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.

Dr C: Kwasniewski’s chekist service killed his chance to head UN

It wasn't realpolitik that prompted the United States to pull back from supporting former Polish President Kwasniewski's bid to become United Nations Secretary General. As Professor Marek Chodakiewicz explains in a World Politics Watch essay, it was Kwasniewski's secret past as a KGB collaborator that killed his chances.

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Pope Benedict XVI and Islam: Reflections on the future

Professor Thomas Melady, former US Ambassador to the Vatican, examines Pope Benedict XVI's September 12, 2006 speech at the University of Regensburg in Germany that many Muslims found unduly provocative. In this article, Ambassador Melady looks at what was said, along with the Pope's intentions and other circumstances of the speech.

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The fate of the Siberian exiles

Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz has written an insightful review essay of Tadeusz Piotrowski’s The Polish Deportees of World War II: Recollection of Removal to the Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World (Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2004).

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Branding as a tool against the enemy: Time to try it again

Branding – the art of conditioning an audience to associate a given product, person or idea with a desired cognitive or emotional response – can be an important part of developing messages. The U.S. attempted to “brand” itself after 9/11, but after some innovative attempts with negligible results, quietly abandoned the effort. The idea, however,…

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The myth exposed

Stalin’s victory over Hitler in the Second World War saved the Soviet Union from destruction and ensured its perpetuation for the next half a century. The latter feat was accomplished because the Soviets, on many levels, insidiously exploited their triumph over the Nazis. Aside from political, military, and economic aspects of its victory, the Kremlin…

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Hope beyond that hatred

In the little town of Jedwabne, nestled in the heart of Poland, all the Jewish inhabitants- mainly old people, women, and children-were rounded up and burned alive by a group of German policemen and Polish townsfolk on July 10, 1941.No one knows exactly how many Jews were killed, but the best guess is around 300.…

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Wartime public diplomacy: A strategy to deliver the messages

This paper proposes a transitional strategy for wartime public diplomacy and strategic communication that the U.S. can implement quickly and without the need of bureaucratic reorganization. Traditional public diplomacy and the strategic communication concepts now under development are intended to build up the United States position abroad, solidify alliances, win over neutrals or keep them…

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Unity with diversity: The challenge of globalization

Introduction There is no doubt that the world of today is, in many ways, radically different from the years that preceded the First World War. The so-called “Pax Britanica”, which basically prevailed from the Congress of Vienna until the summer of 1914, came to an abrupt end with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand the…

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East Goes West: The EU and Poland

The verdict is still out on the future of the European Union and Poland. There is a discernable difference in attitude toward the EU between the elite and the people. The EU project is entirely elite driven. The people remain apathetic and reactive. It will take a concerted effort of all the Eurosceptics to turn the EU…

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