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Augusto César Sandino

Nicaragua 1927: Portent for the Future

First, an explanation. The term “portent” is strictly defined as “omen,” or “warning,” “prophetic insight” of something momentous to come, something even larger than the original. This definition should cause either disbelief or anguish that its author (myself) has “wandered off” his “reservation.” Understandable, as anything remotely connected to a tiny Central American nation nearly…

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Early U.S. Foreign Policy, “Big D”

In another essay, I described “motivation” between the offense vs. the defense in foreign policies generally. This time, I will apply the sports expression “Big D” (Defense) as it applies to the beginnings of American foreign policy. From this beginning, one point stands out: that such analogies are far more “circumstantial” than “deliberate” and that…

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Berliners watching a C-54 land at Berlin Tempelhof Airport, 1948

The Berlin Airlift: America’s Finest Moment

For the record, I wanted to submit a “positive” take on American history, having been saturated with the darker side of the subject over the past several years: the country did have slavery and Jim Crow, immigration was restricted, women couldn’t vote until 1920, “whites” had “supremacy,” natives were expelled, slums did exist, there was…

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A depiction of a Napoleonic-era British infantry square at the Battle of Quatre Bras, Belgium, 1815.

Defense vs. Offense in Foreign Policy

Motivation is critical in the formulation of practically everything, but certainly in foreign policy. Much depends on motivation, the “why” of any human activity. It obviously makes a difference as to whether you are doing something for yourself or for others, against something (someone) or for them, for defense (self-protection) or offense (self-expansion). Examples abound…

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Regulations worsened the baby formula shortage

Had U.S. baby formula producers not been protected from foreign competition, there would have been many more options available to parents when one lab became contaminated. And a 70-year-old wartime act would have remained a trivia question. The world is an economics classroom if we allow ourselves to learn from it. Every day we’re bombarded…

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IWP Kościuszko Chair applauds new name of U.S. military base in Poland

The IWP Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies and the Center for Intermarium Studies applaud the U.S. Army’s recent decision to rename its base in Poland Camp Kościuszko, after Thaddeus Kościuszko, who heroically fought for eight years in the American Revolutionary War. Originally from Poland, Thaddeus Kościuszko was recruited by Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane to…

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Col. David Maxwell and Amanda Won

Col. David Maxwell discusses strategies for the reunification of the Korean peninsula

On July 7, 2022, Colonel David S. Maxwell (ret.) delivered a lecture on the reunification of the Korean peninsula as part of the Asia Initiative Lecture Series. Col. Maxwell discussed why it is necessary to look beyond the nuclear crisis and think about how to achieve reunification. Col. Maxwell began by discussing big-picture questions to…

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Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz speaks at the Captive Nations Summit

On July 19, 2022, IWP professor Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz spoke at the Captive Nations Summit. At this summit, hosted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Dr. Chodakiewicz sat on a panel and discussed “Putin’s War Against Ukraine and the Future of Russia.” Dr. Chodakiewicz began by discussing Putin’s motivation for attacking Ukraine. Moscow…

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Human Rights Network run by Dr. Matt Daniels passes 41 million views

The Human Rights Network, which is run by IWP professor Dr. Matthew Daniels as a part of his nonprofit Good of All, has passed 41 million views on its content. This channel, which promotes human rights principles, contains videos created by IWP interns who have been working with IWP’s Center for Human Rights and International…

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