These pieces are produced by members of the IWP community, conveying perspectives on foreign policy, national security, intelligence, and other related issues. Please note that the views expressed by our faculty, research fellows, students, alumni, and guest lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of The Institute of World Politics.

Don’t make space harder than it needs to be

This article was written by IWP doctoral candidate Matthew Jenkins. In February, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the Space Force “the plane of today”—a reference to media interest in the paint scheme of the new Air Force One—when asked whether the new administration supported the United States Space Force. The good news is…

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Minsk’s Integrated Sideshow

A version of this article was also published by Newsmax. As the United States was worried about Russia’s intentions in Ukraine, Belarus ran its own sideshow that exacerbated our trepidation about an all-out war. That was probably the Kremlin’s intention, and Minsk gladly obliged. Aleksandr Lukashenka “Daddy-Batko” is no puppet to Vladimir Putin, even when…

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Israel on the edge

The loss of life at Meron brings home the wider dangers Israel faces in the absence of a functioning government. The disaster at Meron demonstrated the extreme irresponsibility of the participants, but also the equally extreme irresponsibility of the authorities. This is just another example of the growing dangers involved in the fact that Israel…

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Pipes for Nord Stream 2, Photo by Gerd Fahrenhorst

Nord Stream 2 in a Multiple Crisis Jam

A shorter version of this article was published by Newsmax.  Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 nears completion. If successful, first, it will thwart America’s attempt to free the European Union from its dependency on Russian energy. Second, it will prevent American LNG from competing fairly in the European markets. Third, it will undermine the Intermarium…

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General Józef Haller (touching the flag) and his Blue Army 1918-1922

Rockwellian Pol-Americana

A version of this article was also posted on Newsmax. Last Saturday, I attended the funeral of my post commander, Antoni Chrościelewski. He was 97. A Gulag survivor and a veteran of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, he served in the Free Polish Army in the West during the Second World War, settling…

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No Woke Soccer Yet

A version of this article was published by Newsmax.  Soccer has gone woke all over the European Union. Correction: Football bureaucrats in various clubs and continental associations have gone woke. In Western Europe, it has become customary now during sporting events to disrespect the national anthem before games by kneeling down, instead of standing at…

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Realism must drive nuclear policy

To successfully maintain the relative peace the United States has enjoyed for decades, we must consider what would convince adversaries that we would make them regret attacking a vital interest. Deterrence is an art, not a science, and it takes a clear eyed assessment of a variety of factors that will be varied from the…

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Flight Catering Security

This article by Chere Dannettel (’16) was published by Aviation Security International magazine.  Until the black swan event that is COVID-19, the airline catering market value was projected to reach £17.2 billion by 2025 due to an unprecedented rise in air passenger traffic. New trends and higher expectations of foodservice, in general, by an “on-demand”…

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Portrait of Felix Dzerzhinsky in a Soviet Parade in Moscow, 1936, carried by athletes of the Dynamo Sports Society.

Iron Feliks

Fanatical, ascetic, dialectical, practical, and love-struck describes best Poland’s most infamous Communist revolutionary and the founder of the Soviet secret police as he emerges from the pages of Robert Blobaum’s Feliks Dzierżyński and the SDKPiL: A Study of the Origins of Polish Communism (New York and Boulder, CO: Columbia University Press and East European Monographs,…

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Assessing the Future of the Afghan Peace Process

This article was written by IWP M.A. candidate Arash Yaqin. Two decades after the Afghanistan Bonn conference that excluded the Taliban, the future of the Afghan people depends again on a foreign summitry, this time likely one in Istanbul, Turkey. While ordinary Afghans have neither a role in directing the content of the peace talks…

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