Category: Academic

Getting serious about strategic influence: How to move beyond the State Department’s legacy of failure

by J Michael Waller, Journal of International Security Affairs, December 2009 Download PDF: Waller_Getting Serious About Strategic Influence 2009

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...

The American way of propaganda: Lessons from the Founding Fathers

Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare White Paper No. 1 The Institute of World Politics by J. Michael Waller This article is the first in a series of White Papers about the transformation of American public diplomacy and strategic communication. Introduction One of the most contentious debates in the war on terrorism centers on the “hearts and minds” aspect of the...

Waller stands in for National Intelligence Officer at academic conference on Putin

[Institute of World Politics news release] Introduced by the moderator as “the only panelist who can say, ‘I told you so,’” Professor J. Michael Waller took part in a panel discussion on Russian politics as part of the annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS, pronounced “triple-A, double-S”). The question put forth before the November 18 panel was, “Is...

PSYOP by ridicule: New York Times says Waller’s paper got Pentagon review

The New York Times reports that officials in the Pentagon and Iraq have reviewed an academic paper that called for a strategic psychological campaign of ridicule against terrorist leaders and other adversaries. The paper “has been circulating at the Pentagon and among military commanders with experience in Iraq recently,” the New York Times reported in its May 6, 2006 edition. The paper,...

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...

Introduction to dismantling a secret police state

Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council and J. Michael Waller edited a series of articles on the legacies of totalitarian secret police systems. Those articles were published in August, 2004, in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. Berman and Waller co-wrote the following introduction to the series: When a totalitarian group seizes power, whether by parliamentary maneuver or by...

Russia: Death and Resurrection of the KGB

Russia: Death and Resurrection of the KGB J Michael Waller Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Summer 2004      “We represent in ourselves organized terror–this must be said very clearly.” Feliks Dzerzhinsky, founder of Cheka   The roots of all of the most efficient political police systems in modern history can be traced to December 20, 1917. On that...

International terrorism: The Communist connection revisited

International Terrorism: The Communist Connection Revisited Archives show Islamist terrorism linkages to Soviet Cold War intelligence By J. Michael Waller PAPERS & STUDIES Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 2003 Seeing the unseen links Twenty-five years ago, Stefan Possony posited the then-radical thesis that the Soviet Union was behind much of the world’s growing terrorist problem, and that otherwise independent terrorist organizations...

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...