Dr. Mir Sadat speaks on security in the modern space race

On June 29, 2021, The Institute of World Politics hosted a webinar entitled “A Space Vision to Guide America’s Strategic Competition with China,” led by Dr. Mir Sadat. This lecture was a part of IWP’s China Series. Dr. Sadat’s presentation focused on many topics that came together to explain the importance of the United States’…

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Dr. Peter Campbell examines leadership and strategy through the life of President Ulysses S. Grant

On June 10th, The Institute of World Politics hosted a webinar entitled “Strategy, Statecraft, and Character in Ulysses S. Grant’s Civil War Memoir,” led by Dr. Peter Campbell of Baylor University. Dr. Campbell examined Ulysses S. Grant’s memoir, discussing how Grant’s development and experiences informed his strategy and decision-making during the Civil War. About the…

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U.S. Must Remain Committed to Hypersonics

This article was written by Rebecca Wostenberg (’14).  On Oct. 1, 2019, the People’s Republic of China celebrated its 70th anniversary with full authoritarian pomp and circumstance. Amongst the pageantry of the massive military parade, China publicly flaunted the Dongfeng-17, a medium-range missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle. Although the U.S. was aware…

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‘War means Taiwan independence’?

I was a bit startled last week when Legislative Yuan Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) suggested that the United States could extend official recognition to an independent Taiwan if China were to launch an invasion. While I think Speaker You is correct, I am not sure it is a helpful point of view. Naturally, there are…

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Statecraft Journal 2021

IWP students release Statecraft journal

IWP’s student journal, Statecraft, has been released. It contains articles on subjects such as Somali piracy, female terrorism in Russia, the Sadrist Movement in Iraq, conflict in Burma, and incels as an emerging domestic terrorist threat. This is the first edition of Statecraft. IWP’s other student journal, Active Measures, was first published in 2012, and there are plans…

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The Poles Miss Bibi

No sooner was Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu gone, than his successors have ripped into Poland over a restitution law that was newly passed in Warsaw. And the Biden Administration supports the Israeli moves. What is it all about? Six years ago, Poland’s Constitutional Court obligated the government of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) and the…

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Politics and Soccer in the EU

Unlike the Europeans, the American people have not really suspected that sports, say, football, is political. We think that games are as American as apple pie, and there is really no hidden agenda in the U.S. flags fluttering and the anthem blaring. That sport reflects politics is a lesson most Americans have internalized only since…

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Culture Wars in the EU

Writing about the dramatic division between the East and the West, a British man of letters, Rudyard Kipling, insisted that “Never the twain shall meet.” Well, they have actually met in the European Union. In terms of the political and economic systems, parliamentary democracy and free-market capitalism both obtain throughout the EU. However, there is…

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Bill Gates’ Fast Nuclear Reactor: Will It Bomb?

The principal reason for preferring fast reactors, historically the only reason, is to gain the ability to breed plutonium. Thus, the reactor would make and reuse massive quantities of material that could also be used as nuclear explosives in warheads. TerraPower, the nuclear company founded by Bill Gates, just announced an agreement with private funders, including Warren Buffet,…

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A view from the Reagan Ranch

A Visit to Ronald Reagan’s “Ranch in the Sky”

The Silicon Valley Chancellor’s Council visits the Reagan Ranch near Santa Barbara. Who was Ronald Reagan, really?  On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8 and 9, 2021, a group of 21 Chancellor’s Council members and IWP officers got a window into the character and personality of our 40th President, when they toured his idyllic Rancho del…

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