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Nine new IWP graduate certificates focus on cutting-edge national security issues



Washington, D.C., April 2, 2013 – Nine new graduate certificates and Master’s degree specializations in cutting-edge national security issues are being offered at the start of The Institute of World Politics’ summer term that begins the week of June 3.

Cyber StatecraftEconomic StatecraftCounterterrorismStrategic Soft PowerStrategic Communication, and Nonviolent Conflict form the leading edge of IWP’s new academic offerings, along with Peace Building, Stabilization, and Humanitarian AffairsHomeland Security, and National Security Policymaking.

“These new certificate programs make IWP a more valuable graduate school in an increasingly competitive professional environment,” says IWP president John Lenczowski. “Each of our Certificate programs consists of about five graduate courses to earn a professional academic credential, and each can become the specialization of a full Master’s degree at IWP.”

Located just nine blocks from the White House, IWP is an accredited graduate school of national security and international affairs. Its students and alumni occupy posts in all federal agencies devoted to defense, intelligence, diplomacy and national security.

Registration is open until May 24. Click here to request more information about enrollment. Students may begin the programs in the summer or fall.

Descriptions of each certificate follow: 

Certificate in Peace Building, Stabilization, and Humanitarian Affairs

This certificate is designed to provide an understanding of the principles required for establishing stable and effective states, whose institutions seek to promote democratic values and individual human well-being, in the context of American foreign policy and ongoing global challenges.

Certificate in National Security Policymaking

This certificate is designed to provide an understanding of the national security policy process and how it affects the implementation of U.S. foreign policies. Significant parts of this certificate program address a number of vital current policy issues, notably terrorism and intelligence.

Certificate in Strategic Soft Power

The purpose of this certificate is to promote a strategic understanding of the non-coercive tools of foreign policy and national security. They include propaganda, public diplomacy, political warfare, as well as economic instruments such as humanitarian and democratization assistance, in order to provide a starting point for the practitioner to integrate them with each other and with other instruments of statecraft.

Certificate in Nonviolent Conflict

The purpose of this certificate is to promote a strategic understanding of non-violent tools of statecraft in conflict situations, based on an appreciation of how to manage pluralism within and among societies where some conflict is inevitable and even constructive. Non-violent is not to be confused with pacifist. Conflict, adequately understood in economic and political context, need not degenerate into destructive civil or international warfare with terrible human costs.

Certificate in Strategic Communication

The purpose of this certificate is to promote an understanding of an often misunderstood and misnamed tool of statecraft, which is sometimes confused with public diplomacy or public affairs and which even is used as a euphemism for advertisement and propaganda. The coursework is designed to provide the practitioner with an appreciation for the need to integrate policy with all instruments of statecraft, while focusing on specific targets and effective messaging.

Certificate in Counterterrorism

This certificate is designed to provide an in-depth study of the various topics relevant to countering terrorism at home and abroad, including intelligence policy, enemy threat doctrine, and national security strategy, in a historical and cultural context. Specific emphasis is placed on counterintelligence and security. Elements of this program also address the problem of understanding foreign cultures and the practices of foreign powers.

Certificate in Homeland Security

The purpose of this certificate is to provide both the theoretical context for homeland security and the institutional framework, including current laws and legislative history, organization, definitions, historical background, bureaucracy, role of private sector, and domestic intelligence. An introduction to Homeland Defense will be provided, along with an overview of specific threats, notably human trafficking, narcotics, gangs, and other illicit activities.

Certificate in Economic Statecraft

The purpose of this certificate is to provide a strong foundation in the relationship between political and economic freedom, the instruments of economic warfare, and the strategic use of humanitarian assistance and other soft power tools. Important elements of economic power are presented in a strategic context, including the role of energy security, monetary policies, and national productivity.

Certificate in Cyber Statecraft

This certificate reflects the increasing importance of the cyber domain, a relatively new frontier whose effect on all elements of statecraft and security cannot be overstated, and for which a broader and deeper understanding is necessary if tomorrow’s strategic thinkers are to operate effectively.

For more information about these programs and how to apply, please visit

Katie Bridges
The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
202-462-2101 x336