Category: Economic warfare

Everyone else is manipulating the markets for their own ends. Why not do it in defense of our freedoms?

How a hostile foreign regime targeted a US company with propaganda

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 attacks can be costly to the companies’ reputation and bottom line – and damaging to...

Daily Caller: Why did we give Putin control over our satellite launches?

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 ask the question: Why did we let this happen? Here’s the...

Attacking NATO where it has no defense

Russia’s successful subversion and partition of Ukraine can be replicated inside NATO countries without triggering the collective defense provisions of Article 5 of the Alliance’s treaty. We commented on this in a recent piece titled “Against All Odds: Why Putin is Winning.” In that article, we noted a concern by Paul A. Goble, considered the dean of experts on nationalities...

How Ukraine can defend itself: Cut Gazprom’s gas & move the revolution to Russia

Ukraine has amazing leverage to press Russia to reverse its invasion, and to give the Europeans some backbone. That lever consists of two parts: (1) the colossal network of Gazprom pipelines that pump Russian gas into Europe, and European hard currency into Russia; and (2) the example of the Ukrainian revolution, which should spread to Russia to overthrow Vladimir Putin....

Infiltration of North Korea: The subversive Choco-Pie

Policymakers in the US often throw up their hands in frustration about how to get through to seemingly impenetrable North Korea, but a South Korean businessmen figured out a way. He had his staff hand out priceless treasures to North Korean workers: Coca-Cola and the Choco Pie. The Choco Pie is a chocolate-covered marshmallow-cookie sandwich that costs about 50 cents...

Disinformation meets economic warfare

Forgeries can be used to influence decisionmaking or undermine an enemy, just as they can be used to defraud for financial purposes. Wartime adversaries have used forgeries throughout the ages, both to finance their military and intelligence efforts, and to damage a target economy. Nazi Germany created some of the most perfect forgeries ever made – the infamous fake British...

Can anybody help me on this? American economic warfare during the Revolution

We know that the British forged paper Continental Currency to undermine the 13 colonies/states in the 1770s, and we also know that the Americans faced limitations in the support they were getting from many Canadians, in part because the Patriots could not afford to pay in silver and gold. We also know that individual American engravers and metalsmiths made forgeries...

Senators ask president for action based on Waller’s paper

[News release] 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 Subcommittee on Terrorism,...

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...

What to do about Venezuela: The case for political and psychological strategy

(Text is from a news release) In a paper timed to coincide with a major hemispheric policy address by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Center for Security Policy warned today that the increasingly repressive – and aggressive – dictatorship in Venezuela must either change or be changed if the region is to avoid the terrible human costs of a new generation...