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] He was also an advisor of French politician and former Minister, Jean-Pierre Chevènement[7]

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.[8] Murawiec argued that "In the Arab world, violence is not a continuation of politics by other means – violence is politics, politics is violence"[9] and calling for an "ultimatum to the House of Saud",[9] ultimately summarising the "Grand strategy for the Middle East" as "Iraq is the tactical pivot, Saudi Arabia the strategic pivot, Egypt the prize".[9] The presentation was made public by Thomas E. Ricks the following month.[10] Murawiec was subsequently expelled from RAND.[3]

Murawiec died of multiple myeloma on 7 October 2009.[2][11]


  • 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


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