Give thanks for economic efficiency

A grasp of how basic economics contributes to human flourishing in astonishing ways gives the so-called dismal science a whole new luster. I have never been to an event or cocktail party where raising the issue of economic efficiency engendered a particularly emotional discussion or any level of enthusiasm. I have never been to a…

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RIP General Raymond T. Odierno, U.S. Army (Ret.), IWP Trustee

The Institute of World Politics mourns the loss of General Raymond T. Odierno, U.S. Army (Ret.), who passed away on October 9th after a struggle with cancer. General Odierno, an IWP trustee, served as the United States Army’s 38th Chief of Staff from 7 September 2011 to 14 August 2015. IWP Founder, President Emeritus, and…

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Ignoring history dooms us to repeat it

It was refreshing to read Michael McKenna’s recent Commentary piece on history, specifically World War I, as a reminder of where the world is now and how we got here (“What did we commemorate on Veterans Day?” Web, Nov. 14). The abuse of history by Americans has always been an intellectual problem, and it has…

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Participants in Exercise Dragon Teeth

IWP Interns Participate in Exercise Dragon Teeth

On November 12, a group of ten interns at The Institute of World Politics participated in a fast-paced simulation (aka Exercise Dragon Teeth) focusing on the threat of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan in the year 2025. Recently inaugurated IWP President Dr. James Anderson designed this event to serve several purposes.  “I wanted to expose…

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IWP group at the Spy Museum

“Spy-WPers” compete in scavenger hunt at the International Spy Museum

O n Friday, November 5, 2021, the IWP Student Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) organized a visit to Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum. Students, interns, and Faculty Advisor Professor Aaron Danis competed in a scavenger hunt to test their knowledge of espionage and intelligence gathering techniques. Needless to say, chapter members…

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IWP alumna contributes to INSA report

IWP alumna Patricia Schouker (’17) recently contributed to a report by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. The report, titled “Designating Space Systems as new U.S. Critical Infrastructure Sector” calls for the designation of U.S. space systems as critical infrastructure. The report highlights the reliance of the intelligence community and greater U.S. government on space-based…

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Dr. Sara Vakhshouri participates in African Energy Week

On November 10th, founder and president of SVB Energy International and IWP professor Dr. Sara Vakhshouri participated in African Energy Week in Cape Town, South Africa. During this conference, Dr. Vakhshouri acted as a moderator for the panel titled “The Geopolitics of Energy in Africa,” where there were discussions regarding strategies to improve energy security…

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Dr. Norman A. Bailey publishes article in the AFIO’s “Intelligencer”

IWP professor Dr. Norman A. Bailey wrote an article for the Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ (AFIO) journal, The Intelligencer (Volume 20, Number 3, Summer-Fall 2021). His article, “The Evolving Nature of International Relations and What It Means for Intelligence,” advocates for the intelligence community to improve the training of its professionals and how they conduct their activities with…

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Israel and the next world war

Forecasts about a coming world war don’t stand up to scrutiny, and the dangers to Israel in any case lie elsewhere. Earlier this year, retired U.S. Admiral James Stavridis and his co-author published a book called 2034: A Novel About the Next World War. It immediately became a best-seller. This very well-written thriller chronicles a…

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