Tagged: psychological warfare

See me at the Psychological Warfare Focus Day at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit

The good people at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) have invited me to be a speaker at the 3rd annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington. I’ll be speaking as part of the summit’s Psychological Warfare Focus Day. Other panelists include: Ruth Wedgwood, Director of the International Law and Organizations Program at Johns Hopkins University; LTC Michael Lewis,...

A re-enactment of Boston mob action against the crown

Pay close attention to this dramatization of the tarring and feathering of a tax official on the Boston waterfront in the early days of revolutionary ferment, in December 1773. The 3 1/2-minute scene is from Episode 1 of the excellent HBO series, John Adams. In this scene, Samuel Adams (the tall one at left, played by Danny Huston) is taking...

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.”...

USA Today cites Waller’s strategy paper on weaponizing ridicule

(Institute of World Politics news release)  A recently-published white paper on the use of ridicule as an instrument of political warfare by  IWP Professor J. Michael Waller has been recognized in the opinion pages of USA Today and is topic of discussion in the blogosphere. Author Peter Schweizer posited that “in a brilliant new white paper on public diplomacy, Michael Waller, the...