Drawing on the wisdom of two Martins in troubled times

We are living through a deeply fractured moment in the history of our nation. Our political and social compact sometimes seems to be at risk of tearing apart. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching developments in our country and wondering if the light is going out for democracy in America. Read more at…

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Biden’s Cabinet Picks Will Hold India-US Relations in Steady Course

This article was written for The Diplomat by IWP doctoral candidate Saba Sattar. Since President-elect Joe Biden won a contentious election in which the incumbent Donald Trump refused to concede until after the Capitol Hill riots last week that left 5 dead, his top cabinet appointees have signaled a unifying approach to partnerships and alliances in lieu of…

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Russian Troops, Photo by Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Sympathy for the Devil: Russian Mercenary Operations Around the World as a Case Study for Future Geopolitics

This paper was written by Dan C. for the course on Geography and Strategy (IWP 634). Dan is an IWP student in the Strategic Intelligence program with a background in research and analysis of post-Soviet spaces, the study of extremism, and intelligence analysis. Introduction Modern geostrategy has moved rapidly forward with each generation, consigning many activities once considered…

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Trump’s Parting Gift of Energy Projects in East Europe

The Intermarium, lands between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas, have received a generous farewell present from President Donald Trump: a whopping $300 million for energy projects in the region. It is not a free ride, another example of wanton squandering of U.S. taxpayers’ money. It is actually a sound investment to advance American interests in…

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Kenya, photo by Dan Sudermann

Two Parts of Kenya

Phoebe Gor is pursuing her M.A in Statecraft and International Affairs at IWP. She is passionate about public diplomacy and history. Arbitrary borders set up by colonial powers in the 19th century continue to afflict Africa. They were delineated without any consideration for either history or the people they divided. That makes the borders partly…

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The world just got more complicated

The new U.S. president will have his hands full abroad, and even more so at home. How Israel fits in is an open question. The first week of 2021 foreshadowed serious problems for the U.S. during the rest of the new year. On January 20th, Joe Biden will become president of the U.S., and, due…

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From Relativism to Absolutism

A review of Power and Purity: The Unholy Marriage that Spawned America’s Social Justice Warriors, by Mark T. Mitchell This article was originally published in the Winter 2020/2021 edition of The European Conservative. In recent years, the American Left has abandoned its trademark relativism and seemingly re-embraced absolutism. This has taken the form of a…

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Is Biden’s Team Rooting for Red China?

What if the real winner of November’s presidential election was Red China? China apparently sees it that way. Its Global Times mouthpiece rejoiced that Joe Biden had selected “a group of ‘elites’” who would be “very ‘predictable’ in foreign policy with a multilateral mind-set.” A prominent Chinese professor, in a now-purged speech, lamented China’s loss of influence during Donald Trump’s presidency –…

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Port of Shanghai

Chinese Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Global Threat

This paper was written by John Y. for the course on Geography and Strategy (IWP 634). John is a federal employee at the Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Fiscal Service. John served over 4 years in the Regular Army as an Infantry and Signal Officer for the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI. The…

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Turkey and Germany

Turkish Influence and Intelligence Operations in Germany

This paper was written by James Cory for IWP’s course on Geography and Strategy (IWP 634). James Cory is a first-year student at The Institute of World Politics studying international relations.  Turkey’s role in the political landscape in Europe is of paramount importance. Sitting astride a land mass larger than Texas, and with a population…

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