Secret police legacy book just released

Now available: The first significant study of how new democracies have handled the legacy of the secret police of the previous totalitarian regimes. Edited by Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council and IWP Annenberg Professor J. Michael Waller, Dismantling Tyranny contains chapters that study the cases of the Czech Republic, Estonia, the former East Germany, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Poland…

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Founders of Solidarity movement visit Institute

Three Polish pioneers who hastened the Soviet collapse visited the Institute of World Politics in December 2005: the union organizer whose firing led to the founding of Solidarity, the underground activist who coined the name of the Solidarity movement, and the former dissident who became post-Soviet Poland’s first interior minister and attempted the first lustration of Soviet…

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It’s propaganda time

Critics of the Iraq war are outraged over the revelation that the U.S. military has been paying millions of dollars to plant pro-American, Pentagon-written propaganda articles in Iraqi newspapers and to buy off Iraqi journalists with monthly stipends. As Professor Walter Jajko writes in a December 2, 2005 Los Angeles Times op-ed, it's about time.

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Under Attack, A Mute & Dumb America

The Department of State is “revitalizing” public diplomacy.  What the United States really needs is a Ministry of Propaganda (Latin for information).       For decades, the U.S. has needed ─ for more than just public diplomacy ─ a permanent organization for using all the means of information in international politics. After all, even third-rate countries…

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Diplomatic officer tells students about work at State Department

  Patrick Harvey, a policy officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department, visited IWP on November 21 to discuss “Working at the State Department.” He described the mission and purpose of the government agency, what it’s like to work there, and how to get a job in the…

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