U.S. satellites increasingly vulnerable to China’s ground-based lasers

Of the world’s 50 satellite laser ranging stations, five fixed stations are in Shanghai, Changchun, Beijing, Wuhan and Kuming. The Defense Intelligence Agency warned in January 2019 that China likely will field in 2020 a ground-based laser weapon that can counter low-orbit space-based sensors. By the mid-to-late 2020s it may field higher power systems that could damage…

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Ukraine’s Policy on Minorities Still in the Making

Ukraine is a post-Soviet society in search of a strong national identity. Therefore, its national minorities policy is a project in the making. While avowedly upholding in theory the equality of all citizens before law, Kyiv tends to differentiate between various minorities. It approaches them in congruence with its perceived interests and the needs of…

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Robert Gaines, Valedictorian of the USMMA Class of 2020, Photo courtesy of USMMA

Former IWP intern honored by Merchant Marine Academy

Robert J. Gaines, a former IWP intern, has been named the valedictorian of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2020. Robert interned with IWP the summer of 2018 after spending four months aboard the USNS Arctic, a Navy support vessel in the Mediterranean. In addition to being named valedictorian, Robert has been awarded…

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Dr. Ji-Jen Hwang discusses Taiwan’s Cybersecurity Environment versus China’s Cyber Strategy

On June 4, 2020, The Institute of World Politics hosted a virtual lecture event as a part of the Cyber Intelligence Initiative Series. Dr. Ji-Jen Hwang shared his research on Taiwan’s cybersecurity environment versus China’s cyber strategy. In July 2019, China released a report describing the reform in its National Defense and Armed Forces in…

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John K. Garvey

John K. Garvey joins the IWP Board of Trustees

IWP is pleased to welcome Mr. John K. Garvey as the newest member of the Board of Trustees. An industry leader with vast experience in the oil and gas and real estate industries, John will be a strong addition to our Board. IWP Vice Chairman Hon. Tidal McCoy comments: “I want to congratulate John Garvey…

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Vince Lombardi (left) and Packers quarterback Bart Starr pose together holding a football.

The Only Game in Town

When asked about “winning,” legendary football coach Vince Lombardi replied, “it’s not just the most important question, it’s the only one.” Winning If asked about American foreign policy today, what would be a comparable answer? What is “winning” to America in the world? Undoubtedly, the answers would be as different and as contentious as the…

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Diverse hands holding each other

Division, Diversity, Unity

The first two words overlap and have a common understanding in the colloquial sense. But in the American popular culture there is a distinction, whereas division implies separation (“portion,” “piece,” “unit”) diversity implies variety within a whole (“assortment,” “heterogeneity”). By any definition, however, both words are the exact opposite of “unity,” best defined by its…

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