Members of the IWP community produce research on a myriad of topics, analyzing past events, addressing contemporary issues, and contributing to the existing knowledge on foreign affairs, statecraft, and intelligence.

Siberian Exile in Polish History

In his essay, Prof. Chodakiewicz traces the history of Siberian exile in Polish history to the rise of the Muscovite state itself during the fifteenth century, when slave raids into the Polish-Lithuanian state began.

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Will Poland’s Election Be a Referendum on De-Communization?

IWP's Academic Dean and Professor of History Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz has written a cogent commentary on the Polish elections, placing them in their recent historical context and examining what, if any, effect they will have on the process of de-communization.  Prof. Chodakiewicz's essay appeared recently on WorldPoliticsWatch.com.  The full text follows.

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Iran’s propaganda, Holocaust revisionism and Western civilization

When President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran described the Holocaust as a "myth" and hosted a Holocaust revisionist conference in Tehran in December 2006, he was warmly cheered in the Third World and severely castigated in the United States and Europe. Yet most Western pundits largely failed to grasp the significance of the assault. They limited…

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Twin traitors

In the summer 2007 issue of the National Military Intelligence Association's American Intelligence Journal, IWP Adjunct Professor Brian Kelley reviewed two recent books examining how counterintelligence investigators captured the spies Ana Belen Montes and Jonathan Pollard: Scott Carmichael's True Believer (Naval Institute Press, 2007) and Ronald J. Olive's Capturing Jonathan Pollard (Naval Institute Press, 2006).

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Islamism and Stratagem

This essay is intended as a running reflection on the intelligence and counterintelligence problems posed by resurgent, militant Islam, especially in the post-9/11 era. It is not meant to be a comprehensive assessment either of Islam itself or a prescription for the Intelligence Community on how to portray militant Islam as an intelligence issue for…

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The 20th Century Archives: No Access, No Freedom

“Unimpeded access to the archives is crucial for a free society.”  With this assumption, IWP’s Academic Dean and Professor of History Marek Chodakiewicz describes the continued difficulty scholars have in researching the archives of intelligence organizations even in democratic countries.  This article first appeared on World Politics Watch on 19 March 2007.

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England’s Poles in the Game: WWII Intelligence Cooperation

IWP's Academic Dean and Professor of History, Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, reviews Tadeusz Dubicki, Daria Nałęcz, and Tessa Sterling, eds., Intelligence Co-Operation Between Poland and Great Britain During World War II, vol. 1: The Report of the Anglo-Polish Historical Committee (London and Portland, OR: Vallentine Mitchell, 2005).  Dr. Chodakiewicz's review essay appeared in the Fall…

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Strategy: Back to Basics… And More

For many citizens, military strategy is arcane, esoteric, and simply incomprehensible – and, in practice, seemingly ill-used, poorly practiced, or even absent.It often seems to be so also to the many whom are charged with developing or practicing military strategy and to the many whom pontificate about it.Thus, it is timely and instructive to recall…

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The Countess against the barbarians

In September 1939, the Third Reich and the Soviet Union launched the Second World War by attacking Poland. Most Polish patriots logically concluded that their homeland had two totalitarian enemies: Hitler and Stalin. In Michelangelo in Ravensbrück a professor of art history at the John Casimir University in Lwów, Countess Karolina Lanckoronska, recounts her amazing…

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