IWP students often go on to become leaders in the national security, intelligence, and international affairs communities. This section highlights and celebrates their achievements and shares other relevant news.

Lawrence Buckley

Lawrence Buckley (’07) appointed Director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group

Lawrence Buckley (’07), who has been serving in the FBI’s Senior Executive Service, most recently as a senior director on the staff of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), has recently been appointed Director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). According to its website, “The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) is a three-agency entity—FBI,…

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IWP alumnus and professor speak at event on the South Caucasus

On February 2, 2021, U.S Army Cultural and Area Studies Office Command and General Staff College presented an event named “Geopolitics and Great Power Competition in the South Caucasus.” It was hosted virtually at the Lewis and Clark Center in Fort Leavenworth Kansas.  This event was organized and mediated by former IWP student Dr. Mahir…

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Steinhauser saluting MG Bodisch, TXSG OCS Graduation Class 20

Service in Texas State Guard inspired by IWP Career Services

Above: Brendan is pinned by his father with the rank of 2nd Lt. at his TXSG OCS graduation ceremony. “I really appreciate your help and support. You pointed me in the right direction, and I’m so glad I joined the Texas State Guard.” -Brendan Steinhauser (’13) to IWP Career Services Director Derrick Dortch Brendan Steinhauser…

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John Sano, Photo from Spycraft on Netflix

Netflix’s “Spycraft” features Prof. John Sano and alumnus Dr. David Charney

IWP Professor John Sano, alumnus Dr. David Charney, and several IWP guest speakers are featured in Netflix’s series Spycraft (released January 2021), which documents the most prolific covert technologies and operations of the 20th and 21st centuries. Professor John Sano appeared in three episodes, in which he commented on aspects of espionage from spy-handler communications to…

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Philip P. Cave, Jr. receives first Great Statesman Scholarship

IWP is pleased to announce the first recipient of the new Great Statesman Scholarship program—Philip P. Cave, Jr., a new student at the Institute in spring 2021. Philip has received the President Dwight Eisenhower Scholarship, funded by IWP Trustee and alumnus Michael C. Maibach. Conceived of by Mr. Maibach, the Great Statesman Scholarship program allows…

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Former IWP Army Fellow delivers address for Astor Perkins event

On January 17, 2021, Lieutenant General John “JT” Thomson III (Ret.), a former Army Senior Service Fellow at The Institute of World Politics, delivered a virtual keynote address for the Astor Perkins’ All Things Space and Survival Event. LTG Thomson discussed the change and advancing technology in the defense sector. LTG Thomson began his speech…

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IWP alumna Rebekah Koffler discusses the ongoing Russian threat

On January 19, 2021, intelligence expert and IWP alumna Rebekah Koffler appeared on The Washington Times podcast entitled “Bold and Blunt” to discuss the drastic, and surely dangerous, American underestimation of Russian capabilities. Particularly in the wake of recent Russian cyberattacks, Ms. Koffler identified Russia as the #1 U.S. foreign policy threat to date, not…

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ISIS Crisis Wargame

IWP students, interns, and alumni wargame in class and globally

“The ISIS Crisis wargame simulated many of the stressors that existed during my time working in the humanitarian sector in Iraq. I worked in a post-conflict environment the year after Mosul was liberated from the terrorist organization. ISIS Crisis accurately demonstrates the difficulty of navigating power dynamics between state and non-state actors and reinforces the…

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John Walsh with a Kuwaiti national in his desert camp

John Walsh (’19): National Guard Veteran and Civilian Contractor

Above: John Walsh (’19) with a Kuwaiti national in his desert camp. John Walsh (’19) started studying at IWP after a 30-year career enlisted in the National Guard. After completing the Executive M.A. program, John transitioned to a senior civilian role working with the National Guard Bureau.  Below, he discusses some of his experiences at…

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A scene from Quantico

From Acting to Protecting our Country: Diane (’19)

Above: Diane (center) in a scene from Quantico. Diane* was on the set of Quantico, filming the Season 2 finale. She was playing a Special Agent, and the leads were interviewing people to be a part of a new agency comprising the CIA and FBI. Little did she know that soon she would be working…

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