On Friday, April 21st, The Institute of World Politics was honored to welcome the U.S. Military Academy Kosciuszko Squadron cadets for a lecture-lunch with IWP Professor Marek Chodakiewicz. Professor Chodakiewicz spoke to the cadets on the history of Poland from its founding to the present and the implications of its strategic location in the past and present. He also spoke on Poland’s role in NATO and its contributions to the strategic security of the alliance’s eastern frontier. Cadets also examined the Polish perspective on Europe’s current problems with immigration, and Poland’s unique role in assimilating 1.5 million refugees from the war in Ukraine.
After lunch, cadets helped U.S. Military Academy Kosciuszko Squadron founder LTG (ret) Edward Rowny, UMA ’41, celebrate his 100th birthday. LTG Rowny discussed themes of leadership, including the importance of integrity and the need for constant professional development. He shared his ideas with anecdotes from his seventy years of service, starting in WWII and ending as a key advisor to President Reagan during the START talks.