Orientation August 2020

IWP begins fall semester with largest new doctoral class

Above: Students at IWP’s virtual orientation in August.  This semester, The Institute of World Politics welcomed a class of 121 students, including 37 new students and 84 returning students. This class exceeded the predicted enrollment for the fall. This fall class also includes 7 new doctoral candidates in the Doctor of Statecraft and National Security…

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Spiral Galaxy

Outer Space: The Last Frontier

Hope Presidents are prone to elevate their policies to the highest levels, using words, “great,” “new,” etc. to advertise how unique they are going to be in the world. Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy introduced us to a “New Deal” and “New Frontier,” respectively, and now Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez (AOC to us) has added…

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Hungary: Good News at Last

Have you heard anything good about Hungary in mainstream media lately? As in the last 10 years? Neither have I. Usually, Budapest and conservative/populist government of Viktor Orbán tend to get a bad rap. Despite the fact that his FIDESZ party has won every single free election fair and square consecutively since 2010, there are…

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U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduation

Four Kings Point Midshipmen receive the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2020 IWP Award For Excellence in Cyber Statecraft

The Institute of World Politics is pleased to present the United States Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2020 IWP Award For Excellence in Cyber Statecraft to four outstanding Midshipmen who are graduating from Kings Point this year: Severin Blenkush, Tanner Carter, Alyssa Marie DeGuzman, and Mark Kittelson. These Midshipmen were selected for their outstanding contributions…

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World map showing the two blocs during the Cold War in 1959

Polarities We Have Known

Above: A world map showing the two blocs during the Cold War in 1959. In political terms, a “pole” is a center of power, expressed in the familiar terms of national strength, military, diplomatic, economic, sociology, stability, leadership, determination, etc. There are three, and only three, ways in which to examine world politics through “poles”:…

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Belarus Opposition Churning

Have you heard this one from America’s leading post-Soviet expert and my colleague Paul Goble? “Elections in Belarus are like the Rocky films: with each new one, the main hero gets a little older but he still defeats everyone.” But Minsk ain’t Hollywood. Many people have had enough of sequels. There is a counter-revolution churning…

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Charles Chen joins Cyber Intelligence Initiative Advisory Board

IWP is pleased to welcome Charles Chen, Director of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of State, to the Advisory Board of the Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2). This summer, Mr. Chen taught a course for Ci2 on “Enterprise Threat Modeling,” and his next seminar, entitled “Cyber Intelligence Professional,” will take place on October 7. Mr.…

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The geopolitical transformation of the Middle East

Two distinct blocs are being formed, innately hostile to each other and with the potential at any time to break out into armed action.  After the dramatic announcement of the intention on the part of the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations with Israel, which has given rise to extensive and mostly positive commentary in…

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Kipling is Back: Neo-colonialism in Modern America

Flunking History While it is fashionable in the modern United States to disparage any and all recall of history, it is equally possible that, without knowing it, modern Americans are simply bringing forgotten history back to life. This is particularly so in left-wing ideological circles, much of academia, the media, and the “politically correct” culture.…

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IWP interns reflect on their experience

Fourteen interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently completed the IWP summer internship program. They worked on various topics including counterterrorism, cyber intelligence, energy security, and Chinese geopolitical strategy. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, auditing courses, connecting with IWP faculty and staff, and growing professionally. “Dr. Sara Vakhshouri served…

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