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New Advisors, March 2023

IWP Board of Advisors welcomes three new members

IWP is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Advisors: Russ Johnson, Edita Robinson, and Elias Stamatiades. Russ Johnson is currently a retired partner with KPLJ Ventures although he continues to work with early-stage companies developing promising new technologies in complex electronic, optical, and semiconductor products. He has been involved in the…

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Putin’s Empire Will Expand, With or Without NATO

Because of the war in Ukraine, the Russian pundits and politicians not only threaten to use nuclear weapons, but also promise invading other nations. The list is long, indeed. Who’s next? Kazakhstan remains a favorite, but in reality, no one from the old Soviet bloc is safe. Of course, the Baltics are permanently on the menu. As far as Poland, the Russians…

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Teach Your Children Well — About Communism

So, educating students about the dangers of communism is racist? Who knew? Virginia Republicans recently introduced House Bill 1816 which would have declared November 7 — the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution — Victims of Communism Day. The bill stated that the day would be “suitably observed in each public elementary and secondary school in the…

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Anarchy vs. Government

From the time “recorded” history began (6,000 BC), all societies on earth have lived in something we call “government,” including aboriginals, tribes, and indigenous groups. “Anarchy,” being “without authority,” is impossible for any form of society and normally refers to a temporary breakdown of order, as in civil disturbance, revolution, protest, strike, etc. Whether society…

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Biden Misses Chance to Elucidate Strategy on E. Europe

President Joe Biden popped up in Kiyv and visited Warsaw recently to reaffirm his staunch support of Ukraine in its defensive war against Russia. The trip was largely symbolic, denoting continuity of America’s commitment to arming the Ukrainians. The U.S. warned Russia about our chief executive’s foray on a train to Kiyv. Thus, there was essentially no danger to the U.S. president, but a…

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Portrait of Corporal Adolf Hitler during his stay in a military hospital, 1918

Why Study World War I?

In an evaluation of my class “History of International Relations” (taught 48 consecutive semesters at The Institute of World Politics) one student wrote that “Professor Tierney spent too much time on World War I.” This was meant as a “negative” review, as “too much” was literal and, by definition, a complaint. As usual in such…

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NATO should learn from Ukraine and contest Russia’s belligerence in the Black Sea and beyond

The world is witnessing an expanding pattern of aggression and belligerence from Moscow unparalleled in our lifetimes. NATO’s support for Ukraine is absolutely critical, and it should be increased to include longer-range missiles, combat tactical aircraft, combat helicopters, armored vehicles, and a steady resupply of artillery and munitions. However, the broader issue facing NATO is…

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