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IWP Alumni are Assuming National Security Positions Around the World

The Institute of World Politics has consistently nurtured exceptional leaders and strategists who are making indelible contributions in vital institutions worldwide. The institute’s alumni form a dynamic and influential network, channeling the insights gained through their education at IWP into key leadership and management roles within every significant department and institution in the national security world including congressional offices, think tanks, academic institutions, and government contracting corporations.

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Two alumni conduct counterintelligence investigation and receive highest FBI award

John Russo (2006), Tim B. (2012), and a small team received the most prestigious FBI award for combatting a foreign intelligence threat. Their counterintelligence investigation involved multiple agencies working together to deter foreign spies from penetrating the U.S. intelligence community and recruiting federal employees to commit espionage.

National Security

Dr. Zak Allal (’18) boosts U.S.-Algeria relations through reality TV show

WP alumnus and research scholar Dr. Zak Allal (’18) was part of a jury on an Algerian TV show supported by the U.S. Embassy in Algiers in order to encourage entrepreneurship in the country. The program Andi Hulm, or “I Have a Dream” in Arabic, featured 60 aspiring entrepreneurs who worked within member companies of the American Chamber of Commerce to develop their ideas.

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Alumnus Spotlight: Stephen Dreikorn (’11), Foreign Service Officer at the State Department

Stephen Dreikorn (’11) grew up in rural Western Michigan, with few people to ask about how to become a diplomat. He used IWP as a launchpad to begin a career as a Foreign Service Officer focused on public diplomacy at the State Department, where he has now been serving for 10 years and has earned nine Department of State Meritorious Honor Awards. Below is his story.

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