda, and Political Warfare (Crossbow, 2010). In this vital book, thirteen experts in public diplomacy, counterpropaganda and political warfare lay out the components of what the U.S. and its allies need to win the war of ideas around the world. Revised in 2009. Strategic influence is much more than strategic

The American way of propaganda: Lessons from the Founding Fathers

Chapter in Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda, and Political Warfare (Crossbow, 2010).  In this vital book, thirteen experts in public diplomacy, counterpropaganda and political warfare lay out the components of what the U.S. and its allies need to win the war of ideas around the world. Revised in 2009. Strategic influence is much more than strategic

Founding Political Warfare Documents of the United States

by J. Michael Waller, editor (IWP/Crossbow Books, 2010/2011), 367 pp. Download PDF of full text here: Founding Political Warfare Docs 3 Public diplomacy and political warfare have been an American tradition since before the founding of the republic. The Continental Congress made its case to the world when it was founded in 1774. In this course

Getting serious about strategic influence

By J Michael Waller / Journal of International Security Affairs / December 2009. A decade has passed since the Clinton administration and the late Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) joined hands in destroying America’s public diplomacy machinery. The shocking development occurred for a combination of reasons: a turf-conscious State Department that wanted total control of public diplomacy

Public Diplomacy Reader launched at Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation hosted the official launch of The Public Diplomacy Reader, Professor J. Michael Waller’s 500-page compendium published by IWP Press. The event, held September 20, was organized by Helle Dale, Deputy Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at Heritage. Dr. Waller gave a presentation about the book and its purpose, explaining that he

Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War

This ground-breaking monograph by J Michael Waller departs from the conventional view of public diplomacy and international communication in time of war and argues for deploying messages as weapons of attack against the terrorists and other extremists. Proposing an immediate-term strategy that requires no bureaucratic reorganization or major budgetary changes, Fighting the War of Ideas like

The American way of propaganda: Lessons from the founding fathers

by J. Michael Waller, Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare White Paper No. 1, The Institute of World Politics, 2006. This article is the first in a series of White Papers about the transformation of American public diplomacy and strategic communication. Introduction One of the most contentious debates in the war on terrorism centers on the “hearts

Introduction to dismantling a secret police state

Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council and J. Michael Waller edited a series of articles on the legacies of totalitarian secret police systems. Those articles were published in August, 2004, in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. Berman and Waller co-wrote the following introduction to the series: When a totalitarian group seizes power, whether by parliamentary maneuver or

Russia: Death and resurrection of the KGB

by J Michael Waller, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol. XII, No. 3, 2004, pp. 333-355. The George Washington University is the repository of Demokratizatsiya journal. The roots of all of the most efficient political police systems in modern his- tory can be traced to December 20, 1917. On that day, the new Bolshevik

Tropical chekists: The Sandinista secret police legacy in Nicaragua

by J. Michael Waller Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Summer 2004 As a revolutionary regime, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) that overthrew strongman Anastasio Somoza in 1979 swept away all vestiges of the old order. Virtually every single government structure, including the constitution, judiciary, legislature, and all instruments of security and force, was

International terrorism: The Communist connection revisited

By J. Michael Waller, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 2002. Twenty-five years ago, Stefan Possony posited the then-radical thesis that the Soviet Union was behind much of the world’s growing terrorist problem, and that otherwise independent terrorist organizations operated in international networks. Possony’s book, International Terrorism: The Communist Connection, published in 1978,[1] blazed a trail that other scholars, journalists,

KGB: The perils of arbitrary power

by J Michael Waller, Perspective (Boston University Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy), Vol. 2, No. 1, September 2001. “The KGB is everywhere, in everything, and that itself frustrates democracy.” Former KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin(1) “We have had as much democratization as we can stomach.” KGB Chairman Vladimir Kryuchkov(2) In trying

Portrait of Putin’s past

by J Michael Waller, Perspective (Boston University), Vol. X, No. 3, February 25, 2000. Why is so little known about the KGB career of Russia’s acting President Vladimir Putin? Most reporting on both sides of the Atlantic is thinly sourced, if sourced at all, and often conflicting. Was Putin a professional foreign intelligence cadre officer whose

Troubleshooting US policy toward Russia (House, 1999)

“Troubleshooting U.S. Policy Toward Russia” Testimony of J Michael Waller before the Committee on International Relations, US House of Representatives October 6, 1999 United States policy toward Russia has been tailor-made for exploitation by the gangster-bureaucrats, oligarchs, military revanchists and secret police officials ruling Russia today. Administration suppression of warnings and analysis about deteriorating conditions

Russia’s security services: A checklist for reforms

by J Michael Waller, Perspective (Boston University, Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy), Vol. VII, No. 1, September-October 1997. Protection of human rights, according to Russian law, is the first duty of the security and intelligence services of the post-Soviet state. Even more, the “special services” or “organs,” as they are called,

Primakov’s imperial line

By J Michael Waller, Perspective (Boston University Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy), January-February 1997. Russian foreign policy has become more consistent and predictable since Yevgeni Primakov succeeded Andrei Kozyrev as foreign minister in January 1996. Moscow’s diplomacy today shows a tendency toward greater integration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the

‘Delay, postpone, obfuscate, derail’ – A case study of US aid to former USSR

By J Michael Waller / Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization (American University and Moscow State University), Winter 1997. With rebuttals from the US Department of State and Department of Defense PDF originals: (1) Demok 97a Waller Delay; (2) Demok 97b State Dept; (3) Demok 97c Waller State; (4) Demok 97d DoD; (5) Demok 97e Waller DoD Introduction Many supporters of U.S. assistance

Supreme Soviet investigation of the 1991 coup: The suppressed transcripts

In 1995-96 we published the only translated transcripts of the Russian parliamentary investigation hearings on the 1991 putsch. To our knowledge, the transcripts were never published in Russia. Dr Waller edited a selection of the transcripts for Demokratizatsiya. The journal, then published in cooperation with the American University and Moscow State University, is now housed

Russia’s Great Criminal Revolution: The Role of the Security Services

by Victor Yasmann and J Michael Waller, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, December 1995. Summary Russian law enforcement agencies, security organs, and intelligence services, far from being reliable instruments in the fight against organized crime and corruption, are institutionally part of the problem, due not only to their co-optation and penetration by criminal elements, but to

The KGB legacy in Russia

by J Michael Waller, Problems of Post-Communism, November-December 1995. The superstructure of the Soviet Communist Party is gone. But the secret police and intelligence agencies have survived the turmoil and remain firmly ensconced in Russian political, economic and social life. They threaten reform and imperil the West. This article was among the first to anticipate

Who is making Russian foreign policy?

by J Michael Waller, Perspective (Boston University Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy), Vol. V, No. 3, January-February 1995. Undermined politically and with its powers diffused, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Andrei Kozyrev has been eclipsed by the former KGB First Directorate of Yevgeniy Primakov. President Boris Yel’tsin, who built

The KGB and Its ‘Successors’

by J Michael Waller, Perspective (Boston University Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy), Vol. IV, No. 5, April-May 1994. Download PDF here: KGB-Successors-Perspective-Apr-May-94