Category: Education

9/11 reflections on a national security education lawyer

Reprinted from ActiveMeasures.org. “Anyone who can blow up the Pentagon gets my vote.” That’s what University of New Mexico Professor Richard Berthold told about a hundred student freshmen, 12 years ago today, on September 11, 2001. As the families of the 9/11 victims were still searching for their dead, a New Mexico state legislator tried to remove Berthold’s salary from...

Text of my memo about IWP surveillance of its faculty and other wrongdoing

What follows is the full text of a 4,350-word memorandum for the record concerning alleged wrongdoing at the senior management and board levels of the Institute of World Politics (IWP), and IWP harassment and surveillance of faculty who tried to blow the whistle and correct the problem. A PDF of the original memo can be retrieved here: INA Record 2013.06.14x Memorandum...

If IWP is running surveillance on its faculty, what does that mean for its students?

Reprinted from ActiveMeasures.org. In a bid to keep a lid on inconvenient truths about top-level mismanagement, IWP essentially has been run by the secretive Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees since early this year. The Audit Committee, chaired by Francis X. Ryan, a Republican politician from Pennsylvania, has been a bludgeon to intimidate and silence IWP faculty, staff and...

Case studies in divisive operations

Case Studies This page contains links to instances of divisive operations, to provide descriptions of how they actually worked (or failed to work).   Trust Operation (False anti-Bolshevik movement to lure opponents, including sleeper cells and exiles, in order to wipe them out, 1921-27) Bailey, Geoffrey [Pseud.], The Conspirators (New York: Harper, 1960. London: Gollancz, 1961). This book is under-appreciated...

Divisive operations videos contain valuable lessons

Here is a selection of short videos to show how effectively divisive operations can work in successful counterinsurgency. The videos to divide the FARC insurgents in Colombia proved to be effective in prompting FARC combatants to desert, and in involving the national population in an uplifting manner. The operation empowered the ordinary Colombian to play a role against the FARC....

How to lose your job: The provost report that IWP’s board never read

Here’s a lesson on how to lose your job in Washington: (1) Come in to help fix a problem at a floundering organization, (2) get the team enthused about finally moving in a positive direction, (3) work really hard together, and (4) through everyone’s hard work and fast results, inadvertently say that the Emperor has no clothes. The lesson is...

Notes from my meeting with IWP private investigators

[Reprinted from ActiveMeasures.org, August 30, 2013] For reasons not made officially clear, IWP President John Lenczowski has run the board of trustees in recent months through an Audit Committee, which hired private investigators to probe faculty and staff. Lenczowski stated in a senior staff meeting that the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based firm INA, Inc., would be conducting a “review” of unspecified practices...

My resignation as IWP corporate secretary in 2007

For the good of the order: I was corporate secretary of the Institute of World Politics (IWP) as well as board-designated interim successor to the President. I resigned from both positions in 2007. The reason why I resigned is because of my objections to what I perceived as the inept leadership of IWP President John Lenczowski, indecision at the top...

From my former students: Active Measures 2013

Congratulations to my former students, who have put together the second issue of Active Measures journal. It’s available now on Amazon. The journal was, but is no longer, associated with a blog, ActiveMeasures.org. Active Measures is a scholarly journal founded and run by graduate students studying with my former employer, where I was Annenberg Professor of International Communication for 13...