Category: Serviam

Tom Barnett likes my work on stability operations

Bestselling author Thomas P. M. Barnett, best known for his book, The Pentagon’s New Map, praised an independent project of an IWP professor for publicizing private sector solutions to global stability problems. In a syndicated column for the Scripps Howard News Service, Barnett welcomed the “global stability industry” and hailed Serviam magazine, edited and co-founded by Professor J. Michael Waller, as a positive voice for the sector....

Public diplomacy: ‘Medicine is the universal language’

Public Diplomacy: ‘Medicine is the universal language’ Interview with the CEO of Project HOPE Serviam Publication Date: September-October 2008 Serviam’s person of the year, Project HOPE President and CEO John P. Howe III, MD, champions the military’s new humanitarian partnerships with businesses and charities, and comments on the role of health NGOs in global stability operations. Serviam Editor J. Michael Waller...

Partnership against heroin: Contractors help US combat narcotraffickers in Afghanistan

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, March-April 2008 Download PDF: Contractors_Afgh_Serviam Kabul, Afghanistan—“I used to wear a burqa. I will never wear one again. Except to fight drug traffickers.” That’s what a female police officer of Afghanistan’s Narcotics Interdiction Unit (NIU) says with a shy smile. The bad guys can’t recognize a heavily armed cop under the face-to-foot covering that all women...

Cultural battlespace: Muslim rockers resist extremism

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, January-February 2008 Serviam Al Qaeda has identified one type of enemy that it can’t fight against: Muslim rock stars. U.S. intelligence discovered evidence that the terrorist group had considered murdering top Egyptian performing artists for being “infidels” but decided against it for fear of creating a youth grassroots backlash from Arabs. That decision not to...

Accountability and private security contractors: Visibility of operations is key to success

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, November-December 2007 When a private contractor for the U.S. government abides with the letter of the law, but the law is so flawed that it doesn’t correspond with reality, whose fault is it? The contractor’s, of course. That’s the apparent reasoning of critics in Congress and the press who blame private security providers for not...