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The #1 spooky US university

Georgetown University is a private university based in Washington DC. It of singular relevance on this project as some of the most prominent "terrorism experts" have studied and/or taught there. Until July 1987 it housed the highly influential CSIS.[1] In her study of the terrorism research field, Edna Reid describes how research into "terrorism" at Georgetown University and its Center for Strategic and International Studies developed over the years in collaboration with other right-wing research centres and think tanks:

During the 1970s, governments, international organizations, and research centers such as the RAND Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Georgetown University, and the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University... sponsored numerous terrorism conferences, research projects, specialized anthologies, study groups, and official inquiries into terrorism. The efforts helped to nurture terrorism research and create numerous forums which allowed cross-fertilization of ideas, sharing of resources, and creation of an invisible college of terrorism researchers. [2]

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Full article: Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) emerged from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (see below) at the height of the cold war. It was founded in 1962 by Arleigh Burke, who had just served three terms as US Chief of Naval Operations and David Abshire, a West Point graduate who had studied his PhD at Georgetown. The Center became a hub of Cold War propaganda and later developed into an important center of research into "terrorism". During the 1980s the semi-permanent terrorism experts at CSIS were Michael Ledeen, Walter Laqueur, Robert H. Kupperman and Ray Cline, but Yonah Alexander, Claire Sterling, Paul Henze, Arnaud de Borchgrave, and Robert Moss were also occasional participants in CSIS's activities bearing on terrorism.[3]

The link between Georgetown and CSIS was severed after the university launched a committee to evaluate the centre in 1986. That year The Washington Post reported concerns that CSIS had focused too much on its media presence whilst producing poor scholarship.[4] Whilst the Center itself moved elsewhere, some of the CSIS men remained with the university. Anthony H. Cordesman still a strategic analyst at CSIS, remained an associate professor at Georgetown until very recently, and CSIS founder David Abshire remained an adjunct professor at Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service for many years. He was awarded an honorary degree by Georgetown in 2006.[5]

CSIS became the think tank where most out-of-office intelligence officers congregated. During the Carter presidency, Stansfield Turner was appointed to head the CIA, and one of his primary activities was to get rid of the ultra-right-wing personnel, e.g., Cuban exiles, right-wing ideologues, or those involved in illegal covert activities. The more educated of the fired bunch ended at CSIS where the brooded and plotted to regain their previous posts or influence. During this time CSIS fellows were the source for many articles meant to fan the Cold War fears or indicate that the current intelligence efforts were not "defending America". Cercle member Robert Moss and de Borchgrave published The Spike, a book which was basically the CSIS's Cold Warriors' fantasies. After the Carter's defeat and Reagan's accession to office, most of the CSIS Cold Warriors returned to the intelligence agencies, or principal roles within the government.

The Edmund Walsh School

Full article: Stub class article Walsh School of Foreign Service

Although the CSIS link was severed over twenty years ago, Georgetown continues to be a centre of "terrorism expertise", pro-government propaganda and rightwing ideology. The bundle of "experts" at Georgetown are mostly connected to its Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, which was the birthplace of CSIS. The School was founded in 1919 by the college dean, a Catholic priest and fanatical anti-communist called Edmund Walsh, who whilst at Georgetown had worked at the US War Department on a programme "designed to mobilise higher education’s resources for the war effort”.[6] Walsh is described by his biographer as a “proponent of American exceptionalism” who “viewed the [American] nation as a beacon of liberty and equality for the world."[7] During the 1930s Walsh publicly opposed Roosevelt’s New Deal measures and during the cold war he endorsed a nuclear first strike on the basis that the Soviet were inherently immoral.[8] Expressing an ideological zeal common amongst neo-conservatives today, Walsh advocated what he called "the argument of strength justly and righteously employed."[9]

Center for Peace and Security Studies

Today a particular focal point for terrorism experts within the School of Foreign Service is the Center for Peace and Security Studies. Established in 2000 by Michael E. Brown, the Center’s declared mission is to ‘create a hub where the academic and policy communities meet’[10] The Center’s founder left to join George Washington University in 2005 and since then the Center has been headed by terrorism expert Daniel Byman. Byman is currently an expert at the Brookings Institution and previously spent five years at the RAND Corporation. One of Byman’s colleagues at the Center Bruce Hoffman is perhaps the most significant addition to Georgetown’s staff in recent years. Hoffman, whose employment at Georgetown was announced on 12 July 2006[11], is also a former RAND analyst. He helped set up the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St. Andrews University and is one of America’s most high profile terrorism experts. The Center for Peace and Security Studies also houses Paul Pillar, a former CIA analyst, prolific media pundit and Brookings Institution analyst.

Terrorism Research Center

An independent institution with strong affiliations to Georgetown is the Terrorism Research Center, a company funding largely by US government contacts with close associations with a number of corporate security companies. The Terrorism Research Center was founded in 1996 by Matthew Devost and Neal Pollard, both of whom are still adjunct facility members at Georgetown. The Center’s staff are made up almost entirely of Georgetown graduates. DFI International, which worked on a major government contract with the Terrorism Research Center was founded by Barry Blechman who studied his PhD at Georgetown and also taught there for a time.

Other Adjunct terrorism professors at Georgetown

More former staff, students and other connections

The rightwing ideologue Jeane Kirkpatrick taught at Georgetown for many years, and security consultant and lobbyist Neil Livingstone once served as an adjunct professor in Georgetown University's National Security Studies Program. Judith C. Areen, the current Dean of Georgetown University’s Law Center is a Non-Executive Director at the corporate security company Kroll Inc which has been involved in counter-terrorism. Several other prominent ‘terrorism experts’ are known to have studied at Georgetown. These include Mia Bloom, author of Dying to kill: the allure of suicide terror, Michael Noone a collaborator of Walter Laqueur, and the amateurish cyber-terrorism 'expert' Evan Kohlmann.


Events carried out

A Spreading PlagueGermany
Munich Security Conference/2019
Tabletop simulation of a global biological warfare attack predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Included several senior pandemic planners. Held February 2019.
Preventing Global Catastrophic Biological RisksGermany
Munich Security Conference
Simulation of a global influenza pandemic predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Held February 2020, with a who-is-who of pandemic planners. Held February 2020.


Related Quotation

Brussels Forum/2010“Some of us think of José Manuel Barroso as a former scholar at Georgetown University in Washington.”Craig Kennedy
German Marshall Fund
March 2010



McDonough School of Business1957


Employees on Wikispooks

Jeff BergnerAdjunct professor at the National Security Studies Program
John GannonAdjunct ProfessorSeptember 2004
Larry GostinAssociate dean for research20042008
Phillip KarberAcademic1978
Kenneth M. PollackAdjunct professor2004



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Hewlett FoundationHuge foundation setting the agenda by funding lots of deep state projects.
Open PhilanthropyGrant maker funneling deep state money among other things to pandemic planning. Financed Event 201.


Alumni on Wikispooks

Jack Abramoff28 February 1958Lobbyist
Convicted lobbyist and founder of the International Freedom Foundation
Ziad Abu-Amr1950PalestineAuthor
Double Bilderberger Palestinian leader who attended Georgetown
David Addington22 January 1957War criminalThe "most powerful man you’ve never heard of" (2006) who was an energetic supporter of torture under George W. Bush.
John Allen15 December 1953USSpook
Deep state operative
A Retired US Marine Corps 4 star General
Roger Altman2 April 1946USBankerUS Banker, Bilderberg Steering Committee
Ali Aslan1977GermanJournalist
Deep state operative
Spooky journalist, Georgetown University, many deep state ties
Robert Baer1 July 1952USSpookAmerican author and former CIA operative; some very interesting stuff, some suspected misdirection.
Elizabeth Frawley Bagley13 July 1952Diplomat
Deep state actor
American diplomat who has been closely associated with the Clintons since Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Big donor to the Clinton Foundation. Member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.
Steve Bannon27 November 1953BusinesspersonExecutive chairman of Breitbart News, at one time alleged Trump mastermind
José Manuel Barroso23 March 1956PortugalDeep state operativeBilderberg Steering committee, President of the European Commission
Hunter Biden4 February 1970Lawyer
Kurt Biedenkopf28 January 193012 August 2021GermanPoliticianWest German politician "parachuted" into the former East Germany to lead the state of Saxony.
David BowdichUSPolice officer
Sundaa Bridgett-JonesUS
Tania Bryer5 July 1962UKJournalist
TV presenter
British broadcaster in Epstein's black book.
Pat Buchanan2 November 1938USAuthor
American Conservative author, syndicated columnist, and television commentator.
Jack Caravelli195231 October 2019USSpookSuspected US Deep state operative, CIA, Georgetown, University
Robert CardilloUSSpookDirector of the large National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Paul Clement24 June 1966Lawyer
Bill Clinton19 August 1946USSpook
Deep politician
US deep politician, husband of Hillary Clinton, “every bit as corrupt as Nixon, but a lot smoother”
Charles Cook20 November 1953USPolitical analystCFR. Election forecast analyst who attended his first Bilderberg meeting in 2018.
Lawrence H. Cooke15 October 191417 August 2000JudgeChief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1984
Herbert Cordt12 January 1947AustriaBusinessperson"In attendance" at the Bilderberg as an Economic Advisor to the Federal Minister of Finance
Ivo Daalder2 March 1960Diplomat
Deep state operative
USDSO who co-authored Protecting the American Homeland - A Preliminary Analysis, a book published in 2002 by the Brookings Institution about 9/11
Mitchell Daniels7 April 1949USPolitician
Deep state functionary
Attended the 2012 Bilderberg as Governor of Indiana
John Dean14 October 1938Lawyer
Edward Djerejian6 March 1939Diplomat
Tyler Drumheller12 April 19522 August 2015USSpookFormer chief of the CIA covert operations in Europe
Joseph Dunford23 December 1955SoldierChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2015-2019
Saagar EnjetiPodcasterAn American "young pundit on the rise" - with connections to the national security state
Mary Erdoes13 August 1967USFinancier
Money manager for JPMorgan Chase. Georgetown, CFR, Bilderberg.
Jay Freres193419 June 2015Diplomat
9-11/Premature death
USDSO who pressured Michael Springman to give visas in Jaddah. Supposed victim of a lightning strike.
Frank Gaffney5 April 1953Author
Described as "one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes"
Robert Gates25 September 1943Spook
Deep state actor
US deep state actor and spook
Jeffrey Gedmin1958Academic
US spooky/hawkish neoconservative academic
Stuart M. Gerson16 January 1944LawyerScting United States Attorney General in 1994, including in the beginning of the Waco Siege.
Tatiana Gfoeller1960USDiplomatUS diplomat with an awareness of U.S. foreign policy interests in the Caspian Basin and Central Asia
Rose Gottemoeller24 March 1953Spooky US diplomat
Jakub Grygiel4 March 1972USSpook
US academic who collaborated with the Integrity Initiative
Alexander Haig2 December 192420 February 2010USSoldier
Civil servant
Attended the 1978 Bilderberg as SACEUR
Philip Hart10 December 191226 December 1976LawyerUS Senator who was strong supporter of civil rights, anti-trust legislation and consumer and environmental protection. Member of Church Committee. Died of cancer soon after.
Mazie Hirono3 November 1947USPoliticianUS Democratic politician
Karl William Hofmann6 April 1961USDiplomatCareer diplomat on National Security Council, changed to Gates-funded family planning organization
Samuel M. HoskinsonSpookNational Intelligence Council, then Bechtel and lobbyism
Tom InglesbyUSVery influential proponent of extensive Covid-19 lockdown measures
Nina Jankowicz10 March 1989USSpook
Deep state operative
An Integrity Initiative's Inner Core member who styled herself "The Mary Poppins of disinformation", nominal head of a US DoDS internet censorship project in 2022 which was disbanded amid condemnation and ridicule. In 2024 she resurfaced as head of the "American Sunlight Project".
Pramila Jayapal21 September 1965US
Bonnie Jenkins1960USDiplomatUnder Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs under Joe Biden
James L. Jones19 December 1943USDiplomat
Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Atlantic Council, Bilderberger
James R. Jones5 May 1939USDiplomat
US Deep state connected diplomat
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  1. RIGHT WEB, Group Watch Profile: Center for Strategic and International Studies, (accessed 19 June 2008)
  2. Edna F. Reid, Hsinchun Chen, ‘Mapping the contemporary terrorism research domain’, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 65 (2007) 42–56
  3. see Center for Strategic and International Studies, extract from The "Terrorism" Industry
  4. Alison Muscatine, ‘Georgetown's Media Profs; A University Thinks Hard About Its Think Tank’, The Washington Post, 11 May 1986
  5. Center for the Study of the Presidency, DAVID M. ABSHIRE, Ph.D. President and CEO (accessed 26 June 2008)
  6. Patrick McNamara, A Catholic Cold War: Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., and the Politics of anti-communism (Fordham University Press, 2005) p.5
  7. Patrick McNamara, A Catholic Cold War: Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., and the Politics of anti-communism (Fordham University Press, 2005) p.xv
  8. Patrick McNamara, A Catholic Cold War: Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., and the Politics of anti-communism (Fordham University Press, 2005) p.xvi
  9. quoted in Patrick McNamara, A Catholic Cold War: Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., and the Politics of anti-communism (Fordham University Press, 2005) p.141
  10. CPASS, About the Center for Peace and Security Studies, (accessed 19 June 2008)
  11. Georgetown University New, ‘Terrorism Expert Bruce Hoffman Joins Faculty’, 12 July 2006
  12. Global Terrorism Analysis