Category: Strategic communication

Why it’s important to show evidence of bin Laden’s death

Some people will never believe the facts, no matter how effectively presented. But for those of us who are convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead, it’s still imperative that the U.S. government show the forensic evidence. Evidence is important for several reasons. Survivors of al Qaeda attacks worldwide need and deserve closure. Americans and citizens of other coalition countries...

Strategic Influence: Public diplomacy, counterpropaganda & political warfare (2010)

Editor. Publisher: Crossbow Press (2010). After years of delay at IWP, my anthology, Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda and Political Warfare is now available to the public. The book is available from Amazon. Strategic Influence is the work of 13 scholars and practitioners in the fields of public diplomacy, counterpropaganda and political warfare. The book surveys the subjects from the American...

Getting serious about strategic influence

The US isn’t declining as a world power because of the war on terrorism. It’s declining because it has ceased to be serious about using strategic influence. The United States has become a military Achilles but a political Lilliputian. “More troops” seems to be the universal answer to the world’s security problems. Plus weak, plaintive cries for “more public diplomacy.”...

Hudson Institute & McCormick Tribune Foundation host JMW 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 and formulate a strategy for...

Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War: Short-term message strategies to combat the terrorists

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 a Real War is designed for...

Information a vital weapon

by J. Michael Waller Published in 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 is...

Conferences discuss new intelligence requirements

[IWP news release] A year-long series of conferences, dedicated to the memory of former Director of Central Intelligence William J. Casey, is a major IWP forum from which to discuss ways to improve U.S. intelligence capabilities. The series was convened in light of the intelligence and policy failures that led to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The series, “Intelligence Requirements...

20 reasons to overthrow Saddam Hussein

by J Michael Waller Insight magazine, September 9, 2002 President George W. Bush intends to finish off Saddam Hussein once and for all. A spectrum of options is at his disposal, from covert operations against the Iraqi leader to a range of military actions that include outright invasion in partnership with Iraqi resistance. Leaving Saddam Hussein in power, Bush told reporters...