Afghans Failed to Build a Strategic Partnership with the US

This article was written by IWP student Arash Yaqin. Arash Yaqin writes that after two decades of investment in blood and money, Afghans and Americans need to rethink and revisit their partnership. Two months after the US-Taliban deal in Qatar, there is nothing as clear as the Trump administration’s firm commitment to provisions of the deal that…

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Declaration of Independence 1819, by John Trumbull

Born Again

To be “Born Again,” in Christian theology, means to be “renewed” in belief, i.e. to gain a newer and more committed faith in the meaning of Christianity. In Biblical terms, it expresses a rebirth “in spirit and water” to Christ and the path to Heaven. Born Again, thus, is a spiritual renewal and certainly not…

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We Shouldn’t Emulate Sweden’s COVID-19 Strategy

As America frets about for the most optimal model to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, some pundits cast their longing eyes at Sweden. They see the Swedish response as eminently desirable for grounded in liberty and individualism. To emulate the Swedish way, however, would be anything but. At the theoretical level, Stockholm’s apparently hands off approach…

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Alex Bergler

Alex Bergler (’21): Bringing the arts of statecraft to local police work

IWP student Alex Bergler has discovered that the arts of statecraft can be applied in local police work as well as in national security affairs. Alex and his team use skills such as diplomacy, intelligence, counterintelligence, cyber strategy, and hard power frequently while serving with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). In the evenings, he…

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Conceived in Liberty

Conceived in Liberty

In 2016, my book Conceived in Liberty was published (Transaction). The title was deliberately chosen to emphasize the two terms, “conceived” and “liberty,” being careful not to extrapolate more from the title than was intended. This was not a “historical” study to determine whether or not Americans, from the start to 2016, lived up to…

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Haroon Hakimi

Reflections upon Graduation: Haroon Hakimi

Today I reached another milestone in my academic journey. I just completed the Executive Master’s in National Security Affairs at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington D.C. The commencement ceremony is postponed until September 2020 due to COVID-19. My academic journey began before the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, and I was homeschooled for…

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SVA 9.11 Pentagon Memorial

Student Veterans Association concludes successful school year at IWP

IWP alumnus Rich finished his term as IWP’s Student Veterans Association (SVA) President before graduating on May 16th, 2020. SVA has been an integral part of IWP’s student life since 2015, and the group grew under Rich’s leadership. SVA is a nationwide group that facilitates networking and charity events for veterans and those around them.…

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Reflections on the Protestant Revolution

According to one sage observation: he who gets to name names, wins. Why do we talk about the Protestant Reformation and not the Protestant Revolution, for example? After all, Martin Luther commenced his journey as a reformer, repulsed righteously, as most of us would be, by the corruption and decadence of the Rome of his day. He wanted to…

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London Blitz

Remembering The Blitz

As the world goes through another of history’s life-and-death struggles, it may be at least comfortable to acknowledge that today’s crisis is neither new nor unsolvable. History has recorded the nature of most past events when it seemed that life itself was on the line. It may have seemed so, but, looking back, it never…

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