Minorities as Tools and Victims

A review of The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 by Terry Martin by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz A representative of Sheila Fitzpatrick’s revisionist school and a Canadian of Mennonite German colonist-Russian/Ukrainian roots, Terry Martin, in his well-researched and pioneering The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 (Ithaca,…

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Afghanistan Fallout

The most important lesson of the collapse of Afghanistan is a global loss of credibility by the United States under a Democrat administration. This impacts not only our allies but also onlookers and enemies, including in the Intermarium. The most immediate concern is an anticipated wave of refugees from Afghanistan flooding into Europe.  But the…

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Tim McCranor

Dr. Timothy McCranor (’12) to join adjunct faculty

Dr. Timothy McCranor, who graduated from IWP with an M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs in 2012 and who has been serving as IWP’s Academic Advising and Success Specialist since 2020, will join the adjunct faculty this fall. He will teach IWP’s course on Public Diplomacy and the online course on Ideas and Values…

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Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.)

Dr. Robert Spalding joins IWP as Research Professor

The Institute of World Politics is pleased to welcome Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.) as a Research Professor. “We are very pleased to welcome Rob to IWP, and we look forward to his contributions to our academic community,” said IWP Dean of Academics Dr. Frank Marlo. Dr. Spalding is currently the…

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Free Courts and Media

A few weeks ago, Brussels expressed its displeasure over Warsaw’s judiciary, media, and sexual issues, judging the Polish (and Hungarian) approach to them as incompatible with EU law. The Poles scoffed and dismissed the charges as contrary to the Polish Constitution. For them, it is a matter of sovereignty. The saga continues, as Poland has…

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Cognitive dissonance in the USA

All seems well, but one hears dire predictions on every side. Psychologists have a concept they call “cognitive dissonance”. It refers to those occasions when one of the senses is signaling one thing and another of the senses is signaling the opposite. An example would be something that smells bad but tastes delicious. In a…

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Migrants, COVID, etc.

How do you get the European Union to recognize outside intruders as illegal aliens? Play the COVID game. Just ask the Lithuanians. Otherwise, as far as the pandemic, it is business as usual, oscillating between lockdowns and protests throughout the Old Continent, which we shall look at shortly. First, let us address the Baltics. Lithuania’s…

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To Make Up For Years Of Slow Policy Decisions, MDA Needs More Cash

The Missile Defense Agency’s budget request is the same today as it was in 2008. That has to change, says Rebeccah Heinrichs. OPINION: Over the last two decades, the number of missiles threatening the United States have increased, the technical proficiency of enemy missiles has increased, the responsibilities of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have increased, the…

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Afghanistan in Perspective

Today, August 16, 2021, will probably not go down in history as did Pearl Harbor, declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a “day that will live in infamy.” That particular day, December 7, 1941, has, in fact, stood the test of time. But today’s day, in 2021, is being declared as much by a…

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