Dr. John Lenczowski is Founder and President of The Institute of World Politics and Former Director of European and Soviet Affairs for the National Security Council.
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Without public diplomacy, U.S.-North Korean policy will fail

Secretaries Rex Tillerson and James Mattis recently wrote that the U.S. is not seeking regime change in North Korea. Depending on whether they meant it or not, this policy has enormous implications for the success of their putative policy, which is to remove the North Korean nuclear threat.

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A cold war strategy to defeat North Korea

North Korea is in a cold war with the United States and South Korea. Despite Pyongyang’s nuclear saber-rattling and the failure of diplomacy for over two decades, we have restricted ourselves to two options: economic sanctions and military means, such as deterrence, missile defense and threats of preemptive strikes. 

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Michael Novak — Rest in Peace

It is hard to summarize the life and works of a man as extraordinary as Michael Novak, who passed on to his reward a few days ago.  Amidst the collection of reviews of his contributions to philosophy, social criticism, economics, and religion, I can only add a few reflections about my perspectives on his work…

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Lessons from the Sony hack attack

The hacking attack of Sony Corp. and the compromising of its intellectual property should send a wake-up call to American business. If Sony can be hacked, so too can our companies that make defense technologies. This attack reveals that the very innovations that give us our competitive edge in the world, both commercially and strategically,…

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Deterring Russian Aggression

Now that we are distracted by the war against the Islamic State, what should the U.S. do in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine — in a way that deters future aggression and encourages regional peace?

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Introduction to “Denial and Deception,” by John Lenczowski

The following text is an introduction by John Lenczowski to the September 2014 edition of Denial and Deception, the student newsletter of The Institute  of World Politics.  Denial and Deception is produced by the IWP Student Government Association.  To inquire about receiving a copy of this newsletter, please contact sga@iwp.edu.   In its inaugural year,…

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Russian agents of influence and the war on fracking

2500 years ago, Sun Tzu said that to defeat your enemy without using force is the acme of skill. So, how does one do this? It involves the use of various arts of statecraft that are not well-cultivated in the United States. But the Russians have long cultivated them.

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