Welcome to The Institute of World Politics (IWP), an independent graduate school founded to fill a major national need: to supply professional education in statecraft, national security, and international affairs that no other school offers and that few people acquire except through an entire career of on-the-job experience.
Today, America and other nations dedicated to preserving decent civilization are facing grave threats to peace, security, freedom, human rights, and prosperity. Addressing these threats requires extraordinary leadership that is knowledgeable about international realities and skilled in navigating a dangerous global strategic environment.
IWP is dedicated to educating and developing such leaders. It is the only school whose curriculum covers all the arts of statecraft – the instruments of national power. The Institute offers five M.A. degrees in its Master's Degree Program, 18 Certificates of Graduate Study, and a Continuing Education Program.
The Institute has a four-part mission:
1. To promote realism about the world. Many people in the field of foreign affairs harbor idealistic notions about the nature of man, regimes, the international system, and the possibilities of foreign policy – notions that too frequently cross into utopianism and wishful thinking. Such attitudes often result in excessive reliance on treaties, international organizations, or appeasement of adversaries to achieve peace. They can also produce the belief that foreign cultures can quickly and easily be shaped into Western-style democracies. In light of these tendencies, IWP prepares its students to deal with the world as it really is rather than the way they wish it to be.
2. To develop skills in dealing with the realities of the world. This means skill in the conduct of the various arts of statecraft and their integration into national strategy. These arts include:
- traditional diplomacy (including peacemaking, conflict resolution, multilateral diplomacy, and adversarial diplomacy);
- public diplomacy (including cultural diplomacy, exchanges, humanitarian and other forms of foreign assistance, moral suasion, information policy, strategic communications, and counter-propaganda);
- intelligence and counterintelligence;
- economic statecraft (including trade, development aid, finance, technology security, energy policy, sanctions, etc.;
- corporate statecraft (including the use of public-private partnerships);
- cyber statecraft;
- military strategy (including deterrence, military display, and various forms of warfare); and
- various forms of non-violent conflict (including political action, psychological strategy, and political or ideological warfare).
Each of these instruments of power is analogous to an instrument in an orchestra and must be played in harmony with the others. The good “music” of our overall foreign policy, then, is impossible without strategic integration. Hence, IWP emphasizes the capacity to think strategically so as to detect and understand threats and political-strategic opportunities; to prevent, manage, mitigate, resolve, and prevail in international conflicts; to match the ends and means of policy; and to do all this in ways that minimize the necessity of using force. When a nation resorts to force, it is often a sign of the failure to use the nonmilitary instruments of power.
3. To inspire a proper understanding of why we conduct national security policy: to protect our civilization of political and economic liberty, rule of law, self-government, inalienable rights, and our country’s vital national security interests. One cannot effectively represent or defend a country that one neither understands nor appreciates: indeed, informed and morally-ordered patriotism is the principal pillar of a nation’s defense posture. Hence, IWP teaches the founding principles of America’s political economy and Constitutional order and how they distinguish a free republic from various forms of tyranny.
4. To develop the capacity for moral leadership. This involves studying the foundations of Western moral philosophy and applied ethics so as to cultivate those personal and civic virtues that make possible the ethical and prudent use of the instruments of power. It also involves instilling a spirit of service to a cause higher than oneself. The ethos of IWP thus produces exactly the kind of leaders that any organization seeks: those who are dedicated not to careerism but to accomplishing the mission of the organization for which they work.
With this combination of purposes, IWP has succeeded in educating and then placing its students in positions of significant responsibility both in government, the private sector, and relevant non-governmental organizations.
Our faculty is truly unique, consisting of almost entirely of professors who not only have the necessary academic credentials, but also substantial experience as practitioners, particularly at the senior levels of government, in the subjects which they teach.
Our location in Washington, D.C. – just blocks from the White House and minutes from the Pentagon, State Department, and other related agencies – enables the Institute to maintain an extensive network of current and former senior government officials, and corporate and NGO executives, who serve on our faculty, as guest lecturers, and employers of our graduates.
Meeting the contemporary challenges of achieving peace and security depends on leaders who are properly educated to the task. The Institute of World Politics plays a unique role in supplying large parts of this necessary education for a new generation of leadership for the nation and the world.
John Lenczowski, Ph.D.
Founder and President