Frontiers: Program in American Strategy and Statecraft


Frontiers is an intensive ten-week program in American strategy and statecraft that reflects the unique curriculum offered at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) based on statecraft, strategy, political philosophy, and applied ethics.

The program will emphasize the concept of integrated strategy, which attempts to address foreign policy and national security challenges by applying and integrating different instruments of statecraft such as military, traditional and public diplomacy, strategic communications, intelligence, counterintelligence, and economic strategy - within the rule of law.


Frontiers is designed to follow a sequence of sessions whereby an element of statecraft that is particularly timely is followed by a case study session in which that instrument is illustrated. In this manner, a complete Frontiers program will highlight several elements of statecraft and demonstrate their applicability to contemporary strategic challenges. The program will conclude with capstone session on integrated strategy where the participants will consider the manner in which the various elements of statecraft need to be coordinated in order to achieve the desired impact.

The weekly luncheon meetings offer an opportunity for members of the United States Armed Forces; personnel from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and allied governments; policy makers; and business leaders to learn how to think strategically and deal with key facets of the global strategic environment, including major threats to our national security. Each week members of IWP's faculty and other leading experts will conduct lectures, panel discussions or debates on traditional security issues as well as current conflicts and potential threats. These sessions are off the record and aim to encourage candid discussions with Frontiers participants.

The program concludes with a capstone session, after which participants receive a Certificate of Completion. 


Members of the national security, foreign affairs, and business communities will learn about each other's functions so that critical decision making can be more collaborative. When you master the different arts of statecraft, you will be better at discerning, forecasting, preventing, mitigating, managing and, if necessary, prevailing in international conflicts.


Frontiers will take place at The Institute's Marlatt Mansion. The Mansion was built in 1908 by Dr. Charles Marlatt, an entomologist with the Department of Agriculture during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. From 1973 to 1975 the building was owned by the government of the USSR, which used it to house the Soviet Embassy's Office of the Commercial Counselor, as well as offices of the KGB. During that time it is believed to have served as the temporary residence of Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev.