J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / February 14, 2019 A comparison of texts shows that Rep. Ilan Omar cribbed from Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera to script her diatribe against senior American diplomat Elliott Abrams. Al Jazeera ran a story, “Who is Elliott Abrams, US special envoy for Venezuela?” on February 12. It
J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / February 13, 2019 President Trump’s point-man on Venezuela showed how to handle malicious Members of Congress during committee hearings. The long-collegial House Foreign Affairs Committee predictably is turning into a circus since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to the prestigious panel last month.
J Michael Waller / Center for Security Policy / January 23, 2019 Venezuela’s interim government materialized without much apparent organization. Active observation and participation in various coups and revolutions shows what the Juan Guaidó government and its supporters must do immediately. Here are some quick thoughts, not in any particular order: Gain control of at
by J Michael Waller / Town Hall / December 6, 2017 President Donald Trump is going to have to build a bigger wall on the border with Mexico, not because of the Mexicans, but because of the Obama holdovers he has kept in place. Venezuela is on the verge of unleashing a major refugee crisis,
by J Michael Waller, PhD / Georgetown Research Summary. The State Department’s shift toward building “civil society” abroad has clashed with the mission to promote traditional US national interests. Occasionally it has harmed legitimate American business interests abroad. To illustrate the problem, this paper describes how international NGOs operated in a single country to target
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
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
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
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
by J. Michael Waller, The Institute of World Politics, Occasional Paper, May 2006 Introduction The United States must draw the line when its foreign military suppliers endanger US national security interests. This is especially true when foreign defense companies aid and abet regimes that subvert their democratic neighbors and align with state sponsors of terrorism.