Summaries of past extracurricular lectures at IWP may be found below. For more information, please see upcoming events at IWP, join our invitation list, or listen to our videos or podcasts.

Prof. Sean Elliot Martin discusses forced mental transformation

On Friday, March 26th, The Institute of World Politics hosted a webinar entitled “The Process of Forced Mental Transformation and its Role in World Events,” led by Professor Sean Elliot Martin of Point Park University. This lecture covered ATOP, Prof. Martin’s theory of the psychological processes used to force mental transformation in individuals. About the…

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Dr. Patrick Cronin discusses North Korean threat perceptions

On April 14th, 2021, The Institute of World Politics hosted a virtual webinar titled “Fear and Insecurity: Addressing North Korean Threat Perceptions,” sponsored by the Asia Initiative Lecture Series. Dr. Patrick Cronin is the Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson Institute, where he analyzes U.S. challenges and opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region. This includes China’s total…

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Deterring Chinese aggression through strategic U.S. alliances and partnerships

On April 7th, 2021, Dr. James Anderson gave a webinar presentation titled, “How to Best Leverage U.S. Alliances and Partnerships against the PRC,” to discuss U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region and how they can bolster U.S. deterrence against a more aggressive Chinese presence. Dr. Anderson is the former Acting Under Secretary of…

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Dr. Matthew Brazil discusses China’s intelligence apparatus

On February 10th, 2021, The Institute of World Politics hosted a presentation and Q&A with Dr. Matthew Brazil on Chinese Intelligence titled Communist China’s Modern Intelligence Reforms. This event was part of IWP’s Asia Initiative Lecture Series. Dr. Brazil pursued Chinese studies as an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley, as an Army officer with tours in…

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James A. Rice speaks on Estonian defense strategy in the wake of Russian aggression

O n February 16, 2021, Mr. James A. Rice, an IWP alumnus, appeared as a guest speaker for an Intermarium Lecture Series event entitled, Estonia’s “Total Defense” Principle: Learning from History. As Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mr. James Rice informs Senator Grassley on foreign policy matters, particularly considering Senator Grassley’s…

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IWP hosts discussion on challenges facing Ethiopia

On February 8, 2021, The Institute of World Politics hosted its latest lecture in The African Strategic Forum titled “Ethiopia in 2021: Tackling Challenges and Looking Forward to the Future.” This event was moderated by Professor Hashem Mekki, who teaches Arabic at IWP, and included five expert panelists, Mr. Jon Abbink, Ms. Bronwyn Burton, Mr.…

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