“Fast Reactors” Also Present a Fast Path to Nuclear Weapons

New “fast reactors” promise sustainable nuclear energy. They also pose serious proliferation risks because they can make lots of plutonium. The Energy Department’s choice for the leading reactor design for reviving nuclear power construction in the United States is so at odds with U.S. nonproliferation policy that it opens America to charges of rank hypocrisy.…

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The miraculous Biden

The failures of Joe Biden’s administration so far make even Donald Trump look good – a miracle if ever there was one. Recently, a friend referred to President Biden as a “miracle worker.” When queried as to what he meant, he replied, “Every day, he makes Trump look better and better. If that isn’t miraculous,…

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Why Do Poles Fight, Even When It is Hopeless?

I would like to reflect briefly on just two Polish last stands in the 20th century: the Battle of Zadwórze (August 17, 1920), during the Polish-Soviet War, and the Battle of Wizna (September 7-10, 1939) during the September Campaign of 1939.  The former last stand was against the Communists and the latter against the Nazis. Why…

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The Timing of Terrorism: The Obsessions with Dates

This month is the black anniversary of September 11, 2001.  It has many meanings for us, but was that date in particular selected by Al Qaeda?  A few suggest there is a link to the last day of battle in 1683 at the gates of Vienna, a titanic Moslem-Christian struggle for western Europe.  Americans might…

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IWP interns reflect on their experience

Twelve interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently completed the IWP summer internship program. They worked on various research topics including cyber intelligence, U.S. bilateral security agreements, international “spoilers,” cultural psychology, and grand strategy. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, assisting with institutional operations, auditing courses, connecting with IWP faculty…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Daniel Breslin

Throughout my time at IWP, I worked as a research assistant and intern. Specifically, I worked with Dr. Wayne Schroeder on researching U.S. bilateral security agreements, predominantly focusing on Japan. I wrote a paper examining the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty and how the security relationship between the two nations has developed from 1960 up until the…

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Caroline Boyd

The IWP Internship Experience: Caroline Boyd

As someone interested in foreign affairs and working towards a career in foreign service, coming across the IWP internship program was like finding buried treasure for me. The mission of IWP is essential in today’s international climate, and I was thrilled to be a part of that mission through the internship program. Interning with the events and communications team allowed me to expand my knowledge of international relations and combine that with my…

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