Tagged: political warfare

Our Samuel Adams

My friend Frank Gaffney very graciously credited me in his March 6 Washington Times op-ed celebrating the life of our mutual co-conspirator Andrew Breitbart. Andrew died last week at age 43. He was a masterful political provocateur, a one-man media operation who fearlessly took on the leviathan establishment. I was one of the founding contributing editors to Andrew’s BigPeace.com, and...

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...

Washington Times likes my Iran idea

Defense Secretary Bob Gates recently did some more truth-telling when he appeared to say in a memo that the US lacks a strategy to deal with the threats posed by the mullahocracy in Iran. Before the New York Times leaked the contents of the memo on April 18, the Washington Times editors picked up on an extemporaneous talk on political...

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.”...

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...

Political warfare in Sub-Saharan Africa: Army monograph looks at US capabilities & Chinese operations

A summary of a monograph by Donovan Chau, reprinted from the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. Today, as in the past, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) exerts influence on the African continent. Unlike the United States, which also attempts to sway African nations and people, the PRC uses an instrument of grand strategy called political warfare as...

Ridicule: An instrument in the war on terrorism

This article is the seventh in a series of White Papers by J. Michael Waller about the transformation of American public diplomacy and strategic communication. USA Today featured this paper in its March 23, 2006 issue. Introduction Demonization of the enemy is the general default position of American message-making against international threats. The history of warfare shows, however, that while demonization can...

China waging political warfare against its neighbors

by J Michael Waller, adapted from article in Insight magazine, May 26, 2003 Might the People’s Republic of China (PRC) be waging covert political operations to weaken Asian and Pacific governments’ support for their security relationships with the United States? U.S. intelligence officials tell me they have detected no Soviet-style “active-measures” campaign. However, Chinese tradecraft depends more on financial co-option of business and...

The Third Current of Revolution: The international support apparatus of El Salvador’s guerrilla war (1991)

Author. Publisher: University Press of America, 1991. Details TK