IWP students often go on to become leaders in the national security, intelligence, and international affairs communities. This section highlights and celebrates their achievements and shares other relevant news.

Orientation August 2020

IWP begins fall semester with largest new doctoral class

Above: Students at IWP’s virtual orientation in August.  This semester, The Institute of World Politics welcomed a class of 121 students, including 37 new students and 84 returning students. This class exceeded the predicted enrollment for the fall. This fall class also includes 7 new doctoral candidates in the Doctor of Statecraft and National Security…

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Marlatt Mansion Entrance

IWP group attends DIA hiring event, receives job offers

Six IWP students, alumni, and interns applied to a recent hiring event with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) this past March, and, as of this August, all six received offers of employment to become DIA Intelligence Analysts or to work in mission management. IWP Career Services played a significant role in assisting the IWP group.…

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Ryan Scherba (’19) interviews DAS Matthew Palmer

IWP alumnus Ryan Scherba, editor of Balkan Insider, recently interviewed Matthew Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. The webinar garnered much attention in the Balkan region and was shared by over 25 news outlets. The discussion covered the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, coalition-building post-election in North Macedonia, misinformation and disinformation in Montenegro,…

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Katie Crombe with GEN Joseph Votel

Alumna Spotlight: LTC Katie Crombe, U.S. Army (IWP ’12)

“I kept all of my notes and I have them in my desk right now; I’ve carried them around the world with me… My experience learning at IWP has molded me into the leader I have become.” LTC Catherine “Katie” Crombe, USA, has brought her notes from her IWP classes with her as she served…

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Alex Bergler

Alex Bergler (’21): Bringing the arts of statecraft to local police work

IWP student Alex Bergler has discovered that the arts of statecraft can be applied in local police work as well as in national security affairs. Alex and his team use skills such as diplomacy, intelligence, counterintelligence, cyber strategy, and hard power frequently while serving with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). In the evenings, he…

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Haroon Hakimi

Reflections upon Graduation: Haroon Hakimi

Today I reached another milestone in my academic journey. I just completed the Executive Master’s in National Security Affairs at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington D.C. The commencement ceremony is postponed until September 2020 due to COVID-19. My academic journey began before the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, and I was homeschooled for…

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SVA 9.11 Pentagon Memorial

Student Veterans Association concludes successful school year at IWP

IWP alumnus Rich finished his term as IWP’s Student Veterans Association (SVA) President before graduating on May 16th, 2020. SVA has been an integral part of IWP’s student life since 2015, and the group grew under Rich’s leadership. SVA is a nationwide group that facilitates networking and charity events for veterans and those around them.…

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Class of 2020

Perspectives from the Class of 2020

As they prepare to receive their degrees on May 16 and to celebrate their graduation on September 12, members of the Class of 2020 reflect on their experiences at IWP. “IWP provides students with lifelong learning. Over my career my job will change, but the ability to look at a scenario from a holistic perspective…

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