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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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Maria Calderoni speaks at IAFIE conference in Italy

Maria Calderoni (’22) speaks at IAFIE conference in Italy

Maria Katarina Calderoni, IWP alumna and former president of IWP’s student chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), attended the IAFIE and IAFIE Europe Chapter’s 2022 Joint Conference in Treviso, Italy, in June 2022. The 3-day conference, hosted by Ècole Universitaire Internationale, was themed “Working Wicked Intelligence Challenges” and focused on Emerging Near…

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In Memoriam: S. Eugene Poteat, CIA officer, IWP Alumnus, and Professor

The Institute of World Politics mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus S. Eugene Poteat, who peacefully passed away on May 22 at age 92. “He was a gentleman,” said Founder, President Emeritus, and Chancellor of IWP, John Lenczowski. “He was soft-spoken. He was a man of serious convictions, but he did not force his beliefs…

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Scott Cullinane (’12) teaches international relations for The School of the New York Times

Scott Cullinane (’12) is teaching a course in International Relations & Development for The School of The New York Times as a part of a two-week summer program for high school students. The program, which is primarily journalism-focused, attracts high-performing students. Scott is teaching for two sessions of the program, back-to-back in July. This is…

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