Joseph Wippl

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of the Practice of International Relations; BU Pardee School of Global Studies
College of Arts & Sciences

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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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  • Washington counterterrorism gathering highlights ‘IS’ fight and Iran

    March 28, 2017

    Deutsche Welle Joseph Wippl, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “The Trump administration’s strategy to fight the so-called “Islamic State” does not differ substantially from Obama’s plan…” Expert quote: “They want the political effect.” View full article.   

  • Washington counterterrorism gathering highlights ‘IS’ fight and Iran

    March 22, 2017

    Deutsche Welle Joseph Wippl, College of Arts and Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The Trump administration’s strategy to fight the so-called “Islamic State” does not differ substantially from Obama’s plan… Expert quote: ““They want the political effect,” said Joseph Wippl, an international relations professor at Boston University and a former CIA officer.” View full […]

  • Edward Snowden may head to U.S., jail

    February 15, 2017

    Boston Herald Joseph Wippl, Pardee School/College of Arts and Science Moscow is reportedly toying with the idea of handing NSA leaker Edward Snowden over to President Trump as a housewarming gift after the whistleblower and alleged spy spent four years hiding in Russia… Expert quote: “Boston University professor and longtime CIA officer Joseph Wippl said […]

  • The Next Big Threat to National Security Is ‘Spoofing’

    January 25, 2017

    The Observer Joseph Wippl, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences Imagine terrorists using new technology to trick planes into crashing into buildings… Expert quote: “The problem now is there are ISIS members trained in weaponry who will scatter throughout the world and could willingly die for their ideology.” View full article

  • New trade-regulation debate: Should the U.S. share intelligence with Cuba?

    October 21, 2016

    Miami Herald Joseph Wippl, Pardee School/College of Arts & Sciences President Barack Obama’s new 12-page directive on trade and travel to Cuba, widely heralded for its elimination of limits on Americans’ purchases of cigars and rum, contains a largely unnoticed provision that has alarmed Cuban-Americans in South Florida… Expert quote: “I THINK PROBABLY THE INTELLIGENCE […]

  • Sharing information on potential terrorists critical, local law enforcers say

    June 14, 2016

    Lowell Sun Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies In a 911 call made during the weekend massacre at a Florida nightclub, shooter Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS and called the Boston Marathon bombers his “homeboys.”… Expert quote: “In order to winnow out the really important stuff from all […]

  • FBI explains its history with Orlando shooter

    June 13, 2016

    WCVB Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The FBI says it investigated Orlando nightclub shooter for 10 months in 2013, conducting surveillance and even introducing confidential informants to him before closing out the case… View full article and video of expert Joseph Wippl

  • How Was the Brussels Attack Missed?

    March 23, 2016

    NECN Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies View video of expert Joseph Wippl

  • CIA officer weighs in on Paris attacks

    November 13, 2015

    Fox25 News Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Listen to audio of expert Joseph Wippl

  • New Benghazi hearings unlikely to fully answer key questions

    October 21, 2015

    USA Today Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Thursday’s reopening of congressional hearings into the 2012 fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, promises to produce high political theater, as Republicans try to embarrass then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as President Obama… Expert quote: “They’ll […]

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