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Founder, President Emeritus, and Chancellor, The Institute of World Politics; Former Director of European and Soviet Affairs, National Security Council

John Lenczowski


  • Communism
  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Ethics
  • Diplomacy
  • Intelligence Policy
  • International Relations
  • Russia
  • Public Diplomacy

Professional Experience

  • Formerly Director of European and Soviet Affairs, National Security Council (1983-1987)
  • Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State (1981-1983)
  • Congressional staff member (1979-1981)
  • Adjunct Professor, National Security Studies Program, Georgetown University (1985-2000)

John Lenczowski is Founder, President Emeritus, and Chancellor of The Institute of World Politics, an independent graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs in Washington, D.C. IWP is dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of American founding principles and the Western moral tradition. Offering a doctoral program, seven Master’s degrees and eighteen certificate programs, IWP is the only academic institution dedicated to teaching all the arts of statecraft, including: military strategy, the art of diplomacy; public diplomacy, opinion formation, political warfare; intelligence, counterintelligence, economic strategy, and moral leadership, and how these arts are integrated into national strategy.

From 1981 to 1983, Dr. Lenczowski served in the State Department in the Bureau of European Affairs and as Special Advisor to Under Secretary for Political Affairs Lawrence Eagleburger. From 1983 to 1987, he was Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council. In that capacity, he was principal Soviet affairs adviser to President Reagan.

He has been associated with several academic and research institutions in the Washington area, including Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, the American Enterprise Institute, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Council for Inter-American Security, and the International Freedom Foundation. He has also served on the staff of Congressman James Courter.

Dr. Lenczowski attended the Thacher School, earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

He is the author of Soviet Perceptions of U.S. Foreign Policy (1982); The Sources of Soviet Perestroika (1990), Cultural Diplomacy: A Multi-faceted Strategic Asset of Soviet Power (1991); Full-Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy (2011) and numerous other writings and addresses on U.S. foreign policy, public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, counter-propaganda, political warfare, Soviet/Russian affairs, comparative ideologies, intelligence, strategic deception, counterintelligence, and integrated strategy.

Dr. Lenczowski and his wife, Susan, have two children and live in Washington.

Twitter: @jlenczowski


  • B.A., 1972, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., 1975 Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Ph.D., 1980, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies 



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