Category: IWP

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...

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...

Wall Street Journal quotes Prof. Waller on genocide trial

Wall Street Journal quotes Prof. Waller on genocide trial Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 ARTICLES Publication Date: May 23, 2013 The Wall Street Journal quoted Prof. J. Michael Waller in an article about a Guatemalan court’s decision to overturn the genocide conviction of a former Guatemalan dictator. The rushed trial of 86 year-old Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala for 17 years...

Waller named IWP vice president and provost

Publication Date: February 24, 2013 In an announcement that promises accelerated change amid strategic continuity, IWP founder and president John Lenczowski appointed Professor J. Michael Waller to serve as Vice President and Provost of the school. “I am delighted that Dr. Waller will be helping us on a variety of academic and administrative responsibilities and new initiatives,” comments Dr. Lenczowski. “Mike has...

Valedictory address by my student, Derrick Shaw, Class of 2012

Dr. Lenczowski, Dean Smith, Ambassador Whittlesey, Dr. Wu, Colonels Eastman and Gunhus, distinguished Chairman and members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty and staff members, friends and family, and colleagues in the IWP Class of 2012.  I am extremely humbled and honored to have the opportunity to speak here today on behalf of our class.  My fellow grads are an...