Trustee Tidal McCoy discusses the war in Ukraine

On April 3rd, 2022, The Institute of World Politics trustee Hon. Tidal McCoy was invited to speak on The Cats Roundtable. This podcast episode discussed the situation at the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian War, which started on February 24th, 2022. Mr. McCoy pointed out Russia’s internal problems, including corruption among officers, misjudgment of the situation,…

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Putin’s Got Nothing But Nuclear Weapons

Russian television tells us that Vladimir Putin would rather go nuclear than accept defeat in Ukraine. President Biden has admonished that “idle comments about the use of nuclear weapons” are “irresponsible.” Opinion polls on both sides show widespread concern about a nuclear exchange. But Putin only talks about nuclear war because he has nothing else to say. Read more at 1945

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Pope Francis blames the victim in Russia-Ukraine war

Francis’s narrative of parity between Russia and NATO (and Ukraine) is a pontifical dog whistle Pope Francis recently shocked many by positing parity between Vladimir Putin and Russia on one hand, and Ukraine and NATO on the other. The Holy Father insisted both are to blame for the raging war. In stark contrast to the “Holy…

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Revolt of the Ultra-Elites

ONE-PERCENTERS, COURTIERS, MAGICIANS & MINIONS Some 30 years ago I watched as the parents of a Columbia University freshman reacted with incredulity to their daughter’s shrill peroration about the necessity to remove crosses from all public spaces so as “not to offend anyone.” Her folks had shown up in New York to fetch her home…

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IWP Student Government Association Officers 2022-2023

2022-2023 Student Government Association Board to take office May 14

This April, IWP students elected officers for the 2022-23 Student Government Association Board. The officers will begin their duties on May 14 and will continue until Commencement in May 2023. President: Sean Honesty Sean was raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago before attending The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and majoring in Political Science…

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On Taiwan: ‘John Foster Dulles and the Fate of Taiwan’

“John Foster Dulles and the Fate of Taiwan” by James C.H. Wang, Yu Shan Publishers, Taipei, 2021, 268 pages, NT$450.00 I shall begin this book review with an allusion to that legendary “hunk of burning love” Elvis Presley whose seductive voice, terpsichorean undulation and virile pulchritude made him the world’s first “rock star” in 1957.…

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Spring interns reflect on their experience

25 interns from around the United States and the world recently completed the IWP spring internship program. They worked on various research topics including energy transition in emerging markets, Russia-U.S. relations, cultural diplomacy, the conflict in Ukraine, and intelligence and the legal system. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, assisting with institutional operations,…

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Sailors conduct military dive operations off the East Coast of the United States.

IWP launches Navy Special Warfare Veteran Fellows Program

IWP is pleased to announce a new Naval Special Warfare Veteran Fellows program for NSW veterans. This immersive one-to-two semester program in Washington, D.C. is designed to prepare veteran operators for their next chapter, whether it be in public service, the private sector, or academia. Through this program, NSW Veteran Fellows will learn to assess,…

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IWP students release Active Measures Journal

The Spring 2022 edition of the student-run journal Active Measures is now available online. The name of the journal refers to a set of influence operations and propaganda — disinformation and deception — used by the Soviet Union to persuade and to have a strategic impact. Active Measures was founded by IWP students in 2012. This edition includes the…

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USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), courtesy of U.S. Navy

New course on maritime strategy to be offered this summer

This summer, IWP will offer a new course on Maritime Strategy in Great Power Competition (IWP 705). It will be taught by Dr. Douglas E. Streusand, an IWP Adjunct Professor who has been teaching an elective course on maritime strategy at the U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College since 2014. “To prevail in the…

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