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.

A scene from Quantico

From Acting to Protecting our Country: Diane (’19)

Above: Diane (center) in a scene from Quantico. Diane* was on the set of Quantico, filming the Season 2 finale. She was playing a Special Agent, and the leads were interviewing people to be a part of a new agency comprising the CIA and FBI. Little did she know that soon she would be working…

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Semaj McDowell

Semaj McDowell: Podcaster, Program Analyst, and IWP M.A. Candidate

Though typically he is the one interviewing people for his geopolitical podcast, IWP student Semaj McDowell took some time to answer our questions about his experience thus far at IWP. He told us about his interest in international politics, his internship at IWP, and how his experience as a student has led to successful job…

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Volunteer Battalions book cover

IWP alumnus donates unique book on the Ukrainian Crisis

An IWP alumnus who is currently serving as a Diplomatic Security Special Agent at the Embassy of Ukraine graciously donated a book called Dobrobaty or Volunteer Battalions to IWP’s library. This book is translated from Ukrainian to English and is a compilation of stories, files, and other information about the early days of the war…

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Active Measures 2020 Cover

Student journal Active Measures is now available online

The fifth volume of Active Measures, a student-run journal, is now available online. The name of the journal refers to a set of influence operations and propaganda – disinformation and deception – used by the Soviet Union to persuade and to have a strategic impact. The journal was founded in 2012 by a group of…

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Book Donation from Dennis Staszak Sept 2020

IWP alumnus and FBI veteran donates nearly 400 books to IWP

Former IWP student Dennis Staszak has generously given nearly 400 books on national security, statecraft, counterintelligence, international security, and the economics of national security to the IWP library. A 33-year veteran of the FBI and former Deputy Unit Chief of the FBI’s Foreign Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism Training Unit, Mr. Staszak studied at IWP before the…

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Mark Beall at IWP Commencement

IWP alumnus helps lead international AI partnership between 13 countries

Mark Beall (IWP Class of 2009) is currently serving as head of strategic engagement and policy at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). JAIC recently brought together a coalition of 13 countries to discuss ethics and artificial intelligence (AI) in the military. JAIC hosted an international virtual forum, calling it the AI…

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IWP alumnus hosts webinar on Kosovo-Serbia meeting

Ryan Scherba (IWP Class of 2019) of Balkan Insider hosted a webinar with Serbia’s Chief Negotiator for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, Mr. Marko Djuric. Mr. Djuric gave an inside perspective on some of the signed documents and discussions from Washington, D.C. that took place in early September. Mr. Djuric discussed the fact that Serbian President Aleksandar…

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