Publications by John Lenczowski

Without public diplomacy, U.S.-North Korean policy will fail

Publication Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Secretaries Rex Tillerson and James Mattis recently wrote that the U.S. is not seeking regime change in North Korea. Depending on whether they meant it or not, this policy has enormous implications for the success of their putative policy, which is to remove the North Korean nuclear threat.  {read more}

A cold war strategy to defeat North Korea

Publication Date: Monday, August 14, 2017

North Korea is in a cold war with the United States and South Korea. Despite Pyongyang's nuclear saber-rattling and the failure of diplomacy for over two decades, we have restricted ourselves to two options: economic sanctions and military means, such as deterrence, missile defense and threats of preemptive strikes.   {read more}

Michael Novak -- Rest in Peace

Publication Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It is hard to summarize the life and works of a man as extraordinary as Michael Novak, who passed on to his reward a few days ago.  Amidst the collection of reviews of his contributions to philosophy, social criticism, economics, and religion, I can only add a few reflections about my perspectives on his work as well as about his role at The Institute of World Politics.  {read more}

Integrating Non-Military Arts of Statecraft to Address National Security Threats

Publication Date: Monday, November 28, 2016

For many years, we have faced a crisis in of leadership the consequence of which is a failure to address strategically our nation’s internal vulnerabilities and external threats. U.S. national security policy has consisted of serial tactical actions that mostly address symptoms of problems and not their causes. This is why we have failed to defeat radical Islamist terrorism.  {read more}

John Lenczowski discusses information warfare and active measures in Intelligencer

Publication Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Intelligencer, the quarterly journal of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, published as its lead article in this quarter's issue a piece by IWP founder and president entitled "Attention to Information Warfare and Active Measures is Long Overdue."  {read more}

Lessons from the Sony hack attack

Publication Date: Friday, December 19, 2014

The hacking attack of Sony Corp. and the compromising of its intellectual property should send a wake-up call to American business. If Sony can be hacked, so too can our companies that make defense technologies. This attack reveals that the very innovations that give us our competitive edge in the world, both commercially and strategically, are gravely at risk.  {read more}

Deterring Russian Aggression

Publication Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Now that we are distracted by the war against the Islamic State, what should the U.S. do in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine — in a way that deters future aggression and encourages regional peace?  {read more}

Introduction to "Denial and Deception," by John Lenczowski

Publication Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Russian agents of influence and the war on fracking

Publication Date: Monday, July 14, 2014

2500 years ago, Sun Tzu said that to defeat your enemy without using force is the acme of skill. So, how does one do this? It involves the use of various arts of statecraft that are not well-cultivated in the United States. But the Russians have long cultivated them.  {read more}

The Voice of America Shouldn't Be A Whisper

Putinís propaganda machine is in high gear, while the U.S. scales back the VOA. Why?

Publication Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s action against Ukraine validates the historic relationship between propaganda and aggression.  {read more}

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