Students & Alumni

Perspectives from the Class of 2020

Class of 2020

As they prepare to receive their degrees on May 16 and to celebrate their graduation on September 12, members of the Class of 2020 reflect on their experiences at IWP.

James Amedeo

“IWP provides students with lifelong learning. Over my career my job will change, but the ability to look at a scenario from a holistic perspective will remain constant.”
-Jimmy Amedeo
M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs
Currently working with Prescient Edge

“At IWP, I found an excitement for new subjects and had the opportunity to learn about these topics directly from experts who have worked, or who are still working, in the field.”
-Lyndsay Amyot
M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies

“My time at IWP has been much more than a practical experience in learning the vast array of tools in statecraft. It’s been a journey in fully developing my own mission in building up the country — an objective higher than myself!”
-Ivan Esparza
M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs
Currently working with a private security company

“The amazing faculty and courses at IWP teach you not only the theories and history of all the various tools of statecraft, but also how to use them as professionals. IWP truly trains its students how to be statesmen in the American tradition.”
-Michael Frigon
M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs

Jack Glore

“The Institute of World Politics is truly unique in its field for teaching its students how to integrate all the instruments of statecraft for strategic-level decision-making.”
-Jack Glore
M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs

Haroon Hakimi

“The IWP taught me much about the art of statecraft, the existing and emerging security threats, and the best strategies to address those threats. Belonging to a nation hit hard by terrorism, I needed to dive deeply into understanding the phenomenon. The IWP program helped me succeed in that endeavor. For those who want to understand and fight terrorism academically and psychologically, IWP is one of the best places to gain this know-how. I found the school very practical, and all the professors were helpful who tried to tie theories to real-life scenarios.”
-Haroon Hakimi
Executive M.A. in National Security Affairs
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“My time at IWP has exceeded all my expectations for what I forecasted my experience in graduate school to be. At IWP I feel part of a community of members all striving to make a difference in this world, and I could not be more grateful to be part of this. It is because of IWP and their Board of Trustees that I now understand what I aspire to do professionally to support United States national security goals and interests.”
-Emily K.
M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs

Troy MacMullan

“Attending IWP was the best post-undergraduate decision I could have made. In the classroom, I came to understand not just the world as it is today, but how the American experience influences our solutions to modern problems. Through its phenomenal alumni network and career services department, I gained numerous professional experiences and was able to move into my dream job before graduation, where I use what I learned in the classroom on any given day.”
-Troy MacMullan
M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs
Staff Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives

“IWP provided me an invaluable education and a pathway to lead. Embrace the knowledge IWP provides and discover your destiny.”
-Justin Meenderinck
M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs

Lance

“My time at IWP was exciting, challenging, and enlightening all wrapped into one. I was already a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community before entering IWP; however, between the experience and insight of each individual professor, as well as the mission-oriented curriculum, I was exposed to an undeniable wealth of knowledge that I can confidently say I wouldn’t have received at any other graduate institution.”
-Lance Moore
M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs, Specialization in Intelligence
Intelligence Analyst, FBI

Casey Tabas

“While at IWP I fell in love with counterintelligence, learned the art of propaganda, and what it means to be a student, and at times a teacher, of intelligence. The skills I have learned here will never be forgotten, only improved upon by the experiences I am excited to have because of the doors that IWP has opened.”
-Casey Tabas
M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies

S. Marshall Wilson

“In my attempts to help restore the Republic and its first principles, I exhausted all the tools available to me. IWP offered me not only a new set of tools and the training to employ them, but also an association of capable, engaged professionals as mentors.”
-S. Marshall Wilson
Executive M.A. in National Security Affairs
West Virginia State Delegate (Legislator)

“The education of IWP is incredible because it teaches students skills and techniques that are practical for succeeding in the world of intelligence and national security. I know my classmates and I are leaving the Institute with an education that will allow us to be productive problem solvers in the field.”
-Anonymous
M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies
Currently working with the U.S. Government

Letter to the Class of 2020 from the President

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