Laurent Murawiec

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Laurent Murawiec (Paris 1951 – Washington, 7 October 2009[1][2]) was a French neoconservative figure,[3] member of the Hudson Institute and of the Committee on the Present Danger,[4] and formerly defence analyst at the RAND corporation. Murawiec was an associate of Lyndon LaRouche from 1973–1986,[5] and wrote for Larouche's Executive Intelligence Review in the 1980s.[6]

In July 2002, Murawiec gave a presentation regarding Middle East policy for the USA before the Defence Policy Board Advisory Committee. His paper was entitled «Expel Saudis from Arabia», a lecture divided into three parts with the projection of 24 slides.[7] Murawiec argued that "In the Arab world, violence is not a continuation of politics by other means – violence is politics, politics is violence"[8] and calling for an "ultimatum to the House of Saud",[8] ultimately summarising the "Grand strategy for the Middle East" as "Iraq is the tactical pivot, Saudi Arabia the strategic pivot, Egypt the prize".[8] The presentation was made public by Thomas E. Ricks the following month.[9] Murawiec was subsequently expelled from RAND.[3]

Murawiec died of multiple myeloma on 7 October 2009.[2][10]


  • La Guerre au XXIè siècle, Laurent Murawiec, Odile Jacob, 2000
  • L'Esprit des Nations: cultures et géopolitique, Laurent Murawiec, Odile Jacob, 2002
  • La Guerre d'après, Laurent Murawiec, Albin Michel, 2003
    • Princes of Darkness: the Saudi Assault on the West, Laurent Murawiec, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005
  • Vulnerabilities in the Chinese Way of War, Hudson Institute, 2004
  • Aristotle in Cyberspace: Toward a Theory of Information Warfare and The Mind of Jihad, 2005
  • Pandora's Boxes
  • The Mind of Jihad, Laurent Murawiec, Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-521-88393-1
  • Spring 2000 article "The Wacky World of French Intellectuals" by Laurent Murawiec, Middle East Quarterly


  1. ^ Biography, Hudson Institute
  2. ^ a b Strategist Caused Stir For Accusing Saudis Of Supporting Terror, Washington Post
  3. ^ a b Histoire du néoconservatisme aux États-Unis, Julien Vaïsse, Odile Jacob, 2008 (p.269)
  4. ^ Laurent Murawiec on
  5. ^ Raimondo, Justin (2002-10-07) Now Entering Imperium, The American Conservative
  6. ^ Thompson, Mark (26 August 2002). "Inside the secret war council". Time. 160 (9). p. 36.
  7. ^ Thierry Meyssan, The Clash of Civilizations
  8. ^ a b c The PowerPoint That Rocked the Pentagon The LaRouche defector who's advising the defense establishment on Saudi Arabia, by Jack Shafer, Slate
  9. ^ Briefing Depicted Saudis as Enemies Ultimatum Urged To Pentagon Board, by Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post, 6 August 2002
  10. ^ Laurent Murawiec est mort, Jean-Dominique Merchet, Libération 9 October 2009 2009

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