Joseph Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, wrote a recent journal article entitled “CIA’s Dilemma: A World Divided Between Countries With a Rule of Law and Those Without One.“
Wippl’s article was published in the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence in September 2018.
From the abstract of the article:
When Americans look out at the other 194 or so countries in the world, they tend to consider them as somewhat the same, though they likely prefer to vacation in Paris rather than Timbuktu. They sense that all countries, whatever their status as to wealth or political system, are similar because they do have one thing in common, they are not us, they are foreign. Americans view their country as unique and indeed, the sovereignty of the United States is greater than that of any other country. Americans may consciously differentiate among countries in different stages of development, but subconsciously not so much. The American picture is “us here and them out there.” In their minds, the international division is between Americans and those who wish they were Americans.
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.