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.

America’s enemy is Iran, not National Guardsmen

The Biden inauguration proceeded peacefully, in spite of one House Democrat’s charge that three-quarters of America’s National Guardsmen “might want to do something” to interfere. Congress should focus on actual enemies of America, like Iran. Since the 2020 election, Tehran greeted Mr. Biden with muscle flexing, seeing a “golden opportunity” to confront America. Iran’s supreme leader, referring…

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Don’t bet on Biden reentering Iran deal

Assuming President Biden demonstrates the fortitude to hold off the extremists in his party, he is not a bad prospect, for the US, for the world, and for Israel. Trump is in Florida, his new state of residence, licking his largely self-inflicted wounds. Joe Biden of Delaware is president of the United States, or perhaps…

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Calling Trump Hitler Doesn’t Play Well Where Third Reich Reigned

It’s official: the outgoing president of the United States is akin to the late leader of the Third Reich. It’s all over the news, even in the lands between the Black and Baltic seas. Observing the Intermarium news media, one has a sense of a déjà vu. With some exceptions, TV, digital, and paper news in…

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A divided America needs Dr. King’s unifying social justice principles

The destructive chaos in our nation’s capital is another warning that America is moving down a road of divisiveness and violence. In 2020 Americans endured a global health pandemic, a costly economic shutdown, multiple foreign policy crises, a bitter presidential election, and angry political differences that split communities, friends, and even families. Many people complain that we…

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Drawing on the wisdom of two Martins in troubled times

We are living through a deeply fractured moment in the history of our nation. Our political and social compact sometimes seems to be at risk of tearing apart. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching developments in our country and wondering if the light is going out for democracy in America. Read more at…

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Biden’s Cabinet Picks Will Hold India-US Relations in Steady Course

This article was written for The Diplomat by IWP doctoral candidate Saba Sattar. Since President-elect Joe Biden won a contentious election in which the incumbent Donald Trump refused to concede until after the Capitol Hill riots last week that left 5 dead, his top cabinet appointees have signaled a unifying approach to partnerships and alliances in lieu of…

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Russian Troops, Photo by Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Sympathy for the Devil: Russian Mercenary Operations Around the World as a Case Study for Future Geopolitics

This paper was written by Dan C. for the course on Geography and Strategy (IWP 634). Dan is an IWP student in the Strategic Intelligence program with a background in research and analysis of post-Soviet spaces, the study of extremism, and intelligence analysis. Introduction Modern geostrategy has moved rapidly forward with each generation, consigning many activities once considered…

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Trump’s Parting Gift of Energy Projects in East Europe

The Intermarium, lands between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas, have received a generous farewell present from President Donald Trump: a whopping $300 million for energy projects in the region. It is not a free ride, another example of wanton squandering of U.S. taxpayers’ money. It is actually a sound investment to advance American interests in…

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Kenya, photo by Dan Sudermann

Two Parts of Kenya

Phoebe Gor is pursuing her M.A in Statecraft and International Affairs at IWP. She is passionate about public diplomacy and history. Arbitrary borders set up by colonial powers in the 19th century continue to afflict Africa. They were delineated without any consideration for either history or the people they divided. That makes the borders partly…

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