Virus or Not, Poland’s Presidential Election Will Be Held Soon

On May 10, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic claimed another victim: Poland’s presidential election. It was cancelled following much acrimonious debate. More precisely, it was postponed at least until July of this year. The cancellation of the election is seemingly a clear win for the opposition, which vociferously demanded a postponement as it is running seriously…

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London Blitz

Remembering The Blitz

As the world goes through another of history’s life-and-death struggles, it may be at least comfortable to acknowledge that today’s crisis is neither new nor unsolvable. History has recorded the nature of most past events when it seemed that life itself was on the line. It may have seemed so, but, looking back, it never…

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Summer reading suggestions from IWP professors

Looking for some reading for your vacation (or staycation) this summer? Our professors share their recommendations below. From Professor Alan Messer, Former Central Intelligence Agency Analyst and Operations Officer War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir of the Vietnam War’s Uncounted Enemy, Sam Adams. My own favorite. If you want to read the finest book that…

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The Nuclear Industry at the Feeding Trough

The nuclear lobby is playing the national security card in trying to justify Federal handouts. It’s a con. We are getting used to brazen coronavirus claims for federal largess, but it’s hard to beat the claims coming from the nuclear industry. Even before the pandemic hit, it had for the most part given up competing…

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Federal agencies seek virtual interns

This article was written by IWP career director Derrick Dortch. “Due to the current COVID-19 situation, [Employer Name] has postponed all recruitment of interns until further notice.” This message has become all too common as students who were expecting to gain experience in a 2020 summer internship are now struggling to figure out what to do. But…

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The plague of Florence in 1348, as described in Boccaccio's Wellcome

Righting the Economy after an Epidemic: Lessons from History

Do previous epidemics help us to prepare for the future? These various historical incidents are highly instructive when we consider the key difference between, for example, the Plague which struck in the mid-14th century or cholera outbreak of the 19th century and COVID-19. What makes the latter distinct is that, despite intensive media reporting, mortality…

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Russia’s Strategy of Reconquering the Arctic

This article was written by IWP alumna Patricia Schouker.  Although Russia’s foreign policy is fundamentally reactive in nature, Moscow’s approach to the Arctic is pro-active. While the COVID-19 pandemic has of late garnered most of the world’s attention, in the Far North, Russia has one ambition: “to reconquer the Arctic.” The Arctic is not the…

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Mixing oil and water and calling it champagne

Israel’s new so-called unity government is an obscenely expensive monster inadequate to deal with the challenges it faces. Well, it appears that Israel will have a government finally after months and months of shoddy political maneuvering. That is the good news–all of it. The bad news is that this “coalition” government is a hunchbacked, three-legged…

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Janus-Faced Diplomacies

Thomas Flichy de La Neuville is a Research Professor at IWP and a Doctor of Research (with French Agrégation qualification) in History and Geopolitics Chair at the Rennes School of Business. The art of diplomacy is founded on ambiguity.[1] Foreign policy is rarely enacted singlehandedly. Duets are infinitely more effective. As such, an official representative…

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