The Institute of World Politics is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Marine Corps Intelligence Association (MCIA Inc.), a non-profit professional organization of regular, reserve, retired, and former Intelligence Marines. The partnership will focus on the establishment of a program of speakers in 2014 for the purpose of supporting professional development and common purposes of IWP and MCIA Inc.
"The Marine Corps has long had an institutional and doctrinal focus on the utilization of multiple arts of statecraft for its work in counterinsurgency warfare," comments IWP President John Lenczowski. It has never lost sight of the need for that kind of 'cultural intelligence' that is essential for success in this type of warfare. It is therefore natural, fitting, and proper that IWP and the Marine Corps Intelligence Association should have this relationship, given the synergies of our missions."
MCIA, Inc. provides invaluable professional development advice, best practices, and partnership to its members in the Marine Corps Intelligence Community. It is sustained by a number of individuals who are driven by their commitment to excellence and are eager to bolster their skills while sharing their unique knowledge with other members. A partnership with IWP is one way that MCIA, Inc. is taking steps to evolve and broaden the possibilities of growth and professional development for its members and those with whom they collaborate.
Fritz Barth, President of MCIA Inc. and IWP Class of 2006, comments, "The Marine Corps practices war as an art. In the same sense, IWP teaches statecraft and strategy as arts, best learned from experienced practitioners drawn from the real world. Soon after graduation, I found myself planning our complex transfer of power and orderly withdrawal from Iraq. The lessons I learned at IWP prepared me well for the cultural, historical and intelligence challenges we faced there. IWP and intelligence Marines both stand to learn a lot from one another."
"We are delighted to partner with the Marine Corps Intelligence Association, and hope that this is the beginning of a long and productive relationship," said Executive Vice President Noah Rudolph.