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IWP announces new professors, courses for 2008

The Institute of World Politics is pleased to announce that S. Eugene Poteat and Dr. Raymond J. Batvinis have joined its faculty to teach two new graduate courses. 

Professor Poteat has over forty years of experience in conceiving, planning, developing, and implementing high-tech programs related to intelligence and national security.  From 1960 to 1980, he held a number of sensitive scientific positions at the Central Intelligence Agency.  After retiring from CIA, Professor Poteat founded Petite Research Group, a high-tech company.  He currently serves as the president of the Association For Intelligence Officers (AFIO).   

In the Spring 2008 semester, Professor Poteat will teach a new course at IWP, Technology, Intelligence, Security, and Statecraft.”  This course examines technology’s profound effects on the nature and conduct of American statecraft, including the new challenges and opportunities technology presents to intelligence and security.  

Dr. Batvinis completed a 25-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, culminating with a senior level position coordinating the National Foreign Intelligence Program (NFIP).  Prior to this position, he held various supervisory positions at the FBI conducting criminal, organized crime, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence investigations.  Among the cases in which he participated were the John and Michael Walker espionage case, the Ronald Pelton case, the Samuel Morrison espionage case, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the Oklahoma City bombing.  Dr. Batvinis is the author of The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence (2007). 

Dr. Batvinis has come to IWP to teach a new course, History of FBI Counterintelligence,” which will trace the FBI’s history, first as a law enforcement agency and then in its role as a counterintelligence and intelligence service. The course also examines issues about the expanded role of the FBI in both the domestic activities and foreign operations of US national security and statecraft. 

Both of this spring’s new courses are part of the Institute’s new MA in Strategic Intelligence Studies, a degree giving students an unmatched understanding of fundamental intelligence disciplines: collection, analysis, epistemology, and deception.  The program equip