Laurent Murawiec

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Laurent Murawiec (1951-2009} was a senior fellow, Hudson Institute, research in the application of anthropology to strategy, the "Revolution in Military Affairs," and information warfare. Previously, he was a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, until 2002. [1] In Paris, he was an adviser to the French Ministry of Defense and taught the history of economic planning at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

Murawiec was a foreign correspondent in Germany and Central Europe for La Vie Francaise, and then founded a consultancy. He has taught military analysis and cultural anthropology at George Washington University, although the university chose not to rehire him after the Washington Post article on his Defense Policy Board briefing ran, and removed his faculty biography from the university webpage. [2]


His colleagues will have a celebration of his life and work on 4 November 2009, featuring:[3]

LaRouche affiliation

He had been an editor of Executive Intelligence Review produced by Lyndon LaRouche; consultant for Marc Rich's foundations;[4]

He apparently left the LaRouche journal in 1998, without much love being lost. Larouche personally wrote that he was "a real-life 'Beetlebaum' of the legendary mythical horse-race, and a hand-me-down political carcass, currently in the possession of institutions of a peculiar odor." In 1997, LaRouche's wife Helga Zupp LaRouche "was once part of our organization and is now on the side of organized crime." [5]

Defense Policy Board

While working for RAND, he was invited, by Richard Perle, to give a presentation to the Defense Policy Board in July 2002. Thomas Ricks wrote, in the Washington Post, that RAND would not be available to comment.

"Neither the presentations nor the Defense Policy Board members' comments reflect the official views of the Department of Defense...Saudi Arabia is a long-standing friend and ally of the United States. The Saudis cooperate fully in the global war on terrorism and have the Department's and the Administration's deep appreciation.[6] Slate magazine reproduces it, summarizing it as advocating "that the United States invade the country, seize its oil fields, and confiscate its financial assets unless the Saudis stop supporting the anti-Western terror network." [5] The concluding slide read:

Grand strategy for the Middle East
  • Iraq is the tactical pivot
    • Saudi Arabia the strategic pivot
      • Egypt the prize

Recent media

A contributor to The National Interest, Middle East Quarterly, France's Le Débat, XXè siècle, revue d'histoire, Politique internationale, Pour la Science, and other journals; he wote opinion pieces for the Washington Post, the Financial Times, National Review Online, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Die Welt and others. He has lectured at Columbia University, Georgetown, SAIS-Johns Hopkins, Corpus Christi Coll., Cambridge, UK, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Canadian Forces College and the Royal Canadian Military College, the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale in Paris, Duxx Business School in Monterrey, Mexico. He has appeared on Fox & Friends, BBC-TV, French, Italian, Canadian national television, LBN TV of Lebanon and Al-Jazeera, Chinese (NTD-TV) and Japanese (NHK) television networks. He has been a frequent host of conservative and Christian radios in the United States. [1]


Prior to moving to the United States, Murawiec earned his B.A., Phil. and M.A., Phil. from the Sorbonne University in Paris. He spoke fluent Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French.