Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at IWP and holds the The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Full bio

Popestalgia: Pining for the Days of John Paul II

I miss John Paul II, whose centennial of birth we have been celebrating this year and whose anniversary of the elevation to the Throne of Peter is coming up shortly. In these trying times I miss his leadership, vision, and, in particular, his call: “Fear Not!” Read more at Newsmax

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Natural Law and Human Rights

The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom By Aaron Rhodes Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz Where do our laws come from? From God. We have been created in the image of the Lord (imago Dei). Each and every one of us derives his dignity from Him. Our dignity demands respect…

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Belarus Counter-Revolution Petering Out

It looks like the anti-post-Communist Counter-Revolution has slowly petered out in Belarus. Aleksandr “Daddy” Lukashenka has things pretty much under control. Sure, there are still riots and demonstrations, but the numbers of participants continue to dwindle from the greatest gathering in the nation’s history when, in mid-August, about 250,000 marched in Minsk. Read more at…

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Armenians and Azeris At It Again; US Should Stay Out

A low-level war has broken out anew between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the southeast of the Intermarium, in the Caucasus, just east of the Black Sea. Both sides blame each other for the outbreak of the hostilities. This unfrozen conflict is simply a continuity of the previous ones that have plagued the area since the First…

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Janos Esterhazy

A Saintly Underdog: Count János Esterházy

A shorter version of this article was originally published by Newsmax.  America usually sides with an underdog. When the underdog’s cause is righteous, our support tends to be unqualified. Sometimes we root for the collective underdog. That was the case, for example, with America’s fondness of Poland’s “Solidarity” and its fight for freedom against the…

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The September 1939 War: Polish Cavalry Charging, but not Tanks

First to Fight, The Polish War 1939 By Roger Moorhouse Case White, The Invasion of Poland 1939 By Robert Forczyk Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz On September 1, 1939, Hitler attacked Poland; Stalin joined him on September 17. Thus, the Second World War commenced. From the start it was a war against two enemies: Germans, who were…

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Greece vs. Turkey: NATO’s Coming Split?

Greece is in trouble again for a variety of reasons, and the United States should care. Most importantly, in the foreign policy field, Hellas and Turkey have been at loggerheads forever. They are historic enemies. Yet, they are also members of NATO. Read more at Newsmax

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Trump Succeeded Herding Balkan Cats

Donald Trump has accomplished the nearly impossible: He successfully herded cats. These would be western Balkan cats in this instance. Thanks to the Trump administration’s labors, Kosovo and Serbia signed an economic treaty and, with the same breath, agreed to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving their embassies there. Prompted by the U.S., they also…

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Hungary: Good News at Last

Have you heard anything good about Hungary in mainstream media lately? As in the last 10 years? Neither have I. Usually, Budapest and conservative/populist government of Viktor Orbán tend to get a bad rap. Despite the fact that his FIDESZ party has won every single free election fair and square consecutively since 2010, there are…

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Belarus Opposition Churning

Have you heard this one from America’s leading post-Soviet expert and my colleague Paul Goble? “Elections in Belarus are like the Rocky films: with each new one, the main hero gets a little older but he still defeats everyone.” But Minsk ain’t Hollywood. Many people have had enough of sequels. There is a counter-revolution churning…

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