Category: Arms control

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 least one of our North...

When allies arm our adversaries: The case of Spanish military sales to Venezuela

Occasional Paper The Institute of World Politics by J. Michael Waller 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. When political and diplomatic efforts fail to...

Subsidizing Russia’s nuclear scientists

by J Michael Waller, Insight, April 5-12, 1999 Nearly six years ago, Congress and the Clinton administration launched a visionary scheme to help the scientists and engineers designing the Soviet weapons of mass destruction to put their skills to civilian use. The goal was to prevent them from working for rogue regimes such as Iran, Iraq or North Korea. As...

From butter to missiles

By J Michael Waller, Washington Times, December 15, 1998 Russia’s new government leaders have yet to devise a coherent recovery plan as they beg for Western economic and food aid. But instead, they have been spending their time and money preparing for — of all things — nuclear war against the United States and its allies. Meanwhile the Clinton administration...

No nukes pointed this way? Think again

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, July 6, 1998 After years of assuring the public that no nuclear missiles are aimed at the United States, President Clinton came to China with a proposal to Beijing — a proposal admitting that what he told the American people was untrue. The president asked China’s communist leaders to de-target their nuclear missiles directed...

IMF and the Russian missiles

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, January 23, 1998 American national security depends on Congress providing more money for the International Monetary Fund. That’s what Defense Secretary William Cohen is telling fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill, in a last-ditch administration effort to bail out troubled economies in Asia and elsewhere. For those unmoved by economic arguments, national security concerns are...

Testimony on Russian nuclear missile de-targeting

by J Michael Waller Testimony on Russian nuclear missile de-targeting, before the National Security Research & Development Subcommittee, US House of Representatives, March 13, 1997 Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to have been asked to appear before this subcommittee to address the administration’s claims that no nuclear missiles are targeted against the United States.  My focus is not on the...

The politics of chemical weapons

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, March 4, 1997 Download PDF here: Politics of CW WT 1997.03.04 Someone is sabotaging the Chemical Weapons Convention. If the international treaty, intended to ban all chemical weapons from the planet, goes into effect as scheduled April 29 – without the ratification of the Russian parliament and the United States Senate – the agreement will...

Author’s rebuttal to the Department of State

by J Michael Waller, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization (American University and Moscow State University), Winter 1997 Mr. Morningstar should be recognized for listening to complaints, criticisms, and suggestions on improving aid to the former Soviet Union. He is doubtless the single most influential figure in the United States government to attempt to reform the process. He solved many...

Author’s rebuttal to the Department of Defense

by J Michael Waller, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization (American University and Moscow State University), Winter 1997. (PDF: Dem 97e Waller DoD) Assistant Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s 9 September letter responding to my article, “To Russia, With Cash” (Reader’s Digest, June 1996) states, “Much of what was said in the article is either incorrect or misleading.” Carter does not substantiate...