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United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston Churchill, and their advisors in Casablanca, 1943

What “Made” the Twentieth Century?

Above: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston Churchill, and their advisors in Casablanca, 1943. The verb “made” in the title is meant to describe the main activity or set of related events that were responsible for the chief accomplishments of the time period. The Twentieth Century is almost universally recognized as the “greatest” period…

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Dr. Mark Clifford discusses his book Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow the World

Dr. Mark Clifford gave a lecture on his book, Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow the World, on February 24, 2022 as a part of the Asia Initiative Lecture Series. During the lecture, Dr. Clifford analyzed Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong. By using Hong Kong as a case study, Dr. Clifford identified China’s motives, rationale, and strategy.…

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How the Taliban Can Be Tempered as it Tries to Govern

This article was co-authored by Dr. Saba Sattar, who received her Doctor of Statecraft and National Security from IWP in 2022. The Taliban will remain the dominant political and military force in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future. Any remaining domestic opposition, from either the so-called Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) or the National Resistance Front…

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Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz analyzes Putin’s approach to Ukraine and Russia’s grand strategy

On March 27, 2022, IWP’s Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz delivered a lecture entitled “Ukraine and Russia: What’s going on?” Dr. Chodakiewicz analyzed the goals and strategy of Putin to help attendees better understand the invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, he dedicated time to addressing questions that frequently come up in conversations about the invasion. Dr. Chodakiewicz began…

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IWP hosts United States Army War College students virtually

The Institute of World Politics hosted its annual visit for the United States Army War College as part of its annual National Security Staff Ride on April 13, 2022. In total, there were 15 participants from the USAWC, representing all U.S. services and five international officers from Europe, the Mideast, Australia, and the Philippines. During…

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Soviet soldier waving a red flag at a building off the central square in Stalingrad, Russia, Jan-Feb 1943

Circumstance in World Politics

The two expressions in the title, circumstance and politics, are essential in estimating the current (and historic) public acceptance of war vs. peace in the American political culture. The word “circumstance” is formally defined as “state of affairs” or “sum of essential and environmental factors,” while politics is associated with the art of “governing” as…

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IWP launches Strategic Leadership Seminar

Starting this fall, IWP’s Strategic Leadership Seminar will become available to participant groups of government, military, corporate, and NGO leadership. This customized, one-week program is held at IWP’s Washington, D.C. campus. During the seminar, expert IWP scholar-practitioners will explore key strategic issues through a combination of graduate-level lectures and experiential exercises. Participants will come away…

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Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

Washington Got it Right, From the Beginning

While certainly “subjective,” I would like to begin this essay with an assertion: that George Washington’s Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, remains the greatest political document in American history. While the odds against this claim remain large, they are not helped by the notion that the very first document published on this subject (political “behavior”…

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