Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.)

Dr. Robert Spalding joins IWP as Research Professor

The Institute of World Politics is pleased to welcome Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.) as a Research Professor. “We are very pleased to welcome Rob to IWP, and we look forward to his contributions to our academic community,” said IWP Dean of Academics Dr. Frank Marlo. Dr. Spalding is currently the…

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Free Courts and Media

A few weeks ago, Brussels expressed its displeasure over Warsaw’s judiciary, media, and sexual issues, judging the Polish (and Hungarian) approach to them as incompatible with EU law. The Poles scoffed and dismissed the charges as contrary to the Polish Constitution. For them, it is a matter of sovereignty. The saga continues, as Poland has…

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Cognitive dissonance in the USA

All seems well, but one hears dire predictions on every side. Psychologists have a concept they call “cognitive dissonance”. It refers to those occasions when one of the senses is signaling one thing and another of the senses is signaling the opposite. An example would be something that smells bad but tastes delicious. In a…

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Migrants, COVID, etc.

How do you get the European Union to recognize outside intruders as illegal aliens? Play the COVID game. Just ask the Lithuanians. Otherwise, as far as the pandemic, it is business as usual, oscillating between lockdowns and protests throughout the Old Continent, which we shall look at shortly. First, let us address the Baltics. Lithuania’s…

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To Make Up For Years Of Slow Policy Decisions, MDA Needs More Cash

The Missile Defense Agency’s budget request is the same today as it was in 2008. That has to change, says Rebeccah Heinrichs. OPINION: Over the last two decades, the number of missiles threatening the United States have increased, the technical proficiency of enemy missiles has increased, the responsibilities of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have increased, the…

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Afghanistan in Perspective

Today, August 16, 2021, will probably not go down in history as did Pearl Harbor, declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a “day that will live in infamy.” That particular day, December 7, 1941, has, in fact, stood the test of time. But today’s day, in 2021, is being declared as much by a…

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Biden-Putin Signaling

At the request of Germany, President Joe Biden has just inked a deal blessing the completion of Russia’s contentious Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will all but guarantee Moscow’s energy domination of the European Union and its neighborhood. Thus, via German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Biden is playing footsies with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The…

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Prof. Aaron Danis to teach new course on domestic counterterrorism

This fall, IWP will offer a new two-credit course entitled American Domestic Terrorism in the Modern Era (IWP 695). It will be taught by Aaron Danis, a career terrorism and counterterrorism specialist and adjunct faculty member at IWP. Prof. Danis commented: “This course is being offered this fall in lieu of the regular IWP 633…

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Isel Perez-Castellanos joins IWP as Director of Finance

IWP is very pleased to welcome a new Director of Finance: Isel Perez-Castellanos. Isel comes to IWP with 15 years of experience in nonprofit accounting and financial leadership and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. She has done accounting work for multiple nonprofits in Washington, D.C.…

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