Joseph Wippl

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of the Practice of International Relations; BU Pardee School of Global Studies

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BA Marquette University; MA University of Minnesota in European History; PhD Candidate in European History, University of Minnesota

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152 Bay State Road Room 338

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Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments… Read more

Joseph Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. On assignments in CIA headquarters, he served as the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, as the Senior NCS representative to the Aldrich Ames Damage Assessment Team, as Chief of Europe Division and as the CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs. Wippl has coordinated extensively with other members of the U.S. intelligence community. Prior to his arrival at Boston University, he occupied the Richard Helms Chair for Intelligence Collection in the NCS training program.  Wippl has taught at BU since 2006.

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  • What makes young people drawn to radical terror plots?

    June 15, 2015

    Fox 25 News Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The terror investigation that led to the arrest of two local men and the shooting death of another suspect, by a Joint Terrorism Task Force, shows the influence the Islamic State has on the minds of some young Americans… Expert […]

  • The Spy Who Billed Me

    June 3, 2015

    Slate Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Health In 1961, when a KGB counterintelligence officer showed up at a CIA station in Helsinki, Jeanne Vertefeuille held the keys to the office safe… Expert quote: “As a general rule, case officers do not spend enough on cultivating agent candidates or liaison […]

  • Female fighters being targeted by ISIS terrorist organization

    April 3, 2015

    WCVB Farouk El-Baz, College of Arts & Sciences Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences View video of experts Farouk El-Baz and Joseph Wippl

  • Experts Media Alert – White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

    February 13, 2015

    The White House will hold a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” on February 18. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, the summit will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit […]

  • Richard Burr, incoming head of Senate intelligence, plans scrutiny of CIA

    December 13, 2014

    McClatchy Newspapers Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says he plans a new approach to keeping close tabs on the nation’s spy agencies when he becomes chairman of the Senate committee that’s charged with making sure the intelligence community operates within the law… Expert quote: “The advantage of real-time oversight […]

  • Senate CIA torture report release: expert reaction

    December 10, 2014

    The Conversation US Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences The US Senate has released the executive summary of a long-withheld report on harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the post-9/11 era… Expert quote: The timing of the issuance of the Senate report on the use by CIA of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques after the World […]

  • Plot alert amps up T patrols

    September 26, 2014

    Boston Herald Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences State and transit police are beefing up patrols along T routes and at commuter lots out of “an abundance of caution” after the Iraq prime minister warned yesterday that captured Islamic State terrorists told his intelligence agents of a plot to attack U.S. and Paris subways… […]

  • Crisis in Syria

    August 28, 2014

    NECN Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences View video of expert Joseph Wippl

  • White House proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

    March 25, 2014

    AFP Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences The White House outlined plans Tuesday to end the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone data collection on Americans, aiming to reassure the public following revelations about widespread surveillance… Expert quote: “There is nothing here which protects foreign nationals, which is the way it has always been.” View […]

  • LETTERS: A world of difference between political, career diplomats

    March 23, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) By Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences Daniel Benjamin’s defense of political appointees to US ambassadorships is based on the belief that political appointees bring needed insights and momentum into our international relations… View full article by expert Joseph Wippl

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