Category: Academic articles

The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities

Want to discover the vulnerabilities of the Muslim Brotherhood? Study its doctrine, strategy and operations worldwide. That’s what I set out to do in my chapter, “The Muslim Brotherhood: Doctrine, Strategy, Operations and Vulnerabilities,” appearing in the newly published book, Meeting the Ideological Challenges of Islamism: How to Combat Modern Radical Islam. The work was edited by Anna Bekele and...

Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement

The US Army has published my chapter, “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement,” as part of the Threat Knowledge Group’s special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement. The report, written in 2014, was prepared for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, US Army Special Operations...

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...

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...

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...