About Dr Waller
J. Michael Waller is a scholar-practitioner in strategic communication and unconventional conflict.
He is managing director of his consulting firm, Oceanic Advisors, and is a founding editorial board member of NATO’s peer reviewed Defence Strategic Communications journal, a contributing writer to Forbes, and a senior analyst with Wikistrat.
Dr. Waller holds a Ph.D. in international security affairs from Boston University. For 13 years he was the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., where he designed and taught the world’s only graduate program on public diplomacy and political warfare.
He is author or editor of books relating to intelligence, political warfare, public diplomacy, terrorism, and subversion.
He has written for the Daily Beast, Daily Caller, Forbes, Insight, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post and New York Times, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Summary of Experience and Skills
- More than 30 years’ experience in defense, national security, and foreign policy development and execution outside the federal government.
- Entrepreneurial scholar-practitioner, with Ph.D. and real-world practice in defense, security, and foreign policy for private and government clients and sponsors.
- National security graduate school professor for 13 years.
- Instructor for military, diplomatic, intelligence, and counterintelligence professionals.
- Specialist in propaganda, political warfare, psychological strategy, subversion, strategic communication.
- Hands-on work with insurgencies and counterinsurgency efforts.
- Involvement at all levels with planning and execution of political and psychological warfare campaigns against oppressive regimes and movements, and in support of nationalist self-determination movements.
- Designer of political and psychological campaigns for reputation management and litigation support.
- Versatile, established writer on defense, national security and foreign affairs for policy, scholarly, professional, and general publications.
- Published in Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.
- Founding editorial board member of NATO’s Defence Strategic Communication scholarly journal and a peer-reviewed university journal.
- Experienced public speaker at conferences, panels, seminars, and debates.
- Electronic media experience as guest on hundreds of radio and television shows.
- Architect of issues-based social media campaigns.
- Manager of scholarly and policy-related research and writing teams.
- Strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong sense of urgency.
- Experienced at project and concept development, team recruitment, research and editorial policy and procedure, publicity and public affairs, business plans, budgets and fundraising support, donor relations.
- Managing Director, Oceanic Advisors, a communications and strategy company, Washington, DC.
- Sector Specialist, Waterline Affiliates, a market management firm for frontier environments, Washington, DC.
- Senior Analyst, Wikistrat, a crowd-sourced intelligence analysis and forecasting company.
- Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy.
Authored more than 200 policy-related articles, journalistic articles, reviews and op-eds since 1983, including Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, the Washington Times, Insight magazine (former senior staff writer), USA Today and the Wall Street Journal; plus the Daily Beast, Daily Caller, and Real Clear Politics. Ghost wrote articles for New York Times and other newspapers. Click here for partial listing.
Guest commentator on ABC, Alhurra Middle East News Network, BBC radio and TV, BBC World Service in Spanish, CBC, CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español, CBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, PBS, Voice of America, and other channels. Hosted 16 episodes of MSNBC’s “War Room” program after 9/11.
Scholarly peer reviewed journals
- Editorial board member since 1992 of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, first published in cooperation with the American University and Moscow State University, and later with the George Washington University.
- Founding editorial board member in 2015 of Defence Strategic Communications, published by NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Strategic Communication in Riga, Latvia.
Ph.D., International Security Affairs, Boston University, 1993. GPA: 3.95
- Earhart Fellow, Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy.
- Recipient of University Professors Alumni Award for best dissertation.
- Dissertation: Secret Empire: The KGB In Russia Today (Westview, 1994).
M.A., International Relations and Communication, Boston University, 1989.
- John M. Olin Fellow, Center for Defense Journalism. GPA: 3.96
B.A., International Affairs, George Washington University, 1985. GPA: 3.70.
- Phi Beta Kappa.