J. Michael Waller


Waller, J. Michael. Fighting the War of Ideas Like a Real War: Messages to Defeat the Terrorists. Washington, DC: Institute of World Politics Press, 2007. Available at: http://jmw.typepad.com/political_warfare/files/War_of_Ideas_Waller.pdf.

From "Introduction" This book "offers a way to wage" the war of ideas "in the immediate-term: Cost-effective, realistic solutions that the U.S. and its allies can implement quickly, without bureaucratic reorganization or unusual reprogramming of funds. The book's focus will not therefore be on structures and processes, but on the nature and content of the messages themselves and the positive effects that can be achieved in Iraq and around the world."


Waller, J. Michael. "The KGB and Its 'Successors.'" Perspective 4, no. 4 (Apr.-May 1994). [http://www.bu.edu/iscip/vol4/Waller.html]

"Bureaucratic reshufflings and name changes since the Soviet collapse have brought little real reform" to the KGB. "President Yel'tsin's strategy has been to preserve the chekist structures but to dilute their ability to act against him by dividing them into five major organizations and by transferring some units to other ministries.... What appears to be emerging is a huge parastatal system dominated by the former KGB, the nomenklatura, and organized crime.... The chekists today hold most of the major levers of power in Russia."


Waller, J. Michael. "The KGB Legacy in Russia." Problems of Post-Communism 42, no. 6 (Nov.-Dec. 1995): 3-10.


Waller, J. Michael. "Organized Crime and the Russian State: Challenges to U.S.-Russian Cooperation." Demokratizatsiya: Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 2, no. 3 (Summer 1994): 364-383.

Calder: "Urges caution ... in the association between United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies and similar Russian organizations in order ... to avoid embarassment through possible support of a criminal gang."


Waller, J. Michael. "Russian Spies Are Alive, Well." Insight, 15. no, 9 (8 Mar. 1999). [http:// www.insightmag.com]

"Even ... after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Moscow continued ... to penetrate Western societies with highly trained, long-term espionage officers and agents.... These spies are known as 'illegals' or 'sleepers' -- highly trained intelligence officers posted abroad to live illegally, that is, without the legal cover of an embassy or other government entity that would give them diplomatic immunity in case of arrest."


Waller, J. Michael. "Russia's Security and Intelligence Services Today." National Security Law Report 15, no. 6 (Jun. 1993): 1-2, 5. Reprinted in Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 9, no. 4 (Oct. 1993), pp. 7-8.


Waller, J. Michael. "Russia's Security Services: A Checklist for Reform." Perspective 8, no. 1 (Sep.-Oct. 1997). [http://www.bu.edu/iscip/vol8/Waller.html]


Waller, J. Michael. Soviet Empire: The KGB in Russia Today. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1994.

To Legvold, FA 74.3 (May-Jun. 1995), this is "a valuable book ... [that] explores in great detail the failed effort to remake the massive bureaucracies of the security police in both the Gorbachev and Yeltsin eras.... Far from [being] transformed or restaffed, they remain essentially as before and available to a strong-arm leader." Robinson, Political Studies 44.5, says that "Waller makes his case strongly.... The notion that the organizational culture of 'Chekism' is at the heart of the lack of reform in the post-Soviet intelligence services is, however, strained on occasion.... But overall the books makes for interesting reading."


Waller, J. Michael, and Victor J. Yasmann. "Russia's Great Criminal Revolution: The Role of the Security Services." Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 11, no. 4 (Nov. 1995): 276-297.

The authors review the organization structure and activities of the Russian intelligence services. They conclude that the sevices are part of the problem in post-Soviet Russia.


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