IWP students often go on to become leaders in the national security, intelligence, and international affairs communities. This section highlights and celebrates their achievements and shares other relevant news.

Class of 2022

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

On Saturday, May 14, the IWP community gathered to celebrate the Class of 2022 at their Commencement ceremony at the Fairmont in Washington, D.C. 28 members of the Class of 2022 were in attendance, along with trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, families, and friends. This Commencement was the first time in IWP’s history that students…

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Maria Calderoni

2022 Valedictory Remarks: Maria Katarina Calderoni

Maria Katarina Calderoni, Valedictorian of the Class of 2022, gave the following remarks at Commencement at the Fairmont Hotel on May 14, 2022. Buongiorno Dr. Hanson, Chancellor Lenczowski, Chairman Lovewell, President Woś, Dean Robbins, honored guests, and the students and faculty of The Institute of World Politics. Thank you for joining us today to celebrate…

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IWP Student Government Association Officers 2022-2023

2022-2023 Student Government Association Board to take office May 14

This April, IWP students elected officers for the 2022-23 Student Government Association Board. The officers will begin their duties on May 14 and will continue until Commencement in May 2023. President: Sean Honesty Sean was raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago before attending The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and majoring in Political Science…

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IWP students release Active Measures Journal

The Spring 2022 edition of the student-run journal Active Measures is now available online. The name of the journal refers to a set of influence operations and propaganda — disinformation and deception — used by the Soviet Union to persuade and to have a strategic impact. Active Measures was founded by IWP students in 2012. This edition includes the…

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Amanda Won at Intelligence Studies Consortium

Amanda Won speaks at Intelligence Studies Consortium

On April 7, 2022, IWP doctoral candidate Amanda Won presented her research topic “North Korean Espionage” at the Intelligence Studies Consortium (ISC) 2nd Annual Student Challenge, which gives top student graduate and doctoral students an opportunity to present their research.  The conference had over 370 registered attendees, split between in-person and virtual attendance. Ms. Won…

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President's Volunteer Service Award

Alumnus Dr. Richard Barnes awarded President’s Volunteer Service Award

MAJ (MD) Richard P. Barnes, Ph.D., a former IWP student, was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) on Saturday, April 9 at the annual Muster of the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) – the state guard that supports the National Guard primarily for disaster relief and recovery – at Camp Fretterd, Maryland. Dr. Barnes received…

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Rebekah Koffler (’10) offers commentary regarding Ukraine

The Institute of World Politics alumna and former DIA intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler has been providing an expert opinion regarding the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war for Fox News over the past month. She is also the author of Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America. On February 28th, Fox News published an article discussing Putin’s…

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Statecraft Journal 2021

IWP students launch Statecraft website

IWP students have launched a new website, Statecraft,  which includes IWP’s two student journals, Statecraft and Active Measures, as well as additional content created by IWP students, alumni, and select guest contributors. The latest papers published on this hub include an article entitled “Notes & Thoughts on W. Chambers’ Witness,” by IWP M.A. candidate Sebastian Smeureanu…

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IWP Alexander Hamilton Society

IWP introduces new student-led chapter of The Alexander Hamilton Society

On Wednesday, March 9, IWP hosted its first official meeting of our new student-led chapter of The Alexander Hamilton Society. The non-partisan, not-for-profit, national organization seeks to identify, educate, and launch young men and women into foreign policy and national security careers imbued with the Hamiltonian perspective of strong and principled American leadership in global…

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