Dr. Michael Pillsbury to serve on Defense Policy Board

IWP professor Dr. Michael Pillsbury was recently appointed to serve as the Chair of the Defense Policy Board. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, “The Defense Policy Board was established to provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, independent, informed advice and opinions concerning matters of defense policy through the…

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Utopia vs. freedom

The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom By Julian Geran Pilon Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz In The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom (Washington, D.C., and London: Academic Press, 2019), an intrepid defender of classical liberalism and my colleague, Juliana Geran Pilon, teaches us that the links between utopia and freedom are as…

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John Walsh with a Kuwaiti national in his desert camp

John Walsh (’19): National Guard Veteran and Civilian Contractor

Above: John Walsh (’19) with a Kuwaiti national in his desert camp. John Walsh (’19) started studying at IWP after a 30-year career enlisted in the National Guard. After completing the Executive M.A. program, John transitioned to a senior civilian role working with the National Guard Bureau.  Below, he discusses some of his experiences at…

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A scene from Quantico

From Acting to Protecting our Country: Diane (’19)

Above: Diane (center) in a scene from Quantico. Diane* was on the set of Quantico, filming the Season 2 finale. She was playing a Special Agent, and the leads were interviewing people to be a part of a new agency comprising the CIA and FBI. Little did she know that soon she would be working…

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Dr. Matt Daniels spreads human rights message to Spanish-speaking world

Through his nonprofit Good of All, IWP professor Dr. Matthew Daniels promotes human rights digitally and empowers digital natives to become online ambassadors for human rights principles. His YouTube channel, the Human Rights Network, has been posting videos promoting human rights primarily in English and Arabic. This fall, this channel added its first Spanish-language playlist.…

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Overcome hatred and violence through education

The killing of George Floyd and other examples of police violence against African Americans ignited a political and cultural explosion in 2020. Although the U.S. has come far from the era of state-enforced discrimination and segregation, this year’s events remind us how much more we have to do. For Charleston, the wounds remain from the…

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Semaj McDowell

Semaj McDowell: Podcaster, Program Analyst, and IWP M.A. Candidate

Though typically he is the one interviewing people for his geopolitical podcast, IWP student Semaj McDowell took some time to answer our questions about his experience thus far at IWP. He told us about his interest in international politics, his internship at IWP, and how his experience as a student has led to successful job…

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IWP announces April 2021 Strategic Fellows Program

This April, The Institute of World Politics will hold its Strategic Fellows Program — an intensive two-week program focused on providing a guided introduction to the development of national security, policy and leadership techniques at the strategic tactical and operational level.  Class participants may include: U.S. and Allied company, field grade, and warrant officers U.S.…

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