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The Institute of World Politics

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The Institute of World Politics is a graduate school of national security and international affairs, dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft, based on knowledge and appreciation of the principles of the American political economy and the Western moral tradition. **Please note that the views expressed by our guest lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of The Institute of World Politics.**

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Philippines-US Relations in a Changing Indo-Pacific

Jan 24, 2020 00:44:14

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About the Lecture: Ambassador Romualdez will speak on Philippines-US relations in the context of a quickly changing Indo-Pacific, including the emerging economic, political, and strategic realities of the region. He will also touch on the strong history of Philippine-US ties that include not only the trade and security relationship but perhaps most importantly the people to people ties that undergird the relationship. About the Speaker: Jose Manuel “Babe” del Gallego Romualdez was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America in July 2017 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. On 29 November 2017, he presented his credentials to US President Donald J. Trump and formally assumed office as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Additionally, as the head of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Romualdez is concurrently the Philippines’ emissary to the Commonwealth of Jamaica, Republic of Haiti; Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and Saint Lucia. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Romualdez was designated as a special envoy of the Philippine President to the United States. He also served as a member of several Philippine business delegations visiting the United States, China, Japan and New Zealand from 1989 to 2012. Ambassador Romualdez has extensive experience as a media practitioner and business executive. He used to be the Chief Executive Officer of Stargate Media Corporation and Publisher of People Asia Magazine (The Philippine Star affiliate). He was president of the Manila Overseas Press Club and vice-president of Rotary Club of Manila. Ambassador Romualdez writes columns for The Philippine Star. All his columns have a wide following of readers both in the Philippines and abroad. Born and raised in Manila, Ambassador Romualdez received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from De La Salle College in 1970.

Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain

Jan 23, 2020 01:08:02

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About the book: Pulitzer Prize Finalist in History and Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution 2016 Book of the Year Award The remarkable untold story of how the American Revolution’s success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in their fight against England. In this groundbreaking, revisionist history, Larrie Ferreiro shows that at the time the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord the colonists had little chance, if any, of militarily defeating the British. The nascent American nation had no navy, little in the way of artillery, and a militia bereft even of gunpowder. In his detailed accounts Ferreiro shows that without the extensive military and financial support of the French and Spanish, the American cause would never have succeeded. France and Spain provided close to the equivalent of $30 billion and 90 percent of all guns used by the Americans, and they sent soldiers and sailors by the thousands to fight and die alongside the Americans, as well as around the world. Ferreiro adds to the historical records the names of French and Spanish diplomats, merchants, soldiers, and sailors whose contribution is at last given recognition. Instead of viewing the American Revolution in isolation, Brothers at Arms reveals the birth of the American nation as the centerpiece of an international coalition fighting against a common enemy. About the author: Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro is the 2017 Pulitzer finalist for History, for his book “Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It”. He received his PhD in the History of Science and Technology from Imperial College London. He teaches history and engineering at George Mason University in Virginia and the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He has served for over thirty-five years in the US Navy, US Coast Guard and Department of Defense, and was an exchange engineer in the French Navy. He lives with his wife and their sons in Virginia.

The Global Counterterrorism Fight Since 2017

Jan 21, 2020 01:10:16

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About the Lecture: The Trump administration quietly undertook a range of counterterrorism efforts during its first year, allowing President Trump to rightfully claim at the State of the Union address in January 2018 that, under his administration, ISIS suffered substantial territorial loss to its physical caliphate. But, that alone is not enough. This presentation aims to update the terrorism challenge going forward in light of policy choices, a new National Counterterrorism Strategy, and international pressure on terrorist actors. Going forward, the United States must also consider adapting its approach to counter a broader (and sometimes underground) jihadist movement by working with the right foreign partners to institutionalize better governance and support stabilization efforts. Failure to do so will risk yet another jihadist terrorist group rising to threaten the United States and its broader interests. In addition, senior leaders and policymakers must attain a better understanding of the complex “Grey Zone” dynamics ongoing in the Middle East, where the United States and its partners must be willing to invest in a long-term counter-strategy to contest the competing forces — both state and non-state in that vacuous space. This dynamic is now complicated by United States military forces essentially pulling out of Syria, as well as the continuance of a strained relationship with Iran. Lastly, we can’t ignore domestic terrorism or homegrown violent extremism (HVE) – those would-be terrorists that are at risk of radicalizing and mobilizing for violence. Effective measures to counter these threats require a range of capabilities — not solely those related to law enforcement, but also with the capabilities of the private sector and civil society. About the Speaker: Mr. Costa served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council (NSC). At the NSC, he was responsible for coordinating counterterrorism policy and strategy as well as U.S. hostage recovery activities. Mr. Costa had 34 years of progressive national security experience and well‐documented success in strategy, policy, special operations, counterintelligence, and human intelligence, deploying on multiple contingencies and to combat operations in the Republic of Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Mr. Costa’s last assignment with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) was as Program Director in the Operations Directorate. Preceding USSOCOM, Mr. Costa served as a Department of the Navy civilian at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group – with US Navy SEALs, and as a Senior Adjunct Instructor with Norwich University’s Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis Program; with Norwich University, he taught on topics related to national security, strategy, and counterterrorism. He holds an M.A. in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University; an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College; and a B.A. from Norwich University. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and two Bronze Stars. In May 2013, Mr. Costa was inducted into USSOCOM’s Commando Hall of Honor for extraordinary and enduring service to Special Operations Forces. Most recently, Mr. Costa joined the International Spy Museum as the Executive Director where he will play a leading role in building on its extraordinary success as a Washington attraction and speaking responsibly on current counterterrorism and intelligence issues.

Three cases of Polish captivity in the years 1918 – 1924

Jan 21, 2020 00:33:25

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This event is a part of IWP's Intermarium Lecture Series. Three cases of Polish captivity in years 1918 – 1924: Galician Ukrainians, “Petlura’s” Ukrainians and Bolsheviks – a comparative study About the lecture: Just after Poland had regained its independence, 3 wars with her neighbors ensued. The Ukrainian war in the Eastern Galicia. Then a conflict with other Ukrainians – this time from Dnipro Ukraine – in the territory of Volhynia. And finally, the conflict between Poland and Soviet Russia when the Red Army entered present-day Western Belarussian lands. One of the outcomes of those conflicts was the presence of thousands of prisoners-of-wars and internees in Poland; either captured on the frontline or interned by Polish military authorities on the charge of being a threat to newly created Polish state. During this lecture, a new approach to the problem of their captivity will be presented. Mr. Weglewicz will try to compare the three groups of POWs mentioned above. First, the approach of the Polish military authorities to all three groups will be presented. Then, he will analyze other topics, such as material conditions in the camps, alimentation/hunger, sanitary conditions and the death rates. Finally, the fate of the POWs after release from the camps also will be moved. The lecture has been based on archival resources from various archives, including Central Military Archive in Warsaw, Central State Historical Archive in Lviv and Central Archive of Supreme Bodies of Power and Administration in Kyiv, as well as newspapers from that era and the literature on the subject. About the speaker: Wiktor Weglewicz is a PhD candidate at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. In 2018 he received a grant “Etiuda 6” for research for his PhD thesis from Polish National Science Center. Part of it is presently carrying out at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He also received a Visegrad Fund scholarship (at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv, 2017), and twice – European Union Erasmus scholarships (University of Florence, 2012-2013, and Charles University in Prague, 2015-2016). His scientific interests are centered around the cases of prisoners-of-wars and internees in Poland, 1918 – 1924 as well as Ukrainian prisoners-of-wars and internees in the countries of East – Central Europe, 1914 – 1924. He authored several articles, published in Poland, Ukraine and Russia; also, he has presented the results of his researches at various conferences in Cracow, Warsaw, Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Moscow and Sankt – Petersburg.

Russia’s Use of Private Military Companies to Advance Foreign Policy Goals

Jan 16, 2020 00:48:50

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About the Lecture: International law prohibits the recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries. Mercenaries do not enjoy the rights of armed combatants such as to be treated as prisoners of war pursuant to Geneva Convention Norms. Notably, the Russian Criminal Code provides that the recruitment, training, financing, or supplying of mercenaries, and also the use of them in armed conflicts or hostilities is a crime. Nonetheless, the Russian Government has deployed private organizations such as the Wagner Group to advance its foreign policy goals in Ukraine, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Syria, Sudan, Venezuela, and elsewhere. Sometimes these forces play a decisive role in shifting the battlefield or political balance in limited conflicts. The Wagner Group and similar organizations are now engaged in supporting friendly regimes, securing rights to raw materials, and undermining certain governments. It is important that US National Security Managers not exaggerate the effectiveness of these forces when determining appropriate policies to pursue. In this lecture, IWP Adjunct Professor Ethan S. Burger will discuss the practical domestic Russian and international consequences of its outsourcing and/or privatizing these traditional state functions. About the Speaker: Ethan S. Burger is a Washington-D.C.-based international attorney and educator with a background in cybersecurity, transnational financial crime, and Russian legal matters. He has been a full-time faculty member at the American University (School of International Service — Transnational Crime Prevention Center) and the University of Wollongong (Australia) (Faculty of Law — Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention), and as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and Washington College of Law. He has taught about cybersecurity as a Visiting Professor at Vilnius University on a grant from the Fulbright Foundation and will be teaching a course during the Fall Semester at IWP on the International Law Governing Cyber Operations. Mr. Burger earned his J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center, A.B. from Harvard University, and obtained a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy from Georgetown University. He will be teaching a course about the international law governing cyber-operations at the IWP during the Spring 2020 Semester.

What does moral courage have to do with the return of Americans taken hostage?

Jan 14, 2020 01:03:24

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This event is sponsored by the IWP’s Student Veterans Association. About the Lecture: Ms. Diane Foley will discuss her personal account of her son, James W. Foley, an American freelance journalist who was taken hostage in Syria in 2012, tortured and executed by ISIS in 2014. Ms. Foley will explore how Jim aspired to moral courage and how it could inform the United States’ hostage policy. In light of Pearl Harbor Day as a reminder of the need for constant vigilance, she will discuss how having a well-thought-out hostage policy will minimize risk to American citizens. About the Speaker: Diane M. Foley is the mother of five children, including American freelance conflict journalist James W. Foley. She founded the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation in September 2014, less than a month after his public execution. Diane is currently serving as the President and Executive Director of JWFLF. Since 2014, she has led JWFLF efforts to fund the start of Hostage U.S. and the international Alliance for a Culture of Safety, ACOS. In 2015, she actively participated in the National Counterterrorism Center hostage review which culminated in the Presidential Policy Directive-30. This directive re-organized U.S. efforts on behalf of Americans taken hostage abroad into an interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs and a White Hostage Response Group. Previously, Diane worked first as a community health nurse and then as a family nurse practitioner for 18 years. She received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.

Sneak Peek into forthcoming book ‘The Bonfire of the Verities’

Jan 9, 2020 01:04:44

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Sneak Peek into forthcoming book “The Bonfire of the Verities” Pathologies of Public Policy Decision-Making and How to Fix Them. About the Book: Recent times in America are scarred by rampant public policy failures, leading to catastrophic involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 2008 financial crash. More are coming. Why do highly intelligent leaders, with degrees from the world’s greatest universities, with equally intelligent and skilled staffs and with limitless research and intelligence budgets, continue to make catastrophic decisions–even while warned in advance of catastrophes to come? And what can actually be done to stop this sickness? This presentation, summarizing the forthcoming book’s analysis, draws lessons from America’s Vietnam experience and its involvement in the Middle East, from an innovative form of economic analysis, and from case studies of what has failed–and worked–in the areas of anti-corruption and anti-spam programs. The steps it proposes–the verities–offer a decision-making alternative which overcomes the current squishiness of political and economic discussions in which “there are no wrong answers and nothing is ever concluded.” About the Speaker: Jeffrey Race has an AB, AM, and PhD in Government from Harvard and began this project while an Ash Fellow of the Kennedy School. He has taught political science and economics, and is the author of the War Comes to Long An, a highly original case study of human motivation in the Vietnam War which Amazon lists as one of the top ten military theory studies of all time. In a parallel engineering career Race is a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and in this talk brings to bear on the pathologies of public policy making the insights of hard science.

National Security, Whistle-Blowers and the Nature of Secrecy

Jan 7, 2020 01:12:50

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Title: National Security, Whistle-Blowers and the Nature of Secrecy This event is a part of the Global Impact Discussion Series by Founder and Moderator Patricia Schouker, IWP Alumna. About the Lecture: The significance of Edward Snowden’s revelations has been viewed primarily through the prism of threats to citizen privacy. Instead, Dr. Christopher Moran argues that the most dramatic change has been a decline of government secrecy, especially around national security. While the ethical aspects of state secrets and ‘whistle-blowing’ have received recent attention, few have attempted to explain the dynamics of this growing climate of exposure. The argument is largely technological and is grounded by the changing nature of intelligence work, which is increasingly merging with ‘big data’. Dr. Moran also identifies a related cultural change: many intelligence contractors are at best agnostic about the national security state. Meanwhile, the Internet itself provides the perfect medium for the anonymous degradation of secrets. Because the main driver is technology, Dr. Moran suggests this trend is likely to accelerate, presenting national security chiefs with one of their biggest future challenges. About the Speaker: Dr. Christopher R. Moran is a Reader in US National Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick (UK). He is the author of several books including Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA (St. Martin’s Press, 2016). Funded by the British Academy, he is currently writing a history of the turbulent relationship between President Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and the CIA, featuring new revelations about White House ‘dirty tricks’ as well as critical reflections on the role played by the Agency in facilitating SALT, American withdrawal from Vietnam, and triangular politics between the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. Together with colleagues from John Hopkins and Leicester University, he is the co-editor of the new ‘Georgetown Studies in the History of Intelligence’ book series.

Witold Pilecki: an ordinary man turned volunteer for Auschwitz? ​

Dec 19, 2019 00:56:30

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About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of the 12th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference that was held on November 23, 2019, at The Institute of World Politics. Rotamaster Witold Pilecki, a Polish intelligence operator who volunteered for Auschwitz, is presented by non-Polish authors as an ordinary man who was capable of a heroic deed in times of war. Mrs. Maria Juczewska examines the validity of that narration in view of evidence provided by scholarly research, archival material, and accounts of his close and kin. About the Speaker: Ms. Maria Juczewska is the Associate Director of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies​ at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC.

Polish lands 1939-1956: Civilians’ Survival Strategies During the War, Occupation, and Liberation​

Dec 18, 2019 00:59:34

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About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of the 12th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference that was held on November 23, 2019, at The Institute of World Politics. The Polish population suffered huge losses during WWII. Millions of soldiers and civilians were wounded and killed. Those who survived developed various ways to cope with the extreme situation they had to face during the war. These methods proved to be very useful in the first years after Soviet liberation in 1945, in the era of mass migrations and resettlements, but also in the times of Stalinist lawlessness and repression. These times will be presented on the basis of information contained in the diaries sent to three competitions for settlers in western Poland. The vast majority of these materials have not been published so far. About the Speaker: Dr. Jakub Isański is a Professor of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań​, Poland​.

The town of Pinsk, the gubernya of Minsk: On the Eve of the Great War​

Dec 18, 2019 00:57:54

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Title: The town of Pinsk, the gubernya of Minsk: On the Eve of the Great War​ About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of the 12th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference that was held on November 23, 2019, at The Institute of World Politics. Dr. Chodakiewicz discussed the political, economic, social, and cultural situation in Pinsk and its environs. About the Speaker: Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at The Institute of World Politics and the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies​​.

The Miracle Man on the Vistula​​

Dec 17, 2019 00:40:44

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About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of the 12th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference that was held on November 23, 2019, at The Institute of World Politics. This year is the 100th anniversary of Herbert Hoover’s visit to Poland as head of the American Relief Administration: he went in Woodrow Wilson’s stead. The significance of the relief is still little-known in the Polish public consciousness, even among historians. It may have been one of the finest episodes in U.S.-Polish relations and is worthy of more recognition. ​​ About the Speaker: Mr. Nicholas Siekierski is a Ph.D. candidate at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland​.

The Way Forward in the Post Revolution Sudan

Dec 12, 2019 01:09:09

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About the Event: Our distinguished panelists will discuss the political stability and peace prospects, economic, social cohesion, and the way forward in Sudan in the post-revolution era now under a civilian government and the ongoing peace negotiations between the transitional government and the oppositions groups. About the Speakers: Niemat Ahmadi: A native of Kebkabiya, North Darfur region of Sudan, Ms. Ahmadi is the Founder and President of the DC-based Darfur Women Action Group DWAG, the organization that focuses on the empowerment of the Darfur genocide affected communities and the historically marginalized Sudanese to bring them to the center to participate in decisions making and to effectively contribute to shaping the future of Sudan. Previously, Ms. Ahmadi worked with NGO’s in various fields of emergency and development in Sudan, including Oxfam Great Britain, Intermediate Technology Development Group ( Practical Action) and the United Nation’s World Food Program. Ms. Ahmadi was recognized by President George W. Bush as one of 8 global human rights fighter of the year 2008. Ms. Ahmadi is a veteran human rights advocate and seasonal strategic planning and management professionals. Ms. Ahmadi previously worked as the Director of Global Partnerships for United to End Genocide and the Save Darfur Coalition. She served as an advisor at the 7th round of Inter-Sudanese Darfur peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2006. Hashem Mekki: Hashem Mekki, MA, has taught Arabic Language, Culture & Middle East Media at IWP since 2012. He is the owner of Bridge Language Solutions, providing an array of language translation, interpretation and teaching services to the Washington DC metropolitan area, and the founder of Kele Global, a nonprofit organization that promotes education, health, and economic empowerment in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan. He also teaches Arabic language to federal employees & professionals at the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy. Mr. Mekki volunteers with the IWP Center for Human Rights and International Affairs by providing Arabic translations & strategic cultural perspectives on North Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Mekki previously worked with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and served on the board of Voices of Sudan, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. He holds bachelor degrees in both Political Science and International Studies from the City College of New York, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies and International Politics from IWP.

How Nation States Attack High Value Assets

Dec 11, 2019 00:35:29

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About the Lecture: Technologist Eric Fulton will discuss “How Nation States Attack High Value Assets,” with an emphasis on Chinese action. He will draw from his extensive experience in technology, hacking, and internet related issues, including his work in China. About the Speaker: Mr. Eric Fulton is a business owner and technologist. His first job was hacking international corporations, helping them identify and secure their information systems. During that time, Eric presented independent research at universities, the prestigious Black Hat Conference, and the world’s largest hacker conference, DEFCON. Eric went on to start a local Internet Service Provider in Montana with the goal of helping solve the problem of rural broadband. Taking the skills, he learned in Montana, Eric then built a successful global banking network with a strong presence in Asia. With over 10 years of experience advocating for privacy and Internet freedom, Eric continues his mission of contributing to a secure, free, open Internet, working as the Identity Evangelist for Keybase, a company dedicated to solving identity and encrypted communication.

Ideology: A Word in Search of Meaning

Dec 10, 2019 01:08:52

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About the Lecture: In current political conversations and reporting, the word “ideology” seems to have a plethora of meanings, often not clearly related to one another and sometimes clearly inconsistent with each other. The word is commonly used to mean a kind of voting behavior (an “ideological vote” versus a “party vote”), a kind of political thought characterized by a call to revolutionary action, or a political (or non-political) “belief system” held by a group of people or perhaps by just one individual. And this shortlist does not include its common usage as a synonym for “philosophy,” “theory,” “doctrine,” “policy,” and other forms of thought. Several of these usages of the word “ideology” are so well established that they can no longer be criticized as mistaken; but using the term in light of this jumble of definitions leads to misunderstanding and confusion. This lecture attempts to pick apart the threads in this tangle and to identify the main strands of meaning that the term has acquired in its relatively short history. Two main lines of contemporary meaning stand out: ideology as a type of social consciousness, a notion particularly favored by Western Marxists and Marxist-influenced theorists, and ideology as a form of radical political doctrine often characterized as apocalyptic, millenarian, and nihilistic. We will briefly trace the former tradition from its French Enlightenment roots to its contemporary political usage and then will outline some of the conceptual approaches to radical ideology that exemplify the latter tradition. About the Speaker: Bill Miller is a Professor of Politics at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. As an attorney, he has been in private practice in Pennsylvania, has taught law at Widener University’s School of Law, served on the legal staff of the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate, and most recently has worked on litigation teams at several Washington, D.C. law firms. He is the author of A Primer on American Courts. Since 1986, Professor Miller has been on the faculty of Marymount University after teaching political theory and other politics courses at several colleges and universities. Though teaching a wide variety of politics and law-related courses at Marymount, his primary focus has been on political theory and political ideology, which he approaches from a classical perspective influenced by Gerhart Niemeyer, Eric Voegelin, and Leo Strauss.

Remarks: Encounter with Katyn

Dec 9, 2019 00:13:19

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About the Book: Generally, there are two major approaches in research on Katyn: the perspective of the victims and, to a somewhat lesser extent, the perpetrators‘ perspective. In his Encounter with Katyn Wolsza has touched upon another dimension of this atrocity, which has not been addressed in the work done so far. He describes the stories of over 60 representatives of various social groups who visited the Katyn site in 1943. The postwar Communist regime in Poland consistently plugged the Katyn Lie and conducted a campaign of repression and reprisals against witnesses of the Soviet crime. They were accused of collaboration with the Germans, forced to cancel testimonies about the real perpetrators, put under surveillance, and imprisoned. Some of them had to leave the country. Wolsza’s book portrays the Katyn Massacre not only as the extermination of Polish elites by a totalitarian regime, but also as a symbol of the struggle for universal values such as memory, truth, and justice. This corresponds to the wider perspective of the struggle of an enslaved society fighting for its freedom and independence. About the Speaker: Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, where he also serves as a Professor of History and teaches courses on Geography and Strategy, Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, and Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States. He is the author of Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas and numerous other books and articles. Professor Chodakiewicz is the head of the Center for Intermarium Studies at The Institute of World Politics. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola Marymount University.

Encounter With Katyn

Dec 9, 2019 01:45:08

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About the Book: Generally, there are two major approaches in research on Katyn: the perspective of the victims and, to a somewhat lesser extent, the perpetrators‘ perspective. In his Encounter with Katyn Wolsza has touched upon another dimension of this atrocity, which has not been addressed in the work done so far. He describes the stories of over 60 representatives of various social groups who visited the Katyn site in 1943. The postwar Communist regime in Poland consistently plugged the Katyn Lie and conducted a campaign of repression and reprisals against witnesses of the Soviet crime. They were accused of collaboration with the Germans, forced to cancel testimonies about the real perpetrators, put under surveillance, and imprisoned. Some of them had to leave the country. Wolsza’s book portrays the Katyn Massacre not only as the extermination of Polish elites by a totalitarian regime, but also as a symbol of the struggle for universal values such as memory, truth, and justice. This corresponds to the wider perspective of the struggle of an enslaved society fighting for its freedom and independence. About the Author: Professor Tadeusz Wolsza is a recognized Polish historian and political scientist (academic affiliations: Institute of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, the Casimir the Great University at Bydgoszcz, Institute of National Remembrance). He was born in 1956 in Poland. He specializes in the contemporary history of Poland, especially in the wartime and postwar Polish political émigré community, the Katyn Massacre, the anti-Communist resistance movement in Poland, and Stalinist crimes in postwar Poland. Professor Wolsza has published over 280 academic papers and books, and some of them have been translated into Russian, German, English, Italian, Serbian, and Slovak.

What Thucydides can Teach Us About Hong Kong and China: a Critical Response

Dec 5, 2019 01:19:19

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About the Lecture: In 2017, Graham Allison, founding dean of the Harvard Kennedy School and former assistant secretary of defense, published “Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” Allison’s Thucydides’s Trap rapidly became an influential statement on the challenge that a rising China poses to the international order created and lead by the United States. To help understand the dangers that China’s rapid economic, technological, and military growth poses to both countries, Allison draws on the classic statement on great power war — Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War — to argue that the “structural stress caused when a rising power threatens to upend a ruling one” makes even “ordinary flashpoints” likely to trigger large-scale conflict.” Allison is certainly right about the growth of China. And he is right to look to Thucydides for help. But Allison reduces Thucydides’ magisterial work to an instrument of realpolitik. Using Thucydides’ account of the siege of Plataea as a guide to China’s contemporary treatment of Hong Kong, we can see another, deeper and richer, lesson in Thucydides’ History, one that must not be forgotten by those who wish, in the face of Chinese authoritarianism, to preserve the fragile but precious gift of freedom at the heart of Western civilization. About the Speaker: Bernard J. Dobski is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Assumption College and is currently a Visiting Scholar for 2019-2020 at the Heritage Foundation. He is the co-editor of two volumes on Shakespeare’s political thought. His articles and essays on the political wisdom of Thucydides, Xenophon, Shakespeare, and Mark Twain appear in the Review of Politics, Interpretation, Society, and Philosophy & Literature. He has also published on foreign policy, military strategy, sovereignty, and nationalism.

The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Insecurity

Dec 4, 2019 00:57:21

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About the Book: Historically, operations and studies regarding maritime security focus on individual threats (e.g., piracy, terrorism, narcotics, etc.) and individual measures to target them (e.g., counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics). This book explores, for the first time, an overall strategy for maritime security, integrating these issues into a single framework. Tallis argues that as maritime security threats rise in sophistication, it will be increasingly appealing to apply military resources to counter them. Military tactics, however, may not be the ideal mechanisms for addressing challenges that are often closer to crime than they are to war. Leveraging the sea services’ capabilities, without overly militarizing maritime security, is a complicated problem set that requires a more strategic and partner-oriented approach to the challenge. At stake, in Tallis’ estimation, is the war for tomorrow’s most important communities, their human security, and the muddy waters on which they and the global system rely. About the Author: Dr. Tallis is a research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center where he specializes in maritime security, naval strategy, and foreign policy. His project management experience includes directing cross-disciplinary teams building novel research designs to address unstructured strategic and operational questions. He has also conducted independent field research, including embarking USS Harry S. Truman during the U.S. Navy’s first Arctic carrier deployment in nearly 30 years as civilian analyst and adviser to the strike group commander. Tallis holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of St Andrews, where he researched theories of littoral security that resulted in the book, The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Insecurity (Naval Institute Press, 2019).

Federal Pianist: The Rueful Tales of the Only One

Dec 3, 2019 01:33:35

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About the book: In the halcyon days of the Reagan administration, a young artist was brought in to give the president’s closest friend piano lessons with White House clearance as a political appointee. What the young pianist saw is what few Americans knew. In this true but little known story, John Robilette has changed the names in a novelized account of being the only Reagan appointee that was fired and rehired before creating a public diplomacy program that helped to win the Cold War. And not with the firing of a gun, but with classical music in 63 countries around the world. This sad, comical and explosive story of an innocent in the vortex of power is a must for Americans who are interested in their government, humor, and the arts. “John Robilette is a brilliant pianist and famous international performer — but, as he shows in this fascinating little book, he was keeping his eyes wide open in that world he so crowned. ‘Federal Pianist,’ based on his own rich experience with the arts in the federal government is alternatively engrossing, sad, and comical. Bravely, he opens a heretofore closed door into the little-known world of arts and foreign policy; you’d be wise to walk right in.” ~Georgie Anne Geyer, Syndicated Columnist, and Foreign Correspondent. About the author: John Robilette is an international concert pianist who has performed in 26 countries around the world including some of its major classical music venues. He has also recorded commercial CDs’ of solo pieces as well as piano concerti with leading orchestras in Europe. Also now a SAG actor, he has had the lead or supporting roles in nine independent films, many of which were officially selected in film festivals around the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. He further wrote, directed, and produced a 30-minute short comedy film entitled, “My Piano Lesson.” This year he has been named to the 26th Annual SAG awards nominating committee to determine the best male and female actors in drama and comedy for television. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA, a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America with earlier studies at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, France. Dr. Robilette has further served on the piano faculties of two universities and given master classes around the world. As a young man in 1981, he was asked to play a recital at the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan. Subsequently, he was brought into the administration as a political appointee where he created and directed the Artistic Ambassador Program for the United States Information Agency from 1983-1989. This was an intercultural exchange program revolving around classical music which became popular in 63 countries around the world and was honored at the White House.

The Middle Eastern Origin of the Venezuela Crisis

Nov 26, 2019 01:14:36

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About the Lecture: The Maduro regime in Venezuela is sustained through a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted, sophisticated matrix of foreign and domestic actors that includes armed groups in Venezuela and transnational criminal and foreign terrorist organizations. While most attention is paid to Cuba, China, and Russia’s role in Venezuela, the regime has increasingly relied on an array of Middle Eastern actors, namely Hezbollah and Iran, to project their revolutionary goals regionwide. Joseph Humire, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, will present the findings of more than three years of ongoing research that includes many trips to South America to collect firsthand information from those with intimate knowledge of the threat. He has repeatedly briefed these findings on the historic and immigration ties between Venezuela and the Middle East to the Defense Ministries of Brazil, Colombia, as well as various entities within the US Department of Defense, namely Special Operations Command. About the Speaker: Joseph M. Humire is a global security expert, specializing in trans-regional threats in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Humire provides regular briefings and lectures on international terrorism, transnational organized crime, Islamism and Iran and Hezbollah’s influence in the Americas to various entities within the U.S. national security community, as well as prominent think tanks and universities worldwide. He has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress as well as the European and Canadian Parliament. Mr. Humire has also served as an expert witness to several important terrorism trials in South America, including an ongoing trial of an accused Hezbollah operative in Peru. Mr. Humire is a regular national security commentator for a variety of major English and Spanish language media, including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, and NTN24 regional news network, as well as Fox News and CNN International. He has published in both languages for various newspapers and academic journals across the Americas and released his first book in 2014 titled Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America, published by Lexington Books. More recently, he wrote the foreword for a new book by Dr. Max G. Manwaring, titled Confronting the Evolving Global Security Landscape published by Praeger Security International. Mr. Humire currently serves as the executive director of the next generation, national security think tank—Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS)—based in Washington D.C. and is a distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute and the Middle East Forum. Prior to SFS, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a combat tour in Iraq and a multinational training exercise UNITAS in Latin America and the Caribbean. After leaving the military, he graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Economics and Global Affairs. Mr. Humire began building SFS’s global network of more than 100 security scholars in almost 30 countries worldwide as the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Mr. Humire’s unique blend of military experience, economics education, and expertise in asymmetric warfare, offers a new perspective to U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Examining the Construct of Great-Power Competition

Nov 25, 2019 01:11:46

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About the Lecture: The Trump Administration’s national defense strategy contains the following judgment: “The central challenge to U.S. prosperity and security is the reemergence of long-term, strategic competition by…revisionist powers.” Why has “great-power competition” become a—if not the—dominant construct guiding the U.S. foreign policy establishment’s understanding of contemporary geopolitics? What are its analytical underpinnings and prescriptive implications? About the Speaker: Ali Wyne is a Washington, DC-based policy analyst in the RAND Corporation’s Defense and Political Sciences Department. He serves as a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and a nonresident fellow with the Modern War Institute. Since January 2015 he has been the rapporteur for a U.S. National Intelligence Council working group that convenes government officials and international relations scholars to analyze trends in the world order. Ali served as a junior fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s China Program from 2008 to 2009 and as a research assistant to Graham Allison at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2009 to 2012. He has also conducted research for Robert Blackwill, Derek Chollet, Henry Kissinger, Wendy Sherman, and Richard Stengel. From January to July 2013 he worked on a team that prepared Samantha Power for her confirmation hearing to be ambassador to the United Nations. From 2014 to 2015 he was a member of the RAND Corporation’s adjunct staff, working for the late Richard Solomon on its “Strategic Rethink” series. Ali graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual degrees in Management Science and Political Science (2008) and received his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School (2017), where he was a course assistant to Joseph Nye. While at the Kennedy School, he served on a Hillary for America working group on U.S. policy towards Asia. Ali is a coauthor of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (2013) and a contributing author to Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative (2019), Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Mapping a Multipolar World? (2017), and the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy (2008). He has published extensively in outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the Christian Science Monitor. Ali delivered the welcome address at the 2011 St. Gallen Symposium, participated in the 2015 Manfred Wörner Seminar, was selected to attend the 2016 Young Strategists Forum and the 2018 Brussels Forum Young Professionals Summit, and participated in the 2018 China-U.S. Young Scholars Dialogue, the 2019 Taiwan-U.S. Policy Program, and the 2019 Atlantik-Brücke Young Leaders Program. In 2012, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Diplomatic Courier selected him as one of the 99 most influential professionals in foreign policy under 33. Ali is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a David Rockefeller fellow with the Trilateral Commission, and a security fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Leadership . . . With Chinese Characteristics

Nov 22, 2019 01:28:56

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About the Lecture: What sorts of people rise to leadership in the Chinese Communist Party? How do they get to the top? What qualities define them? How should we deal with them? A retired American diplomat speaks from his experience in China. About the Speaker: William McCahill joined NBR as a Senior Resident Fellow in July 2016. His work focuses on Chinese politics and policy. Before joining NBR, Mr. McCahill had worked in Hong Kong and China as the Senior Advisor for China at Mirabaud & Cie., a Swiss private bank headquartered in Geneva, and earlier in a similar capacity for Religare Capital Markets. He had previously co-founded and managed a China-focused equities and macro research firm, opened the Beijing office of a major American law firm, and operated a business consultancy in China. A 25-year Foreign Service career preceded McCahill’s business activities. He began his diplomatic service in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Beijing; subsequently held senior posts at US missions in Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada; and in 2000 retired from his last posting as Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. His academic background includes degrees from Boston College and Harvard University in Theology, English, the History of Religion, and Sanskrit & Indian Studies.

Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept

Nov 19, 2019 00:59:27

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About the Book: The media often suggest that Russia poses the greatest threat to America’s national security, but the real danger lies farther east. While those in power have been distracted and disorderly, China has waged a six-front war on America’s economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure–and they’re winning. It’s almost too late to undo the shocking, though nearly invisible, victories of the Chinese. In Stealth War, retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding reveals China’s motives and secret attacks on the West. Chronicling how our leaders have failed to protect us over recent decades, he provides shocking evidence of some of China’s most brilliant ploys, including: • Placing Confucius Institutes in universities across the United States that serve to monitor and control Chinese students on campus and spread communist narratives to unsuspecting American students. • Offering enormous sums to American experts who create investment funds that funnel technology to China. • Signing a thirty-year agreement with the U.S. that allows China to share peaceful nuclear technology, ensuring that they have access to American nuclear know-how. Spalding’s concern isn’t merely that America could lose its position on the world stage. More urgently, the Chinese Communist Party has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights. Despite all the damage done so far, Spalding shows how it’s still possible for the U.S. and the rest of the free world to combat–and win–China’s stealth war. About the Author: Robert Spalding retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general after more than twenty-six years of service. He completed his career as the senior director for strategic planning to the president at the National Security Council, and was the chief architect for the National Security Strategy. He is a former China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as well as a senior defense official and defense attaché to China. He earned his doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri and is fluent in Mandarin.

Measuring Energy Security Risk: Assessing Risk in a Global Energy Market

Nov 18, 2019 01:07:23

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About the Lecture: Energy security has been a perennial concern since the early 1970s. But what exactly do we mean by energy security, and how do we know if it’s getting better or worse? This presentation discusses different dimensions of U.S. energy security and how they can be measured in an index. The presentation also will look at how the U.S. performs compared to other large energy-using countries. About the Speaker: Stephen D. Eule is vice president for climate and technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. With more than two decades of experience, Eule is a recognized and respected expert on the nexus between energy and climate change. He engages with business groups across the world, is asked frequently to testify before Congress, and is quoted often in major media outlets. Eule represents the Chamber in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and helped found the Major Economies Business Forum on Energy Security and Climate Change, a coalition of more than 20 national cross-sector business organizations from major economies. Eule also is responsible for GEI’s two authoritative energy security reports—the Index of U.S. Energy Security Risk and the International Index of Energy Security Risk. These risks indices represent the first and most comprehensive efforts to quantify energy security risks over time and across a wide range of measures. They have been cited by the International Energy Agency and are used by universities and think tanks across the world. Previously, Eule was director of the Office of Climate Change Policy & Technology at the Department of Energy. There he oversaw the development of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program Strategic Plan in 2006 and ran President Bush’s Climate VISION program. Internationally, Eule represented DOE as part of the U.S. government delegations to the UNFCCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the G20, and other multilateral forums. He was lead chapter author on the U.S. Climate Action Report—2006 and contributed to other U.S. government publications. His prior experience includes a decade working in various public policy positions. He was a subcommittee staff director on the House Science Committee and served as legislative director for Rep. Nick Smith (R-MI). In addition, Eule was an environmental analyst in the Washington, D.C., office of New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ). Earlier, he worked for eight years as an Orkand Corporation consultant to the Energy Information Administration and worked at the Heritage Foundation. Eule earned a Master of Arts degree in geography from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Southern Connecticut State College.

Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria

Nov 7, 2019 01:01:04

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About the Book: In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab Spring-inspired protests. Tlass pushed for conciliation but Assad decided to crush the uprising — an act which would catapult the country into an eight-year long war, killing almost half a million and fueling terrorism and a global refugee crisis. Assad or We Burn the Country examines Syria’s tragedy through the generational saga of the Assad and Tlass families, once deeply intertwined and now estranged in Bashar’s bloody quest to preserve his father’s inheritance. By drawing on his own reporting experience in Damascus and exclusive interviews with Tlass, Dagher takes readers within palace walls to reveal the family behind the destruction of a country and the chaos of an entire region. Dagher shows how one of the world’s most vicious police states came to be and explains how a regional conflict extended globally, engulfing the Middle East and pitting the United States and Russia against one another. Timely, propulsive, and expertly reported, Assad or We Burn the Country is the definitive account of this global crisis, going far beyond the news story that has dominated headlines for years. About the Speaker: Sam Dagher is a senior correspondent for The Wall Street Journal focused on Syria, Iraq and Iran. He has worked in the Middle East for more than 12 years. He covered Syria starting in spring 2012. He reported from inside Syria for more than two years and was the only Western correspondent working and living in the Syrian capital Damascus fulltime between June 2013 and August 2014. While in Syria, Dagher reported mainly on the steps taken by the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stay in power and the impact of this on the country and its people. Dagher’s first story from inside Syria in October 2012 was about the counterinsurgency strategy adopted by Assad and his allies Iran and Hezbollah in Damascus which involved demolishing entire neighborhoods sympathetic to rebels and standing up loyalist militias. Dagher also reported on how the regime fueled sectarianism, mobilized loyalist businessmen to evade international sanctions, rallied minorities to fight on its side, besieged and starved opposition areas and contributed to the rise of Islamic militancy in the country. Dagher reported extensively from the strategic central city of Homs, which was subdued by the regime and its allies only after destroying large parts of it and changing its demographics by driving out most of its Sunni inhabitants. Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority is leading the rebellion against Assad. He also spent time in Syria’s largest city Aleppo, a place partitioned by war. In August 2014 the regime banned Dagher from entering Syria. In October 2014 he was able to enter the Kurdish-controlled part of the country in the northeast, where he reported on how Kurds were battling Islamic State in order to establish their own self-rule area. He also reported on the battle between Kurds and Islamic State for oil resources and the impact of this on people.

The Red Sea Region between War and Reconciliation

Nov 6, 2019 01:07:18

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About the Book: The Red Sea is one of the world’s most important trade routes, a theater of power struggle among local, regional, and global powers. Military and political developments continue to impact on the geostrategic landscape of the region in the context of its trade thoroughfare for Europe, China, Japan and India; freedom of navigation is a strategic interest for Egypt, and essential for Israel’s economic ties with Asia. Superpower confrontation is inevitable. China, the US, France, Japan and Saudi Arabia have military bases in Djibouti. US strategy seeks to curb Chinese economic influence and Russian political interference in the region through diplomacy and investment. And at the centre of US alliances is the “war on terror” still prevalent in the Middle East and East Africa: Islamic terror groups Al Shabaab in Somalia and Kenya; Al Qaeda of the Arab Peninsula in Yemen; and the Islamic State in Egypt. The civil war in Yemen has become the arena for Iran and Saudi Arabia’s struggle for regional hegemony. Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Arab coalition have been fighting Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels to a stalemate (December 2018). In 2016 Egypt ceded Saudi Arabia the Tiran and Sanafir Islands, the narrow sea passages between the Sinai and Arabian peninsulas, giving control of the entire length of the Red Sea. This, and other perceived positive geostrategic developments, have to be offset by the “nuclearization” of the Red Sea basin (directed in part by Russian foreign policy) and the dangers of multiple country military deployments in the hubs of radical Islam and terrorism potential. A stable future for the region cannot be taken for granted. And as alliances shift and change, so will Israel’s foreign policy and strategic partnerships have to adjust. About the Speaker: Dr. Col. (Res.) Shaul Shay is a senior research fellow of the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) and former Director of Research at the Institute for Strategy and Policy (IPS) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Continuous Cyber Security Management: An industry standards based approach

Oct 23, 2019 00:43:58

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About the Lecture: This lecture will discuss an industry standards based approach to manage cyber security threats. The focus will be to understand holistically where weaknesses exist and the overall cyber security posture. Also discussed will be a prioritized approach for mitigating the most serious threats and associated remediation. This will focus on complete end to end cyber security management, starting from all end points to all network connected devices as well as the cloud infrastructure. Additionally, all operating systems and application vulnerabilities and ports associated with these devices will be reviewed and a holistic approach for continuous cyber security management. About the Speaker: Ari Bose is the CEO & President at Torii Technologies where he provides the leadership that is driving innovation and growth for Torii Technologies, which is a cyber security and compliance company. Prior to Torii, Ari was the Chief Information Officer for major, global companies such as Brocade, Polycom, UTStarcom and 3COM. Ari is a Global Information Technology, Operations, and Business Transformation executive with demonstrated success in leading teams and line management to design, implement, and communicate transformational changes that improve business performance and drive profitability. His track record is one of successfully leading critical corporate initiatives in rapidly changing, diverse global environments. Ari is a strategic leader and advisor, able to mentor and motivate business and technical teams across a variety of verticals to achieve superior results.

President Trump and Iran: Cutting Through the Misinformation

Oct 4, 2019 01:04:41

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About the Lecture: This lecture will focus on the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the Administration’s strategy towards Iran. Michael Pregent will discuss the reasons for the Administration’s withdrawal from the JCPOA, the rationale behind the Administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign, the Administration’s naming of the IRGC as a terrorist organization and the impact that action may have on Iran’s ability to exercise influence in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. This will be considered in the context of the Trump Administration’s broader plans for the Middle East that seek to simultaneously turn the tables on our enemies there while attempting to cut back on the U.S. military footprint on the ground. About the Speaker: Michael Pregent is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is a senior Middle East analyst, a former adjunct lecturer for the College of International Security Affairs, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Pregent is a former intelligence officer with over 28 years of experience working in security, terrorism, counter-insurgency, and policy issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. He is an expert in Middle Eastern and North African political and security issues, counter-terrorism analysis, stakeholder communications, and strategic planning. He spent considerable time working malign Iranian influence in Iraq as an advisor to Iraq’s Security and Intelligence apparatus. Pregent served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and he served as a liaison officer in Egypt during the 2000 Intifada, as a counter-insurgency intelligence officer at CENTCOM in 2001, and as a company commander in Afghanistan in 2002. Additionally, Pregent served as an embedded advisor with the Peshmerga in Mosul from 2005-2006. Also, as a civilian SME working for DIA, Pregent served as a political and military advisor to USF-I focusing on reconciliation, the insurgency, and Iranian influence in Iraq from 2007-2011. He was a violent extremism and foreign fighter analyst at CENTCOM from 2011-2013.

War and Humanitarianism: The Case of Maurice Pate (1894-1965)

Oct 1, 2019 00:54:55

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This lecture is our ninth annual Kosciuszko Chair Military Lecture held in honor of Gen. Walter Jajko. It is sponsored by the Center for Intermarium Studies and the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics. About the Lecture: About the Lecture: Maurice Pate (1894-1965) was an American gentleman of the old WASP school who already early in his youth felt an urge to help civilian victims, children in particular, of war, revolution, and other calamities. He will serve as a paradigm for our inquiry about humanitarian aspects of conflict. The focus will be on the American Relief Administration whose charity work saved millions of Europeans from death and disease. Specifically, this lecture will refer to Pate’s role in ARA’s stupendous effort in Poland between 1919 and 1921, while also covering briefly his career afterwards, which culminated in the assumption of the post of the executive director of UNICEF. The lecture will be based on the research conducted for the Intermarium/Pinsk project at the Seely G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, and Hoover Institution, Stanford, California, among other places. About the Speaker: About the speaker: Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, where he also serves as a Professor of History and teaches courses on Geography and Strategy, Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, and Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States. He is the author of Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas and numerous other books and articles. Professor Chodakiewicz is the head of the Center for Intermarium Studies at The Institute of World Politics. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola Marymount University

Russification vs Westernization: battle for hearts and minds of Belarusians

Sep 26, 2019 01:08:47

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About the Lecture: Belarus can’t find a way out of geopolitical turbulence. In contrast to neighboring Ukraine, Russian meddling here is mostly done through soft power. But the Belarusian society is growing more resilient in the face of the Kremlin’s narratives. Confronting Russian revanchism, Belarusians embrace their pre-soviet history, like a heritage of Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Rzeczpospolita. Before Presidential elections next year, and Population census this fall, a discussion about identity and national ideology is intensifying. What can the West do about it? About the Speaker: Franak Viačorka is the Vice President of the Digital Communication Network. He concurrently works as the consultant for U.S. Agency for Global Media, and he is the Creative Director of RFE/RL Belarus Service. Mr. Viačorka is a frequent speaker and advocate for democracy and personal freedom in post-Soviet countries. An expert in Russian disinformation, he recently published research on the Kremlin-backed media, Russian Orthodox church, and think-tanks as the Kremlin’s “soft-power." Mr. Viačorka has earned degrees from American University in Washington D.C. and Warsaw University in Poland, and he has also studied at Georgetown University and European Humanities University.

Israel’s Energy Security and Strategy: Changing Dynamics in the Age of Gas

Sep 24, 2019 01:22:11

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About the Lecture: Until about two decades ago, Israel imported 98 percent of its energy requirements from far off places on the globe. Although located in a region rich in oil and gas, relation of political enmity with the producers effectively rendered the Jewish state an energy island, isolated from intra-regional energy trade and electricity grids. Securing energy supply from abroad has always been a major concern of Israeli policymakers. However, with the discovery of natural gas in its Mediterranean waters, Israel’s energy-dependent status is changing rapidly. Today, close to 70 percent of Israel’s electricity is generated from natural gas; the rest comes from imported coal. Israel’s transportation still relies exclusively on imported oil, a small amount of which is also used in industrial, residential and commercial sectors. To meet its growing energy requirement and vulnerability vis-à-vis the imports of fossil fuels, Israel – similar to other large energy consumers, such as, India, China and Turkey – has evolved a multi-faceted energy security strategy, which has six essential components. These include, broadening of import; pursuit of proximate supply sources; constant search for indigenous energy; development of renewables and alternatives; ensuring physical security of energy installations; and promotion of energy efficiency. This lecture will talk about each of these components and assess the on-going transformation of Israel’s energy status from import-dependency to energy self-sufficiency that is underpinned by the gas discoveries. About the Speaker: Dr. Sujata Ashwarya is Associate Professor in the Centre for West Asian Studies [Middle Eastern], Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. She received her MPhil and PhD degrees in West Asian Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was awarded research fellowships at the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) and Centre d’Etudes et des Recherches Internationales (CERI), Paris; and the Schusterman Centre for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, USA. She was also affiliated as a researcher at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, Iran. Her research interests cover a wide range of areas related to politics, economics and international relations of West Asia. Of primary focus are the domestic development, foreign policy and strategic-security issues (especially those related to Iran, Iraq and Israel), politics of energy, conflict and peace-making, and themes related to civil society and democratization in the region. She also has a strong interest in exploring India’s West Asia policy. A frequent traveler, Dr Ashwarya has presented more than 50 research papers in national and international conferences and seminars. She has more than 30 published research articles and has written, edited and co-edited 5 books. Her books include, Israel’s Mediterranean Gas: Domestic Governance, Economic Impact, and Strategic Implications (Routledge, 2019), Contemporary West Asia: Perspectives on Change and Continuity (co-edited; Routledge, 2019); India-Iran Relations: Progress, Problems and Prospects (Routledge, 2017); Essays on Iran and Israel: An Indian Perspective(Knowledge World, 2014); and Civil Society, Democracy and State in West Asia (edited; New Century, 2010).

The war begins: Poland, September 1939

Sep 19, 2019 01:00:29

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About the lecture: Dr. Chodakiewicz will discuss the details of the Nazi and the Soviet attack on Poland in 1939. He will explain pre-war diplomatic arrangements and the impossible predicament of Poland stuck between Germany and the Soviet Union. About the Speaker: Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, where he also serves as a Professor of History and teaches courses on Geography and Strategy, Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, and Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States. He is the author of Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas and numerous other books and articles. Professor Chodakiewicz is the head of the Center for Intermarium Studies at The Institute of World Politics. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola Marymount University.

The Fight So Far

Sep 16, 2019 01:08:57

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Title: The Fight So Far About the Lecture: Lieutenant General Michael Nagata, USA, Ret. will discuss a strategic review of the US Government’s efforts against terrorism, both past and present. About the Speaker: Michael K. Nagata retired from the US Army in 2019 after 38 years of Active Duty, 34 of which were spent in US Special Operations. His final position was Director of Strategy for the National Counterterrorism Center from 2016 to 2019. As an Officer, he initially served as a Platoon Leader in the 2nd Infantry Division before volunteering for Army Special Forces in 1984. In Special Forces, he served in various positions including Detachment Commander, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer, and Group Operations Officer. He then served within the US Intelligence Community in Washington D.C. as a Military Deputy for Counterterrorism until 2009. Afterward, he deployed again until late 2011 to Pakistan as the Deputy Chief, Office of the Defense Representative at the US Embassy there. Upon returning to the US, he served on the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism until 2013. LTG (R) Nagata assumed command of Special Operations Command-Central, and was responsible for Special Operations across the Central Command region from 2013 to 2015, and was heavily involved in the first two years of combat operations against the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.

How NGOs are Using Digital Media to Advance Human Rights

Aug 8, 2019 01:00:17

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The Mission of the Republic of Senegal to the UN hosted a United Nations roundtable for 14+ member nations on July 30, 2019. Dr. Matthew Daniels of IWP, Stephen Enada of the Int Committee on Nigeria, and Katy Money of Ushahidi led the discussion on how NGOs are using digital media.

Losing One’s Country Twice, Finding it Once

Jul 11, 2019 01:22:24

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Title: Losing One’s Country Twice, Finding it Once About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of The Loss of Country Panel, which was held at The Institute of World Politics on June 13th. About the Panelist: Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, where he also serves as a Professor of History and teaches courses on Geography and Strategy, Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, and Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States. He is the author of Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas and numerous other books and articles. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola Marymount University.

To Lose a Country: France 1940

Jul 10, 2019 00:55:24

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Title: To Lose a Country: France 1940 About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of The Loss of Country Panel, which was held at The Institute of World Politics on June 13th. About the Panelist: Dr. John J. Tierney, Jr. is a Professor Emeritus at The Institute of World Politics and teaches History of American Foreign Policy, History of International Relations, Peace, Strategy and Conflict Resolution, and U.S. Foreign Policy: Current and Future Challenges. He served for many years as the Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations at IWP. Dr. Tierney is a Former Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1981-1993); He formerly participated in various national security negotiations for U.S. Government. He was Executive Director of the Congressional Caucus on National Defense and the National Security Research Group, U.S. House of Representatives. He is former Chairman of the Politics Department at Catholic University and former Professor of International Relations at Univserity of Virginia and The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Chasing Ghosts and The Politics of Peace.

The Artful Recluse: 17th Century China

Jul 3, 2019 00:24:30

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Title: The Artful Recluse: 17th Century China About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of The Loss of Country Panel, which was held at The Institute of World Politics on June 13th. About the Panelist: Dr. Richard J. Bishirjian, was Founding President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University from 2000 to 2016. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Gerhart Niemeyer. While a graduate student at Notre Dame he studied under Eric Voegelin. After completing graduate work at Notre Dame, he did advanced study with Michael Oakeshott at the London School of Economics. Dr. Bishirjian taught at colleges and universities in Indiana, Texas and New York and is the author of a history of political theory, editor of A Public Philosophy Reader and The Conservative Rebellion (2015) and The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of American Higher Education(2017), published by St. Augustine’s Press. Dr. Bishirjian is the author of professional essays in The Political Science Reviewer, Modern Age, Review of Politics, Anamnesis and The Imaginative Conservative. He has published topical essays in Chronicles and the American Spectator.

Citizens as Instruments of National Power

Jul 2, 2019 01:00:24

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Title: Citizens as Instruments of National Power About the Lecture: To achieve national security and foreign policy objectives, the United States must embrace new approaches and use all instruments of national power, including our citizens and private sector. This talk will discuss how private resources and new models of private-public collaboration are complementing U.S. government capabilities in Ukraine, Syria, Serbia, Laos, West Africa, and elsewhere. About the Speaker: Mr. Jim Hake founded Spirit of America (SoA) in response to the attacks of 9/11. SoA is a citizen-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian and economic assistance in response to needs identified by U.S. troops and diplomats serving abroad. Prior to SoA, Mr. Hake was an Internet entrepreneur. He founded Access Media, one of the first Internet media companies, and sold it to SOFTBANK Forums. It was later incorporated into Ziff Davis. In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Hake was named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. He has been honored at the Marines Evening Parade, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Honorary Member of the US Army Civil Affairs Regiment, and a member of State Department’s Stabilization Advisory Council. Additionally, Mr. Hake is a contributing author to Warriors and Citizens, and he has lectured on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the SMU Cox School of Business, and USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. He has given talks at the TED Conference, the Aspen Institute, the Bush School at Texas A&M, and the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Chinese Influence Operations Against Taiwan and Beyond

Jul 1, 2019 01:07:17

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Title: Chinese Influence Operations Against Taiwan and Beyond This event is sponsored by IWP’s China lecture series. About the Lecture: J. Michael Cole will explore ongoing influence operations by China against one of the principal targets of its political warfare activities. He will then make the case for greater cooperation between Taiwan and other democracies worldwide. About the Speaker: About the Speaker: J. Michael Cole is a Taipei-based Senior Fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, D.C., Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Senior Fellow with the Taiwan Studies Program at the University of Nottingham, U.K., Associate Researcher with the French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), Assistant Coordinator for the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal-Forum 2000 China Working Group, and Chief Editor of Taiwan Sentinel. Mr. Cole was Chief Editor at Thinking Taiwan, a publication of the Thinking Taiwan Foundation (a foundation created by Tsai Ing-wen in 2012) between 2014 and 2016, and Deputy News Chief and Columnist at the Taipei Times between 2006 and 2013. He is the author of five books. His latest, Convergence or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait, was published by Routledge in fall 2016. He is currently writing a new book on cross-Strait relations since 2016, to be published in July 2019. Before moving to Taiwan in 2005, he was an analyst with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in Ottawa. He has a master’s degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Center for International Health and Cooperation/Fordham University, and CX-77 (Peacekeeping) from the Lester B. Pearson International Peacekeeping Center.

A Journey to the Gulag: Experiencing History Through Virtual Reality

Jun 20, 2019 00:08:41

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Title: A Journey to the Gulag: Experiencing History Through Virtual Reality This event is sponsored by IWP’s Intermarium Lecture Series. To learn more about A Journey to the Gulag please visit Gulag.cz. About the Lecture: Around 20 million people went through the horrors of Soviet labor camps. At least 1.6 million of them died. Among the victims of Soviet repression were also people from European countries and the U.S. Currently, with the exception of the former Perm-36 project, there aren’t any museums in Russia of former Gulag camps from Stalin’s era. However, hundreds of abandoned camps are still hidden away in the Siberian taiga. A small group of enthusiasts visit and document these sites to virtually preserve them to make them accessible to the public through virtual and augmented reality. Štěpán Černoušek will speak about the project documenting the Gulag camps and creating VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) experiences for the unique online Gulag museum. About the Speaker: Štěpán Černoušek is the head of the Virtual Museum Gulag.Online and Chairman of the Gulag.cz Association. Mr. Černoušek regularly visited Chechnya from 2007 to 2010 and created a section of recorded testimonies with Chechen witnesses. In 2013 and 2014, he extended this activity to witnesses from Georgia, Armenia, and North Ossetia. In 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2016, he organized four expeditions to abandoned Gulag camps in Siberia. The result is a virtual museum, Gulag Online, and projects in virtual and augmented reality. In 2016, he established the Russian Memorial Society’s branch office in the Czech Republic. Mr. Černoušek was elected to the Board of the central International Memorial organization in 2018. He is currently on Fulbright scholarship in the U.S., invited by The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

Human Liberty 2.0 Advancing Universal Rights in the Digital Age

Jun 19, 2019 00:45:21

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About the Book: In the era of rising authoritarianism around the world, ordinary people are harnessing the power of digital and social media to advance the universal rights of all human beings in ways never before possible. A blogging revolution in Iran led to new demands for fair elections and human rights. USB drives and SD cards loaded with hours of 'outside' music, news and television, has helped to introduce basic human rights concepts to North Koreans living under authoritarian rule. Law enforcement can now identify hotels used by sex-traffickers when ordinary people upload pictures of their hotel rooms into a database. These are just a few of the stories in Human Liberty 2.0, a new collection of stories about people and organizations around the world using digital and social media to advance the cause of human dignity. Like Chicken Soup for the Soul but with a modern, digital twist, this book includes over two dozen true stories guaranteed to uplift and inspire. Readers will discover how they can participate in the Human Liberty 2.0 revolution and follow in the footsteps of these inspiring adults, teens, and children who are truly the best of humanity…both online and off. Dr. Daniels, IWP's Chair of Law and Human Rights, also teaches a course on Human Rights and Counter-Radicalization which deals with some of these same themes. About the Speaker: Matthew Daniels, JD, Ph.D. teaches human rights and law on three continents and is the creator and Executive Producer of the Human Rights Network, an educational video network promoting universal rights through digital media. Professor Daniels is Chair of Law & Human Rights at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, and founder of the Center for Law and Digital Culture at Brunel School of Law in London. Daniels is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea. Professor Daniels is the creator of the non-profit organization Good of All and UniversalRights.com.

Red Crew: Fighting the War on Drugs with Reagan’s Coast Guard

Jun 10, 2019 00:57:15

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About the Book: Red Crew: Fighting the War on Drugs with Reagan’s Coast Guard is a first-hand account of U.S. Coast Guard anti-smuggling operations during the early years of the nation's maritime war on drugs. Jim Howe describes his experience as the executive officer of a specialized drug-hunting crew that sailed in then-state-of-the-art "surface effect ships," a small flotilla of high-speed vessels pressed into the drug war on short notice. In the early 1980s, South Florida and the Caribbean were awash in illicit drugs, with hundreds of smuggling organizations bringing huge loads of marijuana, and later cocaine, into the United States. To fight this epidemic, the Reagan administration led a massive effort to disrupt shore-side gangs while bolstering interdiction activity at sea. To increase the number of days at sea for each surface effect ship, a "multi-crewing" concept was employed, with four teams of sixteen sailors—the Red, Blue, Green, and Gold Crews—rotating among three hulls. Through its first-person narrative, Red Crew offers a rare glimpse into the day-to-day pressures, challenges, failures, and successes of Coast Guard cuttermen as they carried out complex and dangerous missions. Red Crew provides a unique historical view of the early days in the Coast Guard's war on drugs, and is the only book-length history of the diminutive, one-of-a-kind surface effect ship fleet. About the Author: Jim Howe served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 27 years, rising to the rank of Captain (O-6). He was stationed aboard cutters for a total of 11 years, with five years in command. During his time at sea he gained extensive experience in maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and national security missions. His recent book, Red Crew: Fighting the War on Drugs with Reagan’s Coast Guard (Naval Institute Press) describes his first-hand experiences chasing smugglers and saving lives in the waters off South Florida aboard a one-of-a-kind flotilla of high-speed patrol boats. After retiring from active duty, Howe served for two years as the senior career civil servant in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs. He now works in the nuclear fuel industry. From 2003 to 2005, Howe served in the Office of the Vice President of the United States as Special Advisor for Homeland Security, focusing on border and transportation security issues. During that time he interacted daily with the law enforcement professionals at a number of federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Secret Service, and he made several fact-finding visits to America’s northern and southern borders. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. Howe earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Government from Harvard University (Extension School); there, his master’s thesis examined maritime drug interdiction operations in the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps War College, earning a Master of Strategic Studies degree, and in 2014 he earned a Master of Science degree in Space Studies from American Military University. He also is a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI program and currently is conducting post-graduate research at the University of Leicester. Howe has written on national and border security topics and is an award-winning author.

Turkey and America: East & West - Where the Twain Meet

Jun 4, 2019 01:10:17

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About the Book: Turkey and America: East & West - Where the Twain Meet is a synthesis of the author’s now lifetime of deep and abiding personal and professional experiences that have led to his deep understanding of the American Experience, the Mediterranean World, and U.S.-Turkish relations. The narrative guides the audience to bridges, where others may see only chasms. The reader is transported, back and forth, from East to West, across the centuries, juxtaposing geography and discovery, politics and war, religion and the arts, terrorism, key figures and human triumphs. The goal of the journey is a better appreciation for the nature of both historic and current controversies and under-recognized extraordinary contributions that lie at the heart of the East-West dynamic. This book seeks to decode some of the presumptions and misconceptions that tend to become the prisms through which both individual and state perceptions are filtered and pose as “the truth”. These truths, like beauty, tend to vary in the eyes of the beholder. About the Author: Dr. Henry “Phil” Williams III is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics. He has received Degrees and Diplomas from Culver Military Academy, the Universities of Virginia, Edinburgh, and Florence, and a PhD in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He has worked in four foreign languages and studied and worked more than ten years of his life on the Mediterranean, including stints in Turkey doing Doctoral Research, Investment Banking, Consulting, and university-level teaching.

Subordinating Intelligence: The DoD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship

May 31, 2019 01:03:58

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About the Book: Since September 11, 2001, the CIA and DoD have operated together in Afghanistan, Iraq, and during counterterrorism operations. Although the global war on terrorism gave the CIA and DoD a common purpose, it was actions taken in the late eighties and early nineties that set the foundation for their current relationship. Driven by the post--Cold War environment and lessons learned during military operations, policy makers made intelligence support to the military the Intelligence Community's top priority. In response to this demand, the CIA/DoD instituted policy and organizational changes that altered the CIA/DoD relationship. While debates over the future of the Intelligence Community were occurring on Capitol Hill, the CIA and DoD were expanding their relationship in peacekeeping and nation-building operations in Somalia and the Balkans. By the late 1990s, some policy makers and national security professionals became concerned that intelligence support to military operations had gone too far, weakening the long-term analysis required for strategy and policy development. In Subordinating Intelligence: The DoD/CIA Post--Cold War Relationship, David P. Oakley reveals that, despite these concerns, no major changes to either national intelligence organization or its priorities were implemented. These concerns were forgotten after 9/11, as the United States fought two wars and policy makers increasingly focused on tactical and operational actions. As policy makers became fixated with terrorism and the United States fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, the CIA directed a significant amount of its resources toward global counterterrorism efforts and in support of military operations. About the Author: LTC David Oakley is a FA59 (Strategist) with over twenty years as a national security professional within the US Army and the Intelligence Community. He currently serves as an assistant professor at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs (CISA) in Washington, D.C. Dave was commissioned a Field Artillery officer in December 1998 through Pittsburg State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp. After completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, he served in South Korea as a platoon leader with 6-37 Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division. Dave was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1999-2005 where he served in the Field Artillery Training Center as a battery executive officer, detachment commander, assistant brigade S-3, battery commander, and company commander. Dave temporarily left active duty for the Army Reserve after completing company command. While off active duty, Dave was selected for the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Clandestine Service Trainee (CST) Program as a Staff Operations Officer (SOO). After graduating from the CIA’s SOO Certification Course, Dave served within the CIA’s Near East Division. Following his CIA service, Dave served as a contractor with the National Counterterrorism Center’s Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning. Dave returned to active duty as a FA59 in late 2007. Following completion of the Basic Strategic Arts Program (BSAP), he served as a planner with the 1st Infantry Division (1ID) at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 2010, he deployed with 1ID to Iraq where he served as a liaison officer to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In 2011, Dave moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he attended the Command and General Staff School followed by the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). In 2013, Dave departed Fort Leavenworth for Fort Sam Houston, Texas where he served as a planner with 5th Army/Army North until 2015.

Valedictory Remarks By Jack Doyle, IWP Class Of 2019

May 30, 2019 00:04:16

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Jack Doyle, Valedictorian of the IWP Class of 2019, gave remarks during IWP's Commencement ceremony, which took place at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. on May 18. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

Gender Systems and National Security

May 29, 2019 00:16:26

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Title: Gender Systems and National Security This lecture is a part of the The Institute of World Politics' 2019 Student Symposium that was held on May 16th. About the Lecture: The lecture will examine how various cultures’ practices relating to courtship, marriage, and reproduction play out in the extended order as national security issues. About the Speaker: Helen Lamm is an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and International Affairs at the Institute of World Politics with a concentration in American Foreign Policy, and she is graduating this May. Helen is a Mt. Vernon Fellow at the Center for American Greatness and a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute. She publishes a weekly column at American Greatness on topics related to culture and politics.

Remarks by General John W. Nicholson, Jr., USA (Ret.) at IWP Commencement

May 24, 2019 00:33:20

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General John W. Nicholson, Jr., USA (Ret.), "Mick," former Commander of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan and NATO Resolute Support Mission, gave the keynote address at IWP Commencement on May 18. 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel. The Institute of World Politics awarded him with a Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa.

Remarks By John Lenczowski At IWP Commencement 2019

May 22, 2019 00:17:37

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Founder and President of The Institute of World Politics, John Lenczowski, delivered remarks at IWP's Commencement ceremony on May 18, 2019, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

Invocation By Captain Christopher D. Glass, Sr., USN (Ret.) At IWP Commencement 2019

May 22, 2019 00:04:44

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The invocation at The Institute of World Politics Commencement on May 18, 2019, was given by Captain Christopher D. Glass, Sr., USN (Ret.), Senior Vice President for Professional Affiliations at IWP and also an IWP parent. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Germany: An Assessment of the Threat and Policy Options

May 21, 2019 00:27:44

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Title: Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Germany: An Assessment of the Threat and Policy Options This lecture is a part of the The Institute of World Politics' 2019 Student Symposium that was held on May 16th. About the Lecture: In the wake of the Arab Spring, nearly one thousand German citizens traveled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamist terrorist groups. About a third of these are now back in the Federal Republic. Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) present a tremendous challenge for the German authorities as many of them are combat experienced, can radicalize others, and recruit them to conduct attacks. Officials have mainly aimed at speedy incarceration proceedings in order to avoid public pressure and contain the immediate security risk. This only postpones the threat because prison sentences are typically short and, therefore, do not represent a long-term solution. To prevent returning FTFs from conducting attacks in Germany and undermining the social fabric, the country should tailor its approach for each case and reassert the legitimacy and relevance of the state using the legal system. Germany must further strengthen its intelligence and surveillance capabilities, improve border controls, and enhance its deradicalization and reintegration programs. Finally, to avoid falling into a “counterterrorism fatigue,” Germany must develop a National Strategy for Counterterrorism to address all dimensions of the challenge of Islamist terrorism. About the Speaker: Tobias Brandt is originally from Hamburg, Germany, and he is an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and International Affairs at the Institute of World Politics graduating in May. His key research interests are U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, terrorism, and the transatlantic relationship. In his final semester at IWP, Tobias wrote an honors thesis on “Pushing Back Terrorist Propaganda and Countering Ideological Support for Militant Islamism.” He has been published in The National Interest, and the paper on which his lecture is based will be featured in the spring issue of the Institute’s Journal Active Measures.

Challenges of the Millennial Generation Towards the Future of U.S. National Security

May 20, 2019 00:22:00

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Title: Challenges of the Millennial Generation Towards the Future of U.S. National Security This lecture is a part of the The Institute of World Politics' 2019 Student Symposium that was held on May 16th. About the Lecture: The lecture will examine behaviors and attitudes of the Millennial Generation and how these may present challenges to the U.S. national security apparatus. Ms. Zug will assess four major themes of this generational cohort: their changing relationship with information, the pervasiveness of echo chambers, the rise of the global citizen, and wavering trust in U.S. government institutions. The talk will analyze how aspects of these four areas may undermine U.S. efforts to protect its national security in the future. About the Speaker: Kelly Zug is an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and National Security Affairs at The Institute of World Politics graduating this May. Before studying at IWP, Kelly worked in international development in Eastern Europe and taught English with the Fulbright Program in Bulgaria. Her studies at IWP have focused on Russian influence operations in the information space and the reemergence of Russian active measures in Europe.

The Geopolitics of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue: Maritime Theory or Practice?

May 20, 2019 00:26:48

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Title: The Geopolitics of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue: Maritime Theory or Practice? This lecture is a part of the The Institute of World Politics' 2019 Student Symposium that was held on May 16th. About the Lecture: The lecture will examine the history of this informal partnership and assess the geopolitical motivations of the member states as well as the conflicting policies that have hindered the full-fledged integration. Though the presentation will briefly survey Washington’s and Tokyo’s roles in upholding and advancing this security dialogue, the emphasis will be put on India and Australia as the two weakest links of the partnership. Finally, the talk will examine the future challenges and opportunities of Quad and provide policy recommendations for the United States. About the Speaker: Erik Khzmalyan is an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and National Security Affairs at the Institute of World Politics graduating this May. Erik is a Senior Fellow at the Eurasian Research and Analysis Institute, and his research primarily focuses on U.S. national security and foreign policy.

China's Belt and Road Initiative: A Story of Assessment and Strategic Adaptation

May 9, 2019 01:05:40

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Title: China's Belt and Road Initiative: A Story of Assessment and Strategic Adaptation This lecture is a part of The Institute of World Politics' China in the World: 21st Century Challenges series. This event is co-sponsored by The Institute of World Politics, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the Movement for the Renaissance of Vietnam. About the Lecture: About the Lecture: Almost six years after its launch, the Belt and Road Initiative, labelled by Xi Jinping as the "Project of the Century," seems to have reached its culminating point of success. A mounting wave of resistance against the BRI can be felt both within and outside of China. Are these signs that the BRI is grinding to a halt? How is the Chinese leadership reacting to the gathering headwinds facing BRI? What does BRI tell us about the Chinese leadership's capacity to assess, adjust, and adapt? About the Speaker: About the Speaker: Nadège Rolland is Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs, at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. Her research focuses mainly on China's foreign and defense policy and the changes in regional dynamics across Eurasia resulting from the rise of China. Drawing on her 20 years of experience as a French government official, she also examines the prospects for Transatlantic cooperation in research and policy related to Asia. She is the author of China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative, published in 2017.

Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism

Apr 30, 2019 01:24:02

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Title: Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism About the Book: Socialism was man's most ambitious attempt to supplant religion with a doctrine claiming to ground itself in “science.” Each failure to create societies of abundance or give birth to “the New Man” inspired more searching for the path to the promised land: revolution, communes, social democracy, communism, fascism, Arab socialism, African socialism. None worked, and some exacted a staggering human toll. Then, after two centuries of wishful thinking and bitter disappointment, socialism imploded in a fin de siècle drama of falling walls and collapsing regimes. It was an astonishing denouement but what followed was no less astonishing. After the hiatus of a couple of decades, new voices were raised, as if innocent of all that had come before, proposing to try it all over again. About the Author: Dr. Joshua Muravchik is a Distinguished Fellow at the World Affairs Institute. His most recent book is Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism (2019). He is the author of ten previous books and more than 400 articles on politics and international affairs, contributing to, among others, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs,Foreign Policy, the New York Times Magazine, and Commentary. Muravchik, who received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University, is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for World Politics. He serves on the editorial boards of World Affairs, Journal of Democracy, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. He formerly served as a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion; the Commission on Broadcasting to the People’s Republic of China; and the Maryland Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

New Dynamics of Energy Security; US sanctions on Iran & Venezuela, Shale boom & OPEC

Apr 29, 2019 01:00:08

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Title: New Dynamics of Energy Security; US sanctions on Iran & Venezuela, Shale boom & OPEC About the Lecture: In this lecture Dr. Vakhshouri will discuss the new trends and development in the energy industry and their impacts on global energy security. The key issues that will be discussed are: - US Sanctions on Iran and Venezuela - Shale oil and gas productions and changes in the energy trade flow - OPEC, Saudi Arabia and Russia About the Speaker: Dr. Sara Vakhshouri is Founder and President of SVB Energy International, a strategic energy consulting firm with offices in Washington DC and Dubai. Dr. Vakhshouri has two decades of experience of working in the energy industry with an extensive experience in global energy market studies, energy security and geopolitical risk, and has consulted numerous public and private sector energy and policy leaders. Dr. Vakhshouri has been based in Washington DC since 2009 where she has advised US and European governments, investment banks, financial institutions, law firms and international corporations on energy markets, trading and pricing, the geopolitics of energy, and investment patterns. She has published articles in numerous journals including The Economist, Middle East Economic Survey, and Oil and Gas Journal. Dr. Vakhshouri has been keynote speakers at many energy conferences including Chatham House, Platts Oil and Middle East conferences, LNG Global Congress and other international oil, gas and energy conferences. She is frequently quoted and has appeared on Bloomberg, the BBC, The Financial Times, Reuters, Platts, The Financial Post, The Wall Street Journal, Energy Intelligence, and Voice of America. She is the author of The Marketing and Sale of Iranian Export Crude Oil since the Islamic Revolution and has contributed chapters in different books and energy reports including World Energy Outlook 2018, published by the International Energy Agency. She also regularly does briefings for various energy think tanks and agencies including the International Energy Administration (IEA). Dr. Vakhshouri has a PhD in energy security and Middle Eastern studies. She has an MA in business management (international marketing), and another MA in international relations. Dr. Vakhshouri was also Senior Energy Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Dr. Vakhshouri has also experience of working in both public and private sectors of the Iranian energy industry.

America and Canada: The Statecraft of Two Nations

Apr 24, 2019 00:36:39

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Title: America and Canada: The Statecraft of Two Nations This lecture is a part of The Institute of World Politics' Student Speaker Series. About the Lecture: This event will discuss the ideological differences between America and Canada and how those differences have morphed into the relationship seen today. The speaker will detail what those differences could mean for the future. About the Speaker:Originally from New Jersey, Cory Ott attended Stevenson University in Maryland to earn his Bachelors of Science in Psychology May of 2018. His undergraduate thesis focused morality, views on authority, and guilt experienced with whistleblowing. Mr. Ott is currently studying Statecraft and National Security Affairs at the Institute of World Politics with a focus on intelligence. His lecture is based on a paper he submitted for IWP’s course on International Relations and Statecraft.

Blockchain 2035: The Digital DNA of Internet 3.0

Apr 17, 2019 01:10:06

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About the Book: Blockchain 2035: The Digital DNA of Internet 3.0 is the first book ever written by a Blockchain founder and encapsulates nearly a decade of experience at the bleeding edge of the technology. It includes an introduction to the core components of the technology, and concludes with a predictive assessment of how Blockchain technology will likely be adopted as the world advances into a 21st century dominated by Artificial Intelligence, an Internet of Things, geopolitical competition, increasing income inequality, and sovereign debt crises. About the Authors: Jared C. Tate is the founder of DigiByte, the fastest, most decentralized, and most secure UTXO blockchain in existence today. Beyond cryptocurrency DigiByte is focused on the blockchain's many applications in furthering cybersecurity. DigiByte has pioneered several technical innovations including real-time difficulty adjustments, multi-algorithm mining, and Digi-ID, a decentralized cryptographic form of identity that serves as a more secure replacement for usernames and passwords. Today, code created by Jared and the DigiByte community has been adopted by dozens of other blockchains. Prior to DigiByte, Jared studied at the U.S. Military Academy, the University of Idaho, and Utah Valley University. Andrew D. Knapp is the CEO and founder of VESTi Inc. as well as the co-author of Blockchain 2035. In 2018, Andrew left federal service to lead VESTi, having built the core concepts involved over several years living in the DC metro area. He is a 2013 graduate of IWP (SIS).

The Weaponization of Social Media

Apr 12, 2019 00:38:18

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Title: The Weaponization of Social Media This lecture is a part of The Institute of World Politics Capitol Hill Speaker Series. About the Lecture: Ethan Burger will examine the relevance of the Russian concepts ‘Hybrid War’ and ‘Cyberwarfare’ as applied to Russian intervention in the 2016 Brexit Referendum and U.S. Presidential Election. This lecture will focus on the similarity of Russia’s social media campaigns which used false information, fake news, and other content aimed at exploiting the fears and passions of the UK and U.S. electorates. The Kremlin did not rely on the use of social media alone to obtain favorable electoral outcomes. In both cases, Russian ties to supporters of Brexit and the Trump campaign remained largely unnoticed until after voting. Finally, Mr. Burger will explore some steps that might be taken to reduce the vulnerability of countries’ citizens to foreign manipulation. About the Speaker: Ethan S. Burger, Esq., is a Washington-based international legal consultant and educator, and he is an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics. His areas of interest include corporate governance, transnational crime (corruption, cybercrime, and money laundering), and Russian affairs. After working as an attorney on Russian commercial, investment, and risk issues, he segued into academic, research, and advisory roles. Mr. Burger has been a full-time faculty member at American University (School of International Law) and the University of Wollongong (Faculty of Law), and he has also been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center, University of Baltimore, and Washington College of Law. Mr. Burger has lectured in Colombia, India, and Singapore, and he has taught on cyber issues at Vilnius University on a Fulbright Foundation grant. He holds an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Between Politics and Social Work

Apr 11, 2019 00:31:33

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Written by: Dr. Jolanta Mysiakowska-Muszyńska, Scholar of the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw Presented by: Maria Juczewska, Associate Director, Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies Full Title: Between Politics and Social Work: A Study of Women's Activities within the Ranks of the Polish National Movement (1919–1939) About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of The Ninth Annual Lady Blanka Rosential Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium that was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at The Institute of World Politics. About the Author: Dr. Jolanta Mysiakowska-Muszyńska is a graduate of Warsaw University and The Institute of Polish History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. She works as a scholar for the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw and as a deputy editor-in-chief of the semi-annual Glaukopis dealing in history and social issues. She is an author of several books and has published numerous articles in the field of history in scholarly publications. Mrs. Muszyńska is an expert on Polish history, particularly the period between 1919–1939, with a special interest in women’s organizations, as well as the social and political thought of the Polish National Movement. She also conducts research on Polish-British relations in the interwar period.

Boris Smyslovski: WWII, White Russian, Counterinsurgency and Counterintelligence

Apr 10, 2019 00:49:17

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Title: Boris Smyslovski: WWII, White Russian, Counterinsurgency and Counterintelligence About the Lecture: This lecture is a part of The Ninth Annual Lady Blanka Rosential Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium that was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at The Institute of World Politics. About the Speaker: Dr. Sebastian Bojemski graduated from the Institute of History of Warsaw University and gained his doctoral degree at The Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw. His main research interest is the history of underground organizations active during WWII within the area of the occupied Polish lands - mostly the Polish anti-Nazi, anti-Soviet underground. He authored Narodowe Siły Zbrojne w Powstaniu Warszawskim and Nim Hitler runie śmierć komunie (just published). Dr. Bojemski also has extensive experience in strategic communication and marketing. For over 15 years he had owned a Warsaw-based communication firm and in 2018-2019 was an executive director for marketing at PKN Orlen – the largest oil company in Central Europe.

For the Entente's Cause in Tsarist Uniforms: Polish Military Formations in Tsarist Russia During WWI

Apr 9, 2019 00:57:48

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Full Title: For the Entente's Cause in Tsarist Uniforms: Polish Military Formations in Tsarist Russia During WWI (1914–1918) About the Lecture: This lecture was a part of The Ninth Annual Lady Blanka Rosential Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at The Institute of World Politics. About the Speaker: Dr. Wojciech Jerzy Muszyński is a graduate of The Institute of History of Warsaw University and The Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University of Warsaw. He works as a scholar for the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw and as the editor-in-chief of the semi-annual Glaukopis dealing in history and social issues. He authored books and published numerous articles in the field of history in the scholarly publications. Mr. Muszyńki specializes in the political history of Poland in the period 1900-1990. His topics of interest include Polish-Jewish relations, military history the social and political thought of the Polish National Movement.

The United States' Practice of Wartime Detention

Apr 3, 2019 01:00:39

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About the Lecture: Over the past twenty years, the United States’ practice of wartime detention has received a great deal of criticism and controversy. Yet, detention is a lawful, humane, and important part of armed conflict. Having long ago moved beyond early errors in its detention policies and practices in its current conflicts, the United States should re-embrace the detention mission in operation and doctrine as a strategic part of its conflicts with al-Qa’ida and ISIS. About the Speaker: Ryan Vogel is an assistant professor of law and national security and the founding Director of the Center for National Security Studies at Utah Valley University. Before coming to UVU, Vogel served at the Pentagon as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He began his career at the Pentagon through the presidential management fellowship program and was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2014. Vogel was the principal drafter of several key DoD doctrinal directives related to detention and detainee review processes. Vogel has taught international and national security law courses at American University, Brigham Young University Law School, and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He completed an LLM in public international law, with a certificate in national security law, from the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned a J.D. and an M.A. in international affairs from American University and graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in Integrated Studies.

The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder

Mar 28, 2019 01:12:57

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About the Book: Though our military remains undefeated, the United States has lost every war since World War II. But within a generation, our military’s fate will undoubtedly change if we continue to cling to the past. Today, more than eighty years after WWII and thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the number of armed conflicts being waged around the world has doubled. If the United States refuses to accept that we are, once again, living in dangerous, unpredictable times, it is inevitable that our military—until now undefeated—will fail. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “an authoritative and skillful analysis of the state of war today” and with a foreword by General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder is an urgent exploration of warfare—past, present, and future—that asks why we no longer win wars, and then explains the ten rules we must follow so we can. About the Author: Dr. Sean McFate is a Professor of Strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He served as a paratrooper in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and, then, worked for a major private military corporation, where he ran operations similar to those in his novels Shadow War and Deep Black. He is the author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order, and he holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lives with his family in Washington, DC. You can learn more at www.seanmcfate.com

Chinese Espionage and U.S. Security

Mar 25, 2019 01:02:30

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About the Lecture: Mr. Eftimiades will discuss China's espionage scope, operational methods, targets, and the impact on U.S. national security. The discussion presents analysis of over 280 cases of Chinese espionage. About the Speaker: Nicholas Eftimiades is retired from the US Department of Defense. He is currently a professor at Penn State University. His 34 year government career included employment in CIA as a Technical Operations Officer, Special Agent in the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and a Senior Intelligence Officer in Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Eftimiades held positions in analysis, human and technical intelligence collection, and program management. He distinguished himself numerous times in the senior ranks of the intelligence and defense communities. As a subject matter expert on Chinese espionage, Mr. Eftimiades was called upon to provide Congressional testimony and briefings to the Cox Commission, the Joint Economic Committee, and individual meetings with Congressional Members and staff. He is also one of only seven people appointed as an Intelligence Community Associate to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Intelligence Council. Mr. Eftimiades has an M.S. Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence College; and a B.A. East Asian Studies, George Washington University. He has authored books and many scholarly articles on Chinese espionage, technology, and space issues. His book Chinese Intelligence Operations, is an examination of the structure, operations, and methodology of the intelligence services of the People's Republic of China. To date, it remains the only scholarly analysis of China’s intelligence services and operational methodology. Mr. Eftimiades is a frequent lecturer and public speaker on future technology, space, and national security issues. He has appeared as an expert on CBS Evening News, Dateline NBC, ABC's Day One, BBC, BBC America, National Public Radio, and dozens of other television and radio broadcasts. He has been quoted in hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the world.

China: Kidnapped by the Communist Party

Mar 14, 2019 01:12:29

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This discussion is a part of IWP's China series. About the Lecture: The Chinese Communist Party has ruled China for decades, bringing untold disaster upon the Chinese people. Why is it so tenacious, and why do democratic nations continue to engage with it? With decades of experience facing off against communist authorities, human rights activist Chen Guangcheng illuminates the structure of the party-state system in China and its disastrous impact on both Chinese citizens domestically and democratic nations abroad. About the Speaker: Chen Guangcheng, known to many as "the barefoot lawyer," was born and raised in a poor, remote village in Shandong, China. Blind since infancy and barred from school until his late teens, he nonetheless taught himself law as a young adult and became a committed advocate for the poor, disabled, and persecuted. His work drew the ire of the authorities, leading to over seven years of harassment including repeated house arrests, detention in black jails, and over four years in prison. After twenty months of brutal isolation in his own home, on April 20, 2012, he made a dramatic escape that caught the attention of international media. The American embassy in Beijing secured his temporary safety before high-level diplomatic negotiations enabled his exodus to the US. Since beginning his advocacy work, Mr. Chen has been the recipient of numerous awards including Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List (2006), The Ramon Magsaysay Award (2007), The Lantos Human Rights Prize (2012), the UK Parliament’s Westminster Award (2013), and the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Courage Award (2014). Chen is a frequent media commentator as well as guest speaker at conferences and events around the world. He has established a not-for-profit foundation to further human rights in China, and serves as Visiting Fellow at the Catholic University of America, Distinguished Senior Fellow in Human Rights at the Witherspoon Institute, and Senior Distinguished Advisor to the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. Mr. Chen’s memoir, The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man’s Fight for Justice and Freedom in China, was released by Henry Holt Publishers in 2015 and has since been translated into eight languages worldwide.

The Challenge of Counterintelligence Cultures

Mar 4, 2019 01:17:14

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The Third Annual Herb Romerstein Memorial Propaganda and Deception Lecture: The Challenge of Counterintelligence Cultures: The Counterintelligence State from Tsarist Russia and the USSR, to Putin’s Russia, the PRC, Cuba & Venezuela, and Resurgent Militant Islam ------------ About the Lecture: This presentation will begin with the counterintelligence cum provocational style of the Tsarist Okhrana’s near classic penetration operations against its indigenous Marxist revolutionary terrorists; proceed through the long, ugly Soviet secret police period (originally annealed in struggling with Okhrana provocations); and explore the counterintelligence continuities and refinements of former KGB Lt. Col. and now Russian President Putin. Yesteryear’s Okhrana/KGB are today’s siloviki. We will then briefly probe the PRC counterintelligence state, whose pedigree long antedates that of Russia; then highlight client counterintelligence state systems such as Cuba and Venezuela; and close with a look at the unsurprising similarities between resurgent militant Islam and the Soviet/Russian counterintelligence state paradigm. ------------ About the Speaker: Dr. Jack Dziak is co-founder and President of Dziak Group, Inc., a consulting firm in the fields of intelligence, counterintelligence, counter-deception, national security affairs, and technology transfer. Dr. Dziak is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. He has served over five decades as a company President and as a senior intelligence officer and senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Defense Intelligence Agency, with long experience in counterintelligence, hostile deception, counter-deception, strategic intelligence, weapons proliferation intelligence, and intelligence education. Dr. Dziak received his honors Ph.D. in Russian history from Georgetown University, is a graduate of the National War College, and is a recipient of numerous defense and intelligence awards and citations. He was the co-developer and co-director of the Masters Degree Program in Strategic Intelligence at the Defense Intelligence School, the original predecessor to the current National Intelligence University. He has taught graduate courses at the Institute of World Politics, the National War College, Georgetown University, and The George Washington University; and lectures on intelligence, military affairs, and security issues throughout the US and abroad. Dr. Dziak is the author of the award-winning Chekisty: A History of the KGB, numerous other books, articles, and monographs, including The Military Relationship Between China and Russia, and Soviet Perceptions of Military Power. He currently is preparing a book on foreign counterintelligence systems, as well as other works on intelligence and national security issues.

Why We Fight: Defeating America's Enemies - With No Apologies

Mar 4, 2019 00:57:01

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About the Book: In this powerful manifesto, Dr. Sebastian Gorka explains the basic principles that have guided strategists since Sun Tzu penned The Art of War in the sixth century B.C. "To defeat your enemy, you must know him." Willful ignorance about our adversary—whether it’s Russia, China, or the global jihadi movement—has been crippling. Tearing off America’s politically correct blindfold, Dr. Gorka clarifies who our foes are and what makes them tick. In Why We Fight, Dr. Gorka addresses the pressing questions we face as we rebuild under President Trump’s leadership: What are the most serious threats to American security? How are they different from the threats of the past? What can we do to counter these threats? How can we achieve the “perfect victory” of vanquishing our enemies without mortal combat? All the money and weapons in the world cannot substitute for the will to fight for our precious country and what she represents. To remind us of what the will to win looks like, Dr. Gorka intersperses the stories of four American heroes—Stephen Decatur, “Chesty” Puller, “Red” McDaniel, and a warrior who never took up arms, Whittaker Chambers—men who believed in their country and put everything on the line for her. About the Author: Dr. Sebastian Gorka is a British-born Hungarian-American military and intelligence analyst. In 2008, he moved to America with his family, and he became a proud American citizen in 2012. Dr. Gorka obtained his doctorate in Political Science from Corvinus University in Budapest and was a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In Washington D.C., he served as Associate Dean for Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at National Defense University, and he has taught on the Master’s program at Georgetown University. Dr. Gorka has briefed the CIA, DIA, U.S. Navy Seals, and Commandant of the Marine Corps, he served as an expert for the DoJ during the Boston Bombing trial, and he has testified before Congress on the threat of Global Jihadism. Dr. Gorka remains a guest instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the home of the Green Berets. In addition to his scholastic career, Dr. Gorka is the National Security Strategist for the Fox News Channel, and he is a regular guest on the Sean Hannity show and programs of the FOX Business Network. He regularly writes for The Hill, and he has written two books for Regnery Publishing. His book Defeating Jihad, released in 2016, was a national best-seller, and his latest book, released in October 2018, is entitled Why We Fight…Defeating America’s Enemies with No Apologies. Before launching his Salem Radio Network talk show, “AMERICA FIRST with Sebastian Gorka,” he was an advisor to presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, and he served on the White House staff in 2017 as Deputy Assistant to the President for Strategy.

Belarus Under Putin's Radar

Feb 27, 2019 01:07:34

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About the Lecture: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made it clear to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka: Minsk must take steps towards deeper integration between the two countries. Polls have shown that, following the rise of Russian media presence in Belarus, pro-Russian sentiment increased within the society. What, exactly, is the situation in Belarus? What role could Belarusian civil society, the EU, and the U.S. play in the new paradigm? About the Speaker: Franak Viačorka is the Vice President of the Digital Communication Network. He concurrently works as the consultant for U.S. Agency for Global Media, and he is the Creative Director of RFE/RL Belarus Service. Mr. Viačorka is a frequent speaker and advocate for democracy and personal freedom in post-Soviet countries. An expert in Russian disinformation, he recently published research on the Kremlin-backed media, Russian Orthodox church, and think-tanks as the Kremlin's “soft-power.” Mr. Viačorka is the founder and vice president of the Belarusian cultural initiative Art Siadziba. In 2014, after the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, he launched a nationwide campaign promoting the national identity of Belarus." Before that, he served as a leader of the youth wing of the Belarusian Popular Front (BNF). After suffering through torture while serving under forced conscription in the Belarusian army, Mr. Viačorka’s personal story became the plot for the award-winning, Polish-French film Viva Belarus. His work in Belarus has been chronicled by documentary filmmakers and recognized by many international organizations, including the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and Open Society Foundations. Mr. Viačorka was the first Vaclav Havel fellow for RFE/RL under Havel’s personal recommendation. Mr. Viačorka has earned degrees from American University in Washington D.C. and Warsaw University in Poland, and he has also studied at Georgetown University and European Humanities University.

The Economics of Targeted Sanctions

Feb 22, 2019 01:01:24

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About the Lecture: While broad economic sanctions have long been used as instruments of foreign policy, targeted sanctions focusing on specific individuals, entities, and transactions are relatively new and less understood. Dr. Ahn will present some of his recent assessing the economic impact of targeted sanctions, using big data/machine-learning techniques on a unique database of firm and individual-level data. He shall focus on sanctions deployed by the United States and the European Union against primarily Russian targets after the crisis in Ukraine in 2014 as a natural experiment. Dr. Ahn has been able to identify specific impacts on targeted companies by category and by industry and to ascertain the extent to which ‘strategic’ companies received special support (“shielding”) from the Russian state. His work is particularly relevant for anyone who wishes to understand the policy effects of sanctions at both the micro and macro levels, and the extent to which a target state is able or unable to avoid the intended impacts of sanctions. About the Speaker: Dr. Daniel P. Ahn is currently a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches graduate courses on energy economics and conflict, a Senior Advisor at the Rapidan Energy Group, and an advisor for the U.S. government. He was previously the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised the Secretary and senior principals on a wide range of international economic and security topics relevant to U.S. foreign policy, including global macroeconomic growth, financial stability, economic sanctions, counter-terrorist financing, international trade, and energy security. Prior to public service, Dr. Ahn was the chief economist for commodities at Citigroup in New York and also held senior positions at Citadel, Barclays Capital, and Lehman Brothers. He has also held research and teaching positions at Harvard University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Columbia University, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of multiple research articles, Congressional testimony, and a forthcoming economics textbook. He was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in Finance. He completed his A.B. in economics and finance with honors from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

No God, No Civilization: The New Atheism and the Fantasy of Perpetual Progress

Feb 14, 2019 00:52:21

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About the Book: For centuries an aggressive secularism has fought to occupy the place once held by religion in Western society. Its intellectual leaders are ambitious. Their goal is to remove God from public discourse and then from memory. While they claimed that godlessness would bring about an era of peace, it brought history’s bloodiest century instead. Civic institutions founded on Judeo-Christian principles began to crumble apart from them. Firm and commonly held ideas — about rights, duties, and dignity — have vanished when their divine origin was denied. Alberto Martinez Piedra, a respected scholar and former U.S. ambassador, tells the intellectual story of our time in a sweeping overview that places the New Atheism in its proper context and valiantly upholds the greatness and incomparable richness of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Sir Winston Churchill said in 1948: “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” No God, No Civilization:The New Atheism and the Fantasy of Perpetual Progress aims to help opinion leaders and policymakers of today avoid the tragic mistakes of the past. About the Author: Amb. Alberto Martinez Piedra, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute of World Politics. In 1959, Amb. Piedra was the Director General of Exports and Imports of the Cuban Ministry of Commerce. He was the Technical Assistant of the Department of Economic Development of the Cuban National Council. Amb. Piedra was the Director of the Latin American Institute and Chairman for the Department of Economics and Business at The Catholic University of America. He was the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States. He served as the United States Ambassador to Guatemala from 1984-1987. From 1987-1988, he was the Senior Area Advisor for Latin America during the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Amb. Piedra has authored two books, Natural Law: The Foundation of an Orderly Economic System and No God, No Civilization:The New Atheism and the Fantasy of Perpetual Progress.

Diplomacy Through Aid: The 2014 - 2015 West African Ebola Epidemic

Feb 13, 2019 01:10:49

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About the Lecture: This lecture will focus on the background of the build up to the 2014 - 2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa and what the United States Government did to respond to this epidemic. Steven VanRoekel will discuss how the US tackled the challenges from the epidemic and what the government learned from it. About the Speaker: Steven VanRoekel is the Chief Operating Officer of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. Prior to this role, Steve was a technology and innovation consultant for the Foundation, seeking to further its mission through the use of data, technology and innovation. Steven began his engagement with Rockefeller in the Fall of 2017. Steve is a maker, investor and philanthropist. Prior to Rockefeller, Steve was in the Obama Administration where he last served as Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Steve helped coordinate the Administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including coordinating efforts to clarify and systemize the collection of data from the field and led the maker efforts to redesign the Ebola protective suit. Prior to his role at USAID, Steven was the second Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama in 2011. At the White House as U.S. CIO, Steve led the creation of the PortfolioStat agency review process, launched the “FedRAMP” cloud computing program, co-founded the United States Digital Service and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, and led the U.S. Government’s Open Data and Mobile policies. Wired Magazine named Steve one of the world’s top 10 influencers of cloud computing. Concurrently, Steve spent a year as the acting Deputy Director for Management/Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Before joining the White House, Steve held two prior positions in the Obama Administration at USAID and the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to the Administration, Steve’s entire professional career was at Microsoft Corporation where he held many roles, including the longest-serving Business and Strategy Assistant to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. His final role at Microsoft was as Senior Director of the Windows Server and Tools Division of Microsoft – a division, that at his departure, had risen to the be the second largest revenue generator for Microsoft. Steve is on the board of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the board of the Maret School of Washington D.C., and is on the board of VetSports, a nonprofit that helps veterans with opportunities to reintegrate into their communities through sports, community Service, events, and partnership. Steve, his wife Carrie, and three daughters (age 12, 10 and 8) live in Washington, DC.

Sixth Annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture: Insider Spies: New Ideas to Counter the Threat

Feb 13, 2019 01:34:37

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About Brian Kelley Memorial Lectures: The passing of Professor Brian Kelley was a grave loss to the Institute and to our country. His knowledge, experiences and dedication were at a level that is hard to match. In his time at IWP, he brought his own knowledge, as well as the knowledge of experts in the intelligence community, to help the students gain as much as they possibly could during their time at IWP. This lecture is meant to honor his memory and continue his tradition of providing students with the opportunity to hear comments from experts in their given careers within the intelligence community. About the Speaker: Dr. David L. Charney, MD is the Founder and Medical Director of Roundhouse Square Counseling Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. He specializes in Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Couples and Family Therapy, as well as Attention Deficit Disorder in adults. In addition to his usual practice, he has also treated personnel from within the Intelligence Community. As a result of unusual circumstances, he had the opportunity to join the defense team of his first spy case, Earl Pitts. Subsequently, Plato Cacheris, the attorney of Robert Hanssen, invited Dr. Charney to join his defense team, which added a further dimension to his experience. With the addition of his third spy case, Brian Regan, Dr. Charney further deepened his knowledge of the psychological nuances of captured spies. As a member of their defense teams, Dr. Charney was perceived by these insider spies as an understanding and supportive figure, which lowered their defensive mindsets, and provided a truer picture of their inner lives. Many common assumptions of spy motivation were brought into question by Dr. Charney’s work. Dr. Charney elaborated his findings in Part One of his White Paper, entitled True Psychology of the Insider Spy. Part Two of his White Paper, entitled NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, lays out Dr. Charney’s innovative and perhaps controversial recommendations for making use of what he learned to better manage the problem of insider spies. To educate and promote these concepts and ideas, he founded NOIR for USA, a non-profit organization.

The Future of the European Union

Jan 31, 2019 01:09:29

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This event is sponsored by the Center for Intermarium Studies and the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP. About the Lecture: The European Union is facing immense internal pressures as well as complex external dilemmas. The migration crisis, Brexit, and the rise of new political ideas have put the debate regarding the future of the EU integration in focus. The upcoming European Parliamentary elections in May 2019 will be a milestone in this debate. Hungarian Ambassador László Szabó will discuss the political and cultural vision of Central and Eastern Europe, and its implications to the region's relations with the United States. About the Speaker: Mr. László Szabó, M.D. physician, businessman, politician and diplomat who is the current Hungarian Ambassador to the United States since 2017. In 1990, Ambassador Szabó graduated from Debrecen Medical University, Hungary with a degree in medicine and practiced as a transplant surgeon for couple of years. In the early 1990’s he shifted to the pharmaceutical industry. He spent more than 20 successful years in the pharma field, held several local and international leadership positions, such as country manager for New Zealand and the South Pacific, vice president of China Human Resources at Eli Lilly; later he became CEO of the Hungarian operations of TEVA. In 2014, when the Government of Hungary decided to put foreign trade and investment to the forefront, and looked for a seasoned business leader, Ambassador Szabó was approached to join public service. He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, building up the trade pillar of the Ministry until his appointment as Ambassador to the U.S. in July 2017.

Insights from an Exiled Venezuelan Opposition Figure

Jan 31, 2019 01:00:07

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About the Lecture: In 1927, Mr. David Smolansky’s Jewish grandparents fled Soviet Ukraine for Cuba, from which they fled to Venezuela in 1970 after Fidel Castro's socialism caused their family business to crumble. This family history contributed to Mr. Smolanksy’s desire to become involved in politics and to oppose Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Eventually, he earned the position of mayor of El Hatillo, in which he concentrated on decreasing kidnappings and crime and increasing security and transparency, causing the Maduro regime's decision to remove him from office and put out a warrant for his arrest. This decision forced him to make more than a month long escape to the United States. Now, Mr. Smolansky, as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, has conducted research focusing on the explosion of violent crime and criminal gangs in Venezuela and the security implications of the Maduro regime's ties with such groups as Hezbollah, and he provides insight on shifting regional politics and what that may mean for Venezuela, including various futures that could unfold in the country. About the Speaker: David Smolansky is the former mayor of El Hatillo municipality in Caracas, Venezuela. He is currently living in exile and is a visiting scholar at Georgetown University. Mr. Smolansky was removed from office by the Maduro administration, disqualified from any public administration role, and has a warrant out for his arrest. He was forced to flee from Venezuela after 35 days in hiding, in which he faced more than 35 checkpoints until he finally reached Brazil. Mr. Smolansky is one of the best-known young Venezuelan politicians, and he was a vital member of the student movement that defeated Hugo Chávez’s constitutional reform proposal in 2007. Elected as the youngest mayor in Venezuela, his administration decreased kidnapping rates in El Hatillo, making the municipality one of the most secure and transparent in the country. Mr. Smolansky is also a founding member and deputy secretary general of Voluntad Popular, one of the main opposition political parties led by Leopoldo López. In 2015, he was recognized by Junior Chamber International as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. Mr. Smolansky also received the Global Impact Award from Georgetown University in 2018. A journalism graduate from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, he holds a master’s degree in political science from the Universidad Simón Bolívar and participated in the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University.

Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

Jan 29, 2019 01:09:02

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About the Book: Soon after the American Revolution, certain of the founders began to recognize the strategic significance of Asia and the Pacific and the vast material and cultural resources at stake there. Over the coming generations, the United States continued to ask how best to expand trade with the region and whether to partner with China, at the center of the continent, or Japan, looking toward the Pacific. Where should the United States draw its defensive line, and how should it export democratic principles? In a history that spans the eighteenth century to the present, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 follows the development of U.S. strategic thinking toward East Asia, identifying recurring themes in American statecraft that reflect the nation's political philosophy and material realities. Drawing on archives, interviews, and his own experience in the Pentagon and White House, Green finds one overarching concern driving U.S. policy toward East Asia: a fear that a rival power might use the Pacific to isolate and threaten the United States and prevent the ocean from becoming a conduit for the westward free flow of trade, values, and forward defense. By More Than Providence works through these problems from the perspective of history's major strategists and statesmen, from Thomas Jefferson to Alfred Thayer Mahan and Henry Kissinger. It records the fate of their ideas as they collided with the realities of the Far East and adds clarity to America's stakes in the region, especially when compared with those of Europe and the Middle East. About the Author: Michael Jonathan Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was a senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute and assistant professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet. Dr. Green is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, a distinguished scholar at the Asia Pacific Institute in Tokyo, and professor by special appointment at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the America Australia Leadership Dialogue, the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia and the Center for a New American Security, and the editorial boards of the Washington Quarterly and the Journal of Unification Studies in Korea. He also serves as a trustee at the Asia Foundation, senior adviser at the Asia Group, and associate of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Green has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security, including most recently, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017). He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College with highest honors. He holds a black belt in Iaido (sword) and has won international prizes on the great highland bagpipe.

Iraqi Governance and the Challenge of Iranian Interference

Jan 28, 2019 01:03:55

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About the Lecture: This discussion will examine the influential role played by Iran within Iraq and the challenge of building a functioning Iraqi state in the context of Iranian penetration of Iraqi politics, economics, security, and religion. In security, the rise of the Islamic State provided an opportunity for Iran to assist Iraq by standing up Shi'a militias, which are now being used to further Iran's security presence in key areas of Iraq and are helping Iran to realize its strategic vision of building a "Shi'a arc" from Tehran to the Mediterranean. This has complicated Baghdad's ability to grasp the security situation within Iraq. Iran, also, has benefited from a one-sided economic and trade relationship with Iraq. At the same time that its influence has been rising within its neighbor, Iran has been becoming increasingly unpopular among the Iraqi people for its interference in Iraq, and Iraqi nationalists such as Muqtada al-Sadr are pushing back against that influence. This talk will examine all of these aspects of Iranian interference with a particular focus on how to build healthy Iraqi governance functions in the midst of these major challenges. About the Speaker: Mike Pregent is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is a senior Middle East analyst, a former adjunct lecturer for the College of International Security Affairs, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Pregent is a former intelligence officer with over 28 years of experience working in security, terrorism, counter-insurgency, and policy issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. He is an expert in Middle Eastern and North African political and security issues, counter-terrorism analysis, stakeholder communications, and strategic planning. He spent considerable time working malign Iranian influence in Iraq as an advisor to Iraq’s Security and Intelligence apparatus. Pregent served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and he served as a liaison officer in Egypt during the 2000 Intifada, as a counter-insurgency intelligence officer at CENTCOM in 2001, and as a company commander in Afghanistan in 2002. Additionally, Pregent served as an embedded advisor with the Peshmerga in Mosul from 2005-2006. Also, as a civilian SME working for DIA, Pregent served as a political and military advisor to USF-I focusing on reconciliation, the insurgency, and Iranian influence in Iraq from 2007-2011. He was a violent extremism and foreign fighter analyst at CENTCOM from 2011-2013.

Suki w Zakone: A Criminal Key to Putin's Russia

Dec 12, 2018 01:30:23

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About the lecture Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz will discuss how the criminal underworld was coopted by the Bolshevik revolution, how it was tamed and broken by the Soviet state, how it coexisted with it and infiltrated it; how it became transformed in the post-Soviet realm; and how it became second nature of Putin's system in Russia. Dr. Chodakiewicz will stress historical continuities of Russia's criminal underworld which have now infiltrated into the mainstream of its national life. About the speaker Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds the The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, where he also serves as a Professor of History and teaches courses on Geography and Strategy, Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, and Mass Murder Prevention. He is the author of Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas and numerous other books and articles. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola Marymount University.

China's Military and Geopolitical Rise and its Challenge to the US

Dec 12, 2018 00:54:17

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About the Lecture: Xi Jinping, China's Communist Party Chairman and President, has ambitious plans to make China a global power. This lecture will discuss the plans to rebuild ancient trading routes with new infrastructure that can become military bases or ports. The lecture also will cover China's plans for a modern, powerful military that can project expeditionary forces to defend China's new, far-flung interests. About the Speaker: Dr. Larry M. Wortzel served for 32 years in the United States Armed Forces, three years in the Marine Corps followed by 29 years in the Army. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Wortzel earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Dr. Wortzel’s military experience includes seven years in the infantry as well as assignment in signals intelligence collection, human source intelligence collection, counterintelligence, and as a strategist. He served two tours of duty in Beijing, China, as a military attaché and spent twelve years in the Asia-Pacific Region. Dr. Wortzel is the former Director of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College. Concurrently he was professor of Asian studies. He retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel at the end of 1999. After his military retirement, he was director of the Asian Studies Center and vice president for foreign policy and defense studies at The Heritage Foundation. Dr. Wortzel has written or edited ten books and numerous scholarly articles on China and East Asia. His books include Class in China: Stratification in a Classless Society; China’s Military Modernization: International Implications; Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese Military History; and The Dragon Extends its Reach: Chinese Military Power Goes Global. Dr. Wortzel was reappointed Commissioner for The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review by House Speaker Paul Ryan for a term expiring on December 31, 2018.

Sovereignty in the 21st Century

Dec 4, 2018 00:37:55

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About the Book: Sovereignty in the 21st Century and the Crisis for Identity, Cultures, Nation-States, and Civilizations describes a world already at war with itself. It is a world in which urban globalists fear and despise regional nationalists, and vice-versa. It is a time when the concept of the nation-state sovereignty incarnate has slipped from the minds of many. The populations of the mega-cities have as they have in different ways in the past assumed that they alone represented the state . The response to this has been a voter revolt in many areas of the world and the sudden re-appearance of the schisms between cities and regions. Nationalism has become, for many in the cities, a pejorative term, but an expression of hope for revival of many in the regions. But what do we know of the issues which are really at stake in this changing century? Can we adequately describe the meaning of sovereignty of individuals as well as states or the fundamental differences between republics and constitutional monarchies; between empires and suzerainties? Yet all these issues will determine whether we will live in calm and prosperity, or chaos and fear. This may be the most remarkable book yet by Gregory Copley. About the Author: Gregory Copley, an Australian, is the President of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), based in Washington, DC. He has served as an adviser on strategic issues to a number of governments and leaders. He has authored or co-authored 35 books on strategic and geopolitical issues, history, energy, aviation, and defense. Some of these works include: Sovereignty in the 21st Century, and the Crisis for Cultures, Nation-States, and Civilizations, UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos, and The Art of Victory. He co-authored Rise of the RedMed: How the Mediterranean-Red Sea Nexus is Resuming its Strategic Centrality, and Pakistan’s Metamorphosis: The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook on Pakistan. He is Editor-in-Chief of Defense & Foreign Affairs publications, and the Director of Intelligence at the Global Information System (GIS), an on-line, encrypted-access, global intelligence service which provides strategic current intelligence solely to governments. In 2007, he drafted the grand strategy framework document for Australia, called Australia 2050. He authored and edited the encyclopedia, The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook, from 1976 until the present time, taking it from a 2,500 page print book to an even bigger online publication in recent years. He has received a significant number of orders and decorations from governments, including, in 2007, being made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to the international community in the field of strategic analysis. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2011, and was awarded the Society’s Erebus Medal in 2015. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Forces College Foundation. He received the Asian Council Award in 1990. Mr Copley also has had an extensive career as an industrialist, owning several shipyards and engineering companies in the United Kingdom, a naval architectural firm, and a chemical company in France. Among his other activities, he founded Argonaut LLC, a company exploring — and delivering — remote area, mobile energy and water purification solutions. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Scottish national airline, Highland Express.

Economic Democracy: The Unexplored Foundation for a Free Economy

Dec 4, 2018 00:58:11

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About the Lecture: This examination of American governance makes a rather unique comparison of economic democracy with political democracy. It will be shown that this is the mechanism that governs and regulates much of our lives, not government, and does so in a much more efficient, responsive manner than political democracy. In the process, it draws a variety of conclusions about the consequences of liberty, the consequences for equality, and the physical impossibility of democratic socialism. About the Speaker: Professor Alan Messer served in the CIA for 32 years, first as an analyst on Soviet defense industries and economics for 17 years, in the Directorate for Science and Technology for two years, and then as an operations officer in the Clandestine Service for 13 years, specializing in the KGB and GRU. Prof. Messer has a Master's degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a Master's degree in economics from UCLA. Prof. Messer teaches A Counterintelligence Challenge: The Enigmas and Benefits of Defectors at IWP.

The Hunt for and Identification of CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames

Nov 19, 2018 00:45:28

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About the Lecture: In 1985 and 1986, the CIA experienced the unparalleled loss of its stablility of Soviet assets, which all but wiped out human source reporting on the Soviet Union. In this lecture, Ms. Grimes will discuss her and her co-spy catcher's personal involvement in the CIA's effort to identify the reason for those losses and to protect future Soviet assets from a similar fate of execution. In 1991, the quest led them to search for a Soviet spy in the CIA. They came to identify that individual as CIA Case Officer, Aldrich Ames, a long-time friend and co-worker. In February of 1994, Ames was arrested by the FBI and sentenced to life in prison. About the Speaker: Sandy Grimes is a twenty-six year veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service. She spent most of her career working against the former Soviet Union supporting many of the CIA's most valuable cases, including penetrations of the KGB and GRU. She is co-author of the book "Circle of Treason," which details the search for a Soviet traitor in CIA. It is also the basis for an ABC News mini-series "The Asset", which aired in 2014. The daughter of parents who worked on the Manhattan Project, Sandy spent her formative years in Denver, Colorado, where she substituted a course in Russian for the dreaded junior year of physics that set the direction of her personal and professional life. She holds a BA in Russian from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a mother of two daughters and grandmother of four. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband of 49 years.

Saved from Overseas: Contribution of the General Haller’s Army to the Independence of Poland

Nov 16, 2018 00:51:22

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Maria Juczewska, IWP, Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies. This year, we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Poland's regaining independence. One of the factors that greatly contributed to the rebirth of Poland was the support of General Haller's Army, created on the American soil. The lecture discusses the Army's diplomatic and military contribution to Polish independence.

Radical Islam and Resettlement Jihad: Are Poland and Its Neighbors the Next Potential Victims?

Nov 16, 2018 00:44:38

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Matthew J. O’Brien, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Director of Research. The nations of Europe are rapidly becoming the victims of their unnecessarily generous immigration policies, their overly broad concepts of religious freedom and their unwillingness to defend Judeo-Christian culture from Islamic encroachment. Will Poland and its neighbors be the next casualties of this disturbing trend?”

Russian Cyber Doctrine and the Targeting of U.S. Critical Infrastructure

Nov 16, 2018 01:12:04

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About the Lecture: On March 15, 2018, the DHS and FBI announced that the Russian government cyber actors had conducted, since at least March 2016, a multi-stage cyber intrusion campaign in various U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial, water, aviation, and manufacturing sectors. In her upcoming lecture, “Russian Cyber Doctrine and the Targeting of U.S. Critical Infrastructure,” Russia expert and private intelligence consultant Rebekah Koffler will examine this highly significant event within the context the Russian cyber doctrine. Ms. Koffler also will provide an open source intelligence assessment of Russia’s intentions for this specific cyber campaign and how cyber fits in Moscow’s overall doctrine/strategy targeting the United States. About the Speaker: Rebekah Koffler is an intelligence expert on Russian Doctrine/Strategy and Cyber Operations and a former U.S. intelligence officer who specializes in open source intelligence analysis of the Russian threat to U.S. and Western security. As a recognized IC expert on Russia, Ms. Koffler delivered classified briefings to top U.S. military commanders and policymakers, the White House National Security Council, the Directors of the CIA and DIA, NATO, senior Congressional Staff, and the Vice Chairman-select of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a Russian-English bilingual analyst with a Russian native background, Rebekah has a deep understanding of the Russian strategic culture, mindset and behavior. Ms. Koffler holds an M.A. in International Transactions from the George Mason University in Virginia, a B.A./M.A. in Foreign Languages from Moscow State Pedagogical University, and a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence from the Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C. She is the founder of the private intelligence consultancy Doctrine & Strategy Consulting LLC.

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

Nov 16, 2018 00:32:13

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About the Book: The history of espionage is far older than any of today’s intelligence agencies, yet the long history of intelligence operations has been largely forgotten. The codebreakers at Bletchley Park, the most successful World War II intelligence agency, were completely unaware that their predecessors in earlier moments of national crisis had broken the codes of Napoleon during the Napoleonic wars and those of Spain before the Spanish Armada. Those who do not understand past mistakes are likely to repeat them. Intelligence is a prime example. At the outbreak of World War I, the grasp of intelligence shown by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was not in the same class as that of George Washington during the Revolutionary War and leading eighteenth-century British statesmen. In this book, the first global history of espionage ever written, distinguished historian Christopher Andrew recovers much of the lost intelligence history of the past three millennia—and shows us its relevance. About the Author: Christopher Andrew is emeritus professor of modern and contemporary history and former chair of the faculty of history at Cambridge University. He is also chair of the British Intelligence Study Group, founding co-editor of Intelligence and National Security, former visiting professor at Harvard, Toronto, and the Australian National universities, and a regular presenter of BBC Radio and TV documentaries. His most recent book, Defend the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5, was an international hit. His fifteen previous books include The Sword and the Shield, The World Was Going Our Way, and other path-breaking studies on the use and abuse of secret intelligence in modern history.

Venezuela's Future: Where do we go from here?

Nov 16, 2018 01:01:11

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About the Lecture: The collapse of Venezuela is no longer an internal or domestic problem; its migrant exodus has made it a hemispheric crisis. Most impacted is key US ally Colombia, where they are swelling the ranks of the ELN terrorist group. Maduro will reach the end of his presidential term in January 2019, but, with deepening repression and escalating brutality, shows no signs of leaving office democratically or indeed peaceably. The traditional opposition is fractured, conflicted and increasingly racked by corruption scandals. Yet the region's leaders are increasingly agreed that the only way to end the crisis is for the Maduro regime to end. With this complex Rubik's cube, what could the future hold for Venezuela? About the Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Neumann is an authority on Latin American politics and security, as well as on crime-terror pipelines, particularly on stemming illicit trade as a counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency strategy that supports businesses. She is the author of a book on crime-terror pipelines, Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists (St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan). The Brazilian Portuguese edition Lucros de Sangue will be published in late November 2018; the Spanish language edition is currently being negotiated. Dr. Neumann is also the co-author of The Many Criminal Heads of the Golden Hydra (Asymmetrica and Counter-Extremism Project, May 2018), an extensive analysis of illicit trade and corruption in the Tri-Border Area, that has been covered by more than 75 media outlets and forced Paraguayan troop movements. Dr. Neumann has served four years on the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade (since its inception) and on their Advisory Group. She holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Columbia University, and fellowships at Yale University, Columbia University and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Her company Asymmetrica is a member of the Global Counter Terrorism Research Network (GCTRN) for the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Notably, Dr. Neumann was the academic reviewer for USSOCOM’s ARIS Series teaching manual on counterinsurgency (COIN) in Colombia. She is a widely sought speaker to media, academia and governments.

Competitive Strategy and America's Future

Nov 9, 2018 01:00:28

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Dr. Frank Marlo is Dean of Academics at The Institute of World Politics. He formerly served as a Professor of Strategic Studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in May 2006. From January 2002 until January 2005, he served as Assistant for Counterproliferation Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. He is the author of Planning Reagan's War: Conservative Strategists and America's Cold War Victory (Potomac Books, 2012) and a contributing editor to the book The Grand Strategy That Won the Cold War: Architecture of Triumph (Lexington Books, 2016).

Invisible Slaves: The Victims and Perpetrators of Modern-Day Slavery

Nov 9, 2018 01:00:40

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About the Book: In Invisible Slaves, W. Kurt Hauser discusses slavery around the world, with research and firsthand stories that reframe slavery as a modern-day crisis, not a historical phenomenon or third-world issue. Identifying four types of slavery—chattel slavery, debt bondage, forced labor, and sex slavery—he examines the efforts and failures of governments to address them. He explores the political, economic, geographic, and cultural factors that shape slavery today, illustrating the tragic human toll with individual stories. Country by country, the author illuminates the harsh realities of modern-day slavery. He explores slavery's effects on victims, including violence, isolation, humiliation, and the master-slave relationship, and discusses the methods traffickers use to lure the vulnerable, especially children, into slavery. He assesses nations based on their levels of slavery and efforts to combat the problem, citing the rankings of the United States' Trafficking Victims Protection Act. He concludes with an appeal to governments and ordinary citizens alike to meet this humanitarian crisis with awareness and action. About the Author: W. Kurt Hauser received BA and MBA degrees from Stanford University. While at Stanford he was a member of the varsity track and rugby teams. He was the head of an investment management firm for most of his career. He is the author of Taxation and Economic Performance and his work has been published in many news media including the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and Investor's Business Daily among others. He has appeared on KRON, CNN, FOX, CNBC, and PJTV. His research on the relationship between marginal tax rates, federal government revenues as a percent of Gross Domestic Product and economic growth has become known as Hauser's Law. Kurt is the past Chairman of the Board of the Hoover Institution at Stanford and continues to be a board member. He has served on the board of many organizations including AON Risk Services, the Bay Area Red Cross, the Stanford Business School Trust, the Hill School, and the Economic Round Table of San Francisco. For the past decade Kurt has devoted his time to researching the origin, evolution, development, and ubiquity of global slavery.

Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Iraq and Syria Panel

Nov 6, 2018 01:07:24

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About the Panel: Iraq and Syria have become major sources of instability in the Middle East, drawing in Islamic extremists from around the world, sending floods of refugees outside of their borders, and seeing genocide at the hands of the Islamic State. The societies of both Iraq and Syria have suffered much from Baathist politics and ideology, which has in many ways set the stage for much of the dysfunction and problems that we are seeing in those countries today – a factor not usually recognized in analyses of events there. Events within Iraq and Syria have also been influenced by external actors jockeying for influence and in pursuit of their own geopolitical goals. In each country, however, there are hopeful signs, despite all of the tragedy. The dynamics in Syria and Iraq are related, yet distinct and different. This panel will explore the distinct dynamics in each country as well as some common dynamics, the changing role of the United States in the region, the role of other external factors such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the Gulf States, and will examine what the economic and political future may look like for ethnic and religious minorities in both countries. In Iraq, where the Christian population has dropped by approximately 90% since 2003 and where Yazidis have suffered genocide along with their Christian neighbors, the future role and status of ethnic and religious minorities is critical to that country's stability and future. The Iraqi panelist, Loay Mikhael, is an Iraqi Christian, now living in the Washington, D.C. area. In Syria, approximately 30% of Syrian territory, located in the northeast of the country, is governed by the Self-Administration of North and East Syria, which was announced on 6 September 2018, is heavily populated by Syrian Kurds, along with Arab, Christian and other minorities. The legislature for this body is the Syrian Democratic Council. Two of our panelists, Bassam Ishak, a Syrian Christian, and Sinam Sherkany, a Kurdish Muslim, are part of the SDC, and represent the SDC here in Washington, D.C. They will discuss how they are attempting to build a pluralistic society with protections for freedom of religion, speech, and dissent, in the midst of the chaos of the Syrian civil war. This panel was moderated by IWP Research Professor Paul Coyer, who specializes in the role of religion in foreign affairs and who spent time this past summer with the Yazidi and Christian communities of northern Iraq.

Confessions of a Corporate Lobbyist

Nov 6, 2018 01:28:08

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About the Lecture: Mr. Maibach will share 10 lively stories of ethics, strategy and decision-making drawn from his 18 years as Vice President of Global Government Affairs at the Intel Corporation. These stories sometimes involve the first four CEOs of Intel – Dr. Robert Noyce, Dr. Gordon Moore, Dr. Andrew Grove, and Dr. Craig Barrett. These are three of the four founders of the company. Dr. Noyce is the co-inventor of the integrated circuit (computer chip). Dr. Moore is famous for “Moore’s Law.” Dr. Grove was Time Man of the Year in 1997. Dr. Barrett is a former professor at Stanford University. All four are men of exceptional intelligence and high integrity. Inside each story is a “lesson” or a “moral to the story.” At the end of the talk, Mr. Maibach will explore with our audience what some of those lessons were and remain today. About the Speaker: Michael Maibach is a seasoned professional in global business diplomacy, advisor to several non-profits, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Management. While in college he was elected to the DeKalb County Board (Illinois), the first person elected to public office under 21 years of age in US history. He is currently a Senior Fellow in American Federalism at the American Opportunity Foundation, and a Trustee and Managing Director at the James Wilson Institute. From 2003-12, he served as the President and CEO of the European-American Business Council. He was Vice President, Global Government Affairs at Intel Corporation from 1983-2001. He has served as an advisor to two White House Commissions under Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. and served on two US State Department advisory councils. He has testified before the US Congress on 17 occasions. He is a graduate of The Institute of World Politics, and also holds M.A. degrees from Georgetown University and Northern Illinois University.

China Builds for Global Power Projection

Oct 29, 2018 01:16:34

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About the Lecture: In a gathering trend previously discounted by some analysts, China is building the means to achieve global military power projection. By the 2030s China's People's Liberation Army will have robust and growing capabilities in the areas of maritime and airmobile global power projection, and will be contesting control of the Earth-Moon system. The United States can continue to deter China into the 2030s by achieving early astro-strategic advantages, staying ahead in emerging 6th generation warfare paradigms and doubling down with allies to build robust deterrent networks. About the Speaker: Rick Fisher is a Senior Fellow on Asian Military Affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. Fisher is a recognized authority on the PRC military and the Asian military balance and their implications for Asia and the United States. His most recent book is China’s Military Modernization: Building for Regional and Global Reach. Fisher has worked on Asian security matters for over 20 years in a range of critical positions — as Asian Studies Director at the Heritage Foundation, Senior Analyst for Chairman Chris Cox’s Policy Committee in support of the report of the Select Committee for US National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China, and a consultant on PLA issues for the Congressionally chartered US China Security & Economic Review Commission. The author of nearly 200 studies on challenges to American security, economic and foreign policy in Asia, Fisher is a frequent commentator on Asian issues for radio and television and has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House International Relations Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, and the U.S. China Security Commission, on the modernization of China’s military. Fisher has been Editor of the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief, and a regular contributor to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, Jane’s Intelligence Review, National Interest, Air Forces Monthly, and World Airpower Journal. He has served as an election observer in Cambodia, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan, and performed field research in China, Taiwan, Russia, India and Pakistan. Fisher studied at Georgetown University and at Eisenhower College where he received his BA with honors. He is currently President of Pacific Strategies, Inc.

The Foundation of the CIA: Harry Truman, The Missouri Gang, and the Origins of the Cold War

Oct 19, 2018 01:23:07

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This event is a part of the Global Impact Discussion Series by founder and moderator Patricia Schouker, IWP alumna. About the Book: This highly accessible book provides new material and a fresh perspective on American National Intelligence practice, focusing on the first fifty years of the twentieth century, when the United States took on the responsibilities of a global superpower during the first years of the Cold War. Late to the art of intelligence, the United States during World War II created a new model of combining intelligence collection and analytic functions into a single organization—the OSS. At the end of the war, President Harry Truman and a small group of advisors developed a new, centralized agency directly subordinate to and responsible to the President, despite entrenched institutional resistance. Instrumental to the creation of the CIA was a group known colloquially as the “Missouri Gang,” which included not only President Truman but equally determined fellow Missourians Clark Clifford, Sidney Souers, and Roscoe Hillenkoetter. About the Author: Richard E. Schroeder specializes in Cold War and intelligence issues. His Ph.D dissertation at the University of Chicago was on the Hitler Youth as a paramilitary organization. Trained as an infantry platoon leader, he served as a US Army intelligence officer on the Army Staff in Washington, DC, and the US Military Command in Vietnam. He is the author of classified US Army political studies. Following his tour in Vietnam, he was research director on the Louisiana gubernatorial campaign of the late Congressman Gillis W. Long. During his thirty-one year career as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Clandestine Service, he held senior management positions both in Washington and Europe in the CIA Directorates of Operations and Science and Technology, and spent three years in CIA’s Office of Congressional Affairs responsible for Directorate of Operations liaison with Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committees. He also served as Deputy Director of the CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence. His final assignment before retirement in 2003 was as CIA Chair and Professor of Political Science at National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a founding member of the Board of Advisors of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. He currently consults on national security issues and since 1999 has been an adjunct professor in the graduate Security Studies Program and the undergraduate Science, Technology, and International Affairs Concentration of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has lectured on intelligence at the Bush School at Texas A&M, the University of Missouri, the Air Force and Naval Academies, Marquette, the Ohio State University, the Patterson School at the University of Kentucky, Westminster College, New Mexico State University, Kent State University, the Allied Museum, Berlin, and the National Security Agency. He and his wife Leah have one son, and live in Washington, DC.

Democratic Governance as a Strategic Concept for Latin America

Oct 18, 2018 01:24:57

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About the Lecture: Amidst the collapse of the “socialist paradise” of Venezuela, expanding bloodshed in Nicaragua, refugees fleeing Central American gang extortion, the election of a leftist populist president in violence-torn Mexico, and Chinese and Russian advances across the region, Dr. Ellis draws the conclusion: The U.S. needs a strategic concept for what it is trying to achieve in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Ellis will argue that advancing “democratic governance” is a useful strategic concept for U.S. national security and other policymakers and without clarity regarding what the U.S. is seeking to achieve, the regional security environment devolves into responses to the invariable crises and advances of foreign actors. About the Speaker: Dr. Evan Ellis is a research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), with a focus on the region’s relationships with China and other non-Western Hemisphere actors, as well as transnational organized crime and populism in the region. Dr. Ellis has published more than 170 works, including: China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009); The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America (William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, 2013); and, China on the Ground in Latin America (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014). Dr. Ellis has presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 26 countries throughout four continents, and has given testimony on Chinese activities in Latin America to the U.S. Congress. Dr. Ellis has discussed his work regarding China and other external actors in Latin America on a broad range of radio and television programs; he is cited regularly in print media in both the United States and Latin America for his work in this area. Dr. Ellis holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in comparative politics.

The Virtue of Nationalism

Oct 17, 2018 01:22:34

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About the Book: Nationalism is the issue of our age. From Donald Trump's "America First" politics to Brexit to the rise of the right in Europe, events have forced a crucial debate: Should we fight for international government, or should the world's nations keep their independence and self-determination? In The Virtue of Nationalism, Yoram Hazony contends that a world of sovereign nations is the only option for those who care about personal and collective freedom. He recounts how, beginning in the sixteenth century, English, Dutch, and American Protestants revived the Old Testament's love of national independence and showed how their vision eventually brought freedom to peoples from Poland to India, Israel to Ethiopia. It is this tradition we must restore, he argues, if we want to limit conflict and hate--and allow human difference and innovation to flourish. About the Author: Yoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem. His book The Virtue of Nationalism will be published by Basic Books in September 2018. Hazony’s other books include The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul. His essays appear frequently in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other media, including, recently: “What Is Conservatism?”; “The Dark Side of the Enlightenment”; and “Jordan Peterson and Conservatism’s Rebirth.”

Superpower China: The "Great Game Changer"

Oct 12, 2018 01:16:19

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A geopolitical game of “Gō” now unfolds between the rising Chinese superpower and the status quo powers of the Indo-Pacific led by the United States while Russia holds Eurasia's pivot point. This great “Gō” Game is on the cusp of power transitions comparable to the rise of Japan at the end of the nineteenth century and America’s Pacific preeminence in the mid-twentieth. Across the Indo-Pacific, geopolitical change surges Tsunami-like throughout the region. Politicians, statesmen, soldiers, businessmen, and economists reassess their region’s future vis-à-vis an emerging bipolar U.S.-China superpower rivalry. If America’s prospects appear good, Indo-Pacific states will continue to side with the United States and “balance” against China. If China appears able and determined to overwhelm the Indo-Pacific's America-anchored alliance network, however, Asia will bandwagon with China. Mr. John Tkacik is a retired U.S. foreign service officer, businessman and policy commentator with over 40 years of continuous experience in East Asian affairs. He spent 24 years in the Department of State including four tours in Chinese-language posts. Dr. Tkacik was Chief of China Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) before retiring in 1994. He was vice president for government relations for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International and was a consultant to RJR-Nabisco China from 1996 to 1999. He joined The Heritage Foundation in 2001 where he was senior research fellow in Asian studies. At Heritage, Dr. Tkacik penned commentaries and research on Chinese, Taiwanese, and Mongolian issues, and he edited two books: Rethinking One China and Reshaping the Taiwan Strait. He has degrees from Georgetown and Harvard.

The Impact of Religion on the American Character

Oct 4, 2018 01:02:51

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This event is a part of the Student Lecture Series at IWP. About the Lecture: The United States, like most Western liberal countries, is a secular nation, as the American Founders established a political system that effectively separates Church and State. Nevertheless, religion has played an important role in developing the “American Character.” The speaker will discuss how religion was indispensable for the success of the young American Republic and argue that it is nearly impossible to imagine the United States without it. This lecture is an installment of IWP's Student Speaker Series. About the Speaker: Tobias Brandt is originally from Germany and graduated from the University of Hamburg with a degree in Middle Eastern and Religious Studies in 2015. For his Bachelor’s Thesis, he analyzed al-Qaeda’s propaganda strategy on the basis of original Arabic documents. He is currently studying Statecraft and International Affairs with a specialization in International Politics at the Institute of World Politics. His key research areas are U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, the role of religion in politics, as well as the transatlantic relationship. Mr. Brandt’s lecture is based on a paper he submitted for IWP's course on American Founding Principles.

The League of the Militant Godless

Oct 1, 2018 00:37:13

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About the Lecture: The speaker will discuss Soviet antireligious activism and propaganda, taking a look at "volunteer" activism and analyzing the artistic renderings of religion in Bezbozhnik - the propaganda apparatus of the League of the Militant Godless. This event is sponsored by the Center for Intermarium Studies and the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP. About the Speaker: Helen Lamm is from the great state of South Carolina. In 2017, she graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College with a degree in Chinese and History. She is currently studying Statecraft and International Affairs with a concentration in American Foreign Policy at The Institute of World Politics. She is interested in the politics of post-communism, and focuses much of her writing on the interplay of religion and politics. This paper was submitted for completion of Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz's 2018 spring course on Russian Politics.

North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa

Oct 1, 2018 01:13:01

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About the Book: In North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability, Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. analyzes relevant North Korean military capabilities, what arms the nation provides, and to whom, how it skirts its sanctions, and how North Korea's activities can best be contained. He traces illicit networks that lead to state and nonstate actors in the Middle East, including Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and throughout Africa, including at least a dozen nations. The potential proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons technology and the vehicles that carry it, including ballistic missiles and artillery, represent a broader threat than the leadership in Pyongyang. Including training and infrastructure support, North Korea's profits may range into the billions of dollars, all concealed in illicit networks and front companies so complex that the nation struggles to track and control them. Bechtol not only presents an accurate picture of the current North Korean threat―he also outlines methodologies that Washington and the international community must embrace in order to contain it. About the Author: Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., is an award winning professor of political science at Angelo State University and a retired Marine. He was formerly on the faculty at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Air Command and Staff College. Dr. Bechtol served as an adjunct visiting professor at the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies. He was an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1997 until 2003, eventually serving as the senior analyst for Northeast Asia in the Intelligence Directorate on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He formerly sat on the editorial review board of the East Asian Review and served as editor of the Defense Intelligence Journal. He is currently on the editorial advisory board of the Korea Observer, and is on the scientific board of Global Humanities. He is the current president of the International Council on Korean Studies, and serves on the board of directors of the Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies. He has also authored North Korea and Regional Security in the Kim Jong-un Era: A New International Security Dilemma, The Last Days of Kim Jong-Il: The North Korean Threat in a Changing Era, Defiant Failed State: The North Korean Threat to International Security, and Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea. A widely sought after expert on North Korean international security issues, Dr. Bechtol has been called on to present commentary to the BBC, CNN, CBC, FOX News, Radio New Zealand, syndicated nationwide radio shows such as POTUS politics on SIRIUS/XM, the John Batchelor show, the Frank Gaffney show, and several interviews on National Public Radio.

Russian Military History

Sep 17, 2018 00:55:05

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This event is the eighth annual Kosciuszko Chair Military Lecture in honor of Gen. Walter Jajko. It is sponsored by the Center for Intermarium Studies and the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics. About the Lecture: This lecture will explore the military history of Russia, going back to pre-imperial times, in order to analyze the Russian Federation's recent actions toward the United States, NATO, and Europe. Russia has historically viewed war in a different light than the West, and this historical context is vital to determining how to respond to recent belligerent actions. About the Speaker: Geoffrey Seroka is a graduate student at The Institute of World Politics, studying International Affairs. He has focused his graduate research on Russian/Eurasian affairs and has delivered two previous lectures as a part of the Kosciusko Chair's Intermarium Lecture Series. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Patrick Henry College in 2015.

Anatomy of Failure: Why America Loses Every War It Starts

Sep 7, 2018 01:15:08

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About the Book: Since the end of World War II, why has the United States either lost every war it started or failed in every military intervention it prosecuted? Harlan Ullman's new book answers this most disturbing question, a question many Americans would not ask because this record of failure has been largely hidden in plain sight or forgotten with the passage of time. The most straightforward answer is that presidents and administrations have consistently failed to use sound strategic thinking and lacked sufficient knowledge or understanding of the circumstances prior to deciding whether or not to employ force. Making this case is an in-depth analysis of the records of presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama and Donald Trump in using force or starting wars. His recommended solutions begin with a "brains-based" approach to sound strategic thinking to address one of the major causes of failure--the inexperience of too many of the nation's commanders-in-chief. Ullman reinforces his argument through the use of autobiographical vignettes that provide a human dimension and insight into the reasons for failure, in some cases making public previously unknown history. The clarion call of Anatomy of Failure is that both a sound strategic framework and sufficient knowledge and understanding of the circumstance that may lead to using force are vital. Without them, failure is virtually guaranteed. About the Author: Harlan K. Ullman is a strategic thinker and innovator whose career spans the worlds of business and government. Chairman of several companies and an advisor to the heads of major corporations and governments, he was the principal author of "shock and awe"and inventor of a brains-based approach to strategic thinking. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served in combat assignments in Vietnam. He holds an MA, MALD, and PhD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and lives in Washington, D.C.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

Aug 6, 2018 01:04:36

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Dr. Paul Kengor gave a lecture on his book "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism" on July 31, 2018, at The Institute of World Politics. About the Lecture: Communism has wrecked national economies, enslaved whole peoples, and killed more than a hundred million men and women. What's not to like? Too many young Americans are supporting communism. Millennials prefer socialism to capitalism, and 25 percent have a positive view of Lenin. One in four Americans believe that George W. Bush killed more people than Josef Stalin. And 69 percent of Millennials would vote for a socialist for president. They ought to know better. Communism is the most dangerous idea in world history, producing dire poverty, repression, and carnage wherever it has been tried. And no wonder—because communism flatly denies morality, human nature, and basic facts. But it's always going to be different this time. In this lecture, renowned scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor will highlight points from his recent book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, exposing the blood-drenched history—and dangerously pervasive influence—of the world's worst ideology. About the Speaker: Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, a four-year, private Christian liberal arts college located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He is executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, a Grove City College think-tank and policy center. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. He has been quoted or published in most major publications from across the ideological spectrum: New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Post, New York Post, National Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, San Francisco Chronicle, American Spectator, New York Newsday, Political Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Washington Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Boston Herald, Roll Call, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christianity Today, World magazine, National Catholic Reporter, National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, the Jewish Press, Jewish World Review, International Herald Tribune, Manchester Union Leader, and others. Kengor has authored several bestsellers. More recently, his 2012 profile of Frank Marshall Davis, mentor to Barack Obama, titled, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor (Simon & Schuster, Threshold/Mercury Ink), debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list and hit #1 in non-fiction at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. Based on declassified FBI files and Soviet and Communist Party USA archives, the book garnered a significant amount of public attention. In 2010, Kengor published Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century (ISI Books). Based on extensive Soviet archival research, particularly the Soviet Comintern Archives on Communist Party USA, the book examines the exploitation of American liberals by communists beginning in the early 20th century. Kengor’s best-known work is God and Ronald Reagan(HarperCollins, 2004), which made bestseller lists for The New York Times (extended list), Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Christian Retailing, among others; the book reached #2 on Amazon’s non-fiction list. He is author of God and George W. Bush (HarperCollins, 2004), which reached #5 on Amazon’s non-fiction list and made The New York Times’ extended bestseller list. He is co-editor with Peter Schweizer of Assessing the Reagan Presidency (Rowman-Littlefield, 2005). He has also written chapters or essays in books published by Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Palgrave-Macmillan, Lexington, and many others.

America’s Generational Challenge: China

Jul 30, 2018 01:06:58

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Mr. Roy Kamphausen gave a lecture called "America’s Generational Challenge: China" at The Institute of World Politics on July 18, 2018. About the Lecture: Roy Kamphausen will address the multi-faceted series of structural challenges that China presents to the U.S. About the Speaker: Roy D. Kamphausen is Senior Vice President for Research at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He provides executive leadership to NBR’s policy research agenda on security, politics, energy, economics, and trade. Mr. Kamphausen directs NBR’s engagement with the administration, U.S. Congress, and foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. and integrates the work of Admiral Jon Greenert, NBR’s Shali Chair in National Security Studies, with ongoing programs and new initiatives. As a specialist on a range of U.S.-Asia issues, Mr. Kamphausen leads and contributes substantively to NBR’s research initiatives. He is the author, contributing author, or co-editor of numerous publications, including chapters in NBR’s Strategic Asia series; the Carlisle People’s Liberation Army Conference series and its most recent volume, The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025 (co-edited with David Lai, 2015); an NBR Special Report on innovation in India (2015); and the IP Commission’s Report on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (2013). His areas of expertise include China’s People’s Liberation Army, U.S.-China defense relations, East Asian security issues, innovation, and intellectual property protection. He has presented on these topics throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe to government and corporate decision-makers. Mr. Kamphausen is frequently cited in U.S. and international media, including CNN, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy,National Public Radio, Newsweek, and the New York Times. Mr. Kamphausen is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a senior adviser on East Asia for the University of Connecticut’s Office of Global Affairs. He lectures regularly at leading U.S. military institutions, including the United States Military Academy (West Point) and the U.S. Army War College. Mr. Kamphausen regularly briefs members of Congress and consults for the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Kamphausen served as a career U.S. Army officer. As a China foreign area officer, his career included assignments as China policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Kamphausen holds a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. He studied Chinese at both the Defense Language Institute and Beijing’s Capital Normal University. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Asia Society, and the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. He is married to Arminda and they have three children—Abigail, Hudson, and Delaney.

Energy Trends: Nuclear and Non-nuclear

Jul 17, 2018 01:31:35

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Professor Henry D. Sokolski gave a lecture on "Energy Trends: Nuclear and Non-nuclear" at The Institute of World Politics on July 16, 2018. About the Lecture: With the Trump administration's proposed financial relief of the coal and nuclear industries in the name of national security, energy economics has re-emerged as a topic for national debate. So far, much of this discussion has been cast as a contest between market economics and national security. What might the vulnerabilities of America's electrical system be? What are driving energy economic trends both nuclear and non-nuclear? These questions and more will be addressed at this lecture. About the Speaker: Henry D. Sokolski is the Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, a Washington-based nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues among policymakers, scholars and the media. He teaches as an adjunct professor at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. From 1989 to 1993, Sokolski served as the Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, for which he received the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Outstanding Public Service. Sokolski has authored and edited a number of books on nuclear proliferation, including Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2016) and Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001).

Seoul Leadership, Seoul Power: Riding the Korean Wave

Jul 13, 2018 00:59:13

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Dr. Michael Lammbrau gave a lecture called "Seoul Leadership, Seoul Power: Riding the Korean Wave" at The Institute of World Politics on July 12, 2018. About the Lecture: Many around the world are likely to forget the impact of the Korean War and its aftermath, but the Korean people cannot forget. Rather, they continue forward, leading East Asia and the world toward a peaceful resolution to the Korean War and the division of the Korean peninsula. From the peaceful transformative power of the Candlelight Revolution, Korea has stepped forward to change the course of history and to emerge as a political, economic, and cultural leader of East Asia. About the Speaker: Dr. Michael Lammbrau or (마이클 람브라우) in Korean, is an Assistant Professor for the Intelligence Studies Department at Mercyhurst University and the current U.S. Representative at Arirang Institute. Dr. Lammbrau currently works with the recently founded U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Arirang Institute, which focuses on strengthening ties in East Asia through “People to People” Diplomacy. His work in Korea, as the Seoul Bureau Chief of Arirang Institute, has resulted in grabbing the attention of the national Korean media, where they were the subject of two documentaries. He currently writes and appears for Korean news outlets as an expert on culture and Inter-Korean relations. His current academic work focuses on the application of machine learning methods in text analysis, both supervised and unsupervised, to analyze patterns in North Korean news outlets and provide predictive modeling of North Korean provocations. It was recently recognized in 2018 by local, national, and international media outlets.

Monte Rosa: Memoir of an Accidental Spy

Jul 12, 2018 01:12:54

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Jaroslaw Martyniuk gave a lecture on his book "Monte Rosa: Memoir of an Accidental Spy" on July 11, 2018, at The Institute of World Politics. This event was sponsored by the Center for Intermarium Studies and the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies. About the Book: A sweeping panorama of the author's life from the outbreak of WWII to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The narrative begins in Ukraine and ends in Paris where he coordinated the work of fifty undercover interviewers engaged in unorthodox research with Soviet visitors in Western Europe, a chapter of Cold War history never revealed in such remarkable detail. The story includes the author's narrow escape from Communism, an account of his extended family's ordeal in the Soviet Gulag, life in post-war Bavaria, thirty years in Chicago and culminates with twelve years in France where he worked for the International Energy Agency and Radio Liberty. About the Author: Jaroslaw Martyniuk is a former energy economist with the IEA/OECD and a retired sociologist living in Washington, D.C. As a research analyst for Radio Liberty’s Soviet Area Audience and Opinion Research office in Paris during the eighties, he was responsible for coordinating work of fifty Russian-speaking interviewers conducting “unorthodox” public opinion polling with visitors from the Soviet Union, intelligence work carried out on behalf international broadcasters and other interested parties. A Ukrainian-born American, his life story encompasses a narrow escape from Communism at the end of World War II, life in postwar Germany, emigration to the United States and a career with Amoco Oil in Chicago. In 1979, he returned to Europe where he lived for fifteen years until his work took him to Washington D.C.. Martyniuk speaks five languages and during his multiple careers travelled to every country in continental Europe and visited all of the republics of the former Soviet Union save one.

Panel 3: Deterring and Defending against the North Korean Threat

Jul 5, 2018 02:24:18

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The Institute of World Politics hosted the COKUSS/CUSKOS 33rd International Security Conference beginning June 28 through June 29, 2018. This event was co-sponsored by the Council on Korea-U.S. Security Studies, the Korean Defense Veterans Association, and The Institute of World Politics. The first panel focused on deterring and defending against the North Korean threat and was moderated by Gen. (Ret.) Kim Jae Chang. Taewoo Kim discussed his paper "Toward New Alliance Strategies: Preparing against Threat from DPRK and China" and Bruce Bennett discussed his paper "Optimal structure for deterrence against the DPRK threat". The panel also heard from three discussants: William Newcomb, Jaekap Ryoo, and Nam-Sung Huh.

Panel 2: ROK-US Alliance Issues under Moon & Trump

Jul 3, 2018 02:18:38

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The Institute of World Politics hosted the COKUSS/CUSKOS 33rd International Security Conference beginning June 28 through June 29, 2018. This event was co-sponsored by the Council on Korea-U.S. Security Studies, the Korean Defense Veterans Association, and The Institute of World Politics. The second panel focused on ROK-US alliance issues under presidents Moon & Trump and was moderated by Gen. (Ret.) John Tilelli. Bruce Bechtol discussed his paper "North Korea's military developments and actions since Moon/Trump elections" and Changsoo Kim discussed his paper "Denuclearization, Peace Regime, and ROK-US Alliance Issues Post-Summit Talks". The panel also heard from three discussants: David Maxwell, Vice Admiral (Ret.) Tae-Ho Won, and MG (Ret.) Seo Young Lee.

Luncheon Speech with ROK Ambassador to USA

Jul 2, 2018 00:07:11

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The Institute of World Politics hosted the COKUSS/CUSKOS 33rd International Security Conference beginning June 28 through June 29, 2018. This event was co-sponsored by the Council on Korea-U.S. Security Studies, the Korean Defense Veterans Association, and The Institute of World Politics. The ROK ambassador to the United States, Cho Yoon-je, gave luncheon speech on the first day of the conference.

Panel 1: Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

Jul 2, 2018 02:09:12

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The Institute of World Politics hosted the COKUSS/CUSKOS 33rd International Security Conference beginning June 28 through June 29, 2018. This event was co-sponsored by the Council on Korea-U.S. Security Studies, the Korean Defense Veterans Association, and The Institute of World Politics. The first panel focused on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and was moderated by Gen. (Ret.) Kim Jae Chang. Dae-Sung Song discussed his paper "The role of the ROK-US alliance for denuclearization of North Korea" and George Hutchinson discussed his paper "International collaboration efforts for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". The panel also heard from two discussants: Andrew Scobell and Dong Sun Lee.

COKUSS/CUSKOS 33rd International Security Conference: Opening Ceremony and Remarks

Jul 2, 2018 00:09:48

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The Institute of World Politics hosted the COKUSS/CUSKOS 33rd International Security Conference beginning June 28 through June 29, 2018. This event was co-sponsored by the Council on Korea-U.S. Security Studies, the Korean Defense Veterans Association, and The Institute of World Politics. The conference began with remarks by Dr. John Lenczowski, IWP's founder and president, and chairmen Gen. (Ret.) John Tilelli and Gen. (Ret.) Byungkwan Kim.

OCEANS VENTURED: Winning The Cold War at Sea

Jun 26, 2018 00:43:25

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Author John Lehman talked about his book "OCEANS VENTURED: Winning The Cold War at Sea" during a lecture on June 25, 2018, at The Institute of World Politics. About the Book: A thrilling story of the Cold War, told by a former navy secretary on the basis of recently declassified documents. When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the United States and NATO were losing the Cold War. The USSR had superiority in conventional weapons and manpower in Europe, and had embarked on a construction program to gain naval preeminence. But Reagan already had a plan. Reagan pushed Congress to build the navy back to its 1945 strength of 600 major ships. He gathered a circle of experienced naval planners, including the author, to devise an aggressive strategy that would move our fleets within spitting distance of Soviet waters. New radars, sensors, and emissions technology would make ghosts of our submarines and surface fleets. We would operate aircraft carriers in Arctic waters, which no navy had attempted. The Soviets, surrounded by our forward naval strategy, bankrupted their economy trying to keep pace. It wasn’t long before the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR was disbanded. About the Author: John Lehman, a former U.S. Navy pilot, served as United States Secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987. From 2003 to 2004 he was a member of the 9/11 Commission. He lives in New York.

E Pluribus Unum in Ukraine? Reconciling Conflicting National Identity in the Borderland

Jun 26, 2018 01:02:59

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James A. Rice presented his paper "E Pluribus Unum in Ukraine? Reconciling Conflicting National Identity in the Borderland" during a lecture on June 22, 2018, at The Institute of World Politics. **The views in this lecture do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Senator Chuck Grassley or The Institute of World Politics.**

How to do Global Privatizations from Margaret Thatcher's Investment Banker

Jun 22, 2018 01:35:54

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Robert J. Barrett III, the Honorary Chairman of Cross Keys Capital Investment Bank, gave a lecture on "How to do Global Privatizations from Margaret Thatcher's Investment Banker" at The Institute of World Politics on June 21, 2018.

Russian Strategy and Cyber Influence Operations Against the United States

Jun 20, 2018 01:22:58

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Rebekah Koffler, a threat intelligence expert on Russian Doctrine/Strategy, the founder of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting, and an IWP alumna, gave a lecture on "Russian Strategy and Cyber Influence Operations Against the United States" on June 14, 2018 at The Institute of World Politics.

Who's Afraid of China's Belt and Road Initiative?

Jun 6, 2018 00:47:47

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On June 5, 2018, Dr. Christopher D. Yung explores China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s version of the Marshall Plan, during a lecture "Who's Afraid of China's Belt and Road Initiative? Getting to the Heart of China's Controversial Marshall Plan" at The Institute of World Politics.

Corruption inside the UN: the Strategic Implications

May 25, 2018 01:19:22

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Peter Gallo presented a lecture on corruption in the United Nations on May 23, 2018 at The Institute of World Politics. His talk included insight from his experiences as a former investigator in the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services, Investigations Division in New York; the office that is supposed to investigate corruption, fraud and other criminality in the Organization.

Commencement Address by Vice Chairman John Lovewell

May 23, 2018 00:06:20

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The Institute of World Politics Vice Chairman John Lovewell gave this address at Commencement on May 19, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel.

Valedictory Remarks by CPT (P) Gregory Abide

May 23, 2018 00:04:29

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CPT (P) Gregory Abide was Valedictorian of The Institute of World Politics Class of 2018. His Valedictory remarks were given at Commencement on May 19 at the Fairmont Hotel.

Commencement Address by Dr. John Lenczowski

May 23, 2018 00:18:44

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The Institute of World Politics Founder and President John Lenczowski gave this address at Commencement on May 19, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel.

Address by Secretary of Defense James Mattis at IWP Commencement

May 22, 2018 00:16:26

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U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis addressed the Class of 2018 at The Institute of World Politics Commencement Ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel on Saturday, May 19.

Student Symposium: Terrorist Threat in the Mali and Sahel Region

May 22, 2018 00:18:29

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Mamadou Niang presented a lecture on "Terrorist Threat in the Mali and Sahel Region" during the student symposium at The Institute of World Politics on May 17, 2018.

Student Symposium: Chinese Economic and Security Statecraft in Central Asia

May 22, 2018 00:24:55

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David Stoffey presented his paper "Chinese Economic and Security Statecraft in Central Asia" during the student symposium at The Institute of World Politics on May 17, 2018.

Student Symposium: Russia's Pacific Fleet: History, Strategy, and Attempts for Revival

May 22, 2018 00:24:51

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Erik Khzmalyan presented a lecture on "Russia's Pacific Fleet: History, Strategy, and Attempts for Revival" during the student symposium May 17, 2018 at the Institute of World Politics.

Persistent Challenges in South Asia

May 17, 2018 01:17:00

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About the Panel: In August 2017, the White House unveiled a new South Asia Strategy presenting a narrow definition of victory through increased military firepower against ISIS, al-Qaida, and Taliban. While the President called for an expansion of rules of engagement for US military in Afghanistan, he also promised a harsher stance on Pakistan and a closer reliance on India in Afghanistan’s future. Nine months later, how much closer is the US and its allies towards stabilizing the complex security environment in Afghanistan? Our panelists will cover persistent challenges facing the country and its neighbors as the US endeavors upon a broader South Asia Strategy.

The Lost Kingdom: Memoir of an Afghan Prince - His Royal Highness Prince Ali Seraj

May 16, 2018 00:50:41

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The Lost Kingdom: Memoir of an Afghan Prince A lecture at The Institute of World Politics, May 8, 2018. About the Book: His Royal Highness Prince Ali Seraj, a member of the royal family of Afghanistan, brings four decades of history to life—from the Cold War era when his famed nightclub in Kabul was a hotspot for global celebrities, jetsetters, and spies, to the communist Soviet takeover that killed members of his family, put a price on Prince Ali’s head, and forced him to make a harrowing escape from his homeland in disguise with his American wife and family. Prince Seraj’s intimate and historic portrait of modern Afghanistan tells the inside story of a proud, ancient culture grappling with a turbulent history of invasion and transformation. His passionate and adventure-filled story opens a new door to understand a nation irrevocably linked to the stability and prosperity of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and to the United States. About the Author: Prince Ali Seraj is a direct descendant of nine generations of Kings of Afghanistan. He is the nephew of His Majesty King Amanullah (1919-1929), known as the Victor of Afghanistan, the grandson of His Majesty Amir Habibullah (1901-1919), the great-grandson of His Majesty Amir Abdurrahman (1880-1901), known as the Iron King. His ancestry continues on to His Majesty Amir Dost Mohammad who assumed the throne in 1827. After the communist coup d'états in 1978, Prince Ali escaped to the United States and made a successful career in business development, sales, and marketing. He also helped establish several multi-million dollar businesses in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Prince Ali worked very closely with the Reagan and Bush administrations during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the U.S. attack on the Taliban/Al Qaeda, respectively. He returned to Afghanistan after decades of exile to continue his charitable work. Since then, Prince Ali has developed a very important relationship with all the different tribes in Afghanistan as a result of his involvement with his country's people. Due to this relationship, Prince Ali has embarked on a mission to unite the Tribes as one, and established a movement under the name, "National Coalition for Dialogue with Tribes of Afghanistan." Today, Prince Ali assists NATO commanders with setting up meetings among tribal and religious elders to establish a dialogue of common understanding between Coalition Forces and locals. He is also assisting ISAF commanders in establishing a security network in the district of Kabul through his contacts with different tribal elders. Prince Ali will discuss his recently released memoir, The Lost Kingdom: Memoir of an Afghan Prince.

Russian Lobby in Belarus: Could Belarus be the Next after Ukraine?

May 15, 2018 01:04:40

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Russian Lobby in Belarus: Could Belarus be the Next after Ukraine? A lecture at The Institute of World Politics, May 8, 2018 About the lecture: After the occupation of Crimea, Russia began to expand its presence in Belarus. Hundreds of Russia-backed initiatives, formally cultural, media, or educational, emerged. Besides that, Sputnik opened its office in Minsk and had almost 1400% audience growth during two years. We observe increasing polarization between pro-Western and pro-Russian Belarusians, which apparently could lead to open conflict. About the speaker: Franak Viačorka is an M.A. candidate at American University in New Media, Democracy, and International Affairs. Previously, he studied at the College of Europe (2017), Warsaw University (2010-2014), and Belarus State University (2005-2008). Currently, he works for the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Belarus service. Franak is a Vaclav Havel Fellow, nominated by Vaclav Havel himself, and also the laureate of the Civil Society Leadership Award. Franak is the founder and vice president of Belarusian cultural initiative Art Siadziba. In 2014, after the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, he launched a nation-wide campaign promoting the national identity of Belarus, which followed up in so-called "soft Belarussization." Before that, Viacorka served as a leader of the youth wing of the Belarusian Popular Front (BNF). He has been arrested four times and was tortured while serving under forced conscription in the Belarusian army. In Belarusian army, he was fighting for the right to speak Belarusian. His personal story became the plot for the award-winning Polish-French movie Viva Belarus.

Edward Snowden: The Man Who Conned the World

Apr 26, 2018 01:25:57

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About the Lecture: Edward Snowden is a polarizing figure in the world today, known by millions and the press as a champion of freedom and a whistle blower exposing extensive activities on the part of the US intelligence community to violate the civil rights of millions of Americans. This one of the many myths that surround this case. In fact, almost all the information in the public domain about Snowden is false. The vast majority of the "Snowden narrative" has been provided by Snowden himself and never verified by the media. Snowden has repeatedly lied about himself, his expertise, the NSA, and his motivations. This discussion exposes truth about the man, his background, and the duplicity of his claims. It is essential for professionals to know the truth to counter the false claims made by Snowden and his supporters and to set the record straight. About the Speaker: David Major is a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and President of the Center of Counterintelligence and Security Studies.

Perspectives on Character Assassination

Apr 25, 2018 01:04:02

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About the Panel: The 2016 U.S. presidential election provides an extensive database for scholars. Not only was the election characterized by a dramatic increase in “nasty politics,” but also by the rise of populism and political showmanship that strategically employed character attacks to shock the audience. Other ongoing political developments urge researchers to address many questions. Among them are: Does character assassination work? What are the underlying psychological and rhetorical bases of character assassination? How does the media contribute to the viral effect of smear campaigns? How can one prevent and defend against character assassination? This panel will address these and many other questions related to the nature of character attacks and reputation management.

Finland: The Most Capable Defence Force in Northern Europe - Brigadier General Pekka Toveri

Apr 25, 2018 00:49:05

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About the Lecture: Brigadier General Pekka Toveri discussed Finland's history and concentrated on the current structure, tasks, and development programs.

Spy Schools: How Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit U.S. Universities - Daniel Golden

Apr 25, 2018 00:37:19

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About the Lecture: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden will expose how academia has become the center of foreign and domestic espionage—and why that is troubling news for our nation's security through his book Spy Schools: How The CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities. Grounded in extensive research and reporting, Spy Schools reveals how academia has emerged as a frontline in the global spy game. In a knowledge-based economy, universities are repositories of valuable information and research, where brilliant minds of all nationalities mingle freely with few questions asked. Intelligence agencies have always recruited bright undergraduates, but now, in an era when espionage increasingly requires specialized scientific or technological expertise, they’re wooing higher-level academics—not just as analysts, but also for clandestine operations. Golden uncovers unbelievable campus activity such as a Chinese graduate student at Duke University stealing research for an invisibility cloak, and a tiny liberal arts college in Marietta, Ohio, exchanging faculty with China’s most notorious spy school. He shows how relentlessly and ruthlessly this practice has permeated our culture, not just inside the US, but internationally as well. Golden, acclaimed author of The Price of Admission, blows the lid off this secret culture of espionage and its consequences at home and abroad.

Trump and Cyber Conflict: An Evidence-Based Discussion

Apr 11, 2018 00:21:44

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This event was sponsored by Walter Thinfen, President and CEO at Visioneer Inc. About the Lecture: The purpose of this discussion is to better understand the perspective of the President of the United States regarding cyber conflict. Primary sources will be reviewed including speeches, tweets, and actions. About the Speaker: Joe Billingsley is the founder of the Military Cyber Professionals Association, Adjunct Faculty at the George Washington University, Advisor of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, Fellow at the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation, Special Advisor of the peer-reviewed journal "Military Cyber Affairs," and collaborates with organizations including the Atlantic Council and Smithsonian Institution. He is an instructor for The Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) at the Institute of World Politics. This May he will be teaching a course on Cyber Strategy Development. He is an Iraq War veteran and former US Army Strategist and Cyber Operations Officer, having graduated programs at the Army War College, Naval War College, Military Intelligence School, and Army School of Information Technology. He hold a BA in History from the University of Connecticut, a MS in Cyber Systems and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is pursuing a PhD in Information Sciences.

Improving Energy Security - Dr. Anna Ebers Broughel

Apr 9, 2018 00:40:07

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About the lecture: Based on a large-scale survey and a choice experiment, this presentation will discuss energy-related preferences and climate change beliefs in Western Estonia and Southern Ukraine. Special attention will be given to the issues of social acceptance of large wind energy projects, since the surveyed regions have a high potential for wind power development. About the speaker: Dr. Anna Ebers Broughel is a visiting research fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she works at the Center for Global Sustainability. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Chair for Management of Renewable Energies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland since 2014. At the University of St. Gallen, she was responsible for the Consumer Barometer of Renewable Energy, one of the largest annual surveys of Swiss energy consumers. Her other engagements included an international cooperation project with the universities from Switzerland, Estonia and Ukraine to improve energy security in Eastern Europe. Previously, she worked at a large commercial bank in Estonia, a solar research institute in Germany, and at SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University, where she defended her PhD in economics as a Fulbright Fellow.

Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman - Gene Kopelson

Apr 4, 2018 00:51:39

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About the Book: Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman is an inspiring never-before-told history of how Ronald Reagan first began to restore pride in America when he first ran for president in the late 1960s. Against the back-drop history of Reagan’s first campaign for the presidency, it can now be revealed that behind the scenes, none other than former President Dwight Eisenhower was Ronald Reagan’s hidden political mentor. In fact throughout the 1960s, Ronald Reagan was tutored by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower: how to enter politics, and then how to run his 1966 gubernatorial primary, and then general election campaigns. Eisenhower even counseled Reagan on how to fight charges of antiSemitism and critiqued Reagan’s speaking style. Reagan followed Eisenhower’s political advice virtually to the letter, and indeed Reagan based his 1966 campaign theme (common sense) and campaign persona (the citizen politician) on Ike. Ike certified him as presidential timbre, said he would endorse Reagan for president if he were the 1968 nominee, urged him to run for president as California’s favorite son, and may actually have favored political winner Reagan over loser Nixon as the 1968 Republican nominee. Ronald Reagan’s 1968 campaign was a crucial dress rehearsal for his ultimate triumph in 1980. During 1968, Reagan became a world statesman and shaped his crusade to restore pride in America. For Reagan, Ike’s tutelage was critical. Indeed Ronald Reagan now may be seen as one of Dwight Eisenhower’s proteges and his major political heir. This political mentorship changed America’s national priorities through the end of Reagan’s presidency, whose effects still are very much with us today. About the Speaker: Gene Kopelson is president of the New England chapter, on the Board of Trustees and Book Prize committee, of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, an active Churchillian, and a holocaust educator. As a historian, he has published works on Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, Ronald Reagan’s 1966 campaign and Mexican American voters, the 1968 Nebraska and Oregon Republican primaries, and Washington State Republican politics in the 1960s. The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial featured his research on Robert F. Kennedy as an inspiration to Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. His research on Reagan and Eisenhower was featured in 2015 at the 125thCommemoration of the Birth of Dwight Eisenhower at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. When not researching and writing history, Dr. Gene Kopelson is a cancer physician. He has published over forty medical articles, contributed chapters in medical textbooks, and lectured in the U.S. and abroad on radiation oncology.

Dr. Russell Kirk Commemoration Panel

Apr 2, 2018 00:57:35

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About Dr. Russell Kirk: For more than forty years, Russell Kirk was in the thick of the intellectual controversies of his time. He is the author of some thirty-two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories. Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America’s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk’s 1953 book The Conservative Mind “gave American conservatives an identity and a genealogy and catalyzed the postwar movement.” Dr. Kirk wrote and spoke on modern culture, political thought and practice, educational theory, literary criticism, ethical questions, and social themes. He addressed audiences on hundreds of American campuses and appeared often on television and radio.

Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia - Chris Miller

Mar 16, 2018 00:30:58

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About the Book: "Putin Watches Russian Economy Collapse along with His Economic Stature,” blared a headline in Time in late 2014. Yet three years have passed since the price of oil crashed in 2014, halving earnings on the product which once funded half of Russia’s government budget. That same year, the West imposed harsh economic sanctions on Russia’s banks, energy firms, and defense sector, cutting off many of Russia’s largest firms from international capital markets and high-tech oil drilling gear. Many analysts—in Russia as well as abroad—thought that economic crisis might threaten Vladimir Putin’s hold on power. It doesn’t look that way now. Today, Russia’s economy has stabilized, inflation is at historic lows, the budget is nearly balanced, and Putin is coasting toward reelection on March 18, giving him a fourth term as president. Putin has recently overtaken Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev as the longest-serving Russian leader since Stalin. How did he do it? This talk will examine Putin's economic policies and how they have supported his domestic and foreign policies. About the Author: Chris Miller is Assistant Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also Eurasia Research Director at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia (2018) and The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy (2016). He received his PhD from Yale University and his AB from Harvard University.

Careers in Foreign Military Sales

Mar 14, 2018 01:02:13

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Careers in Foreign Military Sales A lecture at The Institute of World Politics, March 13, 2018 About the Lecture: This event will focus on the exciting and growing field of Foreign Military Sales (FMS). What is it? How does it relate to your professional background? FMS is a continually growing and evolving field that will put you at the heart of defense cooperation, counterintelligence, and a career that is never boring. One of our alumni from The Institute of World Politics will be discussing her career in foreign military sales and the great opportunities available in this sector. About the Speaker: Mina Ademovic graduated from IWP with a Masters in Statecraft and National Security Affairs in 2015. She currently works as a Senior Foreign Military Sales Analyst for JRC Integrated System, Inc. supporting the U.S. Coast Guard Office of International Acquisition. She also has experience in foreign military sales with the Missile Defense Agency Aegis BMD International Programs Office. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to participate in strategic dialogues with national senior defense leadership, foreign government allies, and leading U.S. defense industry members. JRC Integrated Systems, Inc. is a defense company with experience in maritime defense systems, systems integration, and engineering. They have current projects on the Aegis Ashore in Romania and Poland and the THAAD program office in Huntsville, AL. JRC is a leading veteran-owned small business with strong expertise in the U.S. defense industry. They have offices across the United States, including Florida, Indiana, Alabama, among others.

The Many Myths of Marxism - Dr. Lee Edwards

Mar 13, 2018 00:31:36

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About the Lecture: Rarely in history has a political movement and its leaders promised more and produced less than Communism and its dictators from Lenin, Stalin and Mao to Castro, Pol Pot and Kim Jong Un. As chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Dr. Lee Edwards has long studied communism and is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on the victims and crimes of communism, past and present. About the Speaker: Lee Edwards, distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books. Edwards also is adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and chairman of a foundation that dedicated the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 2007. His books include biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the American conservative movement. His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, Hungarian and Swedish. Edwards’ next book, written with Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, is A Brief History of the Cold War, to be published by Regnery in the spring of 2016. Edwards was the founding director of the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Society and a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has appeared frequently on broadcast and cable outlets such as Fox News Channel, CNN, Bloomberg, NBC, PBS, C-SPAN and NPR. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, National Review, Human Events, Claremont Review of Books and The American Spectator, among other places. His awards and honors include the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, the Millennium Star of Lithuania, the Cross of Terra Mariana of Estonia, the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy from the Republic of China (Taiwan), the John Ashbrook Award, the Reed Irvine Media in Accuracy Award, Legend of YAF from Young America’s Foundation, and the Walter Judd Freedom Award. Edwards received a doctorate in world politics from Catholic University as well as a doctor of humane letters degree from Grove City College. He did graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University.

Reaping the Rewards - Dr. Wayne E. Lee

Mar 12, 2018 00:48:27

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About the Lecture: Francis Bacon once opined: "Augustus Caesar would say, that he wondered that Alexander feared he should want work, having no more worlds to conquer: as if it were not as hard a matter to keep as to conquer." Many societies have found that the process of converting military success into a consolidated conquest was harder than they expected. Oddly, historians have not spent that much time on the problem either, preferring to focus more on the battles than the ensuing garrisons. In this sweeping romp through world military history, strategy, and logistics, Dr. Lee explores the "four pillars" of conquest (the titular governor, priest, tax man and garrison) and he then compares how those same pillars worked in non-state societies on the Eurasian steppe and in the Native American woodlands. About the Speaker: Wayne E. Lee is the Dowd Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, where he also chairs the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. He is the author of Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History (2016), Barbarians and Brothers: Anglo-American Warfare, 1500-1865 (2011), and Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina (2001). He has two edited volumes on world military history (both 2011) and many articles and book chapters. He has an additional career as an archaeologist, having done field work in Greece, Albania, Hungary, Croatia, and Virginia, including co-directing two field projects. He was a principal author and a co-editor of Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania, winner of the 2014 Society for American Archaeology's book award. In 2015/16 he was the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army War College.

Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity: Military Leadership Lessons That Work Anywhere - Paul Becker

Mar 6, 2018 00:59:17

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About the Lecture: Whether in the military, government or private sector we all admire great leaders and leadership. But what’s the difference between good and great leadership? Based on observation of some of the greatest military leaders of our generation, it's “Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity,” a simple, memorable, actionable framework that can be applied anywhere to improve individual performance and organizational productivity. About the Speaker: RADM Paul Becker, USN (Ret) is known for success leading large, diverse, high-performing organizations in peace, crisis and combat. He is a dynamic public speaker an author who’s articles and interviews have been widely published. Upon his retirement in 2016 the Naval Intelligence Community established the “RADM Paul Becker ‘Teamwork, Tone, Tenacity’ Leadership Award” in his honor.

Current Affairs and Security Issues in Southeastern Europe - Predrag Boškovic, MSc

Mar 2, 2018 00:25:00

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About the Speaker: Predrag Bošković, MSc, Minister of Defence of Montenegro was born in Pljevlja (Montenegro) on March 12, 1972. He finished primary and secondary school in Podgorica. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, the University of Montenegro, in 1996. He received his MA in Econometrics and Politics from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade in 1999. He published numerous research papers and publications and participated in the implementation of major development projects in Montenegro. Boskvic He started his professional career as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Economics in 1996. Throughout his career, he held senior positions, including being a member of the Parliament of Montenegro and serving as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro, Minister of Economy, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Minister of Education in the Government of Montenegro and the President of the Board of Directors of the Coal Mine in Pljevlja. He was part of IVP (international visitor program) in USA in 2003. He has been leading the Women’s Handball Club since 2006. From 2011 to 2016, he was the President of the Board of the Montenegrin Handball Association. During this period, the club and national team he led achieved the best results in the history of Montenegrin handball, including the Olympic silver medal. His commitment and success in this sport have been recognized internationally. He became the Vice President of the European Handball Federation in November 2016.

The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln - Dr. Allen C. Guelzo

Mar 1, 2018 00:42:49

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About the Lecture: In a modern democracy, state and society occupy separate spheres, so that neither the state oppresses society, nor society dispenses with the state and descends into anarchy. The boundary zone between the two is provided by the rule of law. Among the many attributes of Abraham Lincoln as a democratic leader, his respect for the rule of law is the paramount characteristic of his statesmanship. It was a respect which has been seriously questioned, and it was a respect which the pressure of our Civil War’s circumstances gravely challenged. But viewed in proper perspective, no aspect of the Civil war era, or Lincoln’s statecraft, is more remarkable than his maintenance of the rule of law in what would otherwise have been a situation fatal to the American democracy. About the Speaker: Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004) and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (2008). His book on the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg: The Last Invasionwas a New York Times best seller in 2013. He is currently serving as the William L. Garwood Visiting Professor in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. His website is www.allenguelzo.com.

The Reporter Who Spilled the Secret behind the U.S. Navy's Victory at Midway

Mar 1, 2018 00:57:16

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The Reporter Who Spilled the Secret behind the U.S. Navy's Victory at Midway by The Institute of World Politics

For Me, the Truth Is: What Relativism Is and Is Not - Joseph R. Wood

Feb 24, 2018 00:49:32

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About the Lecture: This lecture will discuss what moral relativism is and is not, touch briefly on how it became so predominant in the West, and consider its effects. Is there a way out? About the Speaker: Joseph R. Wood is a retired Air Force colonel. He served in the White House as a senior appointee from 2005 until 2008 as Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, with responsibility for all policy involving Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and defense issues. His military career included operational and command fighter assignments (A-10 and F-15E) in Asia and Europe; faculty duty in the Department of Political Science at the Air Force Academy where he taught U.S. foreign and defense policy; service at the Pentagon as speech writer for the Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; and temporary assignments in the Joint Staff, the U.S. Mission to the Conventional Forces in Europe Talks in Vienna, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NATO SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. After retiring from the Air Force, he was appointed a member of the career Senior Executive Service at NASA Headquarters. He later worked in the RAND Corporation's Washington office. He was a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. from 2008 until 2012 and worked at BAE Systems, Inc. from 2011 until 2012. He has taught in a variety of graduate seminars in Europe.

George Washington: The Indispensable President - Stephen F. Knott

Feb 22, 2018 00:27:00

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About the Lecture: George Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first president on April 30, 1789, taking the helm of an executive branch with a mandate to execute, and more importantly, define, the nebulous powers of article two of the United States Constitution. What was true of the founding of America as a nation was especially true of the American presidency – George Washington was the “indispensable man.” Washington was the only national figure who was known to his fellow citizens and trusted by them to safely wield the powers the president was granted. Suffice it to say that these powers were unlikely to have been granted without the assumption by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention, and by those who attended the state ratifying conventions, that George Washington would be the first president. Washington understood that the precedents he set would shape the presidency and the nation for as long as the American experiment survived. About the Speaker: Stephen F. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program, directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project, and also served on the staff of the John F Kennedy Presidential Library. Professor Knott received his PhD in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books including Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics; Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency, an examination of the use of covert operations by early American presidents; and Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, a book on Alexander Hamilton's controversial image in the American mind. He is a co-author of The Reagan Years and At Reagan’s Side: Insiders’ Recollections from Sacramento to the White House. His most recent co-authored volume is Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America.

Economic Freedom as a Threat to Terrorism - Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley

Jan 26, 2018 00:42:50

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Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is an adjunct professor at IWP, where she teaches a course on Economics for Foreign Policy Makers. She is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University and has previously taught at George Mason University and at Charles University, Prague. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. She served as the Associate Director for the Program in Economics, Politics, and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University. Dr. Rathbone Bradley's academic work focuses on the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research she also worked as an Economic Analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Terrorism Analysis. Dr. Rathbone Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006 during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.

Propaganda, Paranoia, and the Public's Interest

Jan 24, 2018 00:33:05

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About the Lecture: It's all propaganda. Propaganda. Don't panic. We've been here before. Propaganda is once again a subject of US public interest and debate, arguably for the first in three generations, since the onset of the Cold War in the 1950s. And once again, the US is debating about how to defend against propaganda, protecting the public sphere and free speech. From World War I through World War II, America's response to foreign entities using propaganda has historically been prompted by alarm, fear, and suspicion, often delaying or neglecting a measured approach to foreign propaganda efforts. Proposals and attempts to protect against propaganda included "inoculation" or public education, the "expertise" solution, censorship, and legislative measures. Between 1918 and 1948, a combination of censorship and legislation was attempted. With the Cold War, particularly in the 1980s, the United States adopted an offensive counter-influence and inoculation approach. Today, revelations of Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election have churned up endless media reporting and public discussions on "fake news," disinformation, Russian manipulation, internet troll farms and bots. And in 2015, the sudden, rapid rise of Daish in Syria and Iraq, also initiated discussion on the threat posed by terrorist propaganda and how to defend against terrorist propaganda. As many experts have observed, the US is already behind in its response to 21st century propaganda and the ensuing "information warfare," but US anxiety and alarm overshadow current discussions on Russian and terrorist propaganda. America must overcome national paranoia regarding propaganda and develop a measure approach to avoid succumbing to continued foreign influence.

The Burns-Novick Vietnam War Film: A Different Perspective

Jan 24, 2018 01:03:47

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About the Panel: This panel will address the legal issue related to and the military developments specifically after 1968, on the Vietman War. It will include an alternative perspective to the war than the one presented by the Burns-Novick Vietnam War Film.

The Rise of Chinese Seapower: Fear, Honor, and Interest

Jan 24, 2018 00:41:07

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About the Lecture: Over the past decade, China's emergence as a major maritime power has unsettled the status quo in Asia and beyond. By assessing the sources of Chinese seapower, this presentation will argue that China's seaward turn will pose a long-term challenge to U.S. maritime strategy.

The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy & Propaganda

Dec 14, 2017 01:11:59

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About the book: The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda, co-authored by Christopher C. Harmon and Randall G. Bowdish and published by Brookings Institution Press, is an entirely original study of the strategic communications of violent sub-state actors. The book exposes the surprising range of different media now in use by terrorists, including writing books and setting up television stations. It provides insights, observations, and conclusions reached in 9 case studies of media—of groups as different as secular Iranian dissidents, Islamists of ISIS and Al Qaeda, Filipino Maoists, and Irish militants. About the author: Christopher C. Harmon inaugurated two of his earlier terrorism books in IWP lectures (2010, 2014). He taught evening courses on terrorism and counterterrorism at the Institute for more than a decade following 9/11/01. Dr. Harmon served on a congressional staff, has taught at a half-dozen graduate schools, directed terrorism studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and held two academic chairs in Quantico, Virginia. His most recent articles are in the geopolitics journal Orbis, Oxford Bibliographies, and Combating Terrorism Exchange. Since 2012, Harmon also serves on the editorial board of the leading English-language terrorism journal, Terrorism & Political Violence.

Blood Profits: Corruption and Insurgency in the Americas

Dec 8, 2017 00:35:43

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About the Lecture: On the publication date of her book, Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists, Dr. Vanessa Neumann will talk about her travels around the Americas and how narcotics, corruption and other forms of illicit trade fund non-state armed groups and threaten good governance. The talk will cover Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Guatemala, drawing connections and distinctions between their challenges and their roles in international criminal networks. About the Speaker: Vanessa Neumann provides expertise on political risk affecting investment in the Western Hemisphere. She is a consultant to funds totaling over $1T AUM. She is an entrepreneur with extensive relationships to identify reliable partners and bridge relationships across the Western Hemisphere's industry and governments. She is the owner and founder of Asymmetrica, an anti-illicit trade and government affairs consultancy that is part of the research network for the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. She is a former advisor to the OECD's Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, and a current P/CVE consultant to UN Women. In the 1990s, she conducted corporate planning and finance at Venezuelan petrochemicals conglomerate Corimon, through its NYSE IPO by Merrill Lynch. She lobbied US government for oil industry interests under Venezuela's Minister Counselor for Petroleum Affairs and helped bring first case before World Trade Organization. Returning to industry, she negotiated raw material price and payment terms with ICI, 3M, and DuPont to improve margins in petrochemicals manufacturing in 5 LatAm countries. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in theories of justice. She does field work in the reintegration of Colombian paramilitaries and research on LatAm security for think tanks. Currently, she is an academic reviewer for the US military's Special Operations Command, teaching text on counterinsurgency in Colombia. She is a fellow at FPRI and Yale, and associate at Columbia. She is author of the book, Blood Profits: How American Consumers Unwittingly Fund Terrorists, out December 5th, 2017.

Slovenian War of Independence: Another Perspective

Dec 8, 2017 00:37:38

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About the Lecture: Mr. Tibor Babic will be talking about the events that were taking place immediately after the Socialist Republic of Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia to become an independent, autonomous, and sovereign state on June 25, 1991. He will talk about the war and the political process that took place in order for Slovenia to become a democratic nation governed by the will of its people. His hope is to give an another prospective, a prospective of people who experienced the war, who were on the battlefield, and in negotiation meetings. To present historical facts with emotions of the people during the war and immediately after the war ended. About the Speaker: Tibor Babic was born in Maribor, Slovenia, and after graduating high school, he went to Vienna, Austria to study political science. His goal is to work in international relations, which is why he chose to attend The Institute of World Politics for graduate school, where he graduated in May 2017. His research areas at IWP concentrate on EU and US relations and world order.

Foundational Information Security

Dec 6, 2017 00:47:41

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About the Lecture: Organizations combined are spending billions of dollars on information security tools. Based on news headlines this spending does not seem to be reaching the desired result. This talk will focus on important foundational business and Information Technology hygiene areas necessary to properly protect and defend your organization. Darren Death PS 2 About the Speaker: Darren Death has worked in information technology for over 17 years building and securing enterprise solutions primarily for the Government sector. As the Chief Information Security Officer, he is responsible for the ASRC Enterprise Cyber Security program which includes ASRC Federal and its parent company Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. In the role of Chief Information Security Officer, he manages the Cyber Security program across the 4Billion dollar ASRC portfolio crossing many business sectors to include Financial Services, Health Care, Construction, Retail, Energy, and Federal Government Contracting. Follow Darren on Twitter: https://twitter.com/darrendeath Follow Darren on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrendeath/

Novorossiya or Intermarium? The Fight for Donbas

Dec 6, 2017 00:30:54

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About the lecture The historical idea of Novorossiya in Russia, in regard to Ukraine, has been a manufactured reality for at least the last 250 years since it was first uttered. Before that, it was a concept that shaped attitudes about Ukraine, denying but not destroying a separate national existence, and implicit to Russo-centric historiography. During the Soviet period, it was used for state power, as attitudes became murder. Today, Novorossiya is invoked in the central government's denial campaign of the not-so-secret war with Ukraine. But where did it come from? And how has it been repackaged? And why does Putin not matter, ultimately? This presentation will seek to answer these questions and more through an investigation of eastern Ukraine, who is doing the fighting, and who really cares about this war. About the speaker Jarrod McDowell graduated from IWP in 2017 with an MA in National Security Affairs, with a focus on intelligence. He received his BS in History from Emmanuel College. During his time at IWP, he worked for TRAC as an Editorial Researcher. Today, he continues in a similar role as a DoD civilian.

The British Royal Navy and the Collapse of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Dec 1, 2017 01:32:23

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About the Lecture: Lt. Col. Dave Blair (USAF) will discuss his book Chasing Jericho: Tactical Adaptation in the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron and the Eventual Sudden Collapse of the Atlantic Slave Trade. On the 25th of March, 1807, the British Empire turned from the primary backer of the Atlantic Slave Trade to its most powerful adversary. Between that date and 1867, the year the last known Atlantic slave ship sailed, the British spent tens of millions of pounds and lost thousands of sailors in the course of suppressing the trade. Their foreign office bribed and pressured European sea-going powers into an international treaty network against the trade, backed by Royal Navy cruisers. Royal Navy officers built a network of treaties with leaders on the West African coast, similarly by way of economic incentives, pressure and at times, force. The British were willing to act unilaterally, even assaulting Brazilian slave ships at their moorings in the Americas. Amidst all of this, the perennially controversial effort faced vocal doubts as to its efficacy and social value, and was nearly called off in the late 1850s. The outcome of this campaign -- the eradication of the Atlantic Slave Trade -- is remarkable amongst illicit market suppression attempts for its clear success... Without the campaign of the British Royal Navy against the Atlantic slave trade, which campaign is today largely forgotten, the immense work of William Wilberforce in declaring that trade illegal would likely have been meaningless as the slave trade would have continued much as before. More pertinent to the 21st century, the Royal Navy's strategy and tactics provide lessons that can prove useful in today's transnational security challenges. About the Speaker: Lt. Col. Dave Blair (USAF) is a Senior Special Operations Aviation Advisor at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he works on emerging aviation technology, artificial intelligence, and competitive strategies. He is a proud graduate of a Small Technical College on the Front Range of the Rockies (Class of 2002); he also holds a Masters from Harvard and a Doctorate from Georgetown as a member of the first class of the CSAF's Prestigious PhD Program. He is an Evaluator Pilot in Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), with more than 2,000 combat hours in six theaters of combat in the AC-130 Spooky Gunship, MQ-1 Predator, and MQ-9 Reaper.

Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century

Nov 29, 2017 00:30:13

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About the speaker: Rebeccah Heinrichs is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where she provides research and commentary on a range of national security issues, and specializes in nuclear deterrence, missile defense, and counter-proliferation. Her work has appeared in major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and Investor’s Business Daily as well as political journals such as Politico and The Hill. She is a regular national security commentator on Fox News and Fox Business as well as other networks. Rebeccah was the vice chairman of the John Hay Initiative's Counterproliferation Working Group, where she contributed to the group's book: Choosing To Lead. In this capacity she also provided counsel and briefings to governors, federal legislators, and presidential candidates. Rebeccah served as an adviser on national security and foreign policy to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and helped launch the bi-partisan Missile Defense Caucus. She has testified before Congress and has presented to numerous organizations including the Aerospace Industries Association, the Reserve Officers Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. She holds an MA in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. She also graduated with highest distinction from its College of Naval Command and Staff, receiving the Director’s Award for academic excellence. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland University in Ohio, and graduated from the Ashbrook Scholar Program. Rebeccah currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and their children.

Radical Islam and Resettlement Jihad

Nov 17, 2017 00:59:30

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Radical Islam and Resettlement Jihad by The Institute of World Politics

Iran and the US Response with Dr. Douglas Streusand

Nov 17, 2017 00:42:41

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Iran and the US Response with Dr. Douglas Streusand by The Institute of World Politics

The Future of Statecraft

Nov 17, 2017 00:58:02

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The Future of Statecraft by The Institute of World Politics

Reconnaissance on the Eastern Front in WWI

Nov 17, 2017 00:34:11

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About the speaker: Andrew Harris is an active duty US Army Military Intelligence Officer, serving as an Executive Officer for the Intelligence and Security Command Headquarters, and an Alumnus of the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school in Washington, DC. His previous assignments include two deployments to Afghanistan as an Infantry Platoon Leader and an Assistant Brigade Intelligence Officer, and service as the Battalion Intelligence Officer for the 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

Eurasian Geopolitical Power and Its Threat to the U.S.

Nov 17, 2017 00:36:16

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Eurasian Geopolitical Power and Its Threat to the U.S. by The Institute of World Politics

Inside Terrorism

Nov 17, 2017 00:33:35

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About the book: Bruce Hoffman's Inside Terrorism has remained the seminal work for understanding the historical evolution of terrorism and the terrorist mind-set. In this revised third edition of his classic text, Hoffman analyzes the latest developments in global terrorism, offering insight into new adversaries, motivations, strategies, and tactics. He focuses on the rise of ISIS and the resilience of al-Qaeda; terrorist exploitation of the Internet and embrace of social media; radicalization of foreign fighters; and potential future trends, including the repercussions of a post-caliphate ISIS. Hoffman examines the demographics of contemporary terrorist leaders and recruits; the continued use of suicide bombers; and the likelihood of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear terrorist strike. He also considers the resurgence of violent antigovernment militants, including white supremacists and opponents of abortion. He argues that the war on terrorism did not end with Osama bin Laden's death and that ongoing instability and strife in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen, among other places, will both sustain terrorist movements and have broad implications for domestic and international security around the globe. About the author: Bruce Hoffman is a professor in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and the director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program. He is also a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center and a visiting professor of terrorism studies at St. Andrews University. Hoffman is the editor of the Columbia University Press series Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare, coeditor of The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death(Columbia, 2014), and author of Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917–1947 (2015).

10th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference: Bicentenary of Gen. Thaddeus Kościuszko’s death

Nov 17, 2017 00:18:41

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Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Ph.D., the Head of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics

10th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference: Is Russia at War with the U.S.?

Nov 17, 2017 00:46:06

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Russia's road to dictatorship and terror under Yeltsin and Putin and how it led to Russia's interference in U.S. internal affairs. The author will also discuss the significance of this interference and how the U.S. should react. Mr. David Satter is affiliated with the Hudson Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has written four books about Russia and the Soviet Union, including The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship, which was released in September in paperback.

10th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference: Forced migrations in Poland after 1944

Nov 17, 2017 00:38:10

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Mass migrations, which began in the Polish lands already in 1944, lasted until the end of the 50s. Their effect was the displacement of a dozen or so millions of people into unfamiliar, alien lands. The lecture will show the diary of migrants of those times from the corpus of over one thousand works, digitized and subjected to qualitative analysis. Professor Jakub Isanski is a sociologist working at the Faculty of Social Sciences at one of the biggest Polish universities: the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. He specializes in issues related to migrations and its social consequences. Among his published papers are the results of field research on contemporary Polish migration.

10th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference: Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth

Nov 17, 2017 00:42:49

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In many respects, The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth resembled the United States of America, albeit in the pre-modern era. The aim of this lecture is to present the similarities between the two political entities, pointing to analogies between the two systems of government and the thoughts and attitudes that spawned them. Mrs. Maria Juczewska is an Associate Director of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics. She is a communication specialist with international experience. Her main research interests are topics related to Central and Eastern European affairs with focus on propaganda and disinformation. She also writes journalistic reports for American NGOs’ portals.

10th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference: Russian active measures in cyberspace

Nov 17, 2017 00:47:29

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Technological advancement of 21st century gave Russia a new perspective and capabilities to project its power within the sphere of foreign relations and cyberspace. This presentation reviews the way in which active measures were deployed in the past and how they are applied in the digital context at present. Mr. Piotr Trąbiński is a law graduate from the University of Warsaw with extensive experience in international banking. Presently he works for the IMF and is an MA candidate at IWP.

Which Orthodox Church in Ukraine? Kirill and Filaret in the Donbas

Nov 17, 2017 00:19:00

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About the Lecture: Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church has been an outspoken critic of the Ukrainian government and the Maidan movement. The organization and culture of Orthodox Christianity is often enigmatic for Westerners, so the significance of these comments is lost. What role, if any, does religion play in the ongoing crisis in Donbas? About the Speaker: Geoffrey Seroka is a graduate student at The Institute of World Politics, studying International Affairs. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Patrick Henry College in 2015.

How War With Iran Benefits Russia

Nov 17, 2017 01:04:36

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About the Lecture: The Islamic Republic of Iran wants nuclear weapons to solidify its growing regional hegemony in the Middle East. Such an event will destabilize the already precarious regional order. The Trump Administration is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear arms at all costs--even potentially risking war with the Islamic Republic. If conflict with Iran were to erupt, Iran's long-time strategic partner, the Russian Federation, would disproportionately benefit. About the Speaker: Brandon Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and the founder of The Weichert Report. His book on national security space policy will be released shortly. Brandon holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and is an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University. Recently, Brandon obtained his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs with a Specialization in Defense Policy from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. On top of being a contributor to the conservative publication, American Greatness, Brandon does speaking engagements, presents papers, and conducts media interviews. He has been featured on BBC World News World Update with Dan Damon, he has been interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor, he has appeared on The Dino Report with Dino Costa, and he has been featured on the Seth & Chris Show offering his expertise as a national security and foreign policy specialist.

The Eastern Question, the Crimean War, Lessons for Today

Nov 16, 2017 01:03:11

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About the lecture: The Eastern Question is a subject that involves the the East, the West, Russia, the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. It is a story of threat perception, religion and strategic considerations that have their origins going back to the Trojan Wars, carry up through the Crimean War and into the current tensions facing the Region, from Syria to the Ukraine, in the 21st century. About the speaker: Dr. Williams is originally from Michigan. He received degrees and diplomas from Culver Military Academy, the University of Virginia, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Florence, Italy, and two Masters and a Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a joint Tufts and Harvard Program. He has lived in four foreign countries and has studied and worked professionally in four foreign languages: French, Greek, Italian and Turkish. Formerly a Wall St. and International Investment Banker, he is currently a licensed Realtor, operates a small consulting business, and lectures on a variety of topics, including American History, Turkey and the Middle East. He has been featured on National Public Radio related to several of his interests, has written news Commentary pieces on Turkey and the Middle east, and has published scholarly articles on Ottoman and Turkish Law. He has recently spent two semesters (2016-‘17) in Istanbul teaching a course at Koç University titled, “Turkey and America, East and West – Where the Twain Meet”. Phil is a past National Board member of the English-Speaking Union, a Past Virginia State President of the Sons of the American Revolution, and has served on the board of the American Friends of Turkey for over twenty-three years. Marilyn Williams is his wife and they have two grown children, Margaret (34) and Phillips (32).

(OLD VERSION) The Eastern Question, the Crimean War, Lessons for Today

Nov 16, 2017 01:03:11

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About the lecture: The Eastern Question is a subject that involves the the East, the West, Russia, the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East. It is a story of threat perception, religion and strategic considerations that have their origins going back to the Trojan Wars, carry up through the Crimean War and into the current tensions facing the Region, from Syria to the Ukraine, in the 21st century. About the speaker: Dr. Williams is originally from Michigan. He received degrees and diplomas from Culver Military Academy, the University of Virginia, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Florence, Italy, and two Masters and a Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a joint Tufts and Harvard Program. He has lived in four foreign countries and has studied and worked professionally in four foreign languages: French, Greek, Italian and Turkish. Formerly a Wall St. and International Investment Banker, he is currently a licensed Realtor, operates a small consulting business, and lectures on a variety of topics, including American History, Turkey and the Middle East. He has been featured on National Public Radio related to several of his interests, has written news Commentary pieces on Turkey and the Middle east, and has published scholarly articles on Ottoman and Turkish Law. He has recently spent two semesters (2016-‘17) in Istanbul teaching a course at Koç University titled, “Turkey and America, East and West – Where the Twain Meet”. Phil is a past National Board member of the English-Speaking Union, a Past Virginia State President of the Sons of the American Revolution, and has served on the board of the American Friends of Turkey for over twenty-three years. Marilyn Williams is his wife and they have two grown children, Margaret (34) and Phillips (32).

The Soldier Returns: The Veteran’s Odyssey

Nov 9, 2017 00:28:26

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About the lecture: What does America owe its veterans? At a time when so few serve in the military, many Americans either place veterans on a pedestal or see them as victims. The fact is that most are neither heroes nor victims, but men and women who did their duty as they were given to see it. For that, they deserve neither adulation nor pity but understanding. One way to achieve this understanding is to appreciate the veteran's odyssey, the soldier's sojourn within, and subsequent return from, the "temple of Mars." About the speaker: Dr. Mackubin Thomas Owens is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at The Institute of World Politics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal. He recently retired as Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. At the War College he specialized in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; and American civil-military relations. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Owens was Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Boston University. Before joining the faculty of the War College, Dr. Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan Administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon and company commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal. He retired as a Colonel in 1994. Dr. Owens earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in Economics from Oklahoma University, and his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Dallas, Catholic University, Ashland University of Ohio, and the Marine Corps' School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW).

Russian Policy in its Neighborhood

Nov 2, 2017 00:27:44

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About the lecture: Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili (former Ambassador of Georgia to the U.S.) will discuss the conditions that led to the conflict between Russia and Georgia. He will outline the steps needed to bring a lasting peace to the region and the role that the United States could play, notably in economic development. He will provide some insight from his experience as Ambassador of Georgia to the United States. About the speaker: Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili is co-Founder and President of the New International Leadership Institute. He is a career diplomat who has held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, including that of a Director of the Department for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Previously, he was a Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Reintegration in the Government of Georgia, and served as an Ambassador of Georgia to the United States. Amb. Yakobashvili is a graduate of Tbilisi State University and has fulfilled training and fellowships at Oxford University’s Center of Political and Diplomatic Studies, Yale University, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

No to Russia Engagement: Final Answer of the Trump Administration?

Nov 2, 2017 00:32:47

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About the lecture: Speaking at IWP in April, Nikolas Gvosdev discussed the balance between Russia-engagers and Russia-skeptics in the Trump Administration. Over the summer, the balance of forces, along with the passage of major new sanctions against Russia by the Congress, has shifted strongly in favor of containment. Why has a candidate Trump who called for improved relations with Vladimir Putin's Russia morphed into President Trump a seeming Russia hawk--and what does this say for how future encounters between Washington and Moscow will go? About the speaker: Nikolas Gvosdev is Professor of National Security Affairs, holding the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in Economic Geography and National Security at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He also serves as a Senior Fellow for the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Eurasia Program and Program on National Security. He was formerly the Editor of The National Interest magazine and a Senior Fellow at The Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. Gvosdev received his doctorate from St Antony's College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. A frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, his work has appeared in such outlets as Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Orbis, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and BBC. He is the co-author of US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower, and the co-author of Russian Foreign Policy: Vectors, Sectors and Interests.

The North Korean Energy Picture: Potential and Reality

Nov 2, 2017 00:45:53

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About the lecture: North Korea’s energy picture offers a striking contrast between abundant resources and chronic energy shortfalls that have created bottlenecks throughout the economy. These obstacles have even affected the all important military sector. Pyongyang has tried short term fixes to deal with energy related difficulties via its neighbors Russia and China but for the most part these efforts have either exacerbated existing problems or created new ones. Cutting across classical standards of analysis, North Korean energy insecurities are not straightforward problems and cannot easily be classified as either economic or political-military. Opaque and impenetrable to outsiders, North Korea’s painful combination of resource deficiency and a lack of geopolitical leverage to command access to deficient resources is especially hard for the United States to understand, given the abundant resources they have readily at hand and the political-military leverage they possess to acquire the resources they lack. As the information revolution expands worldwide, in both civilian and military dimensions, and as industrial facilities become more and more technology intensive, the quality of electric power becomes more important to the DPRK in all aspects of economic and military life. North Korea is beginning to discover that it cannot run on their erratic power supply with which Pyongyang, and its provincial towns are presently afflicted.” Recommended Reading: Energy Security in North Korea: From Defiance to Survival, Foreign Policy Association, https://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2017/06/15/energy-security-north-korea-defiance-survival/ About the speaker: Patricia is an energy analyst based in Washington DC and an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University. She has extensive experience in global energy market studies, energy security and political risk with special focus on Europe, the United States and Russia. Patricia was recently selected as one of the top 40 most influential individuals in the energy sector by Right Relevance Inc, in San Francisco California. Patricia previously worked at Le Figaro Newspaper in Paris and was a parliamentary assistant and attaché at The French National Assembly. While working for a petrochemical company, she wrote her thesis on U.S Foreign Policy towards Terrorism after 9/11 focusing on the War in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a member of Chatham House, she has led several research projects in the areas of energy security and emerging threats in critical energy infrastructure as well as policy and risk assessment of European and Russian oil and gas systems. She has collaborated with various academic institutions, think tanks and embassies on European energy market, the geopolitics of energy and investment patterns. She has published for Pipeline Oil and Gas Magazine in Dubai, The National Interest, Oxford Politics and International Relations Departments as well as the Foreign Policy Association in NY. She is a frequent contributor to international media on energy security and international economic issues. Patricia holds a Master Degree from the Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C. She studied law and international relations in Paris, London,Geneva and completed a course certificate on sustainability and environmental management at Harvard University. Follow her on Twitter: @Patricia_Energy

The Origins of Public Diplomacy in US Statecraft

Nov 2, 2017 00:18:10

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About the book: This book examines historic examples of US public diplomacy in order to understand how past uses and techniques of foreign public engagement evolved into modern public diplomacy as a tool of American statecraft. The study explores six historic cases where the United States’ government or private American citizens actively engaged with foreign publics, starting with the American Revolution in 1776 through the passage of the Smith-Mundt Bill of 1948. Each case looks specifically at the role foreign public engagement plays in American statecraft, while also identifying trends in American foreign public engagement and making connections between past practice of foreign public engagement and public diplomacy, and analyzing how trends and past practice or experience influenced modern American public diplomacy. About the author: Caitlin E. Schindler obtained a Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence from The Institute of World Politics in 2010. While studying at IWP, Caitlin worked as a technical writer and executive officer, for a U.S. Defense Contractor supporting various government customers, mainly in counterterrorism policy and operations. In 2015, Caitlin completed her PhD at the University of Leeds in the UK under the supervision of Nicholas Cull (University of Southern California). Dr. Schindler's research focuses on the role of intelligence and national techniques of strategic communication to include propaganda, public diplomacy, and political warfare in national statecraft. Caitlin is currently employed by Leidos and is a Research Professor at The Institute of World Politics.

Wind from Heaven: John Paul II: The Poet Who Became Pope

Oct 24, 2017 00:17:00

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About the book: MONIKA JABLONSKA’S WIND FROM HEAVEN. JOHN PAUL: The Poet Who Became Pope is the story of the future pope Karol Wojtyła as poet and playwright, as true servant of the Word — a student of Polish literature, dramatist, actor, professor, philosopher, and priest, whose religious conviction added a moral dimension to world politics and changed the course of history. Wind from Heaven offers a new perspective on John Paul II and the pontificate that transformed the Church, its people, and the whole world. Drawing on a wealth of Polish sources, the author throws a fresh and numinous light onto the personal and literary life of John Paul II for English-language readers. She portrays the history of Karol Wojtyła’s native Poland, its literature, and faith-suffused used culture as the crucible out of which emerged a boy, then a man of unbreakable spirit, who answered the call to priesthood, and became a pope who in face of immense worldly evils feared no one but God, giving ringing voice to Love and Hope with such moral clarity that the world rose up with courage in response. The reader of this inspiring book comes away in reverent awe of Karol Wojtyła, this “man from a far country” who played a crucial role in some of the most momentous events of our time, who implemented lasting changes in this world, and who left behind springs of inspiration owing stronger with each passing year. About the author: MONIKA JABLONSKA is an entrepreneur, lawyer, consultant, and business executive. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation, on social business. At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, Monika launched her own social business called Nurture the World to feed hungry children around the world. She runs projects in the USA, Brazil, and Europe. In 2015, she received a Special Recognition Award from the American Institute ofPolish Culture in Miami for her Nurture the World project. Monika was also nominated for Businesswoman of the Year in 2016. Wind from Heaven has previously been published in Poland, Brazil, and Colombia.

Russia-Latin America and Caribbean Relations in 2017

Oct 14, 2017 00:34:37

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About the lecture: This presentation will discuss current relations between the Russian Federation and Latin American and Caribbean states. Apart from addressing Moscow’s relations with “the usual suspects” (e.g. Cuba and Venezuela), we will also explore initiatives with other regional states at the diplomatic, defense and economic level. We will conclude by discussing whether the Russian government currently has an overall strategy towards Latin America and the Caribbean and what new initiatives we can expect in the near future. About the speaker: W. Alejandro Sanchez is an international affairs analyst who focuses on geopolitical and defense issues in the Western Hemisphere. A member of the Forum on the Arms Trade, he is a regular contributor to IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, the Center for International Maritime Security, Living in Peru, among others. His analyses have appeared in journals including Small Wars and Insurgencies, Defence Studies, the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, European Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorismand Perspectivas. He received his B.A. from Ursinus College, his M.A. from American University, his Certificate on Caribbean Defense and Security from the National Defense University (Washington, DC) and his Certificate on International Politics from the Institute of World Politics. The views expressed in this presentation are the sole responsibility of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect those of any institutions with which the presenter is associated.

Does Europe Need Nukes?

Sep 27, 2017 00:41:58

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About the lecture: The period of continental peace in Europe has been shattered. Whereas many assumed that war would never return to Europe after the Cold War, it would seem that conflict with Russia and Islamic extremism (as well as economic instability) now dominates the once-peaceful European continent. With America's commitment to NATO and the EU in question, this lecture will address the question whether key countries--such as Germany and Poland--should develop nuclear arms to better defend themselves absent of a firm American defense commitment. About the speaker: Brandon J. Weichert is a former congressional staffer and is the founder and CEO of The Weichert Report: A World News Website. He is also a Contributing Editor at American Greatness. Brandon received his B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics.

The Chinese Threat to the World and the Chinese Invasion of Southeast Asia

Sep 27, 2017 00:41:13

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About the lecture: This lecture will elaborate the ways in which a constitution is not a mere set of rules-of-the-game but is rather the formulation of a “way of life,” and that requires stable aspects of character in the citizens that are the condition for the success of the constitution. About the speaker: William B. Allen, Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University. He served previously on the United States National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Recently he served as Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church Havre de Grace, Md; and a Veritas Fund Senior Fellow in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He has published extensively. including Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe (Lexington Books) and George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.).

Energy Security: New Market Realities

Sep 23, 2017 00:38:33

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Energy Security: New Market Realities by The Institute of World Politics

The Constitution of our Character with William B. Allen

Sep 20, 2017 00:48:36

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About the lecture: This lecture will elaborate the ways in which a constitution is not a mere set of rules-of-the-game but is rather the formulation of a “way of life,” and that requires stable aspects of character in the citizens that are the condition for the success of the constitution. About the speaker: William B. Allen, Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science and Emeritus Dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University. He served previously on the United States National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Recently he served as Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church Havre de Grace, Md; and a Veritas Fund Senior Fellow in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He has published extensively. including Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe (Lexington Books) and George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.).

Social Engineering in Cybersecurity: The Evolution of a Concept

Sep 15, 2017 01:02:16

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About the lecture Social engineering (also called "Human Hacking") is an essential tool in every computer hacker's toolkit. Yet its origins extend long before the digital age. This talk explores the evolution of this concept from its origins in public policy to its current application to cybersecurity. Dr. Hatfield's research includes interviews with famous hackers and offers a framework within which social engineering attacks can best be understood. About the speaker Lieutenant Commander Joseph M. Hatfield currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cyber Science at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he teaches courses on the technical fundamentals of cybersecurity, the ethics and policy of cyber operations, and intelligence and national security. He is an active-duty naval intelligence officer with over a decade of overseas operational experience, including combat tours aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower as well as overseas assignments in both England and Sicily. He earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge University and has published scholarly work in journals and book chapters.

The True Ambitions of Russian Foreign Policy Today

Aug 11, 2017 01:27:23

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This lecture was presented on August 8, 2017 by Brandon Weichert at the Institute of World Politics. This event is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies and the Center for Intermarium Studies. About the lecture Russian foreign policy objectives are poorly understood today. This is because most analysts look at Russia through Western eyes. But, Russia is not only Moscow. Russia is Siberia and the Far East also. This lecture will provide a three-dimensional view of Russia, it will contextualize Russian actions over the past decade beyond the headlines, and it will illustrate why U.S. foreign policy toward Russia is misguided (and how to correct the strategic misperceptions). About the speaker Brandon J. Weichert is a former congressional staffer and is the founder and CEO of The Weichert Report: A World News Website. He is also a Contributing Editor at American Greatness. Brandon received his B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics.

In Defense of the Fatherland: Russian WWII Narratives as Tools of the Kremlin

Aug 9, 2017 01:12:15

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This lecture was presented on August 3, 2017 by Rachel Baumant at the Institute of World Politics. About the lecture: World War II, or the "Great Patriotic War," had physically and psychologically devastating effects on Soviet society and thus remains vital to Russian national identity. However, the particular symbols and narratives used to teach the history of the war and commemorate the victory have become emblematic of the power and desire of the state to shape collective memory and thus influence perceptions of current events in the post-Soviet sphere. About the speaker: Rachel Bauman is a student at The Institute of World Politics, where she is pursuing an MA in Statecraft and International Affairs. After graduating from Messiah College with a BA in English and minor in politics, she taught English at a summer camp in Kostroma Oblast, Russia and later was a Resident Junior Fellow at the Center for the National Interest. She recently returned from a summer program of intensive Russian language study in Vladimir, Russia, and her particular interests are Russian/Soviet history, U.S.-Russia relations, and Russian politics and culture.

Politics, Hacking, and the New Russia

Jul 25, 2017 01:38:51

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This lecture was presented on July 20, 2017 by Jack Thomas Tomarchio at the Institute of World Politics. About the lecture In the past year, the news media has been focused on the Russian hacking of the 2016 Presidential elections. A story that started with the hack of the Democratic National Committee in July 2016 has reached to the pinnacle of US power and politics. But what is the real story behind the great hack of 2016? Now a former senior US intelligence officer addresses the real story behind the story. From his unique optic as an intelligence officer, Jack Thomas Tomarchio will address what happened, how the US intelligence community found the Russian connection, and most importantly WHY the Russians would want to influence a US Presidential election. The reasons might surprise you. He will also examine what the future holds for US-Russian relations and Russia's future relations with NATO, the EU and the world. About the speaker Jack Thomas Tomarchio is a principal with the Agoge Group, LLC, an international strategic advisory firm. He advises companies, law firms, financial services firms, federal government contractors and government organizations on trends and changes in geopolitical markets and issues effecting international security. In 2005, he was appointed to be the first Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis; in 2007, he was promoted to Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Operations. He began his career as a judge advocate and paratrooper in the United States Army's 82d Airborne Division and retired from the Army in 2010 with the permanent rank of colonel. In 2008, he served as a member of Mitt Romney's national security team, where he developed and co-authored the candidate's position on counter terrorism and homeland security. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Tomarchio was a partner at the national law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C. where he was co-chair of the firm's government relations department and national security law group. He returned to Buchanan in 2013 where he served as co-chair of the firm's Cyber Security Practice Group. Mr. Tomarchio holds a Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude from the Pennsylvania State University, a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School, a Master's of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's of Strategic Studies from the USArmy War College.

Islam in the Russian Domain: History, Threats, and Containment

Jul 19, 2017 00:57:14

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This lecture was presented on July 17, 2017 by Erik Khzmalyan at the Institute of World Politics. This event is sponsored by the Kosciusko Chair of Polish Studies. About the lecture: Erik Khzmalyan will discuss Russia's interaction with Islam during the Tsarist and Soviet periods, Islam after communism, the radicalization of Muslim populations, and Russia's fear of pan-Islamic movements. About the speaker: Erik Khzmalyan is a Fellow at the Eurasian Research and Analysis Institute. Erik specializes in U.S. Foreign Policy, Eurasia, and Geopolitics. He is currently an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and International Affairs at The Institute of World Politics.

Nicaragua: A Renewal of Russian Influence

Jul 15, 2017 00:34:11

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This lecture was presented on July 13, 2017 by Angie Abide at the Institute of World Politics. ABOUT: Angie Abide will provide an overview of Nicaragua, giving a brief background of the country. She will then focus on the history of Nicaraguan-Soviet relations, including the political, economic and military support that the Soviet Union provided the Sandinista government in its rise to power. Finally, she will discuss the reemergence of Nicaragua's relationship with the Kremlin, and how this relationship parallels the one with the Soviet Union. SPEAKER BIO: Angie Abide is currently an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and International Affairs at the Institute of World Politics. She specializes in American Foreign Policy, US-Latin American Relations and Geoeconomics.

All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power

Jul 15, 2017 01:11:28

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This lecture was presented on July 10, 2017 by Thomas J. Wright at the Institute of World Politics. About the book: The two decades after the Cold War saw unprecedented cooperation between the major powers as the world converged on a model of liberal international order. Now, great power competition is back and the liberal order is in jeopardy. Russia and China are increasingly revisionist in their regions. The Middle East appears to be unraveling. And many Americans question why the United States ought to lead. What will great power competition look like in the decades ahead? Will the liberal world order survive? What impact will geopolitics have on globalization? And, what strategy should the United States pursue to succeed in an increasingly competitive world? In this book Thomas Wright explains how major powers will compete fiercely even as they try to avoid war with each other. Wright outlines a new American strategy-Responsible Competition-to navigate these challenges and strengthen the liberal order. About the author: Thomas Wright is the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security. Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor's and master's from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.

Where is Paris in the Moscow-Berlin Axis?

Jun 29, 2017 01:37:22

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This lecture was presented on June 22, 2017 by Brandon Weichert at the Institute of World Politics. Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and the founder of The Weichert Report. His book on national security space policy will be released shortly. Brandon holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and is an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University (GDBM!). Recently, Brandon obtained his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs with a Specialization in Defense Policy from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. On top of being a contributor to the conservative publication, American Greatness, Brandon does speaking engagements, presents papers, and conducts media interviews. He has been featured on BBC World News World Update with Dan Damon, he has been interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor, he has appeared on The Dino Report with Dino Costa, and he has been featured on the Seth & Chris Show offering his expertise as a national security and foreign policy specialist.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Jun 28, 2017 01:13:24

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This lecture was presented on June 23, 2017 by Peter J. Wallison at the Institute of World Politics. ABOUT THIS SPEAKER Peter J. Wallison holds the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Financial Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and is co-director of AEI's program on Financial Policy Studies. Prior to joining AEI, he practiced banking, corporate and financial law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., and New York. Mr. Wallison has held a number of government positions. From June 1981 to January 1985, he was General Counsel of the United States Treasury Department, where he had a significant role in the development of the Reagan Administration's proposals for deregulation in the financial services industry. During 1986 and 1987, Mr. Wallison was White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan, and between 1972 and 1976, he served first as Special Assistant to New York's Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and, subsequently, as counsel to Mr. Rockefeller as vice president of the United States. Mr. Wallison was admitted to practice before the courts of New York and the District of Columbia, and is retired from practice in New York. He continues to be a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1963 and law degree from Harvard Law School in 1966. Mr. Wallison is the author of Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency, published in December 2002 by Westview Press. On financial or regulatory matters, he is the author of Back From the Brink, a proposal for a private deposit insurance system, and co-author of Nationalizing Mortgage Risk: The Growth of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; The GAAP Gap: Corporate Disclosure in the Internet Age; and Competitive Equity: A Better Way to Organize Mutual Funds, all of which were published by AEI. He is also the editor of Optional Federal Chartering and Regulation of Insurance Companies, and Serving Two Masters, Yet Out of Control: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, also published by AEI. On campaign finance, he is the author (with Joel Gora) of Better Parties, Better Government, (AEI Press 2009) and Bad History, Worse Policy: How a False Narrative about the Financial Crisis Led to the Dodd-Frank Act (AEI Press 2013) . His most recent book is Hidden In Plain Sight: What Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why it Could Happen Again (Encounter Books 2015). He is currently working on a book on the administrative state. He testifies frequently before committees of Congress, and is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal and other print and online journals. He has also been a speaker at many conferences on financial services, housing, the causes of the financial crisis, the Dodd-Frank Act, accounting, and corporate governance, and was a member of the Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee between 1995 and 2015. He is also a member the Council on Foreign Relations, the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting (2008), co-Chair of the Pew Financial Reform Task Force (2009), and a member of the congressionally- appointed Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (2009-2011). In May 2011, for his work in financial policy, Mr. Wallison received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Colorado.

World War II Book Talk: Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in WWII

Jun 24, 2017 00:52:21

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This Lecture was presented on June 19, 2017 by Amb. Frank Lavin at the Institute of World Politics. This a discussion of World War II as seen through the story of a combat infantryman. Carl Lavin was a high school senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He enlisted at 18, a decision that would take him with the U.S. Army from training across the United States and Britain to combat with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Home Front to Battlefront is the tale of a foot soldier who finds himself thrust into a world where he and his unit grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy and the oddities of life back home - all in the same day. The book is based on Carl's personal letters, official military history, private papers and more. Former U.S. ambassador and White House aide Frank Lavin, the son of Carl Lavin, is author of Home Front to Battlefront, and joins us for a presentation to share insight on World War II and the GI experience. More information at www.hf2bf.com

Human Geography of the Caucasus: Identity, Culture, and the Russian Factor

Jun 23, 2017 00:54:18

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This event took place on June 20, 2017. It was delivered by Erik Khzmalyan. About the lecture: Erik Khzmalyan will review the geographic boundaries of the Caucasus and countries located in the region and will identify the region's ethnicities and their cultural and linguistic differences. Specifically, he will focus on those ethnicities that are less well known. He will then discuss Russia's conquest of the Caucasus and the security challenges emanating from the Northern Caucasus. About the speaker: Erik Khzmalyan is a Fellow at the Eurasian Research and Analysis Institute. Erik specializes in U.S. Foreign Policy, Eurasia, and Geopolitics. He is currently an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and International Affairs at the Institute of World Politics.

The Iraq WMD Program: A Search for Truth

Jun 22, 2017 01:08:06

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This lecture occurred on June 15, 2017 at IWP and was presented by MAJ Brett Carey. ABOUT THE LECTURE: Seeking the truth on the Iraq WMD program. The US Army Technical Escort Unit’s Chemical-Biological Disablement Team 4 supported the investigation carried out by the Iraq Survey Group in the spring and summer of 2004. During the investigation, they responded to old-regime pre-Gulf War chemical munitions and an insurgent network that was trying to produce WMD. This presentation will cover how they handled these incidents with respect to the sensitivity of the Iraq WMD issue.

John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic

Jun 22, 2017 01:24:54

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This event occurred on June 16th, 2017 at IWP, and was presented by Dr. Charles Edel. About the book: "America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy"-John Quincy Adams's famous words are often quoted to justify noninterference in other nations' affairs. Yet when he spoke them, Adams was not advocating neutrality or passivity but rather outlining a national policy that balanced democratic idealism with a pragmatic understanding of the young republic's capabilities and limitations. America's rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable, but Charles N. Edel's provocative biography of Adams argues that he served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America's rise. Adams's particular combination of ideas and policies made him a critical link between the founding generation and the Civil War-era nation of Lincoln. Examining Adams's service as senator, diplomat, secretary of state, president, and congressman, Edel's study of this extraordinary figure reveals a brilliant but stubborn man who was both visionary prophet and hard-nosed politician. Adams's ambitions on behalf of America's interests, combined with a shrewd understanding of how to counter the threats arrayed against them, allowed him to craft a multitiered policy to insulate the nation from European quarrels, expand U.S. territory, harness natural resources, develop domestic infrastructure, education, and commerce, and transform the United States into a model of progress and liberty respected throughout the world. While Adams did not live to see all of his strategy fulfilled, his vision shaped the nation's agenda for decades afterward and continues to resonate as America pursues its place in the twenty-first-century world. About the author: Dr. Charles Edel is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he focuses on grand strategy, American political history, and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He recently returned to Newport from the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State. In that role, he was a strategic advisor to the Secretary of State on North East Asia, the South China Sea, and the Western Pacific region. Charles holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and received a B.A. in Classics from Yale College. He worked at Peking University's Center for International and Strategic Studies as a Henry Luce Scholar and was also awarded the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. Previously, he served in various roles in the U.S. government as a political and counterterrorism analyst, worked as a research associate at the Council of Foreign Relations, and taught high school history in New York. An intelligence officer in the Naval Reserves, he is the author of Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic (Harvard University Press, 2014). Currently, he is working on a project about the role of foreign revolutions in American history.

The Indispensability of US Nuclear Weapons and Why Anti-nuke Idealists are Wrong

Jun 15, 2017 00:58:28

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This event occurred at The Institute of World Politics on June 13th, presented by Rebeccah L. Heinrichs. Rebeccah Heinrichs is a Fellow at the Hudson Institute, where she provides research and commentary on a range of national security issues, and specializes in nuclear deterrence, missile defense, and counter-proliferation. Her work has appeared in major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and Investor's Business Daily as well as political journals such as Politico and The Hill. Rebeccah served as an adviser on military matters and foreign policy to Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and helped launch the bi-partisan Missile Defense Caucus. She has testified before Congress and has presented to numerous organizations including the Aerospace Industries Association, the Reserve Officers Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. She holds a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic policy from the U.S. Naval War College. She also graduated with highest distinction from its College of Naval Command and Staff, receiving the Director's Award for academic excellence. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland University in Ohio, and graduated from the Ashbrook Scholar Program.

Safety in Tradition: Homeschooling's Unexpected Rise in Post-Soviet Russia

Jun 14, 2017 00:51:42

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This event took place on June 6 at The Institute of World Politics with Lauren Mitchell. Lauren Lee Mitchell is the Global Outreach Coordinator for Home School Legal Defense Association and the former Lead Legislative Assistant for HSLDA's Federal Relations team. She is the author of numerous articles and white papers on education issues, managed HSLDA's national anti-Common Core campaign, and is currently planning the 2018 Global Home Education Conference in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. Mitchell is the editor of the Around the Globe e-newsletter, and a contributor to the Court Report Magazine. Her work and research focuses on the start-up of international homeschool grassroots organizations, as well as assisting asylum families escaping persecution for homeschooling in totalitarian and post-totalitarian states. Mitchell is a Patrick Henry College Leadership Scholar, Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Scholar, and a Harvard Summer Scholar. In various academic capacities, she has spoken to audiences across the United States, India, Canada, and at the European Union. Her philanthropic efforts include court advocacy for children through CASA, mentoring children with incarcerated parents, and raising awareness for children's health as an ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Valedictory Remarks By Andrew Harris IWP Commencement 2017

Jun 9, 2017 00:04:24

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Andrew Harris gave valedictory remarks at The Institute of World Politics' Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

National Anthem By Staff Sergeant Andre McRae USA IWP Commencement 2017

Jun 9, 2017 00:00:19

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Staff Sergeant Andre McRae, USA of the US Army Band "Pershing's Own" sang the National Anthem at The Institute of World Politics' Commencement on May 20, 2017. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

Remarks By IWP President John Lenczowski Commencement 2017

Jun 9, 2017 00:19:23

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IWP founder and president John Lenczowski gave remarks at The Institute of World Politics Commencement on May 20, 2017. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

Commencement Remarks By Dr. Hadley Arkes

Jun 9, 2017 00:30:35

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Dr. Hadley Arkes gave the keynote address at The Institute of World Politics Commencement on May 20, 2017. Dr. Arkes is the Edward N. Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions Emeritus at Amherst College and the Founder and Director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

Valedictory Remarks By Andrew Harris IWP Commencement 2017

Jun 9, 2017 00:04:24

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Andrew Harris gave valedictory remarks at The Institute of World Politics' Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

Invocation By Captain Christopher D. Glass Sr. USN - Retired At IWP Commencement 2017

Jun 9, 2017 00:03:39

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Captain Christopher D. Glass, Sr., USN-Retired, a Reverend, as well as IWP Senior Vice President for Professional Affiliations, gave the invocation at The Institute of World Politics' Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2017. Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy

A Pope and a President: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan

Jun 8, 2017 01:11:54

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This lecture was delivered by Paul G. Kengor on May 25 at IWP. About the book: In this fascinating new book, acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor tells the untold story of the partnership between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan and how together they changed the course of world history. Kengor shows that the bonds between the pope and the president ran deeper than anyone has suspected, and that these bonds drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism. About the author: Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Grove City College, a four-year, private Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and a New York Times bestselling author. He is executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, a Grove City College think-tank/policy center. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Kengor is an internationally recognized authority on several subjects, particularly Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and communism. He is often quoted in major publications, and his articles have appeared in numerous publications from across the ideological spectrum. Kengor is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, the BBC, PCN-TV, EWTN, and FoxNewsChannel, and is regular columnist for Townhall and the American Spectator. Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his Master's degree from American University's School of International Service. He holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio).

Erdogan's New Ottoman Empire

Jun 7, 2017 01:21:11

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Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and the founder of The Weichert Report. His book on national security space policy will be released shortly. Brandon holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and is an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University (GDBM!). Recently, Brandon obtained his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs with a Specialization in Defense Policy from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. On top of being a contributor to the conservative publication, American Greatness, Brandon does speaking engagements, presents papers, and conducts media interviews. He has been featured on BBC World News World Update with Dan Damon, he has been interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor, he has appeared on The Dino Report with Dino Costa, and he has been featured on the Seth & Chris Show offering his expertise as a national security and foreign policy specialist.

Mariupol - The Gates of Donbass

May 23, 2017 00:40:08

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This event occurred on May 15, 2017 at the Institute of World Politics. This event is part of a series on the Intermarium sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies. About the lecture: The port city of Mariupol has been a flash-point since the early days of the 2014 Ukrainian Crisis and promises to remain so because of its strategic, symbolic, and economic significance to both sides of the conflict. About the speaker: Geoffrey Seroka is a graduate student at The Institute of World Politics, studying International Affairs. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Patrick Henry College in 2015.

Scholarly Double Standards And The American Presidency

May 23, 2017 01:10:55

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This lecture occurred at IWP on May 8th 2017. The contrast between the treatment meted out to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama confirms that two set of rules prevail when it comes to scholarly assessments of American presidents. Democratic presidents are excused when it comes to assertive national security policies, while Republican presidents are deemed "lawless." Obama is the most recent beneficiary of this double standard that distorts scholarly assessments of the nation's chief executives. About the speaker: Stephen F. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program, directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project, and also served on the staff of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Professor Knott received his PhD in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books including Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics; Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency, an examination of the use of covert operations by early American presidents; and Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, a book on Alexander Hamilton's controversial image in the American mind. He is a co-author of The Reagan Years and At Reagan's Side: Insiders' Recollections from Sacramento to the White House. His most recent co-authored volume is Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America.

Andrew Jackson and America's Civil-Military Relations

May 3, 2017 00:53:44

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About the lecture: While Andrew Jackson is often viewed as a citizen-soldier and a leader of volunteers, he actually held the regular army in high esteem and had little regard for the processes of civilian control over military institutions and operations, particularly operations aimed at national territorial expansion. Officers under his command quickly adopted his views on civil-military relations and expansion. Between 1815 and 1821, the U.S. Army officer corps was Jackson's sword, but after 1821, the army officer corps began to act as a force for restraint in American foreign relations. Dr. Watson will explain Jackson's usurpations of civilian authority as a general, the transformation of the officer corps' attitudes after 1821, and military subordination to civilian authority during Jackson's Presidency. About the speaker: Samuel Watson is professor of history at the United States Military Academy, where he teaches the full range of U.S. and military history. His research focuses on the U.S. Army between the Revolution and the war with Mexico. He is co-editor of the electronic textbook, The West Point History of Warfare, which won the 2016 Society for Military History/George C. Marshall Foundation Prize for the Use of Digital Technology Teaching Military History, and co-editor of The West Point History of the Civil War, which won the 2014 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, and forthcoming The West Point History of the American Revolution. His books, Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821, and Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821-1846,published by the University Press of Kansas, won the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award in 2014.

Leading From Behind: George C. Marshall and Sir Alan Brooke

May 3, 2017 00:35:55

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About the lecture: Obscured by their political masters -- Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill -- as well as their better-known military subordinates, the organizers of the Anglo-American victory in World War II deserve better of history. About the speaker: Philip Terzian has been literary editor of The Weekly Standard since 2005, and is the author of Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, he has been a writer and editor at the New Republic, Reuters, the Providence Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, and was a foreign correspondent and syndicated columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service. He has been a contributor to Commentary, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator, the Daily Telegraph, and other publications, and was a Pulitzer finalist in commentary.

Western Sanctions on Russia are Harming Europe

Apr 22, 2017 01:01:47

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About the lecture: Brandon Weichert will discuss how sanctions against Russia have exacerbated the decline of the European Union and how it has hit places like Poland the hardest. He will review the unintended consequences of sanctions and whether or not sanctions were the best U.S. policy towards Russia after Ukraine in 2014. About the speaker: Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and the founder of The Weichert Report. His book on national security space policy will be released shortly. Brandon holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and is an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University (GDBM!). Recently, Brandon obtained his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs with a Specialization in Defense Policy from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. On top of being a contributor to the conservative publication, American Greatness, Brandon does speaking engagements, presents papers, and conducts media interviews. He has been featured on BBC World News World Update with Dan Damon, he has been interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor, he has appeared on The Dino Report with Dino Costa, and he has been featured on the Seth & Chris Show offering his expertise as a national security and foreign policy specialist.

Fidel Castro: An Inside Perspective

Apr 21, 2017 01:13:30

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ABOUT THE LECTURE: Amb. Alberto Piedra will give his thoughts on his personal relationship with Fidel Castro prior to and during the first three months of his revolutionary government (1959) as Director General of Exports and Imports at the Ministry of Commerce in Havana. ABOUT THIS SPEAKER Amb. Alberto Piedra is the Donald E. Bently Professor of Political Economy at The Institute of World Politics, where he teaches courses on political and economic freedom and on Western moral tradition. He formerly served as U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, U.S. Representative to the Economic and Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States, and Senior Advisor at the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs at the Department of State. He has also served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as the Senior Area Advisor for Latin America. His academic career has included posts as the Director for the Latin American Institute and as the Chairman of the Department of Economics and Buisness at at the Catholic University of America.

Russia's Gambit: Assessing Moscow's Plans in the First Months of the Trump Administration

Apr 21, 2017 01:03:54

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Nikolas Gvosdev is Professor of National Security Affairs, holding the Captain Jerome E. Levy Chair in Economic Geography and National Security at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He also serves as a Senior Fellow for the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Eurasia Program and Program on National Security. He was formerly the Editor of The National Interest magazine and a Senior Fellow at The Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. Gvosdev received his doctorate from St Antony's College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. A frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, his work has appeared in such outlets as Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Orbis, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and BBC. He is the co-author of US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower, and the co-author of Russian Foreign Policy: Vectors, Sectors and Interests.

The Battle of the President and Congress in the Ages of Reagan and Trump

Apr 21, 2017 01:06:57

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About the Lecture: The authority of the President in national security affairs is a long-contested issue. Join us for a discussion on the parallels of this debate between this and past eras. Mr. Thomas Wilson will provide a peek into the internal dynamics of the Iran-Contra investigation, which will include an examination of the political and legal issues involved, noting the constitutional issues raised and contested. Mr. Wilson's central role in a political and legal drama that lasted well into the 1990's makes him uniquely well placed to discuss the investigation. About the Speaker: Mr. Thomas Wilson has led a varied and high profile career. After graduating with a BA in history from Georgetown University, he went on to pursue a law degree from Georgetown Law School. Upon graduation, rather than going into legal practice, he decided to join the US Army, serving in the 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in the United States from 1967 to 1968, and in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the Republic of Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and Parachute Wings (from the United States, Israel, and the Republic of Vietnam). After military service, he pursued an MBA from Columbia University before going into legal practice. His legal career spanned more than 40 years and included representing clients such as CIA Costa Rica Station Chief Jose Fernandez in the Iran-Contra affair; the Assistant to President George H. W. Bush in an Independent Counsel investigation into the 1992 search of then Presidential candidate Bill Clinton's passport file; a client investigated for making allegedly illegal campaign contributions to the 1996 Clinton/Gore re-election campaign; the former Director of MKULTRA, the CIA's Cold War drug testing program; as well as a major private security firm in a very sensitive, high-profile investigation sited in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. Wilson has been lead counsel on a host of matters before numerous appellate tribunals, including most United States Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Until his retirement in 2013, he served as of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, L.L.P., where he practiced general litigation with specialties in complex civil, administrative and white-collar criminal litigation.

World War I Centennial: History and Enduring Relevance

Apr 20, 2017 02:01:15

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April 6, 2017, marks the hundred year anniversary of the US declaration of war on Germany. Following more than two and a half years of neutrality, the United States mobilized for war on a scale the nation had never before seen. More than two million Americans were to serve in the US armed forces during World War I. Once American combat power arrived in Europe, it tipped the military balance against Germany, frustrating Germany’s Spring Offensive of 1918 and resulting ultimately in the German surrender of November of that year. In commemoration of the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, the Institute of World Politics and the Center for Military and Diplomatic History are hosting three of the world’s leading historians of the war: Michael S. Neiberg, Edward Lengel, and John H. Maurer. MICHAEL S. NEIBERG is the inaugural Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College. His published work specializes on the First and Second World Wars, notably the American and French experiences. His most recent book on the First World War is Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I(Harvard University Press, 2011). The Wall Street Journal recently named it one of the five best books ever written about the war. In October, 2012 Basic Books published his The Blood of Free Men, a history of the liberation of Paris in 1944. In May, 2015 Basic published his Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe. In October, Oxford University Press published his Path to War, a history of American responses to the Great War, 1914-1917. EDWARD LENGEL is Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association, located in historic Decatur House on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Before beginning work there in the fall of 2016, he directed the Washington Papers project for many years. A military historian, he is the author of several books, including General George Washington: A Military Life; To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918; First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His-and the Nation's-Prosperity; and the Army Historical Foundation award-winning Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918. He is also a regular contributor to magazines including Military History and Military History Quarterly, and appears often on television and radio including NPR and the History Channel. JOHN H. MAURER is the Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Sea Power and Grand Strategy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds an M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is the author or editor of books examining the outbreak of the First World War, military interventions in the developing world, naval rivalries and arms control between the two world wars, and a study about Winston Churchill's views on British foreign policy and grand strategy. He also serves as a senior research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, on the Editorial Board of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, and Associate Editor of Diplomacy and Statecraft. In recognition for his service and contribution to professional military education, he has received both the U.S. Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Superior Civilian Service Award. JOHN J. TIERNEY, JR. is the Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations at the Institute of World Politics. He was the Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1981-1993. He has served as Executive Director of the Congressional Caucus on National Defense and the National Security Research Group, U.S. House of Representatives; Chairman, Politics Department, Catholic University; and Professor of International Relations, University of Virginia and The Johns Hopkins University.

Business as Usual in Belarus: The Alternate Dance

Apr 20, 2017 01:17:35

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Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz will discuss the recent protests against President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus. Marek Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at The Institute of World Politics and the holder of the Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Dr. Chodakiewicz writes weekly columns for popular Polish press and contributes to the SELOUS Foundation internet hub. He has also published on foreign policy in various venues, including The Journal of World Affairs, American Spectator, and National Review Online. In addition to numerous popular and scholarly articles, Dr. Chodakiewicz authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited over fifteen scholarly monographs and documentary collections. His latest include Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas (2012), which is a depiction of the Eastern Borderlands of the West on the rim of the former Soviet Union, and On the Right and Left (2013), which is a textbook of intellectual history of modern ideologies. His interests include the post-Soviet zone, the Second World War and its aftermath, Europe in the 19th and 20th century, Western civilization and its intellectual tradition, extremist movements in history, conspiracy theory and practice, and comparative civilizations.

Women in Espionage: Fantasy vs. Reality

Apr 18, 2017 00:55:41

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About the lecture Retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer Gene Poteat will discuss women in espionage, with a focus on American women spies. About the speaker S. Eugene (Gene) Poteat is a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer, and has served as President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He was educated as an electrical engineer and physicist. He holds a Masters in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from IWP. His career in intelligence included work with U-2 and SR-71 class of aircraft and various space and naval reconnaissance systems. He also managed the CIA's worldwide network of monitoring sites. He holds patents on covert communications techniques. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia. He received the CIA's Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office's Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.

An Introduction and the Unveiling of the Center for Intermarium Studies

Apr 8, 2017 00:15:00

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An Introduction and the Unveiling of the Center for Intermarium Studies by The Institute of World Politics

EU's Democracy from Above. Europe: Emergence, Development, and a Political Construct

Apr 8, 2017 00:42:45

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EU's Democracy from Above. Europe: Emergence, Development, and a Political Construct by The Institute of World Politics

Roman Dmowski at Versailles

Apr 8, 2017 00:39:40

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Roman Dmowski at Versailles by The Institute of World Politics

Conservatism or Right-Wing Populism?

Apr 8, 2017 00:28:52

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Conservatism or Right-Wing Populism? by The Institute of World Politics

A Bear in Sheep's Skin?

Apr 8, 2017 00:35:20

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A Bear in Sheep's Skin? by The Institute of World Politics

Are Poles free to disagree? Truth versus manipulation in the Polish media

Apr 8, 2017 00:54:06

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Are Poles free to disagree? Truth versus manipulation in the Polish media by The Institute of World Politics

Women in Combat: History and Today's Debate

Mar 31, 2017 01:11:14

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This talk occurred on March 27, 2017 at The Institute of World Politics. About the lecture: In December 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter declared the opening of all U.S. military combat jobs to women. The decision followed a long and controversial review of the implications of allowing women into combat units, during which the US Marine Corps and large numbers of military personnel objected to a change in policy. The inclusion of women in combat units is in the early stages of implementation; whether the new administration will seek to revise or overturn the policy remains to be seen. Dr. Anna Simons, a veteran of the debate, will discuss the history of the issue of women in combat units. She will explain why that history is relevant to the current situation, and offer her views on the best way forward. About the speaker: Anna Simons is a Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to teaching at NPS she was both an assistant and then an associate professor of anthropology at UCLA, as well as chair of the Masters in African Area Studies Program. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University and an A.B. from Harvard College. She is the author of Networks of Dissolution: Somalia Undone and The Company They Keep: Life Inside the U.S. Army Special Forces. Most recently she is the co-author of The Sovereignty Solution: A Commonsense Approach to Global Security. He articles have appeared in The American Interest, The National Interest, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Annual Review of Anthropology, Parameters, and elsewhere. Simons has also written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. Before attending graduate school, she worked as a reporter and as a presidential speechwriter, and spent several years traveling and working abroad. About the moderator: Elaine Donnelly is founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, nonpartisan public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues. She has served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, and was the recipient of the American Conservative Union's Ronald Reagan Award. Donnelly has provided testimony to Congress and published articles on military personnel issues in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Boston Globe, National Review Online, the Washington Times, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, and the Naval Institute's Proceedings. She attended Schoolcraft College and the University of Detroit and resides in Livonia, Michigan.

Civil Society at the Crossroads: Three Models and the Case of Poland

Mar 31, 2017 01:22:04

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Dr. Marcin Chmielowski is vice president of the Poland-based Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci i Przedsiebiorczosci). He holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy and an M.A. in political science, and he has a postgraduate diploma in central banking. He is the author of one book and many papers concentrated on the theory and practice of libertarianism. Experienced in managing third sector institutions, Dr. Chmielowski is a liberty-oriented columnist, commentator, and screenwriter.

Georgia at the Crossroads: An Uncertain Future

Mar 29, 2017 00:54:22

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Benjamin Fricke received his M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs from The Institute of World Politics in 2013, and he was one of the first participants in IWP's Oxford study abroad program in 2012. Ben was awarded his B.A. in Political Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH with two years of study at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He has done several high profile internships, such as at the U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig, Germany, the U.S. Senate, the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the German diplomatic mission in New York. After graduation from IWP, Mr. Fricke returned to Europe in October 2013, where he spent a few months studying in France and started working for a private sector energy management and software company close to his hometown, Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Since 2016, Ben has been working for the German Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, where he after training in Berlin now works as a Scientific Associate at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's regional program South Caucasus.

Slovenian Political Developments & Slovenian NATO Troop Deployment to the Baltic States

Mar 25, 2017 00:43:37

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About the lecture In Slovenia, people are mostly unsatisfied with the political situation. Prime minister Dr. Cerar is having less and less support, whereas President Pahor is enjoying support. Also, most people disagree with sending Slovenian troops for NATO purposes to the Baltic states; however, this deployment is a necessity because Slovenia needs to pay its share for NATO protection, and because Russia is a threat to other Eastern, Central, and Southern European states. About the speaker Tibor Babic was born in Maribor, Slovenia, and after graduating high school, he went to Vienna, Austria to study political science. His goal is to work in international relations, which is why he chose to attend The Institute of World Politics for graduate school. His research areas at IWP concentrate on EU and US relations and world order.

Trump’s Russia Policy After Flynn

Mar 16, 2017 01:19:04

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This event is part of a series on the Intermarium sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies. It took place on March 9th at 4:30 PM. Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz presented the lecture.

Culture- Upstream From Politics

Mar 10, 2017 01:10:26

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Author Michael Walsh discusses the relationship between culture and politics.

Understanding the Trump Phenomenon

Mar 9, 2017 01:13:32

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Author Michael Walsh discusses the rise of Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

South Sudan: State of Affairs, Prospects, & Needs of a New Nation

Mar 3, 2017 01:34:10

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About the Event: This event will focus on the continuing challenges and issues facing the world's newest democracy. Hon. Jehan Mechak Deng will also discuss the aspirations and goals of South Sudan in 2017. About the Speaker: Hon. Jehan Mechak Deng is currently the state minister for Health and Environment, Eastern Nile for the Republic of South Sudan. She is a seasoned diplomat and an advocate of peace through development programs. Including being a member of the founding board of the South Sudan Women Empowerment Network (SSWEN) advocating for empowerment of women through public forums and workshops, educating and deliberating the country's laws through the transitional constitution of the government of the Republic of South Sudan to ensure women's participation and affirmative action in developing the state's ‘Permanent Constitution'.

Walls or Bridges? A Debate on U.S. Immigration Policy Under Trump

Mar 3, 2017 01:27:26

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ABOUT THIS DISCUSSION With immigration likely to be one of the cornerstone issues of Donald Trump's presidency the debate over immigration, particularly in regards to national security, is far from resolved. At this event Mr. O'Brien and Mr. Nowrasteh will debate the many important issues concerning immigration to the U.S. ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Alex Nowrasteh is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and elsewhere. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Fletcher Security Review, and Public Choice. He coauthored, with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, the booklet Open Immigration: Yea and Nay (Encounter Broadsides, 2014). He is a native of Southern California and received a BA in economics from George Mason University and a Master of Science in economic history from the London School of Economics. Matthew J. O'Brien joined FAIR in 2016 and is responsible for managing FAIR's research activities. In the past he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, in both the government and private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR, Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from national security threats. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University Of Maine School Of Law. ​ Dr. Paul Coyer is a Research Professor at IWP, a contributor in the area of foreign policy, with a focus on Eurasia, for Forbes, and is a Contributing Editor for Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, published by the Institute for Religion and Democracy. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, and is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

American Power and Liberal Order

Feb 28, 2017 01:09:01

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Paul D. Miller is the associate director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin and an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. This lecture occurred at The Institute of World Politics on February 15, 2017. Dr. Miller previously held the position of Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council from 2007 to 2009, worked as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, and served as a military intelligence analyst with the US Army in Afghanistan. He is the author of Armed State Building: Confronting State Failure, 1898-2012.

The Case for a New Approach to Europe

Feb 24, 2017 01:23:00

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Dr, Ted Bromund of Heritage Foundation and Dr. Douglas Streusand of the Institute of World Politics discuss alternate policy proposals for U.S. European Policy

Perfecting Your Ground Game by Unleashing the Power of Networks

Feb 23, 2017 00:58:18

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This lecture occurred at The Institute of World Politics on February 7, 2017. This lecture was given by Mr. Dan Evans of Storm King Analytics. The excitement about "Big Data" usually focuses on the access to lots of data -- thousands, or millions, of records. "Big Data" sources are certainly valuable in many situations, but we can cite numerous examples where it doesn't produce insights that are useful. Our experience tells us that simply pulling in large amounts of data usually doesn't answer the question at hand. There's a fine art to collecting the appropriate data sets to make effective decisions; it requires a combination of both smarts and wisdom--something we call "Smart Data." Storm King's recent work has focused on network models of Ungoverned Spaces and business intelligence in Frontier and Emerging Markets. Traditional "Big Data" sources tend to be incomplete and inaccurate when it comes to these environments and they don't begin to capture the type of data required to understand the networks of influence in these environments. In this presentation, we will address the potential pitfalls of "Big Data/Black Box" approach and we will introduce recent case studies on the ungoverned area of Fezzan in Southwestern Libya as well as a Moroccan market entry scenario. Both of these cases illustrate the effectiveness and versatility of our "Smart Data" methodology. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815–1917

Jan 24, 2017 01:18:08

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A former member of the history faculty at West Point, J. P. Clark is an active duty army officer who has served as a strategic advisor to senior civilian and military officials in the Pentagon and British Ministry of Defence.

iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age

Jan 24, 2017 01:24:40

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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for the Washington Times, and senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. His column on the Pentagon, Inside the Ring, appears weekly. He currently lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Debra. Find him online at Gertzfile.com and @BillGertz.

Pearl Harbor Day Lecture with Dr. John J. Tierney, Jr.

Dec 14, 2016 01:52:58

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About the lecture: In this lecture, Dr. Tierney reviewed the background and causes of the attack on Pearl Harbor, its defining tactical and strategic features, and its longer term implications for U.S. national security, both within the context of WWII and beyond. About the speaker: Dr. Tierney is a Former Special Assistant and Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1981-1993). He is a former participant in various national security negotiations for the U.S. Government; a former Executive Director of the Congressional Caucus on National Defense and the National Security Research Group, U.S. House of Representatives; a former Chairman of the Politics Department at Catholic University, and formerly Professor of International Relations, University of Virginia and The Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations at the Institute of World Politics.

Inside Downing Street: A Discussion with Sir Anthony Seldon

Dec 9, 2016 01:19:41

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Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, the UK's leading independent university, is the honorary historian for Downing Street. He has written the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers. Today's discussion took place at IWP on the date of the 29th of November. During the lecture, Sir Anthony discussed which of the 54 Prime Ministers has been the grandest, the brightest, the best orator, the tallest, the shortest, the healthiest, the biggest drinker and the biggest Lothario.

Paradise Of The Jews In Towns And Cities Of Poland - Lithuania 1300 - 1795

Nov 29, 2016 01:08:48

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There is disagreement between whether the Jews were treated better in royal or private noble towns. Mr. Watson, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at George Mason University, discussed where peace was best fostered, comparing the two types of towns. This lecture was presented as part of the Zdzislaw R. Zakrzewski 9th Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference, on Nov. 12, 2016. The event was sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

The International Energy Outlook - -United States Europe And Poland

Nov 29, 2016 00:45:13

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This lecture on the international energy outlook of several regions of the West was filmed on Nov. 12, at the Zdzislaw R. Zakrzewski 9th Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference. This conference occurred at The Institute of World Politics.

Greed Or Exasperation The Reasons For The Latest Wave Of Polish Emigration

Nov 29, 2016 00:42:50

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Mrs. Maria Juczewska unpacks the reasons for why young Poles are emigrating at the beginning of the 21st century. This lecture was part of the Zdzislaw R. Zakrzewski 9th Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference, given at The Institute of World Politics on November 12, 2016.

Putin’s Propaganda Machine and Possible U.S. Responses

Nov 29, 2016 01:21:25

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Amb. Courtney and Dr. Paul discuss the themes in their recent article, "Firehose of Falsehoods: Russian propaganda is pervasive, and America is behind the power curve in countering it." They will refer to the RAND Corporation report on "The Russian ‘Firehose of Falsehood' Propaganda Model: Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It." This lecture was given at The Institute of World Politics on November 10th 2016. Amb. William Courtney is an adjunct senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum. He is also president of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association, which represents U.S. exporters to and investors in Kazakhstan. In 2014 he retired from Computer Sciences Corporation as senior principal for federal policy strategy. From 1972 through 1999, he was a Foreign Service officer in the U.S. Department of State.He served as special assistant to the President for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia; Ambassador to Georgia, Kazakhstan, and the U.S.-Soviet commission that implemented the Threshold Test Ban Treaty; and deputy U.S. negotiator in the U.S.-Soviet Defense and Space Talks in Geneva. Christopher Paul, Ph.D. is a Senior Social Scientist working out of RAND's Pittsburgh office, where is the principal investigator for a number of defense and security related research projects. He also teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining RAND full-time in July of 2002, he worked at RAND as adjunct staff for six years. His current and recent research efforts include analyses supporting security cooperation, information operations, counterinsurgency, irregular/unconventional warfare, and operations in cyberspace.

Russian School of Cybernetics and Present Day Threats: Continuity and Development

Nov 29, 2016 00:44:35

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Mr. Piotr Trabinski, a student of IWP, presents on the development and phenomenon of Russian cybernetics. This talk was part of the Zdzislaw R. Zakrzewski 9th Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference, hosted on November 12, 2016 at The Institute of World Politics.

Educating Today’s Students about International Relations

Nov 5, 2016 01:10:30

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About the speaker: Gabriel Scheinmann is currently the Executive Director of The Alexander Hamilton Society, an honors graduate of Harvard University and is completing his Ph.D. at Georgetown University. He was previously a research analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a policy director at the Jewish Policy Center where he co-edited a journal of international affairs, and a widely published author on foreign policy and U.S national security. About the lecture: This discussion will involve Mr. Scheinmann's thoughts on educating today's students about international relations and the value that the Hamilton Society is bringing in this area.

Diplomacy, Statecraft, and the War of Ideas

Nov 1, 2016 00:35:24

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Vangala Ram is a Career Member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service (SFS), based now at the National Intelligence University, on Senior Detail from the State Department. He is a full-time faculty member of the Department of Transnational Issues at NIU. At NIU, Mr. Ram teaches a wide variety of graduate courses to students from across the intelligence community, including advanced intelligence analysis, globalization, the national-security decision-making process, Russia Seminar, Eurasia Seminar, Intelligence Issues in Europe and Engaging International Partners, among other graduate courses. Mr. Ram has been in the U.S Foreign Service for around 25 years, serving in a wide variety of positions around the world. He was the director of Regional Security and Arms Transfers (RSAT) in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in Washington DC and has served as Press Attaché in both Riyadh and Amman. Mr. Ram was the director of the Amerika Haus in Cologne, Germany and has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in The Gambia. He was the Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) to Regional Command West (RC-West) in Herat, Afghanistan. Previous postings include deputy cultural attaché in Moscow and management officer in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Ram did his consular rotation in Seoul, South Korea. He has had nine previous overseas tours in the Foreign Service. Prior to the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Ram was a Military Intelligence (MI) officer in the United States Army. His tours included an airborne assignment at the First Special Operations Command, (Fourth Psychological Operations Group), Fort Bragg, NC as well as two tours in Germany and one at Fort Meade, MD. Mr. Ram Holds a BA from Bard College and Master's degrees from Boston University in International Relations (With Distinction) and from the National Defense University, Eisenhower School in National Security Resource Strategy (Distinguished Graduate).

Russia: Hydrocarbons, Autocracy, and Power Politics

Oct 28, 2016 01:17:08

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Dr. Yuri Maltsev is a Professor of Economics at Carthage College. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Moscow State University, and his Ph.D. in Labor Economics at the Institute of Labor Research in Moscow, Russia. Before defecting to the United States in 1989, he was a member of a senior Soviet economics team that worked on President Gorbachev's reforms package of perestroika. Prior to joining Carthage, Prof. Maltsev was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., a federal research agency. His work involved briefing members of Congress and senior officials at the executive branch on issues of national security and foreign economic assessment. Prof. Maltsev has also appeared on CNN, Financial Network News, PBS Newshour, C-Span, Fox News, CBC, and other American, Canadian, and European television and radio programs. He has lectured at leading universities, corporations, banks, colleges, churches, schools, and community centers all over the world. He has authored five books and hundreds of articles in U.S. and foreign publications. He joined the Carthage faculty in 1991.

Immigration, National Security, and Foreign Policy

Oct 25, 2016 01:23:43

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Immigration, National Security, and Foreign Policy with Matthew J. O'Brien Director of Research, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) Candidate in IWP's Executive Master of Arts in National Security Affairs Program October 20, 2016 The Institute of World Politics This event was part of IWP's Student Speaker Series. Matthew J. O'Brien joined FAIR in 2016, and is responsible for managing FAIR's research activities. He also writes content for FAIR's website and publications. Over the past twenty years, he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR, Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

National Security Law and the Legal Challenges of Terrorism

Oct 20, 2016 01:32:38

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About the lecture: Andrew McCarthy gave an overview of terrorism law and an explanation for why neither the criminal justice system nor the military system is a good fit against international terrorism. About the speaker: Andrew C. McCarthy III is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. He is a contributing editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. This event took place on October 17, 2016 at The Institute of World Politics.

Enterprise Readiness: How to Defend Against Cyber Attacks Holistically

Oct 20, 2016 00:44:12

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Enterprise Readiness: How to Defend Against Cyber Attacks Holistically with Admiral Patrick Walsh Senior Vice President, iSIGHT Partners John Felker Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, US Department of Homeland Security Don DeBolt Senior Technical Director, FireEye Inc. Thursday, October 13 11:30 AM-1:30 PM The Institute of World Politics 1521 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. This event was sponsored by IWP's Cyber Intelligence Initiative as part of a series of guest lectures titled "New Initiatives in Cyber." -------------- A popular refrain in today's cybersecurity discourse is the call for more collaboration, coordination, and information sharing between the public and private sectors to address the growing number state and non-state actors in the cyber domain. This panel takes the current national dialogue to the next level of analysis and posits that there are national security lessons learned, insights, approaches, and experiences in this changing threat landscape that could inform the preparedness or "readiness" of technical teams, business units, staff functions, and enterprise leadership in the private sector. This session suggests "The Enterprise Readiness Model" as a way to develop solutions for our frontline cyber teams who are in a daily fight for survival and need answers that reflect "the best the country has to offer."

Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess

Oct 20, 2016 01:04:09

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About the book: Guy Burgess was the most important, complex and fascinating of 'The Cambridge Spies' - Maclean, Philby, Blunt - all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers. About the author: Andrew Lownie was born in Kenya, brought up in Bermuda and educated in Asheville, North Carolina before attending the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. A former journalist for The London Times and the British representative for the Washington-based National Intelligence Centre, he helped set up the Spy Museum in Washington. Now a successful literary agent and the President of The Biographers Club , his books include an acclaimed life of the writer and former Governor General of Canada John Buchan. This book lecture took place at The Institute of World Politics on October 11, 2016.

Alternative Defense Strategies in a Cost-Capped Environment

Oct 8, 2016 01:03:54

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The next administration will face tough choices in aligning strategy, programs, and resources. Strategy has stretched to counter an aggressive Russia, an assertive China, and a ruthless Islamic State while resources have been constrained by the Budget Control Act and competition from domestic programs. Alternative Defense Strategies in a Cost-Capped Environment examines options for strategy and forces in a cost constrained environment. The study identifies five alternative strategies and, using CSIS's Force Cost Calculator, builds a cost-capped force structure, modernization program, and readiness profile for each strategy. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of each strategy against plausible conflict scenarios. The study explores potential ways to mitigate the fiscal pressure forcing these strategic trade-offs. It concludes by making recommendations for the FY 2017 defense budget and the next Quadrennial Defense Review.

The State of the World's Armed Conflict

Oct 7, 2016 01:31:39

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Lt. Col Alexandre Vautravers is a senior advisor on strategic issues at the Department of Security and Economy (DSE), Geneva, and an Associate Fellow at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva. Aside from teaching and academic management, he has led several research projects in the areas of technology environment, migration, security and financial issues. He has collaborated with various companies and multinationals in the areas of strategy, marketing and project management. He is also active in several research centers in Switzerland and abroad. Outside of his military duties, he has been the editor in chief of the Revue militaire suisse (RMS) since 2006, when the journal celebrated its 150th anniversary of uninterrupted publication. He is a frequent contributor to many scientific journals and consulted by the Swiss and international media on security and defense policy, political and international economic issues.

Strengthening US-India Defense Ties: Trade, Trust & Technology

Oct 6, 2016 01:12:40

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Strengthening US-India Defense Ties: Trade, Trust & Technology with Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) Chairman, Readiness Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee Christy Boardman Grubbs Chief of Staff - Congressman J. Randy Forbes James Di Pane Master's candidate, The Institute of World Politics

Terrorism, Human Intelligence, and Homeland Security

Oct 6, 2016 01:17:29

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Former CIA operations officer Sam Faddis will discuss getting ahead of the terrorist attack cycle in the era of "lone wolves" and "self-radicalization." The talk will emphasize how we can go from stalemate to victory and end the siege of America and the West. Charles S. (Sam) Faddis is a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations officer, a published author, and national security commentator. Sam took the first CIA team into Iraq nine months in advance of the 2003 invasion of that country. After serving abroad in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe, he served as the head of the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center (CTC)'s Weapons of Mass Destruction unit charged with pursuing terrorist weapons of mass destruction programs worldwide. He has run large organizations, worked across the U.S. Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense and been involved in national security matters at the highest levels of our government. He has also spent more than his share of time running sources and covert action campaigns in the field. Prior to joining CIA, Sam was a U.S. Army Armor and JAG officer, and then served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington. Sam graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (1980) and the University of Maryland Law School (1983).

Conceived in Liberty: The American Worldview in Theory and Practice

Oct 4, 2016 00:26:39

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This book lecture for "Conceived in Liberty: The American Worldview in Theory and Practice" was given by author Dr. John J. Tierney, Jr., Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations at The Institute of World Politics, on September 23, 2016. About the book: Conceived in Liberty is a cultural, sociological and geopolitical review of the uniquely American notion that the country and its people are "exceptional." While all nations have their own patriotic commitments, no other people have outwardly declared their power as vigorously as have Americans, especially since World War II. John J. Tierney, Jr. advances the idea that liberty is the singular source of the power of the American worldview and all other elements of this society -- equality, patience, charity, justice, etc. -- are derived from liberty. He argues that this worldview comes from this one source and is responsible for the many movements that may engage the public's interest, such as women's rights, civil rights, and voting rights. Such movements are all positive, but they could not exist in a society devoid of liberty. Conceived in Liberty also traces other main components of the American worldview: geographic expanse, immigration, energy of the populace, diversity, public policies, and the elements that contribute to exceptionalism. Tierney is not blind to some of the deficiencies of the United States, but he posits that the liberty it manifests is truly the political globe's last, best hope. About the author: John J. Tierney, Jr. is professor at The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C. He has spent eighteen years in government, including the US Congress and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He is the author of Chasing Ghosts: Unconventional Warfare in American History.

The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies and Crises

Sep 22, 2016 00:57:47

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This book lecture by Arthur T. Downey on his recent work "The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies and Crises" took place at The Institute of World Politics on September 19, 2016. About the author: Arthur T. Downey (Washington, D.C.) has lectured at the Smithsonian, taught at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia. He lived through the Cold War as a student, lawyer, diplomat, and government official. He is the author of Civil War Lawyers (ABA: 2010). Mr. Downey also served on the National Security Council from 1969-1972, as the director of the Bureau of East-West Trade at the Commerce Department, and as a lawyer for the State Department. He is the author of Civil War Lawyers, and The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebellion that led the US and Britain to the Brink of War.

The Constitution and the Rule of Law, with Matthew Spalding

Sep 21, 2016 01:21:07

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About the lecture: The development of the rule of law and constitutional government-rule by representative lawmaking rather than executive decree or judicial edict-can be said to be the most significant and influential accomplishment of the long history of human liberty. The greatest political revolution in the United States since the establishment of the Constitution has been the shift of power away from the lawmaking institutions of republican government to an oligarchy of unelected experts. The future of the rule of law -- and self-government -- depends on the recovery of the Constitution. This lecture took place on September 16, 2016, and it was the annual Constitution Day Lecture at The Institute of World Politics. About the speaker: Matthew Spalding is Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. As such he oversees the operations of the Kirby Center and the various academic and educational programs of Hillsdale in the nation's capital. He is the best-selling author of We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, which details America's core principles, shows how they have come under assault by modern progressive-liberalism and lays out a strategy to recover them. Spalding also is executive editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. His other books include A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character; Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition; and The Founders' Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding. Prior to joining Hillsdale, Dr. Spalding was Vice President of American Studies at The Heritage Foundation and founding director of its B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. He continues at Heritage as the Henry Salvatori Visiting Fellow, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. In addition to teaching at Hillsdale, he has taught at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America and Claremont McKenna College.

The State of Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in Poland - Recent Developments

Sep 20, 2016 01:09:35

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About the lecture: Polish parliamentary elections were held in of October 2015. Since that time, the political situation in the country has changed significantly. The Polish voting constituency gave unprecedented support to the conservative "Law and Justice" party, allowing it to govern unchallenged. In the course of the months that followed, imprecise and oversimplified assertions about the situation in Poland were disseminated by the media, and in several cases, such misinformation appeared in documents issued by international institutions. The Ordo Iuris' report "State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Poland - Recent Developments" provides reliable data allowing for a better-informed public debate. The Report provides the first fact-based, comprehensive and substantive legal analysis of the reforms introduced by the new government. This event was sponsored by IWP's Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, and took place at The Institute of World Politics on September 16, 2016. About the speakers: Joanna Banasiuk, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree in law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Białystok, where she works as an assistant professor. Her dissertation was awarded by the World Intellectual Property Organization. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, where she is responsible for international affairs. She is also the author of numerous academic papers. Tymoteusz Zych, Ph.D. received his Master's degree and doctoral degree in law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. He holds a diploma of the Artes Liberales Academy (Inter- Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities), where he studied sociology and political science, both in University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University in Cracow. His dissertation received an award in a competition for best monographs organized by the Foundation for Polish Science. He currently serves as a Member of the Board and Coordinator of the Legislative Analysis Team at the Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture. He is the author of numerous papers for public authorities and academic papers. He currently holds the position of assistant professor at the Law Faculty of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

Re-energizing the Geopolitical Risk Conversation

Sep 20, 2016 01:23:31

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Ms. Milena Rodban, a geopolitical risk consultant, and Ms. Michelle Watson, Vice President of Corporate Relations at IWP, spoke on how the discipline of geopolitical risk analysis and the industry built around it can be more fully applied to the emerging needs of global organizations in the 21st century. The panel's remarks were guided by John Chipman's recent article in the Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2016/09/why-your-company-needs-a-foreign-policy This panel took place at The Institute of World Politics on September 14, 2016. About the panelists: Milena Rodban is a geopolitical risk consultant and simulation designer. She advises private firms, media organizations, non-profits, and universities, to help them successfully navigate complex business and security environments. In addition to providing insight in navigating political and geopolitical risks, Milena designs and facilitates interactive simulations designed to allow clients to diagnose problems, analyze major decisions, and integrate new training protocols. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, Ms. Rodban has been involved with projects spanning more than 75 countries. She frequently moderates events and publishes articles in her capacity as a Global Fellow with the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, and is currently finishing a book about the geopolitical risk industry. Ms. Rodban received her Masters degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Michelle Combs Watson is the Vice President of Corporate Relations at the Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington D.C. She is a co-founder of IWP's Corporate Statecraft and the Cyber Statecraft programs and co-teaches the Corporate Statecraft and Cyber Statecraft courses as a Professor of Practice. Her academic research as a scholar-practitioner focuses on "Cyber Intelligence" and the complex but necessary relationship between the public-private sectors and the impact of those relationships on U.S. national security.

Virtues of Commerce and a Commercial Republic

Sep 14, 2016 01:24:00

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Michael C. Maibach, Managing Director and Trustee at the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, gave this lecture on "Virtues of Commerce and a Commercial Republic" at The Institute of World Politics on September 12, 2016. Mr. Maibach is a seasoned professional in global business diplomacy, with successful careers at the European-American Business Council, Siebel Systems, Intel, and Caterpillar. Mr. Maibach formerly served as Vice President of Global Government Affairs for Intel Corporation and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management. He is a member of IWP's Class of 2013.

The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

Aug 12, 2016 00:47:55

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Combat historian, bestselling author, and public speaker Patrick K. O'Donnell has written ten critically acclaimed books that recount the epic stories of America's wars from the Revolution to Iraq. He is a premier expert on elite and special operations units and irregular warfare. O'Donnell's books are described as "nonfiction that read like fiction." "Perhaps no war in American history has been more difficult to see through soldiers' eyes than the Revolutionary War. Patrick O'Donnell brings their experiences to life for twenty-first century readers in a way that no other historian has managed to do, accomplishing for the Revolutionary War what Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers did for World War II. The 1st Maryland Regiment participated in some of the most important battles of the war, gradually progressing from ordinary to elite status. Its story is the story of how the people of the United States became free." -Edward G. Lengel, editor in chief of The Papers of George Washington and author of General George Washington

The Coup in Turkey: A Multi-Pronged Analysis of its Causes and Effects

Aug 6, 2016 01:18:27

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This talk by Vilen Khlgatyan focuses on the recent coup attempt in Turkey: a discussion on its causes, immediate and long term effects, and implications for regional security and geopolitics. About the speaker: Vilen Khlgatyan is the founder and president of Global Research Center (GRC). He specializes in the geopolitics of energy, non-kinetic warfare, and the post-Soviet region with an emphasis on the Caucasus. In addition he is a principal at The Renovatio Group, a holistic business consulting firm. Mr. Khlgatyan received his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics and his B.A. in International Business and International Relations from Webster University.​​

Dynamics in Central Asia: Islam, Soviet Heritage, and US Policy

Aug 2, 2016 01:17:27

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Ulan Bigozhin, a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University, gave this lecture at The Institute of World Politics on July 29, 2016. About the lecture: Central Asia is little understood, despite its geostrategic importance. Kazakh anthropologist Ulan Bigozhin will discuss several of the key dynamics in a region that is undergoing dramatic change. One of the most important of these is the evolution of the role of Islam in the region, which is impacting the manner in which Muslims perceive the relationship between their faith and their citizenship. The rise of a conservative brand of Islam within Central Asia is under-appreciated by many Western scholars who continue to believe that the legacy of atheism and secularism left by the Soviet system will continue to define the relationship between Islam and the Central Asian states for the foreseeable future. As we have seen in Turkey, however, this could change rapidly, with broad implications for the rest of the world. The Soviet heritage in Central Asia does remain strong in certain areas, including the Russian influence in mass media and how that influence shapes popular views of Russia and the rest of the world, as well as the cultural influence Russia retains given the fact that the Russian language remains the lingua franca of the region (this despite the growth in the importance of English through the region). Ultimately, Mr. Bigozhin urges the US and its Western allies to keep a strategic foothold in the region in order to not cede the region to its two giant, authoritarian neighbors, Russia and China, and also to help influence its political and social development and evolution as much as possible. About the speaker: Ulan Bigozhin is a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University, and a PhD candidate in anthropology at Indiana University. His scholarship focuses on Islam, state-society relations, and sacred families in Kazakhstan. He will defend his PhD dissertation, "State, Shrine, and Sacred Families in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan," in 2017.

The Outlook for Indian Military Modernization

Jul 27, 2016 01:30:01

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This talk will address India's compelling security environment and challenges in the face of rising Chinese influence in the region. India's rising profile demands a proactive action towards international security, but poor policy planning and other factors have created huge challenges to current modernization efforts. India's new "Make in India" strategy provides opportunities to forge a stronger India-U.S. strategic partnership, one which hopes to counterbalance Chinese expansionism and launch India on a new path to modernization. Air Marshal M Matheswaran was the Deputy Chief of Intergrated Defence Staff for the Indian Air Force until his retirement in 2014, and was responsible for Policy, Plans, and Force Development. Commissioned as a fighter pilot in 1975, he has held many important commands and staff appointments in his 39-year service career. He is currently President of Aerospace Business for Reliance Defence Ltd. Alexander B. Gray is Senior Advisor to Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus. Since joining Chairman Forbes' staff in 2013, Mr. Gray has been responsible for his China Caucus portfolio, as well as handling the Congressman's broader foreign policy portfolio, focusing on Asia-Pacific security issues. This event is co-sponsored by Puneet Ahluwalia of The Livingston Group.

Naval Warfare: The Strategic Influence of Sea Power

Jul 20, 2016 00:55:51

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The historical significance of sea power has been long since established. In 1890, naval expert Alfred Thayer Mahan authored a well-regarded and timeless book, "The Influence of Sea Power upon History" which outlined the influential history and perpetual importance of naval warfare. The concepts in Mahan's book have largely become a foundation for how experts currently regard naval strategy. Building off of these concepts, today's lecture will explain the impact of naval thought on the current geo-political system and the modern implications of naval supremacy. owensDr. Mackubin Thomas Owens is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at The Institute of World Politics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal. He recently retired as Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. At the War College he specialized in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; and American civil-military relations. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Owens was Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Boston University. Before joining the faculty of the War College, Dr. Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan Administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon and company commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal. He retired as a Colonel in 1994. Dr. Owens earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in Economics from Oklahoma University, and his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Dallas, Catholic University, Ashland University of Ohio, and the Marine Corps' School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW).

Should the U.S. Be For or Against Nuclear Non-Proliferation? The Case of U.S. Allies in Asia

Jul 13, 2016 00:56:14

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With intensifying international threats, nuclear proliferation has come under close scrutiny as nations attempt to establish security. Given the implications of North Korea's recent missile testing and tensions in the Mid-east, non-proliferation has become an increasingly relevant topic. Today's debate will evaluate the considerations for and against the U.S. supporting nuclear weapons development in South Korea. Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He worked as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Forbes and National Interest and has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a JD from Stanford University. Paul Coyer covers foreign policy, with a focus on Eurasia, for Forbes, and is a Contributing Editor for Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, published by the Institute for Religion and Democracy. Richard Weitz is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Dr. Weitz is also an Expert at Wikistrat and a non-resident Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Chavismo: The Cost of Sustaining the Venezuelan Political Economy

Jul 9, 2016 01:18:15

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Dr. Erick Langer is Professor of Latin American History in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He served as the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgtown from 2009 to 2013. Prior to that, from 1999-2003, he served as Director of the Venezeula program at the Center. Dr. Langer has published numerous books and articles on Latin America, particularly in the area of indigenous movements in Latin America and in the history of Christian missions in the region. He has won numerous owards, including the Orden Award from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Among the many additional hats that Dr. Langer wears, he serves as the senior editor of the Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (2nd ed.), and is a news analyst on the Club de Prensa show on the Colombian news channel, NTN24. Ms. Ana Quintana is Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere at The Heritage Foundation's Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. She leads the foundation's efforts with regard to U.S. policy toward Latin America. She concentrates largely on issues of security cooperation, democratic governance and economic freedom. Dr. Paul Coyer covers foreign policy, with a focus on Eurasia, for Forbes, and is a Contributing Editor for Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, published by the Institute for Religion and Democracy.

Congo Crisis: Getting to Good Elections in a Bad Neighborhood

Jul 7, 2016 01:26:34

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About the speaker: Charles Snyder, a career intelligence officer and Africanist, has served in many different positions within the government. After serving for 22 years in the Army, finishing with the rank of LTC, Mr. Snyder served as National Intelligence Officer for Africa, where he provided a detailed forecast of the potential impact of HIV/Aids. Previous to this project, Mr. Snyder worked as Senior Political-Military Advisor to the Africa Bureau, where he served on the team that mediated the Tripartite Agreement between Cuba, Angola, and South Africa. Other positions Mr. Snyder has held include: Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Director of the Office of Regional Affairs in the Africa Bureau; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civilian Police and African, Asian, European and Middle East Programs; and Senior Advisor to State Department's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL). At IWP, Prof. Snyder teaches US-African Relations.

Special Operations Forces in Diplomacy

Jul 6, 2016 01:40:11

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Featured guests: Ambassador Charlie Ray, Former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Cambodia Jesse Lee, Principal, Institute for the Management of Conflict (Humanitarian Development and Stabilization Operations) Glenn Pangelinan, Founder, Reliance Project (Anti-Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery, Child Soldiering) Today's Special Operations Forces (SOF) elements have been trained to face the challenging environments that lie ahead. Over the last decade, the U.S. has moved from high-visibility interventions to ones that emphasize a lighter footprint through contingency and counterinsurgency operations. The dismantling of Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan, with the use of only a few SOF elements in partnership with local forces, has shifted the way policymakers view the impacts of low-intensity conflict. The flexibility and adaptability of U.S. SOF elements support the integration of SOF intelligence and operations into the ambit of U.S. diplomatic, strategic and operational planning. U.S. policy now requires capacity-building programs in pre- and post-conflict communities through foreign security assistance and development partnerships. In all aspects of strategic conduct, the intelligence, operational and civil affairs skills of SOF elements prove integral to the planning of U.S. policy and diplomacy.

Indian Naval Strategy: Ensuring Cooperative Behavior for U.S. Interests

Jun 16, 2016 00:46:06

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About the lecture: In this presentation, James Di Pane will explore the possible and likely courses that India's naval strategy could follow as it seeks to expand its influence. Using the thinking of strategists Julian S. Corbett and A. T. Mahan as a foundation, Indian culture, geography, and current strategic outlook will be used to show the possible advantages and disadvantages India will face with naval development. In addition, U.S. diplomatic and military options will be discussed that aim to build and ensure a cooperative naval relationship with India, as well as the importance of that relationship for regional and global security. About the speaker: James Di Pane is a graduate student at The Institute of World Politics in the National Security Affairs program and a Rumsfeld Graduate Fellow. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, and has presented previous papers on Asian security matters, including: "Balancing Values and Interest: Role of Liberty in U.S. Diplomatic Relations with China" and "Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute and U.S. Strategy."

Using Economic Mechanisms to Achieve Foreign Policy Objectives

Jun 15, 2016 01:21:30

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Using Economic Mechanisms to Achieve Foreign Policy Objectives with Francis Skrobiszewski Former Vice President, Polish-American Enterprise Fund Former Senior Vice President, Hungarian-American Enterprise Fund About the lecture: Dr. Skrobiszewski will compare and contrast what the USG did in support of transformation of post-Soviet Central and Eastern Europe with other rebuilding initiatives, with a focus on the Enterprise Fund model. He will touch on post-WWII Western Europe's Marshall Plan, and Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and other recent initiatives, with which he has had some direct experience. He will talk about fundamentally what works and what doesn't as general principles, the need for a strategy that properly defines the problem and the objectives, and the need for understanding tactically how to adapt approaches proven elsewhere to local conditions and realities. This lecture is part of a series on Economics and Foreign Policy sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation. About the speaker: Engaged for the past 25 years in transformation initiatives of former Soviet Bloc countries, Skrobiszewski has been actively engaged in development of economic mechanisms to achieve foreign policy objectives. Upon the collapse of Communism in Poland in 1989, President Bush called Skrobiszewski to The White House to discuss strategy for rebuilding the Polish economy and, on the weekend the Berlin Wall fell, to meet Lech Walesa. Subsequently, Skrobiszewski drafted the business plan for the $240 million Polish-American Enterprise Fund (PAEF) -- the first of pioneering direct equity funds capitalized by the US Government to "jump-start" local private sector businesses and to build the institutional foundation for free market economies in "post-Soviet" Central and Eastern Europe. Over the next 15 years, Skrobiszewski served initially as Vice President of PAEF, and later as Senior Vice President of the $60 million Hungarian-American Enterprise Fund (HAEF). Concurrently, he was a director of a Polish Mass Privatization Fund comprised of +500 State-owned enterprises. After conceiving and managing HAEF's high-tech Venture Capital fund, Skrobiszewski was appointed to the Investment Committee of a $300 million fund-of-funds financing new high-tech VC firms in Poland. Skrobiszewski was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in a nearby Polish farming community. After studies at University of Vienna, he graduated in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. During military service, he obtained his Master's degree from University of Southern California in Systems Management. After international law studies in Paris, he received a Juris Doctorate from University of Virginia School of Law. Skrobiszewski practiced law in San Francisco prior to service during the Reagan Administration at the US Environmental Protection Agency, from which he was seconded to the President's Council on Management Improvement. Skrobiszewski has spoken widely on the role of financing in stimulating private business development to support reconstruction. He served 5 years on the Board of Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, and has advised on such funds designed for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, Ghana, Cuba and Haiti, as well as for specialized funds in Central Asia, Armenia, Georgia, Serbia, and most recently, Swaziland.

Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama's Grand Strategy Weakened America

Jun 8, 2016 01:00:52

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Robert G. Kaufman is professor of public policy at Pepperdine University. He is the author of Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics (Washington) and In Defense of the Bush Doctrine (UPK). In Dangerous Doctrine, political scientist Robert G. Kaufman argues that the forty-fourth president has indeed articulated a clear, consistent national security policy. Drawing on international relations theory and American diplomatic history, Kaufman presents a robust critique of the Obama Doctrine. He situates Obama's exercise of power within American strategic traditions such as neorealism, classical realism, declinism, liberal internationalism, and moral democratic realism. Kaufman contends that President Obama has imprudently abandoned the venerable tradition of muscular internationalism employed by most of his predecessors since the end of World War II. Focusing on the pivotal regions of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Kaufman demonstrates how current executive branch leadership threatens the United States' role as superpower, weakening its ability to spread democracy and defeat threats to geopolitical order.

Achieving Stability through Community Based Development

Jun 7, 2016 01:49:16

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with moderator Mr. Joel Coulter, Former PMI, WFS, CRDF, AUVSI Board Member; Advisor to KSI Video and Council on Global Relations; Ambassador of DVA-C's OASIS Program; CEO of Mobile Sciences Consortium, LLC and panelists Prof. Al Santoli, Founder/President of Asia America Initiative; Philippine Order of the Global Heart award recipient; Faculty member at IWP Mr. James Pitchford, Former Legislative Assistant for Senator Christopher S. Bond; Advisor to Host Nation Perspectives for its capacity building program Mr. Sundraham Prabhu, Chairman and CEO ConsolSys (India); Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Azizi Bank; Chairman, Audit Committee, Azizi Bank, Kabul; CWorld Bank Projects, CoWater International This panel brings together experts on community-based public-private partnership models with experts who are engaged in implementing India's 20/20 Plan and Kazakhstan's Privatization and World's Fair Renewable Systems Innovation and Capacity Building initiatives. For years, administrations have followed a "top-down, whole of government" approach to urban security and economic development influenced by "Megacities RSI Programs" and China and Brazil's achievements more generally. With innovations in global connectivity, collaboration, and robotics, along with "off-grid" ICT, renewable systems, and 3D printing development, new "bottom-up aid to trade" methodologies have emerged. These methodologies have included the DVA-Consortium's OASIS Eco-Village Program, which has laid the foundation for "net positive aid to trade" capabilities.

Taking the High Ground: The Case for Space Dominance

May 27, 2016 00:55:11

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Brandon Weichert, member of the IWP Class of 2016, gave a lecture on the topic of "Taking the High Ground: The Case for Space Dominance" at The Institute of World Politics Student Symposium on May 19, 2016.

Global Pandemics: Zika Edition

May 27, 2016 00:25:32

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Katrina Klaus, member of the IWP Class of 2016, gave a lecture on the topic of "Global Pandemics: Zika Edition" at The Institute of World Politics Student Symposium on May 19, 2016.

Lebanon: An Uncertain Future

May 27, 2016 00:29:54

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Jaime Loizzo, member of the IWP Class of 2016, gave a lecture on the topic of "Lebanon: An Uncertain Future" at The Institute of World Politics Student Symposium on May 19, 2016.

Costa Rica: a Geopolitical Crossroads: Drugs, Refugees, and Terrorism

May 17, 2016 01:20:19

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Roman Macaya was sworn in as Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States of America on August 20, 2014. He has developed a multidisciplinary career as a scientist, businessman, advocate, politician and academic. As a chemist and biochemist by training, Roman has led R&D teams in the fields of biotechnology and biomedical research and he has also authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences. His awareness of the implications of many innovations to health care, led him to seek an MBA in healthcare management. His interest in the Costa Rican healthcare system, intellectual property, agriculture and development turned him into a frequent media source for the last 15 years and has given over 200 international presentations on these topics. He has participated in panels and meetings organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and been an invited speaker at both the University of Pennsylvania´s Wharton School and Law School and the University of Costa Rica. He has also been a visiting professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. Roman holds an MBA in Health Care Management from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania), a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UCLA and a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College. He is married and has four children.

Improving Civ-Mil Relations for a Stronger Military Chaplaincy

May 17, 2016 01:33:17

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Criteria established by the Department of Defense for the appointment of military chaplains helps shape theological study and the development of religious leaders in the United States. Twice in the past century, the war-time need for chaplains significantly changed such criteria for those appointments. At the turn of the 20th century, civilian religious leaders collaborated to establish degree requirements eventually producing an accredited "gold standard" for graduate theological studies for clergy. At the turn of the 21st century, however, the Armed Forces Chaplain Board (AFCB) lowered appointment standards for religious ministry professionals appointed in the military. In the first case in the 1900's, the quality of chaplains increased. In the latter case in the early 2000's, Army readiness declined with the lower standards. In the first instance, civilian religious leaders worked in conjunction with the military. In the second, an engaged civilian-military (civ-mil) dialogue was lacking. In today's complex military environment nested within religious and cultural change, the need for an enhanced civ-mil partnership between the AFCB and those who endorse candidates for appointment to the military chaplaincy is paramount for achieving the necessary readiness of the Army Chaplaincy.

Is Nation-building Good or Bad? A Debate at IWP

May 14, 2016 01:04:52

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Is Nation-building Good or Bad? A Debate at IWP by The Institute of World Politics

A Contest For Supremacy China, America, And The Struggle For Mastery In Asia

Apr 26, 2016 01:12:20

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Professor Aaron Friedberg of Princeton University, spoke at The Institute of World Politics on the growing great-power rivalry in the Pacific. Dr. Aaron Friedberg is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. He first joined the Princeton faculty in 1987, and was Director of Princeton's Research Program in International Security at the Woodrow Wilson School from 1992-2003, as well as Acting Director and then Director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003. From June 2003 to June 2005 he served as a Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs in the Office of the Vice President. In November 2006 he was named to the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. He is a former fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and Harvard University's Center of International Affairs. Dr. Friedberg is the author of two books, The Weary Titan, 1895-1905: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline (Princeton University Press, 1988) and In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America's Anti-Statism and Its Cold War Grand Strategy (Princeton University Press, 2000). His areas of interest include international relations, international security in East Asia, foreign policy, and defense policy. He earned his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Leadership in Army Intelligence: A Reflection

Apr 23, 2016 00:23:05

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Lieutenant General Legere spoke at The Institute of World Politics on leadership lessons learned in 34 years in the Army. For the past four years, LTG Legere was the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of Intelligence, Counterintelligence and Security, and responsible for the training, equipping, policy and oversight of the Army Intelligence Corps' 58,000 Soldiers and civilians. LTG Legere served for more than 30 years in positions of leadership and intelligence and has commanded at all levels to include the Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, which is responsible for directing and orchestrating intelligence globally. She also served as the senior U.S. Intelligence Officer for the United States Forces Korea and for Multi-National Force-Iraq, and has participated in Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Strategic Intelligence During Times of Accelerated Global Changes

Apr 23, 2016 01:12:04

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During LTG Soyter's tenure as the Commanding General of INSCOM and as DIA Director, a burst of high impact events occurred across the world in a short time: Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the invasion of Panama, the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tiananmen Square, and Desert Storm. This faster pace seems similar to what we have seen across the world since about 2014.​ In this lecture, LTG Soyster spoke on the role of strategic intelligence during these times of accelerated global change.

Caucasus Flashpoint: The Nagorno Karabakh Conflict in Context

Apr 22, 2016 01:32:48

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This event included a brief overview of the region's conflict history but mostly focused on the most recent outbreak of violence, the geopolitical ramifications, and the lessons to be learned from it. The panelists were Vilen Khlgatyan, Founder and President of Global Research Center, Robert Avetisyan, the Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic to the United States since 2009, and Peter Debbins, who works as an instructor for CACI on emerging trends in Eurasia. On April 1st, the Azerbaijani military launched a surprise assault against the forces of the Artsakh Republic (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic). Conflicting reports have listed dozens of deaths and civilian casualties on both sides, as well as the loss of military hardware along the line of contact separating the two sides. The conflict over Artsakh has its roots in the last years of the USSR, when ethnic Armenians petitioned Moscow to be reunited with Armenia proper. Baku's anger at the petition and subsequent pogroms against ethnic Armenians living in other parts of Soviet Azerbaijan led to a full scale war between the Armenians of Artsakh and the newly independent Azerbaijan once the USSR collapsed in 1991. Fighting lasted until 1994 when a ceasefire was signed. Since then a lasting peace has been elusive, with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair states (France, Russia, USA) working to push both sides toward a settlement.

Espionage, Kidnapping, and the Dark Art of Spycraft at America's Founding

Apr 19, 2016 00:47:53

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Stephen F. Knott, Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College, spoke at The Institute of World Politics on spy techniques used by the American Founding Fathers. Stephen F. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Professor Knott received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. He is the author of a book on Alexander Hamilton's controversial image in the American mind, Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, and has also published Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency, an examination of the use of covert operations by early American presidents. He is a co-author of The Reagan Years and At Reagan's Side: Insiders' Recollections from Sacramento to the White House. His most recent book, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America, was published in September 2015.

Radicalization, Conflicts, and the Role of Property Rights

Apr 19, 2016 01:07:48

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Karol Boudreaux, Land Tenure and Resource Rights Practice Lead at The Cloudburst Group, spoke at The Institute of World Politics on the relationship between property rights and radicalization, and what the U.S. can do to help other nations secure property rights for their people. This lecture took place on April 11, 2016, and was sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation. Ms. Karol Boudreaux is The Cloudburst Group's Land Tenure and Resource Rights Practice Lead. She provides technical guidance to staff in the Land Tenure and Resource Management team, provides oversight for the innovative Mobile Applications to Secure Tenure project, and is closely involved with The Cloudburst Group's communications specialists to craft a variety of tools and other products that help explain why secure land and resource rights are so important for women and men around the world.

The Origins of CIA's Involvement in Regime Change and Paramilitary Operations

Apr 14, 2016 00:49:42

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Beginning in 1949, CIA embarked on a series of covert paramilitary operations aimed at destabilizing and overthrowing Soviet satellite governments in Europe. The planning and execution of these operations was modeled after the widely successful operations that OSS mounted during World War II. The outcome was very different. The lecture describes CIA's initial experience in paramilitary operations using as a case study its efforts to force a regime change in Communist Albania between 1949 and 1954. This lecture was given by Albert Lulushi at the sixth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium at The Institute of World Politics on April 9, 2016. Mr. Albert Lulushi is an entrepreneur, business executive, and author of narrative non-fiction books on intelligence, military, and Cold War subjects. His latest book is Donovan's Devils: OSS Commandos–World War II, Europe. His previous book, Operation Valuable Fiend: The CIA’s First Paramilitary Strike against the Iron Curtain, was a History Book Club and Military History Book Club selection.

Peasant Politics in France and Poland, 1750 to the Present

Apr 14, 2016 00:43:58

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Peasant Politics in France and Poland, 1750 to the Present by The Institute of World Politics

Latest Revelations from the Soviet Secret Police Archives

Apr 14, 2016 00:44:57

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In this lecture, Dr. Tomasz Sommer discusses the latest historical discoveries regarding the Polish Operation of NKVD from 1937-1938, as well as other anti-Polish Soviet secret police actions. Dr. Tomasz Sommer is a Polish writer, journalist and publisher, Editor-in-chief of weekly magazine Najwyzszy CZAS. He is one of the best Polish experts focusing on the Polish aspects of Stalinism, in particular the Polish Operation of NKVD. He is an author of three books and a number of scholarly articles on the subject. This lecture was part of the Sixth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium, which took place at The Institute of World Politics on April 9, 2016.

Scholars or Friends: Women in John Paul II's Life

Apr 13, 2016 00:34:17

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Maria Juczewska, a research assistant for the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics gave a lecture on John Paul II's relations with various women in his life. This lecture was part of the sixth annual Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium, which took place on April 9.

The Vatican and Its Tradition of Diplomacy: 2,000 years

Apr 13, 2016 00:34:46

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Dr. Ewa Salkiewicz-Munnerlyn gave a lecture on the topic of "The Vatican and Its Tradition of Diplomacy: 2,000 years" at the sixth annual Kosciuszko Chair Spring Symposium at The Institute of World Politics on April 9, 2016.

Could NATO Centers of Excellence become a security threat?

Apr 8, 2016 00:42:47

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Maria Juczewska, a Master's candidate at The Institute of World Politics, spoke about the infiltration of a NATO Center of Excellence specializing in counterintelligence in Poland by Russian intelligence agents.

Chinese and Russian Influence in Latin America

Apr 5, 2016 01:22:13

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Dr. R. Evan Ellis spoke at The Institute of World Politics on Chinese and Russian influence in Latin America. Dr. R. Evan Ellis is an analyst of Latin American economic, political, and security issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He focuses on Latin America's relationships with China and other external actors, including India, Russia, and Iran. He is an associate professor of Latin American studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute (SSI).Dr. Ellis holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in comparative politics from Purdue University.

The Near East Boundaries after WWII and Today: The Case of Turkey and Kurdistan

Mar 23, 2016 01:16:33

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Institute of World Politics alumnus Vilen Khlgatyan hosted Haykaram Nahapetyan and Dr. Kirmanj Gundi to discuss the parallels of history: how is the formation of Kurdistan today similar and/or different from the process after WWII? Was World War III or a major war a reality in 1945-1946? And how likely is the denunciation of the Treaty of Moscow today, 95 years after it was signed?

Commemorations of Poland's Anti-Nazi and Anti-Communist Insurgents

Mar 22, 2016 01:09:53

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Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz spoke at the The Institute of World Politics about Poland's Anti-Nazi and Anti-Communist resistance fighters. Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz is the current holder of the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, which is now here at IWP. He has authored numerous works in both English and Polish. Dr. Chodakiewicz writes weekly columns for popular Polish press and contributes to the SELOUS Foundation. He has also published on foreign policy in various venues, including The Journal of World Affairs, American Spectator, and National Review Online. In addition to numerous popular and scholarly articles, Dr. Chodakiewicz authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited over fifteen scholarly monographs and documentary collections. His latest include Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas (2012), which is a depiction of the Eastern Borderlands of the West on the rim of the former Soviet Union, and On the Right and Left (2013), which is a textbook of intellectual history of modern ideologies. His interests include the post-Soviet zone, the Second World War and its aftermath, Europe in the 19th and 20th century, Western civilization and its intellectual tradition, extremist movements in history, conspiracy theory and practice, and comparative civilizations. At IWP, Dr. Chodakiewicz teaches courses on Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States, Geography and Strategy, and Russian Politics and Foreign Policy. In addition, he leads directed studies.

The Inter-American System & Hemispheric Security

Mar 22, 2016 01:17:51

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Dr. Clark Crook-Castan is a retired U.S. Diplomat who served as Alternate Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States; Economic Development Advisor to the National Summit Coordinator; Negotiator for Free Trade Area of the Americas; Coordinator for Corporate Social Responsibility, Trade Capacity Building, Telecoms, Transportation and Sustainable Development. Dr. Crook-Castan served on the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development Management Board and as U.S. Representative to the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture. He was State Department Representative on the National Emergency Management Team (NEMT) Continuity of Operations (COOP/COG); Coordinator of Inter-American Disaster Relief and Mitigation programs; Coordinator Inter-American Transportation, Maritime & Aviation, Airport & Port Security Training Programs. He was U.S. Consul in Monterrey, Mexico; NAFTA Negotiator for Transportation, Telecoms, Foreign Investment and Privatization, in Mexico City; U.S. Representative to the Standing Committee on Emergency Management of the International Energy Agency; and U.S. Representative to the World Tourism Organization in Madrid. Dr. Crook-Castan joined American University's School of International Service in January 2011. He has instructed at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and the Inter-American Defense College (Hemispheric Security), as well as the Virtual University of Monterrey Tec. (ITESM), and the Universidad de Monterrey. He earned his Ph.D. from the Colegio de Mexico. Dr. Crook-Castan served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force.

Women In Combat

Mar 18, 2016 01:22:30

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As part of a conference at The Institute of World Politics on Providence, Military Women, and Syria, a panel discussed their views on the effects of women in combat positions. This event was cosponsored by Providence Magazine, a Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. The panelists are: Mackubin Owens, Ph.D., Dean, The Institute of World Politics Jennifer Marshall, Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation CH (LTC) Karen Meeker, US Army Chaplain, IWP US Army War College Fellow

Syria, Migrants, And Russia

Mar 18, 2016 01:04:18

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Panelists Rebeccah L. Heinrichs, Fellow at Hudson Institute; Paul Coyer, Ph.D., IWP Research Professor and contributor at Forbes.com; and Susannah Black of Providence discussed "Syria, Migrants, Russia, and ISIS." This panel was part of an event "Providence, Military Women, and Syria" which took place at The Institute of World Politics on March 2, 2016 and was co-sponsored by Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy.

In Europe's Shadow: A Book Discussion with Robert D. Kaplan

Mar 8, 2016 01:02:36

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Robert D. Kaplan speaks at the Institute of World Politics on Romania and how it serves as a microcosm example of East Europe. ROBERT D. KAPLAN is the bestselling author of sixteen books on foreign affairs and travel, including In Europe's Shadow, Asia's Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, Balkan Ghosts, and Eastward to Tartary. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where his work has appeared for three decades. He was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers."

ISIS, Religion, and Today's War

Mar 8, 2016 01:02:25

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Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Adjunct Professor of Enemy Threat Doctrine at The Institute of World Politics, talked about ISIS and how today's war is changing.

The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War: Architecture of Triumph

Mar 3, 2016 01:39:42

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This video shows a book lecture for "The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War: Architecture of Triumph." It took place at The Institute of World Politics on February 24, 2016. The following panelists participated in this event: Dr. Douglas E. Streusand (Editor, contributor), Professor of International Relations, Marine Corps Command and Staff College and Adjunct Professor at IWP Dr. Francis H. Marlo (Editor, contributor), Associate professor of Strategic Studies, Marine Corps Command and Staff College Dr. Norman A. Bailey (Editor, contributor), Professor of Economics and National Security, The National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa, Israel; and Adjunct Professor of Economic Statecraft, IWP Dr. Paul D. Gelpi (Editor), Professor of Military History, Marine Corps Command and Staff College About the book: This book demonstrates that under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan and through the mechanism of his National Security Council staff, the United States developed and executed a comprehensive grand strategy, involving the coordinated use of the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic instruments of national power, and that grand strategy led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In doing so, it refutes three orthodoxies: that Reagan and his administration deserves little credit for the end of the Cold War, with most of credit going to Mikhail Gorbachev; that Reagan's management of the National Security Council staff was singularly inept; and that the United States is incapable of generating and implementing a grand strategy that employs all the instruments of national power and coordinates the work of all executive agencies. The Reagan years were hardly a time of interagency concord, but the National Security Council staff managed the successful implementation its program nonetheless. Purchase the book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Grand-Strategy-that-Cold/dp/0739188291

Jihadism Through an Insider's Eyes

Feb 23, 2016 01:35:59

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Dr. Tawfik Hamid is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a radical Islamic organization Jamaa Islameia JI (of Egypt) with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who later became the second in command of Al-Qaeda. After being radicalized in the JI (approximately thirty-five years ago), he had an awakening of his human conscience, recognized the threat of Radical Islam, and started to teach modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts. Dr. Hamid is the author of Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works; Why It Should Terrify Us; How to Defeat It. Dr. Hamid has appeared on shows spanning the spectrum from CNN to Fox News and C-SPAN, and his articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, VOA, France 24, RT (Russia Today), and the Jerusalem Post. Dr. Hamid's comments have also appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy magazine, USA Today, The Huffington Post, the National Journal, and Wired magazine. Currently Dr. Hamid MD, MLit (Edu) is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS).

Lincoln, Prudence, and the Presidency: Saving the Union and Ending Slavery

Feb 13, 2016 00:56:12

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Aristotle called prudence the virtue most characteristic of the statesman. Prudence most certainly was Lincoln's architectonic virtue as he took the steps necessary to restore the Union while also ending slavery. What should be most remarkable to us who live in this time of executive overreach is that he did so within the limits of the Constitution. This lecture was given by Dr. Mackubin Thomas Owens on February 11, 2016 at The Institute of World Politics. ----------- Dr. Mackubin Thomas Owens is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor at The Institute of World Politics. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI's quarterly journal. He recently retired as Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. At the War College he specialized in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; and American civil-military relations. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Owens was Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Boston University. Before joining the faculty of the War College, Dr. Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan Administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon and company commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal. He retired as a Colonel in 1994. Dr. Owens earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in Economics from Oklahoma University, and his BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Dallas, Catholic University, Ashland University of Ohio, and the Marine Corps' School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW).

A History of Nuclear Proliferation: Iran Today

Feb 12, 2016 01:01:45

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Thomas C. Reed, Former Secretary of the Air Force, gave a lecture on "A History of Nuclear Proliferation: Iran Today" at The Institute of World Politics on February 9, 2016. ------ Thomas C. Reed was the Secretary of the Air Force during the Ford and Carter administrations. In the mid-Seventies, Reed became the youngest-ever director of the National Reconnaissance Office. In the Eighties, Reed served as Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Policy. Reed has a technical background in nuclear weapons design. After earning a graduate degree from the University of Southern California, Reed moved to a position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he designed two thermonuclear devices, both of which were fired over the Pacific in 1962. Upon leaving Livermore, Reed started and ran a successful high-tech company making superconductors, now principally used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. In 1966 he became the Northern California chair of Ronald Reagan's first gubernatorial race. Reed served as chief of personnel in the Governor's first administration, and in 1970 he assumed full responsibility for Governor Reagan's re-election as his statewide co-chair and campaign director. In 1973, Reed was recruited to manage certain intelligence projects at the Pentagon in connection with the Yom Kippur War. A decade of involvement in national security matters followed, culminating with a position on President Reagan's National Security Council staff. His first book, At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War-- with an introduction by former President George H. W. Bush-- was published in 2004. His second work, The Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and Its Proliferation, was co-authored by Danny Stillman, a former chief of technical intelligence at Los Alamos. Reed's third non-fiction work,The Reagan Enigma, was released in 2014.

Energy Security in the 21st Century

Feb 10, 2016 01:08:46

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Ambassador and Chancellor of IWP James Woolsey gives a speech on energy security and threats in the 21st century as part of the annual Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture series. Ambassador R. James Woolsey has served as the Director of Central Intelligence, as chief negotiator to the CFE (Conventional Armed Forces in Europe) talks with the rank of ambassador, and as General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Jim has been one of the most prominent analysts of national security issues, as well as energy policy. He has been a proponent of US energy independence and the protection of major infrastructure vulnerabilities, such as our electric grid upon which everything in our civilization depends. In addition to his five presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, Amb. Woolsey has also served as a board member on a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security. In 2009, he was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and in 2010-11, he was a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

An Assessment of U.S. Military Power

Feb 6, 2016 01:19:56

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Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, visited the Institute of World Politics to talk about the 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength, an annual analysis of the military's readiness and defense capabilities. Dakota L. Wood, who served America for two decades in the U.S. Marine Corps, is the Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at The Heritage Foundation. In his service as a Marine, Dakota participated in the planning and execution of operations around the world to include Operation Enduring Freedom following the attacks of 9/11 and Operation Iraqi Freedom to depose Saddam Hussein. Mr. Wood culminated his career conducting studies on military, technology, economic and political matters for senior officials at the highest levels of the Marine Corps and the Defense Department. Following retirement in 2005, Mr. Wood helped to organize and operationalize the National Biosurveillance Integration System, a Department of Homeland Security effort. He has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and as the Strategist for the U.S. Marine Corps' Special Operations Command.

The Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West

Feb 5, 2016 01:16:54

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Michael A. Walsh, former associate editor of TIME magazine, gave a lecture about his book, "The Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West " at The Institute of World Politics. About the book: In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world's premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated and dispirited Europe for intellectual and artistic guidance, burgeoning trans-national elite in New York and Washington embraced not only the war's refugees, but many of their ideas as well, and nothing has proven more pernicious than those of the Frankfurt School and its reactionary philosophy of "critical theory." At once overly intellectualized and emotionally juvenile, Critical Theory - like Pandora's Box - released a horde of demons into the American psyche. When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a central-European nihilism celebrated on college campuses across the United States. Seizing the high ground of academe and the arts, the New Nihilists set about dissolving the bedrock of the country, from patriotism to marriage to the family to military service; they have sown (as Cardinal Bergoglio - now Pope Francis - once wrote of the Devil) "destruction, division, hatred, and calumny" - and all disguised as the search for truth. In The Devil's Pleasure Palace we will look at the ways Critical Theory took root in America and, once established and gestated, has affected nearly every aspect of American life and society - and what can be done to stop it. About the author: Michael Walsh, a former associate editor of TIME magazine, is the author of six novels and six works of nonfiction, as well as a columnist for the New York Post and a contributor to National Review and PJ Media. He was a winner of the 2004 American Book Awards for his novel, And All the Saints.

Informing and Engaging Citizens: The Radio Free Asia Experience

Feb 5, 2016 01:06:27

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Libby Liu, the President of Radio Free Asia, gave a talk on the mission of RFA as part of a series of lectures with Women Executives in National Security at The Institute of World Politics.

Implementing Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Jan 29, 2016 00:47:19

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Dr. Corey Lofdahl discussed "Implementing Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: Lessons from Village Stability Operations and Afghan Local Police (VSO/ALP)" at The Institute of World Politics on December 10, 2015. In 2010, towards the end of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan, US Special Operations Forces (SOF) and their international partners experimented with a new way of implementing counterinsurgency, Village Stability Operations (VSO) and Afghan Local Police (ALP). VSO/ALP is based on a "bottom-up" rather than "top-down" approach that focused on soldiers interacting with local Afghan populations, supporting traditional local tribal governance, and training local security forces. In this discussion, Dr. Lofdahl reviews lessons which can be drawn from the VSO/ALP experience in Afghanistan. Dr. Corey Lofdahl is a Senior Scientist at Charles River Analytics where he uses computer-based modeling, simulation, and data analysis techniques to address hard problems for DARPA, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies. He lived at the US special operations command in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 where he worked as a quantitative analyst for the Commander’s Issues Group (CIG). Dr. Lofdahl hold degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and international relations from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Brown University, and MIT.

Order from Chaos: The Future of Land Warfare

Jan 16, 2016 01:07:25

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This lecture on "Order from Chaos: The Future of Land Warfare" with Michael E. O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, took place on November 17, 2015 at The Institute of World Politics What happens if we bet too heavily on unmanned systems, cyber warfare, and special operations in our defense? In his new book, The Future of Land Warfare (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), Michael O’Hanlon offers an analysis of the future of the world’s ground forces. Dr. O’Hanlon considers a number of illustrative scenarios in which large conventional forces may be necessary, and he asks hard and challenging questions about which situations might require significant numbers of American boots in the future. This talk is the first event of the IWP Global Impact Discussion Series. Dr. Michael E. O’Hanlon is a senior fellow and co-director with the Centre for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, and director of research for the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S defense strategy, the use of military force and American foreign policy. To learn more about IWP's Master's degree and Certificate programs, please visit www.iwp.edu.

Free Expression in Contemporary Poland

Jan 15, 2016 00:46:11

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Matthew Tyrmand, Deputy Director of American Transparency, discussed "Free Expression in Contemporary Poland" at the Eighth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference at The Institute of World Politics on November 14, 2015.

Active Measures and the Smolensk Investigation

Jan 14, 2016 00:53:12

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Dr. Chris J. Cieszewski, Professor at the University of Georgia, discussed "Active Measures and the Smolensk Investigation" at the Eighth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference on November 14, 2015 at The Institute of World Politics.

China in the Intermarium: The Ukraine and Belarus Connections

Jan 9, 2016 00:32:55

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Dr. Paul Coyer gave a lecture on "China in the Intermarium: The Ukraine and Belarus Connections" at the Eighth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference at IWP on November 14, 2015. Dr. Coyer is an IWP Research Professor and a contributor to Forbes.

The Strategic Lessons of the Campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq

Jan 6, 2016 01:29:45

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Dr. Joseph J. Collins, the Director of the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University spoke on the new NDU book, "Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War" at The Institute of World Politics on November 9, 2015. The book began as two questions from then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey: what have been the costs and benefits of our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; and what are the strategic lessons that one can draw from these two campaigns in the Long War. The speaker summarized the 500-page book with an emphasis on the strategic lessons that were identified, and hopefully one day, learned. This event took place at The Institute of World Politics on November 9, 2015. Dr. Joseph J. Collins was appointed Director of the Center for Complex Operations, INSS, National Defense University in July 2014, after a decade on the National War College faculty as Professor of National Security Strategy. Prior to that teaching assignment, Dr. Collins served for three years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations, the Pentagon's senior civilian official for peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and stabilization and reconstruction operations. His team led the stability operations effort in Afghanistan and created the Global Peace Operations Initiative, which President Bush took to the 2004 G8 Sea Island Summit. From 1998-2001, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he did research on economic sanctions, military culture, and national security policy. In 1998, Dr. Collins retired from the U. S. Army as a Colonel after nearly 28 years of military service. His Army years were equally divided among infantry and armor assignments in the United States, South Korea, and Germany; teaching at West Point in the Department of Social Sciences; and a series of assignments in the Pentagon on the Army staff, in OSD Policy, and the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dr. Collins has also taught as adjunct faculty in the graduate divisions of Columbia University and Georgetown University Strategic Studies Program. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and holds a doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University. A former contributing editor of the Armed Forces Journal, he wrote Understanding War in Afghanistan, published by National Defense University Press (NDU Press) in 2011. He is an author in and the editor of Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War, a book on the strategic lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been published in October 2015 by NDU Press, and can be downloaded in various formats at http://ndupress.ndu.edu/Books/LessonsEncountered.aspx.

Grand Strategy: National Security Doctrines and National Security Strategy

Dec 22, 2015 01:28:13

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Grand Strategy: National Security Doctrines and National Security Strategy, past, present and future with Dr. Lamont Colucci Professor of Politics and Government, Chair of Politics and Government Department, Ripon College October 23, 2015 The Institute of World Politics Dr. Lamont Colucci has experience as a diplomat with the U.S. Dept. of State and is today an Associate Professor and Chairman of Politics and Government at Ripon College. His primary area of expertise is U.S. national security and U.S. foreign policy. At Ripon, he is the coordinator for the National Security Studies program and teaches courses on national security, foreign policy, intelligence, terrorism, and international relations. He has published a book entitled Crusading Realism: The Bush Doctrine and American Core Values After 9/11, and was contributing author of another book entitled The Day That Changed Everything: Looking at the Impact of 9/11 at the End of the Decade. In 2012, he finished a two volume series entitled The National Security Doctrines of the American Presidency: How they Shape our Present and Future. In 2012, he became the Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in politics from the University of London, England. In 2007 he was the recipient of Ripon's Severy Excellence in Teaching award and in 2010 the Underkofler Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2015 he received the national Significant Sig award of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Dr. Colucci is also an occasional columnist for the Washington Times, National Review, Weekly Standard, and Defense News. He is a weekly columnist for U.S. News and World Report. He is also Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs for the American Foreign Policy Council and is Advisor in National Security and Foreign Affairs, to the NATO-based Conference of Defence Associations Institute. He served as founding interim Director for the Center for Politics at Ripon College. You can find out more at lamontcolucci.com.

Europe's Hypocrisy and the Migrant Crisis

Dec 18, 2015 01:18:42

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Europe's Hypocrisy and the Migrant Crisis with Benjamin Fricke IWP Class of 2013 October 22, 2015 The Institute of World Politics This event is part of a series on the Intermarium sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies. This presentation will focus on EU internal economic, financial and ideological difficulties and their impact on security and cooperation. It will address what role the EU assumes in this current crisis and what the causes are for the unregulated and unchecked streams of refugees coming to Europe and Germany in particular. Mr. Fricke will focus on political developments in Germany and contextualize attitudes towards immigration in a historic context. He will take a look at the PEGIDA movement in Germany. A divide between post-communist and post-1968 socialization is becoming increasingly apparent in Germany and the European continent as a whole. Mr. Fricke will argue that it is a failed geopolitical, economic and security strategy internally and towards the Middle East and Africa which triggered this mass influx of migrants and the paralyzed inaction of European countries and the EU institutions. The EU as an ideological post-nation state construct was not designed to cope with a crisis as it is currently occurring, and therefore the presentation will examine short- and medium-term solutions, effects on Europe, and political alternatives. Benjamin Fricke received his M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs from The Institute of World Politics in 2013, and he was one of the first participants in IWP's Oxford study abroad program in 2012. Ben was awarded his B.A. in Political Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH with two years of study at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He has done several high profile internships, such as at the U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig, Germany, the U.S. Senate, the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the German diplomatic mission in New York. After graduation from IWP, Mr. Fricke returned to Europe in October 2013, where he spent a few months studying in France and started working for a private sector energy management and software company close to his hometown, Lutherstadt Wittenberg. His long term goal is to work in consulting and academia in North America.

Cyber Intelligence And The OPM Breach

Dec 17, 2015 01:05:28

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Cyber Intelligence and Security after the OPM breach with Charles Allen - Chair, INSA Security Policy Reform Council; Principal, The Chertoff Group (invited) Michelle Van Cleave - Former U.S. National Counterintelligence Executive Steve Weis - Vice President, ZeroFOX Social Media Cyber Security and moderator Michelle Watson, Vice President for Corporate Relations, IWP Thursday, October 22 The Institute of World Politics This event is part of The Cyber Intelligence Discussion Series co-hosted by The Institute of World Politics and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

Doing Good or Doing Bad? Humanitarian Action and U.S. Grand Strategy

Oct 24, 2015 01:23:38

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Doing Good or Doing Bad? Humanitarian Action and U.S. Grand Strategy with Christopher J. Coyne F.A. Harper Professor of Economics & Director of Graduate Studies George Mason University October 20, 2015 The Institute of World Politics This lecture is part of a series on Economics and Foreign Policy sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation.

Cyber Intelligence: Operationalizing Best Practices

Oct 23, 2015 01:10:13

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When an organization incurs a network intrusion, an attempt to degrade its network capabilities, or other cyber incident against its systems and data, cyber intelligence can provide exquisite insight into the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) implemented as well as the motivations and capabilities of the perpetrator. Organizations looking to gain greater insight into the threat environment are now integrating cyber intelligence into their operations, from the strategic-minded executive leadership to the operational managers and the tactical, on-the-network cybersecurity personnel. Panelists will examine the best practices of cyber intelligence, and how organizations from the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors can benefit. This event was Part 2 of The Cyber Intelligence Discussion Series co-hosted by The Institute of World Politics and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). It took place at IWP on October 8, 2015. Panelists: Geoff Hancock - Co-Chair, INSA Cyber Intelligence Task Force; CEO, Advanced Cybersecurity Group Dr. Bill Nolte - Research Professor, University of Maryland Cybersecurity Center John Suver - Financial Services ISAC Director, Government and Cross-Sector Programs Moderator: Ms. Michelle Watson - Co-Founder of the IWP Cyber Statecraft Program; IWP Vice President of Corporate Relations

Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators

Oct 21, 2015 01:08:25

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On October 6, 2015, author Jay Nordlinger discussed his new book, "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators" at The Institute of World Politics. About the book: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the child of a Stalin or Hitler, a Mao or Castro, or Pol Pot? National Review's Jay Nordlinger asked himself this. The result is "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators," an astonishing survey of the progeny of 20 dictators. Some were loyalists who admired their father. Some actually succeed as dictator. A few were critics, even defectors. What they have in common, Nordlinger shows, is the prison house of tainted privilege and the legacy of dubious deference. About the author: Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and a book fellow of the National Review Institute. He is the author of Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators, published by Encounter. His previous book was published by Encounter, too: Peace, They Say, a history of the Nobel Peace Prize. In his journalism, Nordlinger writes about a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He is the music critic of The New Criterion. For National Review Online, he writes a column called "Impromptus." In 2011, he filmed The Human Parade, with Jay Nordlinger, a TV series bringing hour-long interviews with various personalities. National Review Books published a collection of his writings, Here, There & Everywhere. A native Michigander, Nordlinger lives in New York.

A Strategic View of Cyber Intelligence

Oct 14, 2015 01:44:05

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Cyber threats to U.S. economic and national security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact. State and non-state actors conducting cyber espionage are targeting U.S.government, military, and commercial networks on a daily basis. Public and private sector organizations are seeking greater understanding into this threat environment in order to adequately defend critical networks, and intellectual property. Cyber intelligence can provide organizations with critical insight into an adversary's intentions, capabilities and activities, as well as the geopolitical environment, enabling executive leadership to make informed cyber security decisions. Panelists discussed the elements and importance of an integrated cyber intelligence strategy. This event was Part 1 of The Cyber Intelligence Discussion Series co-hosted by The Institute of World Politics and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). It took place at IWP on October 1, 2015. Panelists: Dr. John Lenczowski - President and Founder, IWP Professor John Tsagronis - Co-Founder of the IWP Cyber Statecraft Program; Professor of National Security, IWP John Felker - Co-Chair, INSA Cyber Intelligence Task Force; Director of Operations, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) Daryl Haegley - Program Manager, Control Systems Cybersecurity, DOD Moderator: Ms. Michelle Watson - Co-Founder of the IWP Cyber Statecraft Program; IWP Vice President of Corporate Relations.

Propaganda and Deception: A case study of Poland’s anti-Communist insurgency, 1944-1963

Oct 10, 2015 00:37:56

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During this year’s annual Gen. Walter Jajko Kosciuszko Chair Military Lecture, Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz discussed the various ways in which the underground anti-communist insurgency in Poland fought against Communist forces in the wake of the Second World War, and in later years against the Nazi Germans and Soviet Communists. Dr. Chodakiewicz highlighted the response strategy used by the Communist Party, most notably the anti-insurgent communist deception and propaganda, an example of which was Andrzej Wajda’s anti-Home-Army film called Ashes and Diamonds (1958). The film was screened after the professor’s talk. To give historical context to the movie and reveal the true intentions behind the production of the film, which was commissioned by the Communist Party as a propaganda tool, Dr. Chodakiewicz discussed several means of propaganda used by the party. Using the words of Joseph Stalin, “The writer is the engineer of the human soul,” Dr. Chodakiewicz revealed the power of art and film and its ability to manipulate the human soul and mind when used accordingly. This event was sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, and took place on September 25, 2015.

Conventional and Unconventional Warfare: Can the U.S. Cope?

Oct 9, 2015 00:48:20

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On September 17, 2015, The Institute of World Politics' Center for Culture and Freedom hosted a panel discussion regarding the state of modern warfare. The panel consisted of retired Air Force Colonel Michael Dziedic, Ph.D. and Fellow of the World Engagement Institute, Ambassador Kenneth P. Moorefield, Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans & Operations for the Office of the Inspector General, and Benjamin C. Works, Executive Director of SIRI-US - The Strategic Issues Research Institute. The panel delves into diverse topics such as how we can conduct peace operations in corrupt states and how we can fight said corruption, all the way to how the troubles we face today have been persistent throughout history and the lessons to be learned from days past.

The Wisdom of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Oct 8, 2015 00:53:15

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This address was given by IWP Dean Mackubin Thomas Owens on September 16, 2015 in honor of Constitution Day.

The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order

Sep 17, 2015 01:05:00

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On September 14, 2015, The Institute of World Politics welcomed Dr. Sean McFate for a lecture on his recently published book, "The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order." About the book It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Even the U.S. government -- the entity that actually pays them -- knows relatively little. In The Modern Mercenary, Sean McFate combines a broad-ranging theory of the phenomenon with an insider's understanding of what the opaque world of the private military industry is actually like, explaining its economic structure and showing in detail how firms operate on the ground. McFate provides an unparalleled perspective into the nuts and bolts of the industry, as well as a sobering prognosis for the future of war. About the author Sean McFate is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington, D.C. He is also an associate professor at the National Defense University and teaches national security strategy at Georgetown University. Previously, he was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division and then a private military contractor in Africa. He holds BAs from Brown University, a MPP from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Rival Gas Pipelines For Europe: What’s At Stake

Jul 1, 2015 01:08:54

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In recent years, the competition for supplying Europe with natural gas has heated up once again and has taken a more urgent course due to the conflict in Ukraine. Two pipeline routes are vying for dominance and are backed by different states with their own geopolitical considerations. In December 2014, it was announced that Russia's Gazprom would re-route its proposed South Stream Pipeline to the Turkish-Greek border via the Black Sea and Turkey. Likewise, the U.S.-backed Nabucco pipeline was sidelined by the less ambitious and costly Trans-Anatolian Pipeline and Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, which will see Azerbaijani gas and potentially Iranian and Turkmen gas cross Turkey to reach markets in Greece, the Balkans and Italy. Both pipelines have their advantages and disadvantages. This lecture will consider the economics and geopolitics of the rival pipelines and what's at stake for the concerned parties. VilenVilen Khlgatyan is Vice-Chairman of Political Developments Research Center (PDRC), a think tank based in Yerevan, Armenia. He specializes in the geopolitics of energy, non-kinetic warfare, and the post-Soviet region with an emphasis on the Caucasus. Mr. Khlgatyan received his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics and his B.A. in International Business and International Relations from Webster University.

Dupes: How the Communist Left Has Manipulated the Progressive Left for a Century

Jun 30, 2015 01:24:39

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Dr. Kengor, author of Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century, will discuss his historical research on a troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the "dupe." From the Bolshevik Revolution through the Cold War and right up to the present, many progressives have unwittingly aided some of America's most dangerous opponents. Dr. Kengor will describe not only how such dupes contributed to history's most destructive ideology-Communism, which claimed at least 100 million lives-but also why they are so relevant to today's politics. Paul KengorPaul Kengor, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Grove City College, a four-year, private Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and a New York Times bestselling author. He is executive director of the Center for Vision & Values, a Grove City College think-tank/policy center. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Kengor is an internationally recognized authority on several subjects, particularly Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and communism. He is often quoted in major publications, and his articles have appeared in numerous publications from across the ideological spectrum. Kengor is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, the BBC, PCN-TV, EWTN, and FoxNewsChannel, and is regular columnist for Townhall and the American Spectator. Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his Master's degree from American University's School of International Service. He holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio).

The "Besieged Kremlin": Understanding Moscow’s Worldview

Jun 30, 2015 01:16:48

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In this Intermarium Series Lecture, Mr. Paweł Styrna, IWP Class of 2015 and Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies research assistant, will discuss the manner in which the post-Soviet Russian leadership views the world. The Kremlin sees the United States in particular, and the West and NATO in general, as deeply hostile forces having no greater objective than to encircle, dismember, and destroy Russia -- in collaboration with anti-Russian "Fifth Columnists" and "fascists" in the "near abroad." This is not solely the attitude of the Putin regime, however, but a geopolitical mentality formed over centuries of Russian history. In effect, the paranoid, anti-American post-Soviet "besieged Kremlin" attitude is a synthesis of Muscovite and Soviet Feindbilder ["images of the enemy"]. In his presentation, Mr. Styrna will trace the historical roots of Moscow's Weltanschauung and explain why this understanding is highly relevant today. Paweł P. Styrna was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Arts in modern European history, with minor specializations in Polish and Soviet history. He plans to graduate in 2015 from the international relations program at The Institute of World Politics. He also serves as a research assistant to the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies. He has co-edited Golden Harvest or Hearts of Gold? Studies on the Fate of Wartime Poles and Jews (2012) and authored the chapter entitled "The Tale of Two Hamlets: The Case of Wólka-Okrąglik and Gniewczyna." Mr. Styrna is a Eurasia analyst for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (SFPPR) and writes the blog Property Polska for the Journal of Property Rights in Transition.

Ukraine: The Roots of the Current Crisis

Jun 30, 2015 00:54:20

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Mr. Sobchenko will discuss information he gathered on his recent trips to Ukraine, in which he met with a wide variety of Ukrainians from different regions, social strata, and political affiliations. Ukraine 2013 380x204 Alexei Sobchenko, currently a Washington, D.C.-based translator and interpreter, has served for over ten years as a translator and interpreter for the U.S. Department of State, both in D.C. and Moscow. Previously, he worked as a journalist with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he was based in Munich, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic. He holds an M.A. in Modern and 20th Century History from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU).

The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today

Jun 29, 2015 01:00:57

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By mid‐2015, the Obama presidency will be entering its final stages, and the race among the successors in both parties will be well underway. And while experts have already formed a provisional understanding of the Obama administration's foreign policy goals, the shape of the "Obama Doctrine" is finally coming into full view. In The Obama Doctrine, Colin Dueck analyzes and explains what the Obama Doctrine in foreign policy actually is, and maps out the competing visions on offer from the Republican Party. Dueck, a leading scholar of US foreign policy, contends it is now becoming clear that Obama's policy of international retrenchment is in large part a function of his emphasis on achieving domestic policy goals. There have been some successes in the approach, but there have also been costs. For instance, much of the world no longer trusts the US to exert its will in international politics, and America's adversaries overseas have asserted themselves with increasing frequency. The Republican Party will target these perceived weaknesses in the 2016 presidential campaign and develop competing counter‐doctrines in the process. The Obama Doctrine not only provides a sharp appraisal of foreign policy in the Obama era; it lays out an alternative approach to marshaling American power that will help shape the foreign policy debate in the run‐up to the 2016 elections. Colin DueckColin Dueck is an Associate Professor in George Mason University's School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. He studied politics at Princeton University, and international relations at Oxford under a Rhodes scholarship. He has published three books on American foreign and national security policies, The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today (Oxford 2015), Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II (Princeton 2010), and Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture, and Change in American Grand Strategy (Princeton 2006.) Dueck has provided congressional testimony and published articles on these same subjects in journals such as International Security, Orbis, Security Studies, Review of International Studies, Political Science Quarterly, and World Policy Journal, as well as online at RealClearPolitics, National Review, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and the New York Times. His current research focus is on the relationship between party politics, presidential leadership, American conservatism, and U.S. foreign policy strategies. He is the faculty adviser for the Alexander Hamilton Society at George Mason University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Alleviating Poverty By Freeing The World Of Economic Distortions

Jun 29, 2015 00:52:17

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This talk will explore the issue of how economic distortions, regulatory barriers, and other government restraints reduce the wealth of nations and push citizens into poverty. Mr. Singham will explain ways in which these "Anti-Competitive Market Distortions" or ACMDs can be reduced, and the impact on the global economy of such reduction. The discussion will also cover how this agenda ensures the preservation of U.S. national security interests, lifts people out of poverty, and creates jobs, opportunity and hope for the world's people. Shanker A. SinghamCurrently the Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project at Babson Global, the commercial arm of Babson College, Shanker A. Singham has a wealth of experience in trade, competition and regulatory systems. He is one of the most experienced and well known international trade and competition lawyers in the world, having authored the leading text book on the subject of trade, competition and regulatory frameworks. He has led the market access practices of two prominent law firms, most recently a top ten global law firm, Squire Sanders, and he has represented multinational companies and governments. He is a cleared advisor to the United States Trade Representative and Department of Commerce, and is a Non-Government Advisor to the International Competition Network. He has also been a senior trade and economics advisor to a number of political candidates from Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor Buddy McKay in Florida to Governor Mitt Romney's Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

Estonia as a Digital Society - From Ideas to Reality

Jun 29, 2015 01:10:08

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After the cyberattacks on Estonia in 2007, the country mobilized its cybersecurity resources and has become a leader in this area. Tanel Sepp will discuss how and why Estonia began developing its digital structures, how its current e-governance is built up, and what its underlying principles are. He will also touch on how Estonia manages cyber risks and issues like privacy and encryption, and well as Estonia's next steps are in the cyber realm. Tanel SeppTanel Sepp currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Estonian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He has formerly served as the South-Asia Counselor for the 3rd Political Department at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chargé d'Affaires for the Special Mission of Estonia to Afghanistan, and the Second Secretary for Civilian Crisis Management for the Permanent Delegation of Estonia to the EU. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Audentes University (currently Tallinn Technical University) and a B.A. from EuroUniversity, Tallinn.

The Greater Syrian - Mesopotamian Crisis

Jun 19, 2015 01:10:10

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The first IWP Student Symposium on the topic of "The Greater Syrian-Mesopotamian Crisis" was held on May 14, 2015. This video depicts the following speakers and topics: Across Borders: A Jaziran State Tyler Black The Human Factor: A Society Changed By Environment and Economic Devastation Austin Rettig Iraqi Youth Fight for Iran's Empire Nathan Fiala Assyrians of Iraq: Cultural Identity and Conflict Alexander Cunningham The event was hosted by The Institute of World Politics, IWP Student Ambassadors, and the IWP Journal of Intelligence and Strategic Studies. A lecture on Iranian Air Defense by David Maxwell was off the record and is therefore not depicted in this video.

Cryptography And Trust- Estonia And The Modern Information Society

Jun 18, 2015 01:27:05

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On June 10, The Institute of World Politics welcomed Andres Kütt, Head Software Architect, and Liina Areng, Head of International Relations, both of the Estonian Information System Authority to speak on the state of cyber security globally, as well as their country’s pioneering transition to electronic governance. Mr. Kütt and Ms. Areng generously offered their time and expertise to inform the IWP community about the importance of a rapidly changing cyber landscape. Mr. Kütt told the audience how there is a constant war being waged between the governments, corporations, and organizations that secure private data and the rogue criminal hackers who seek to steal it from their databases. In reality, he said, there is not a guaranteed method of securing online data in this modern era. Rather, there are differing levels of coding sophistication and mathematical formulas by which cryptographers and cyber attackers engage in their web-based warfare. Mr. Kütt explained how, essentially, this worldwide data conflict is driven by secure codes and encryptions that protect data and the efforts by rogue states or actors to disrupt them. Time, he says, is the worst enemy of cryptographers, as their electronic battlements are constantly under siege. The most effective way to mitigate the risk of cyber attack, he noted, is to hire the most talented pool of cyber defenders. Mr. Kütt and Ms. Areng informed the audience that governments are at the forefront of the cyber challenges that face the 21st century. The Republic of Estonia in particular has been a global leader in so-called “E-governance,” transforming their Baltic nation of 1.3 million into a cyber powerhouse. Estonia, they report, has been highly successful in its endeavor to render the services and obligations of government into electronic models. For example, Estonia is the only one of its kind in the world to have institutionalized E-voting in national elections. This kind of groundbreaking civic engagement, the speakers emphasized, is dependent on a high degree of trust in its accuracy and incorruptibility. Mr. Kütt and Ms. Areng explained how the Estonian government relies on its advanced corps of citizen-cryptographers. The Cyber Defense League was established in 2010 as a response to the unprecedented cyber attacks on the country years earlier. This organization of volunteer cryptographers serves the national cyber defense by donating their talents in service to Estonia. Mr. Kütt and Ms. Areng went on to explain the interconnectedness of the digital ecosystems that populate the Internet. What affects one facet of the web is sure to translate into tangible consequences for the other. Further, the immense difficulty in identifying the origins of a cyber attack means that a coherent, reliable encryption is increasingly the only viable avenue of defense.

Cultural Incompatibility: National Psyches as Keys to Ideological Conflict

Jun 18, 2015 01:05:33

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On April 16, 2015, IWP U.S. Army War College Fellow CH (COL) William E. Godwin-Stremler gave a lecture on the topic of "Cultural Incompatibility: National Psyches as Keys to Ideological Conflict." This presentation is based on a paper that CH Godwin-Stremler prepared for the US Army War College as a part of his IWP fellowship.

Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East: Seeing Solutions on the Ground

Jun 16, 2015 01:29:43

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This panel discussion featured practitioners in humanitarian affairs who commented on realistic, on-the-ground solutions to the Syrian refugee crisis. Albert Santoli, professor at The Institute of World Politics and founder and president of Asia America Initiative, moderated the panel. Other panelists were Dr. Michael Dziedzic, Colonel, (ret.), who is a Fellow at the World Engagement Institute and editor of "Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structures," and David Weiss, President & CEO of Global Communities. This presentation is part of an event entitled "Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East: Peace and Stability in the Post 2015 Development Framework" which was held at The Institute of World Politics on May 21, 2015. The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Region, IWP, Global Communities, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East: The International Response

Jun 16, 2015 01:04:23

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This panel discussion covers the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis, and includes an overview of international mechanisms to build peace, governance, and civil society in affected areas. Colonel Christopher Holshek (ret.), co-Chair of the UNA-NCA Peace & Security Committee and Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding moderated the panel. Other panelists were John Filson, Senior Policy Manager at Alliance for Peacebuilding and Dr. Stefania Piffanelli, Deputy Director of the United Nations Information Center. This presentation is part of an event entitled "Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East: Peace and Stability in the Post 2015 Development Framework" which was held at The Institute of World Politics on May 21, 2015. The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Region, IWP, Global Communities, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East: Keynote address by Shelly Pitterman

Jun 16, 2015 00:08:09

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Dr. Shelly Pitterman, Director of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – Washington, gave keynote remarks at an event entitled "Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East: Peace and Stability in the Post 2015 Development Framework" which was held at The Institute of World Politics on May 21, 2015. This event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Region, IWP, Global Communities, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Reality Check: Neoconservatism, Realism and the Battle for How the World Really Is

Jun 16, 2015 01:01:36

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On June 9, The Institute of World Politics welcomed author Dr. Daniel D. Leger for a discussion of his book Reality Check: Neoconservatism, Realism and the Battle for How the World Really Is. He discussed the basis of neoconservatism in contrast to the moral relativism of modern political theory. He began his talk with a description of neoconservative ideology. Neoconservatives, he noted, are not ashamed to associate moral correctness with the United States' foreign policy goals. They often eschew intellectual abstractions, look for common sense in political investment, are distanced philosophically from moral relativism, and are opportunistic in their frontal assaults on policy. They differ from modern realists in that they do not focus as much on the material motivations of states and do not have as much appreciation for the moral issues involved with intervention in foreign policy. A focus of Dr. Leger’s talk was the neoconservative stance in the arms control debate, beginning with the hard line approach they took towards the Soviet Union. Neoconservatives worked to discredit the theory of mutual assured destruction and the larger theory of détente as a whole. They worked from a strategic framework differing from that of Kissinger and Nixon, attacking the fallacy of mirror imaging. An arms control solution required recognition of the ultimate political goal of avoiding nuclear disaster. As such examples reiterated, neoconservatism finds moral relativism to be perverse. Common sense should dictate, and yet in the 20th Century common sense requires an explanation. Dr. Leger moved on to discuss neoconservatism within the context of the ideas of Leo Strauss, Hans Morgenthau, and then more generally neopositivism. He noted that, if the goal is a hope for peace, the challenge is to allow the most useful theory to gain popular credence so that it becomes operative. This has historically been done through propaganda. Neoconservative and neopositivist ideas, which are often mired in academic jargon, should be conveyed using common sense and logic so that they appeal to the larger public. Following his talk, Dr. Leger fielded a number of questions concerning the evolution of neoconservatism over time, as well as Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush’s roles in the theories behind the invasion of Iraq. Dr. Leger holds a B.A. in Political Science, a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, and is presently the Head of Strategic Planning and Client Services for Akre Capital Management. Prior to that, he held business development and senior asset raising roles with a variety of companies, including BRI Partners, Ore Hill Partners, Steel partners, and Geosphere Capital Management. Dr. Leger’s book Reality Check: Neoconservatism, Realism and the Battle for How the World Really Is is available at http://amzn.to/1FYza11.

Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church

Jun 16, 2015 01:25:29

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On June 9, Dr. Paul Coyer, a Forbes foreign policy columnist, delivered an Intermarium Series lecture at The Institute of World Politics entitled "Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church." The lecture, which was sponsored by IWP's Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, focused on a recent article by the speaker, entitled "(Un)Holy Alliance: Vladimir Putin, The Russian Orthodox Church and Russian Exceptionalism." Dr. Coyer began by noting that it can be easy to sympathize with the Russian Orthodox Church, which claims to preserve tradition and uphold moral values. He then described the complexities and various dimensions of the Church's involvement with the Russian state. Orthodoxy is not viewed by Russians in the same way that religion is widely viewed in the West. For example, Dr. Coyer noted, 30 percent of respondents in Russia who self-identified as Orthodox simultaneously also identified as atheists. Dr. Coyer explained that Orthodoxy in post-Soviet Russia is a matter of culture and identity, not necessarily the belief in a Supreme Being. In addition, the speaker described Vladimir Putin's attempts to increase the strength of the Russian Orthodox Church, with over 20,000 churches being built from 2000 onwards. He argued that this resurgence in the Church's strength added to Russian exceptionalism and nationalism. Russia has an advantage in its citizens' mindsets, in that they are more fiercely dedicated to their homeland. By contrast, a 2015 Pew Research Center poll found that Europeans overwhelmingly would not be willing to fight for their countries. Dr. Coyer maintained that, even without Putin, the conflict between Russia and the West will not fade away. One of the reasons is that culture, including that of Russian Orthodoxy, is at stake. He asserted that a serious confrontation of the West with Russia is increasingly likely. Dr. Coyer covers international affairs, with a focus on Eurasia, in his Forbes column. He has spent time in academia, having graduate degrees from Yale University and the London School of Economics. His PhD, from the LSE, was on Sino-American relations and diplomatic history. From 2007-2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and he served as a visiting lecturer on Chinese foreign policy and Sino-American relations at the University of Florence, Italy, in 2011 and 2012. He has lived and worked in several locations around the world, including Shanghai, where he did macro-economic research on China's development and edited a book on the Shanghai stock exchange that was jointly published by JPMorgan and the South China Morning Post, and in Hong Kong, where he did a brief stint in banking for Deutsche Bank.

Is A Grand Strategy of Restraint Politically Viable?

Jun 16, 2015 01:28:15

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The likely candidates for President for both major political parties, with a few exceptions, seem committed to continuing America's global strategy of Primacy, including maintaining a large military and being willing to intervene with it in many places around the world with it. There is some evidence that such a policy makes sense in terms of fund-raising and party primary dynamics, but what about among the general public? In this discussion, Dr. Michael C. Desch argues that not only is Restraint the optimal policy for America on its merits, but there is reason to think that it could have broader electoral appeal in the general election. This event, entitled "Is a Grand Strategy of Restraint Politically Viable?" took place at The Institute of World Politics on May 27, 2015 and was sponsored by the Charles Koch Foundation. Michael Desch is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He was the founding Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and the first holder of the Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 2004 through 2008. Prior to that, he was Professor and Director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. From 1993 through 1998, he was Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate at the Olin Institute. He spent two years (1988-90) as a John M. Olin Post-doctoral Fellow in National Security at Harvard University's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and a year (1990-91) as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California before joining the faculty of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside (1991-1993). He received his B.A. (With honors) in Political Science (1982) from Marquette University and his A.M. in International Relations (1984) and Ph.D. in Political Science (1988) from the University of Chicago.

New Century, Same Problems: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Context

Jun 16, 2015 01:34:29

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Practitioners, political leaders, and academics note the increased attention and importance of U.S. public diplomacy in U.S. statecraft since 9/11. Despite this, US public diplomacy continues to be hampered by the same problems faced more than decade ago: an absence of integrated strategy; a clear understanding of what public diplomacy is and what it should do; what role it should play in US statecraft; and uneven, ineffective implementation. This presentation explores past uses of foreign public engagement or public diplomacy throughout US history, to explore the origins of some of the problems confronting present day public diplomacy, as well as putting the practice in the context of US historical tradition. Caitlin Schindler recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Leeds, under the supervision of Nicholas Cull (University of Southern California) and Simon Popple (University of Leeds). Her thesis examines the history of US public diplomacy from 1776 through 1948 and how the mechanism became a recognized tool of US statecraft. Caitlin graduated from the Institute of World Politics with an MA in Strategic Intelligence in 2010. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Caitlin worked for CACI, Inc. supporting the US Intelligence Community.

US National Security: Funded and Executed by Government, Delivered by Industry

Jun 16, 2015 01:11:59

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Mr. Thomas will discuss his views and opinions of leadership, U.S. government and the private sector in national security affairs, drawing on his 35 years as a Counterintelligence Senior Executive for two different U.S. government agencies. He will emphasize the importance of partnership and information sharing between the US government and the private sector. He will share examples of economic espionage and describe why insider threat trends are going to increase and what this could mean to national and economic security in broader terms than generally viewed. Mr. Thomas will conclude by describing problems caused by the fact that the threat landscape has changed, but our understanding and efforts to mitigate threats have not. Douglas Thomas is Director of Counterintelligence and Corporate Investigation at Lockheed Martin.

Current Issues in U.S. National Security & Diplomacy

Jun 16, 2015 01:23:56

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A talk given by Ambassador John D. Negroponte, former US ambassador to the United Nations, former Director on National Intelligence, and now Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates.

Civil Liberties and National Security: Did Hoover Get it Right?

Jun 16, 2015 01:28:40

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This presentation will review the role of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover and assess whether or not Hoover’s unorthodox methods are currently warranted. It also will examine the effectiveness of post-9/11 strategic laws and attempt to discern what additional laws are required to effectively deter the various emerging threats that are impacting US national security. This presentation will conclude with a proposed US national strategy/model focusing on emerging and future threats. The talk will feature LTC Charmaine E. Betty-Singleton and Raymond J. Batvinis.

British Patriot or Soviet Spy? Clarifying A Major Cold War Mystery

Jun 16, 2015 02:13:36

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A presentation analyzing whether former MI5 Director General, Roger Hollis, was or was not a Soviet agent. With arguments map by Dr. Paul Monk, and panelists Dr. Raymond Jay Batvinis, Dr. David L. Charney, Dr. Harvey Khler, and Dr. Charles R. Twardy. Event Moderated by Jon L. Wilhelm.

The Sino-American Cooperative Organization/Naval Group China, 194245

Apr 3, 2015 00:58:22

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Col. Preston McLaughlin, USMC (Ret.) gave a lecture on "The Sino-American Cooperative Organization/Naval Group China, 1942-1945: A Case Study In Special Operations" at The Institute of World Politics on March 31, 2015. About the talk In this video, Col. Preston McLaughlin presents a study of an Office of Naval Intelligence organization that conducted combined operations with the Nationalist Chinese Government in WWII. It is unique, as the relationship was codified by formal treaty. It is a classic case of a low investment-high payoff strategy in an Economy of Force Theater. This study offers insights into modern special operations forces and their relationships with intelligence, as well as allied Grand Strategy and the origins of the Cold War. About the speaker Col. McLaughlin spent several years in the Asia-Pacific region during a 27-year military career. These assignments included: Amphibious Section Head, G-3 Operations, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa Japan; Commanding Officer, Combat Assault Battalion, 3d Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan; and Command Operations Officer, G-3 Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii; Combined Marine Forces Command, and Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment. His final assignment was as the Chief of Staff, for Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan. Following his retirement from the Marines in 2010, he was on the staff and Adjunct Faculty of The Citadel, as a Program Manager for the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics and as Director of Professional Development. He currently works for System High Corporation of Chantilly VA. His education includes: a BA in Political Science from The Citadel; he is a Distinguished Graduate, with a Master's in Military Studies from the USMC Command and Staff College; and a Master's in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College; and an M.A. in American History from George Mason University. He is a Joint Specialty Officer and graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. He is also a recipient of the Dr. Elihu Rose Award for professional military education teaching excellence from Marine Corps University.

The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow (Part 1)

Mar 31, 2015 01:23:37

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This conference entitled "The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow " took place on March 28, 2015 at The Institute of World Politics. The event was co-sponsored by IWP, Mastrapa Consultants and the Political Developments Research Center. Speakers and topics included: PART 1 Welcome and Introduction Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center "The Common Tactics of Denial: A Comparison of the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides" Gregory H. Stanton, Ph.D President, Genocide Watch "The Armenian Paradigm" Marek J. Chodakiewicz, Ph.D. Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, The Institute of World Politics PART 2 "Examining the Armenian Genocide under International Law: Justice and Accountability" Kate Nahapetian Government Affairs Director, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) "The Confiscation of Ethnic Minority Property by the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: Potential Scenarios for Delayed Transitional Justice" Tania C. Mastrapa, Ph.D. Founder, Mastrapa Consultants PART 3 "The Annual Turkey Pardon: A Failed Policy of Denial and Why It's Time to Reexamine the US Relationship with Ankara" Steven Oshana Executive Director, A Demand for Action "Turkish Foreign Policy: Married to the West, but Beds the East" Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center PART 4 "The Hidden Armenians of Turkey: New Realities in Turkish-Armenian Relations on the Eve of the Genocide Centennial" Raffi Bedrosyan Activist-Writer

The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow (Part 2)

Mar 31, 2015 00:51:41

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This conference entitled "The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow " took place on March 28, 2015 at The Institute of World Politics. The event was co-sponsored by IWP, Mastrapa Consultants and the Political Developments Research Center. Speakers and topics included: PART 1 Welcome and Introduction Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center "The Common Tactics of Denial: A Comparison of the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides" Gregory H. Stanton, Ph.D President, Genocide Watch "The Armenian Paradigm" Marek J. Chodakiewicz, Ph.D. Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, The Institute of World Politics PART 2 "Examining the Armenian Genocide under International Law: Justice and Accountability" Kate Nahapetian Government Affairs Director, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) "The Confiscation of Ethnic Minority Property by the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: Potential Scenarios for Delayed Transitional Justice" Tania C. Mastrapa, Ph.D. Founder, Mastrapa Consultants PART 3 "The Annual Turkey Pardon: A Failed Policy of Denial and Why It's Time to Reexamine the US Relationship with Ankara" Steven Oshana Executive Director, A Demand for Action "Turkish Foreign Policy: Married to the West, but Beds the East" Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center PART 4 "The Hidden Armenians of Turkey: New Realities in Turkish-Armenian Relations on the Eve of the Genocide Centennial" Raffi Bedrosyan Activist-Writer

The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow (Part 3)

Mar 31, 2015 01:05:21

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This conference entitled "The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow " took place on March 28, 2015 at The Institute of World Politics. The event was co-sponsored by IWP, Mastrapa Consultants and the Political Developments Research Center. Speakers and topics included: PART 1 Welcome and Introduction Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center "The Common Tactics of Denial: A Comparison of the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides" Gregory H. Stanton, Ph.D President, Genocide Watch "The Armenian Paradigm" Marek J. Chodakiewicz, Ph.D. Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, The Institute of World Politics PART 2 "Examining the Armenian Genocide under International Law: Justice and Accountability" Kate Nahapetian Government Affairs Director, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) "The Confiscation of Ethnic Minority Property by the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: Potential Scenarios for Delayed Transitional Justice" Tania C. Mastrapa, Ph.D. Founder, Mastrapa Consultants PART 3 "The Annual Turkey Pardon: A Failed Policy of Denial and Why It's Time to Reexamine the US Relationship with Ankara" Steven Oshana Executive Director, A Demand for Action "Turkish Foreign Policy: Married to the West, but Beds the East" Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center PART 4 "The Hidden Armenians of Turkey: New Realities in Turkish-Armenian Relations on the Eve of the Genocide Centennial" Raffi Bedrosyan Activist-Writer

The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow (Part 4)

Mar 31, 2015 01:03:56

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This conference entitled "The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow " took place on March 28, 2015 at The Institute of World Politics. The event was co-sponsored by IWP, Mastrapa Consultants and the Political Developments Research Center. Speakers and topics included: PART 1 Welcome and Introduction Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center "The Common Tactics of Denial: A Comparison of the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides" Gregory H. Stanton, Ph.D President, Genocide Watch "The Armenian Paradigm" Marek J. Chodakiewicz, Ph.D. Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, The Institute of World Politics PART 2 "Examining the Armenian Genocide under International Law: Justice and Accountability" Kate Nahapetian Government Affairs Director, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) "The Confiscation of Ethnic Minority Property by the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: Potential Scenarios for Delayed Transitional Justice" Tania C. Mastrapa, Ph.D. Founder, Mastrapa Consultants PART 3 "The Annual Turkey Pardon: A Failed Policy of Denial and Why It's Time to Reexamine the US Relationship with Ankara" Steven Oshana Executive Director, A Demand for Action "Turkish Foreign Policy: Married to the West, but Beds the East" Vilen Khlgatyan Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center PART 4 "The Hidden Armenians of Turkey: New Realities in Turkish-Armenian Relations on the Eve of the Genocide Centennial" Raffi Bedrosyan Activist-Writer

The Post-Desert Storm Plan to Improve Marine Corps Intelligence

Mar 28, 2015 01:25:08

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Marine Corps Intelligence entered Desert Storm with a force that was under-manned, under-trained, and under-equipped. As one great September 1991 Marine Corps Gazette article by an Intelligence Marine summed it: "Unfortunately, We Fought Like We Trained." In 1994, the Marine Corps implemented the post-Desert Storm plan to improve Marine Corps Intelligence. This discussion with Michael Decker, former Assistant Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Marine Corps, covers the first 15 years of that plan, a period with 9/11 at its halfway point. This event was co-hosted by The Institute of World Politics and the Marine Corps Intelligence Association on March 26, 2015.​

Communicating Effectively on National Security in a 24/7 News Cycle

Mar 25, 2015 01:02:48

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On March 23, 2015, former CIA and Pentagon spokesman George Little gave a lecture on "Communicating Effectively on National Security in a 24/7 News Cycle" at The Institute of World Politics. George Little is a Partner at Brunswick Group specializing in crisis communications, cybersecurity, reputational and public affairs matters. Prior to joining Brunswick, he was head of Marketing and Communications at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading provider of management consulting, technology and engineering services to the U.S. government, corporates and non-profits. George brings extensive expertise from the highest levels of the national security and defense community, as well as the private sector. Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton, he served as Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary, and as Director of Public Affairs and Chief of Media Relations for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In these roles, he worked closely with counterparts from other governments to address the full range of security challenges facing the U.S., its allies and partners around the world. He also spent five years at IBM advising corporate and government clients on business and technology strategy. He regularly teaches at Georgetown University, where he received his Ph.D. in International Relations. In addition to his work at Brunswick, George is on the Board of Advisors for the University of Chicago's Project on Security and Terrorism, the Board of Advisors for the Masters of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University, as well as the Board of Imagination Stage, a children's theater and arts education center serving youth of all ages in the Washington area.

Strategic Communications Lessons for Grassroots Movements

Mar 19, 2015 00:58:28

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Brendan Steinhauser, IWP Class of 2011 and co-founder and partner of Steinhauser Strategies, gave a lecture on "Strategic Communications Lessons for Grassroots Movements" at The Institute of World Politics on March 16, 2015. Mr. Steinhauser discussed how he has applied lessons learned at IWP to his work in domestic politics. He used the tea party as a case study in which a grassroots movement was successful as a result of the use of various strategic communications tools.

Surviving the End: A Practical Guide for Everyday Americans in the Age of Terror

Mar 13, 2015 01:07:20

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On March 11, 2015, Dr. James Jay Carafano discussed his new book entitled "Surviving the End: A Practical Guide for Everyday Americans in the Age of Terror" at The Institute of World Politics. About the book Bioterrorism. Dirty bombs. Electromagnetic pulse attacks. Threats with the power to annihilate our way of life constantly hang over Americans' heads. But you don't have to dig yourself a bunker to make it through the worst. Terrorism expert and former Army Lt. Colonel James Jay Carafano has created the guide for everyday Americans to weather the harshest storms. Surviving the End is a disaster preparation book for average Americans, outlining practical, achievable, common-sense skills and precautions that anyone can take to prepare for the next big disaster. You don't have to have a cellar full of canned goods or battlefield combat training to follow Carafano's recommendations. Surviving the End covers situations from natural disasters to global warfare with a down-to-earth style that average families can relate to and learn from. With advice that could be applied to personal emergencies as well as national emergencies, the tips and tricks Carafano shares aren't just for doomsday, they're for every day. About the author James Jay Carafano, Heritage Foundation's leading expert on national security and foreign policy challenges, is an accomplished historian, author and teacher. Carafano is adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the Institute of World Politics and has served as a visiting professor at National Defense University, assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., director of military studies at the Army's Center of Military History, and fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

Poland’s Anti-communist Insurgents: Pro Memoriam

Mar 13, 2015 01:19:59

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On February 28, 2015, Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz gave a lecture on the history and significance of the Polish anti-Nazi, anti-Soviet resistance movement during an event commemorating Polish freedom-fighters who resisted the Soviet communist occupation in the wake of the Second World War. The event, entitled "Poland's Anti-communist Insurgents: Pro Memoriam," took place at The Institute of World Politics. Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP, where he is also a Professor of History.

Preparing for Crisis and Emergency Situations

Feb 28, 2015 02:36:23

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Jeff Alderdice, Emergency Preparedness Manager with a federal government agency, gave a presentation on the topic of "Preparing for Crisis and Emergency Situations" at The Institute of World Politics on February 21, 2015. This event was sponsored by the Student Government Association and Office of Career Services.

Separate and Divisible: North Korea's Supreme Leader and the North Korean People

Feb 6, 2015 01:14:15

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Mr. Jang Jin-sung, former North Korean propaganda poet, addressed the role of propaganda in North Korea's statecraft in this event co-sponsored by The Institute of World Politics and The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). Mr. Jang provided instruction on how to interpret North Korean propaganda. His presentation addressed the role of official propaganda as a shield insulating ordinary people from North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. This event took place on February 4, 2015. ----------- About the speaker: Jang Jin-sung was a propaganda poet for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Since leaving the country, he has become a bestselling author. He has been awarded the Rex Warner Literary Prize and read his poetry at London's Cultural Olympiad in 2012. He now lives in South Korea and is editor-in-chief of New Focus International, an authoritative website reporting on North Korea. He is the author of the book Dear Leader, available on Amazon here - http://amzn.to/1DjyrWG About the translator: Shirley Lee is translator of Dear Leader. She launched the English language version of New Focus International in 2012 and is co-founder of the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea. She is a graduate of Oxford University and is writing a dissertation at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Spies and Intelligence: The American Revolution and Contemporary Parallels

Feb 4, 2015 01:21:01

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Retired CIA Operations Officer Kenneth A. Daigler gave a lecture on the topic of "Spies and Intelligence: The American Revolution and Contemporary Parallels" at The Institute of World Politics on January 30, 2015. Mr. Daigler is author of "Spies, Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War," which can be found on Amazon - http://amzn.to/1DAQMfI

The DPRK: Human Rights and Security in the Digital Age

Feb 4, 2015 01:03:38

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Andrew Natsios, Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M and former Administrator at USAID, gave a lecture entitled "The DPRK: Human Rights and Security in the Digital Age" at The Institute of World Politics on January 29, 2015. This event was sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Affairs, which is a project of IWP and Good of All. This was the inaugural lecture of a new series hosted by this Center on Digital Soft Power.

Making It: 7 things you must do to claim your spot as a development/aid professional

Jan 27, 2015 00:51:47

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Stephen Ladek of Aidpreneur.com and International Solutions Group discussed "Making It: 7 things you must do to claim your spot as a development/aid professional" at a career event at The Institute of World Politics on January 22, 2015.

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Dilemmas in 2015

Dec 5, 2014 01:38:03

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On December 3, The Institute of World Politics hosted a panel of experts to debate Turkey's evolving geopolitical role, both with regards to the country's aggressive action in the Mediterranean and Ankara's posture towards Kurdish minorities, as well as the Erdogan government's failure to normalize relations with Armenia without preconditions. In essence going from a stated policy of "zero problems with neighbors" to "zero ties with neighbors." Haykaram Nahapetyan (Journalist, researcher, and correspondent of the Public TV Company of Armenia to the U.S.), Zendy Zemenides (Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council) and Mehmet Yuksel (Representative of the People's Democratic Party to the U.S.) all contended that the United States must express a higher level of disapproval towards Turkey's regional activities. Such activities from the Turkish government include unwarranted military action against the island of Cyprus, an economic development zone that exaggerates Turkey's allocated maritime boundaries, and a hostile stance toward the Kurdish community. Moreover, the speakers noted, the continued denial of the Armenian Genocide on the threshold of its 100th anniversary in April 2015 shows that Ankara is not willing to recognize this crime against humanity and provide adequate restitution to the Armenian nation. These actions are all taking place within a country that continues to enjoy membership in NATO, has lobbied for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, and has shown aspirations of joining the European Union. In their closing statements, when asked to describe Turkey's future in 2015 with a single word, the panelists responded with "convoluted," "volatile," and "difficult." The panel was hosted by Vilen Khlgatyan, an alumnus of IWP and Vice Chairman of the Political Developments Research Center (PDRC), a think tank based in Yerevan, Armenia.

Intermarium in song, thought, and action: Belarus, Ukraine, and Hungary

Dec 5, 2014 01:17:38

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On December 2, 2014, Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz gave a lecture on the topic of "Intermarium in song, thought, and action: Belarus, Ukraine, and Hungary." Specifically, he discussed the growing popularity of the Intermarium vision in Hungary and the post-Soviet successor states of Belarus and Ukraine as expressed in songs, ideas, and actions. Dr. Chodakiewicz, the holder of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, is the author of "Intermarium: The Land between the Black and Baltic Seas" (Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2012) and a leading American expert on the history and current affairs of Central and Eastern Europe.

Contemporary Chinese Military Strategy

Nov 25, 2014 02:40:48

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On November 18, 2014, COL Larry M. Wortzel, PhD (USA, Ret.) gave a lecture on Contemporary Chinese Military Strategy in IWP's military strategy class. Dr. Wortzel is one of the foremost U.S. experts on China and serves on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. During a 32-year military career, Dr. Wortzel spent 12 years in the Asia-Pacific region, including two tours of duty as a military attaché at in China. Following his retirement from the Army as a colonel in 1999, he was an executive with The Heritage Foundation. At Heritage he was Asian Studies Center Director and Vice President for foreign policy and defense studies. Dr. Wortzel has written or edited numerous books and articles on China.

The Counterintelligence Service of the Polish Underground National Armed Forces during WWII

Nov 16, 2014 00:57:41

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Sebastian Bojemski gave a presentation focused on the Counterintelligence Service of the Polish Underground National Armed Forces (NSZ) during the Second World War as part of the Seventh Annual Kosciuszko Chair Lecture at the Institute of World Politics on November 8, 2014. Mr. Sebastian Bojemski is a scholar of the Polish anti-Nazi, anti-Soviet underground and the director of PRacownia, a Warsaw-based public relations firm. Please contact sdwyer@iwp.edu with any questions. This conference was dedicated to the memory of the late General Walter Jajko.

Choosing the Lesser Enemy: Polish Geopolitical Dilemmas during the First World War

Nov 16, 2014 01:16:21

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Pawel Styrna gave a presentation titled Choosing the Lesser Enemy: Polish Geopolitical Dilemmas during the First World War as part of the Seventh Annual Kosciuszko Chair Lecture at the Institute of World Politics on November 8, 2014. Mr. Styrna is currently a historian and Kościuszko Chair research assistant. This conference was dedicated to the memory of the late General Walter Jajko.

Remembering Jan Karski

Nov 16, 2014 00:28:06

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Carol L. Harrison gave a presentation entitled "Remembering Jan Karski" at the Seventh Annual Kosciuszko Chair Lecture at The Institute of World Politics on November 8, 2014. Ms. Harrison is owner of Carol Harrison/Fine Art Photography + Design. During her presentation, Ms. Harrison shared photos she took of Dr. Karski and recalled her memories of him. This conference was dedicated to the memory of the late General Walter Jajko.

The Polish Operation of the NKVD: New Findings

Nov 11, 2014 01:03:02

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Dr. Tomasz Sommer discussed "The Polish Operation of the NKVD: New Findings" at the Seventh Annual Kosciuszko Chair Lecture at The Institute of World Politics on November 8, 2014. Dr. Tomasz Sommer is editor-in-chief of the conservative-libertarian weekly, Najwyższy Czas!, and the author of Rozstrzelać Polaków [Shoot the Poles], the first monograph on the "Polish Operation" of the NKVD. This conference was dedicated to the memory of the late General Walter Jajko.

Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676

Nov 4, 2014 01:01:56

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Jason W. Warren Ph.D. discussed his book entitled "Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675–1676" at The Institute of World Politics on October 31, 2014. About the book The conflict that historians have called King Philip's War still ranks as one of the bloodiest per capita in American history. An Indian coalition ravaged much of New England, killing six hundred colonial fighting men (not including their Indian allies), obliterating seventeen white towns, and damaging more than fifty settlements. The version of these events that has come down to us focuses on Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay-the colonies whose commentators dominated the storytelling. But because Connecticut lacked a chronicler, its experience has gone largely untold. As Jason W. Warren makes clear in Connecticut Unscathed, this imbalance has generated an incomplete narrative of the war. Dubbed King Philip's War after the Wampanoag architect of the hostilities, the conflict, Warren asserts, should more properly be called the Great Narragansett War, broadening its context in time and place and indicating the critical role of the Narragansetts, the largest tribe in southern New England. With this perspective, Warren revises a key chapter in colonial history. In contrast to its sister colonies, Connecticut emerged from the war relatively unharmed. The colony's comparatively moderate Indian policies made possible an effective alliance with the Mohegans and Pequots. These Indian allies proved crucial to the colony's war effort, Warren contends, and at the same time denied the enemy extra manpower and intelligence regarding the surrounding terrain and colonial troop movements. And when Connecticut became the primary target of hostile Indian forces-especially the powerful Narragansetts-the colony's military prowess and its enlightened treatment of Indians allowed it to persevere. About the author Major Jason W. Warren graduated West Point in 1999 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. He served as a Platoon Leader and Logistics Officer with the 10th Military Police Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. Warren deployed his platoon in support of peacekeeping operations in the Sinai, Egypt, from July 2001 through January 2002. He then served in Germany from 2003-2005 as the Provost Marshal for Army Garrison Ansbach. From 2005-2007 he commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 95th MP Battalion in Mannheim, Germany. MAJ Warren studied military history at The Ohio State University, and returned to teach military history at West Point in 2009. OSU awarded Major Warren the Ph.D., and the Dean at West Point subsequently promoted him to Assistant Professor. Major Warren's research focuses on warfare in early colonial America. In August 2014, Oklahoma University Press will publish Major Warren's Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676. Routledge also will publish his chapter on King Philip's War and Bacon's Rebellion in a diplomatic and military history handbook. His other academic interests include the military history of the ancient world and modern military affairs. In addition to 16 academic conference presentations, Major Warren published "Beyond Emotion: The Epidamnian Affair and Corinthian Policy, 480-421 BC" in the Ancient History Bulletin in 2003. Major Warren served as a strategist and training officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan from August 2012 through March 2013, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He currently serves as a strategist to the U.S. Army War College.

Digital Soft Power: The Frontline of Defense in the War Against Extremism

Oct 31, 2014 00:58:11

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The Center for Human Rights and International Affairs hosted an event entitled "Digital Soft Power: The Frontline of Defense in the War Against Extremism" at The Institute of World Politics on October 29, 2014. Panelists included: Matthew Daniels, J.D., Ph.D. Founder of The Center for Human Rights and International Affairs Adjunct Professor, The Institute of World Politics General Richard Myers (USAF, Ret.) Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff The Honorable William H. Webster Trustee, The Institute of World Politics; Former Director of Central Intelligence and of the Federal Bureau of Investigation The Honorable William S. Sessions Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Dr. John Lenczowski Founder and President, The Institute of World Politics Former Director of European and Soviet Affairs, NSC The Center for Human Rights and International Affairs is a project Good of All and The Institute of World Politics. www.iwp.edu www.goodofall.org www.softpower.org

A Family’s Fight for Justice in Zimbabwe

Oct 25, 2014 01:18:43

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Ben Freeth, MBE, Executive Director of the Mike Campbell Foundation, discussed his family's fight for justice in Zimbabwe at an event at The Institute of World Politics on October 24, 2014. www.iwp.edu Ben Freeth MBE is the Executive Director of the Mike Campbell Foundation who was involved with the extensive agricultural enterprises on Mount Carmel farm in central Zimbabwe prior to its take-over by a senior ZANU PF politburo member. He studied at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester and worked on farms in New Zealand, Tasmania and subsequently Zimbabwe where he was appointed the first regional executive officer for the Commercial Farmers' Union in 1996. Together with his late father-in-law, Mike Campbell, the owner of Mount Carmel farm, he rose to international prominence in 2007 when they took President Mugabe's government to court in the Southern African Development Community's regional court, the SADC Tribunal. This was due to the regime's ongoing attempts to unlawfully seize Mr Campbell's farm; for violating the SADC Treaty by denying access to the courts; and for engaging in racial discrimination and violence against white commercial farmers and their farm workers. Mike and his wife and Ben were abducted and badly tortured in 2008 and later had their homes destroyed, with everything in them, by fire. Mike and Ben's lawsuit was chronicled in the award-winning 2009 documentary film Mugabe and the White African. Ben subsequently wrote a book, also titled Mugabe and the White African, and has recently completed a second book, When Governments Stumble: Lessons from Zimbabwe's Past and Hope in Zimbabwe's Future. Through the Mike Campbell Foundation, Ben's main focus is on restoring justice, the rule of law and human rights in Zimbabwe. For the past three years, Ben has been involved in a campaign to save the SADC Tribunal following concerted lobbying by President Mugabe which resulted in the Tribunal being shut down by the SADC Heads of State, thus denying individual citizens access to the court. A committed Christian, Ben assists dispossessed and destitute farmers and farm workers. He works closely with Foundations for Farming in Zimbabwe, an organization which provides training in conservation agriculture and teaches impoverished farm workers and others how to feed their families.

Winning Paktika: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Oct 24, 2014 01:03:39

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Author Robert S. Anders discussed his book "Winning Paktika: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan" at The Institute of World Politics on October 21, 2014. www.iwp.edu About the book "We can win the war without killing a single person." Just days prior to deploying to combat in Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Walter Piatt, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry "Wolfhounds" announced this visionary statement in front of an assembly of 800 infantrymen and their families. Naturally, none of the soldiers listening to the Colonel's rhetoric thought it was possible to actually win the war without killing a single person. That hardly sounded like "war" at all. In fact, that simple concept was the very antithesis of the previous 10 months they had all spent training to explicitly kill people with speed and violence. Destroying the enemy was the fundamental focus of every infantryman. It was, of course, the very reason the infantry existed in the first place. The Colonel, an infantryman himself no less, challenged his battalion's conventional thinking that day and throughout the ensuing campaign. His striking pronouncement was the theoretical extreme of counterinsurgency doctrine. It emphasizes the importance of nation-building instead of man-hunting, construction instead of destruction, and dropping schools and wells into villages instead of artillery shells. That was his vision and that is what he led his infantrymen to do. This is the story of the Wolfhounds in 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company through the eyes of a young platoon leader. He details their adventures on the frontier in a little-known dangerous place called Paktika Province, centrally located along Afghanistan's volatile border with Pakistan. It is the story of ordinary men, cast into a treacherous and unfamiliar world with the mission to destroy the enemy's sanctuary, not just the enemy. It is the story of triumph and failure, elation and frustration through a hard-fought struggle with their identity as infantrymen, evolving from trained tactical killers to strategic nation builders in their quest to win Paktika. About the author Rob Anders grew up with a pen in his hand, constantly writing about his travels and adventures as a young boy. His family moved often during his childhood, settling briefly in every time zone in the United States and for a few years in Europe. He attended eleven different schools before high school, including 4th grade in a rural German elementary school -- without speaking the language. Rob was perpetually "the new kid" and early on he learned to adapt to new environments and appreciate different cultures. On September 11th, 2001, Rob was beginning his senior year at the United States Military Academy at West Point. As the world erupted into violence, he knew he would be thrust into a new war. Upon graduation, Rob churned through the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School, eager to get to the front. Shortly thereafter, he arrived at his first assignment in Hawaii. He took charge of his platoon and began preparing them for combat. Rob and his men were expert managers of violence and destruction by the time they deployed to Afghanistan in early 2004. As fate would have it, Rob landed in an unusual position for a junior officer in a complex and confusing war. In addition to his responsibility of executing tactical level orders with his platoon, he also served as a primary liaison to the highest ranking Afghan leaders in Paktika Province. Thus, Rob was perfectly positioned to gain a close-up account of life in the trenches as well as the operational and strategic tectonics of the battlefield. Rob's depth of experience, superb military training and passion for writing are what make Winning Paktika such an extraordinary war story from the perspective of a culturally savvy Airborne Ranger on the front lines with a rifle and pen. www.winningpaktika.com

Marine Corps Intelligence and the “New Normal,” with BGEN Michael S. Groen

Oct 17, 2014 00:53:10

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Director of Marine Corps Intelligence Brigadier General Michael S. Groen gave a lecture on "Marine Corps Intelligence and the 'New Normal'" at The Institute of World Politics on October 14, 2014. This event was the inaugural lecture in the Marine Corps Intelligence Association, Inc. Speaker Series, which will examine current and past challenges of Marine Corps intelligence.

Russia's Stake in Ukraine, with David Satter

Oct 7, 2014 01:28:35

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As the crisis in Ukraine continues to dissolve into a bloody stalemate between Kiev and Russian-backed separatists, Russia expert David Satter examined the root causes of this escalating conflict and discussed the engagement within the context of post-Soviet political development in each respective country. His lecture at The Institute of World Politics was sponsored in part by the graduate school's Kosciuszcko Chair of Polish Studies. Mr. Satter explained that, historically, Ukraine and Russia have enjoyed a close, mutually beneficial political partnership. According to Mr. Satter, this relationship was exemplified by Ukraine's standing within the USSR's rankings of nationalities: its most reliable communist citizens enjoyed a higher status than many others. Furthermore, Russia enjoyed a romantic portrayal in Ukrainian literature. As a result, Mr. Satter argued that the present conflict is the byproduct of artificial Russian militaristic adventurism in order to distract its citizens from the success of Kiev's uprising against a similar corrupt regime. Ukraine, he noted, has a unique set of political conditions when compared to Russia due to its geographical location and its potential candidacy to enter NATO, the European Union, or both. As such, Mr. Satter contended that Ukraine lives with the possibility of an alternative, one that sets its citizens on a path of Westernization that would improve the livelihood of its citizens. This political psychology is consistently evident within Ukraine and was showcased in the country's uprising against former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Mr. Satter concluded that while Russian President Vladamir Putin's military adventurism in Ukraine may support his domestic politics in the short term, it will ultimately cripple his standing, as Russian casualties mount and international economic sanctions take their toll. Therefore, said Mr. Satter, Mr. Putin's efforts to maintain his position's longevity under the false banner of protecting Russian citizens is an unsustainable political maneuver that will endanger his absolute authority over Moscow's politics. David Satter is a former Moscow Correspondent for the Financial Times of London. He is currently a Fellow at John Hopkins SAIS and is a Senior Fellow with the Hudson Institute.

The Constitution and Foreign Policy: The Dangers of Ignorance

Oct 1, 2014 01:20:47

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On September 17, 2014, adjunct professor Dr. Douglas E. Streusand delivered the sixth annual Constitution Day lecture at The Institute of World Politics. Dr. Streusand, an historian and expert in geopolitics who serves as professor of international relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, offered evidence from the writings of the American founders that the unique attributes of the US Constitution have shaped the nation's foreign policy and continue to offer important lessons for examining the role of political principles and institutions in US foreign policy. Dr. Streusand noted that the US Constitution is the basis of US identity; while other nations derive their sense of self from concepts of ethnicity, language, and religion, the unifying thread of US citizenship is adherence at the level of the individual and of society to the Constitution. Similarly, citizens of the United States hold the founding fathers to be analogous to ancestors, regardless of their biological forebears. He claimed that the Constitution presents a recurring theme of realism, practicality, and compromise: while it is easy to make a statement of rights, it is exceptionally difficult to establish a government capable of maintaining them. The implicit concept of reconciling difficult realities and holding realistic expectations is also apparent in the founders' insistence on checks and balances in the bicameral legislature and between the legislature and the executive (a system nearly without international parallel). The founders' term "experiment" for the US Constitution was no accident, Dr. Streusand said, and the experiment remains ours to maintain. Following from the founders' interest in and insistence upon constitutional balance is the challenge of maintaining freedom during a longstanding state of war: while recognized by the authors of the Federalist Papers, the reality of such a situation and a practical solution to it have fallen to the present generation of statesmen. He noted that the historical record of republics united primarily for purposes of commerce, without the distinctive constitutional traits of the United States, have tended to be both remarkably violent and relatively short-lived. Dr. Streusand concluded by suggesting that the Hamiltonian strain of thought concerning US foreign policy -- a view he characterized as not denying US exceptionalism, but denying that the US is exempt from the exigencies of great power politics -- illustrates the crucial role played by the United States in maintaining a balance of power in the world.

Anti-Communism and Counterintelligence: Poland, 1918-1944

Sep 26, 2014 01:35:43

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On September 24, 2014, the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics held a lecture entitled "Anti-Communism and Counterintelligence: Poland, 1918-1944" as part of its series on the Intermarium region. Dr. Karol Sacewicz spoke about "The Home Army and the Soviets: Polish strategic planning, 1941-1944," followed by Dr. Tomasz Gajownik, who discussed "A Spy Joust: Poland and Lithuania in the interwar period." Dr.Karol Sacewicz and Dr. Tomasz Gajownik are scholars affiliated with the Department of History and International Relations at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland.

Threat Assessments: Managing the Threat of Terrorism, Espionage and Violence

Sep 23, 2014 01:54:29

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On September 18, 2014, Chuck Tobin, President of AT-RISK International, gave a presentation entitled "Threat Assessments: Managing the Threat of Terrorism, Espionage and Violence," sponsored by the Career Services Office at The Institute of World Politics. His remarks focused on threat assessment with regards to human behavior and potential for violence. Mr. Tobin used examples for cases of stalking and workplace violence to show how AT-RISK International studies an individual's background and potential for future violence. By taking a proactive approach to identify and assess a subject, dangerous confrontations can be resolved. AT-RISK International determines an individual's potential for future violence and unwanted actions through an investigation which includes background information of an individual, surveillance previous to and post termination, and interviews of colleagues. During the background investigation, investigators look for "triggers." An example given of a trigger was rejection. In many stalking cases, the individual being stalked had rejected the stalker. This rejection could lead to a violent incident and needs to be taken into account during the risk assessment. Mr. Tobin indicated that many individuals present warning signs before an incident. The investigations identify and analyze these warning signs so that action can be taken before something happens. Mr. Tobin stressed the importance of having a multidisciplinary environment during a risk assessment. The assessment should include psychologists, behavioral analysts, security experts and many more to get an accurate assessment. Mr. Tobin stated that we "can not predict violence" but we must anticipate and be prepared for risks. Kerri Hagstrom

Natalie Grant and the Critical Importance of Understanding Disinformation

Sep 19, 2014 01:29:34

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Prof. Paul Goble delivered a lecture on the topic of "Natalie Grant and the Critical Importance of Understanding Disinformation" at The Institute of World Politics on September 17, 2014. Paul A. Goble was formerly Senior Advisor to the Director, Voice of America and currently serves as an adjunct professor at The Institute of World Politics. This lecture was sponsored by IWP's Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel

Sep 13, 2014 00:50:41

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Joshua Muravchik discussed his new book entitled "Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel" at The Institute of World Politics on September 10, 2014. Prof. Muravchik teaches "Ideas and Values in International Politics" at IWP. About the book During the Six Day War of 1967, polls showed that Americans favored the Israelis over the Arabs by overwhelming margins. In Europe, support for Israel ran even higher. In the United Nations Security Council, a British resolution essentially gave Israel the terms of peace it sought and when the Arabs and their Soviet supporters tried to override the resolution in the General Assembly, they fell short of the necessary votes. Fast forward 40 years and Israel has become perhaps the most reviled country in the world. Although Americans have remained constant in their sympathy for the Jewish state, almost all of the rest of the world treats Israel as a pariah. What caused this remarkable turnabout? Making David into Goliath traces the process by which material pressures and intellectual fashions reshaped world opinion of Israel. Initially, terrorism, oil blackmail, and the sheer size of Arab and Muslim populations gave the world powerful inducements to back the Arab cause. Then, a prevalent new paradigm of leftist orthodoxy, in which class struggle was supplanted by the noble struggles of people of color, created a lexicon of rationales for taking sides against Israel. Thus, nations can behave cravenly while striking a high-minded pose in aligning themselves on the Middle East conflict. About the author Joshua Muravchik is a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, is the author of hundreds of articles appearing in all major U.S. newspapers and intellectual magazines and is the author of nine previous books including Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America's Destiny, and Trailblazer of the Arab Spring: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East.

Ukraine: Summer's Over

Sep 12, 2014 01:29:36

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Having explored the crisis-riven Central and Eastern European country in July, Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz shared his observations on the situation in post-Maidan Ukraine, including the eastern Donetsk region plagued by a Russian-supported irredentist insurgency and the area of the MH17 crash site. This event was part of the Intermarium Lecture Series hosted by the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

Both Hands Tied Behind their Backs: Today's U.S. Rules of Engagement

Sep 11, 2014 01:43:52

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On September 5, 2014, Kenneth A. Cohen led a discussion on the topic of "Both Hands Tied Behind their Backs: Today's U.S. Rules of Engagement" at The Institute of World Politics. Participants included Cheryl Cohen; Billy Vaughn, author of "Betrayed;" Karen Vaughn; Jeffrey Addicott, Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary's University; and Ryan Zinke, Navy Veteran, Former Commander at SEAL Team VI. Please note that the views expressed by our guest lecturers do not necessarily reflect the views of The Institute of World Politics.

Scientific Statecraft: What is it, who does it, and why it’s important

Sep 11, 2014 01:20:12

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Barbara P. Billauer, Research Professor at The Institute of World Politics discussed scientific statecraft on August 20, 2014.

Where is China going? Current affairs and foreign policy implications

Jul 10, 2014 01:15:54

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Amb. Frank Lavin visited The Institute of World Politics on July 8, 2014 to discuss what may be the most important question in international relations in the 21st century: Where is China going? Amb. Lavin is the CEO and founder of Export Now, which runs e-commerce stores in China for foreign companies. In Government, Lavin served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce 2005-2007. In that capacity, Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001-05, where his duties included helping negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Bank of America, and Citibank. Previously, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House 1987-89. Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; an M.S. in Chinese Language and History from Georgetown University; an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and an M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other periodicals. Lavin is the co-author of "Export Now" (2011), a featured title by John Wiley & Sons. He was Editor of "Rising to the Challenge" (EDM 2010), the official book of the USA Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Lavin serves on the Board of Directors of Globe Specialty Metals, the world's largest producer of silicon metal alloys, Consistel, the largest telecommunications firm for in-building services in Southeast Asia, and UOB Bank a Singapore-based regional bank. He also served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion.

Dr. J. Phillip London discusses "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor"

Jun 30, 2014 00:53:27

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On June 26, 2014, Dr. J. Phillip London, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI International Inc., discussed his new book entitled "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor" at The Institute of World Politics.

Hoover's Secret War against Axis Spies: FBI Counterespionage during World War II

Jun 19, 2014 01:14:56

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Raymond J. Batvinis, Former Supervisory Special Agent at the FBI and professor at The Institute of World Politics, discussed his new book entitled "Hoover's Secret War against Axis Spies: FBI Counterespionage during World War II" on June 17 at IWP. Please click here to purchase the book: http://www.amazon.com/Hoovers-Secret-against-Axis-Spies/dp/0700619526 About the book The world was at war, America precariously poised on the sidelines. But already a second secret war was well underway. While he fought on the home front to consolidate the FBI's intelligence gathering power, J. Edgar Hoover was conducting an all-out campaign to make his agency America's first foreign espionage service-a campaign that would lead to an uneasy alliance with British intelligence in a brilliantly successful operation to undermine Germany. Taking up the tale begun in his acclaimed "Origins of FBI Counterintelligence," FBI historian and former agent Raymond Batvinis mines a wealth of heretofore untapped resources to expose Hoover's remarkable connivances and accomplishments in concert-and occasionally contention-with the Allies in outsmarting German intelligence. Hoover's Secret War opens up a world of spy rings, secret and double agents, surveillance, codes and ciphers, wire taps, microdots, mail drops, invisible ink, radio transmissions, and deception and disinformation as it tracks the warring nations spreading their intelligence tentacles throughout Europe and North and South America. As it documents the rocky evolution of the FBI's relationship with Britain's vaunted MI5 and MI6, the book brings to light the feud between Hoover and Williams Stephenson, director of the British Secret Intelligence Service's U.S. operation. Batvinis reveals how the agency gained access to ULTRA intelligence. He uncovers eye-opening details of the FBI's participation in the famed "Double-Cross System, which effectively "turned" German agents against the Fatherland, among them a flamboyant, larger-than-life playboy, a world famous French flyer, and a lecherous Dutchman. Batvinis tells for the first time how the Bureau manipulated these agents, and how it transmitted deceptive information critical to the Normandy landings, the Allied invasion of the Marshall Islands, and the atomic bomb program, among other matters. Rich with secrets and surprises worthy of the finest spy fiction, this true story of espionage and counterintelligence gives us our first clear look at the secret second world war, and a significant moment in history. About the author Raymond J. Batvinis, former Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI and Executive Director of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, is the author of The "Origins of FBI Counterintelligence." He teaches at The George Washington University, Mercyhurst University, and The Institute of World Politics.

Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?

May 15, 2014 01:33:30

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On May 8, 2014, The Institute of World Politics hosted a book lecture for "Nuclear Weapons Materials Gone Missing: What Does History Teach?" The book's authors gave presentations: Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and Adjunct Professor at IWP Charles Ferguson, Federation of American Scientists Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists Jodi Lieberman, American Physical Society Physicist Ryan Snyder also provided commentary. Please click here to download the book: http://npolicy.org/thebook.php?bid=31

Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare

Apr 25, 2014 01:16:21

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On Tuesday, Juan C. Zarate, Senior Adviser at the Transnational Threats Project and Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discussed his book "Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare." He addressed the way in which financial warfare has shifted since the 1970s and 1980s, when economic sanctions were used. In the post-9/11 era, there has been a shift to isolate rogue actors and institutions from the global financial system. This financial warfare has become part of the national strategy, and has had an impact on terrorist organizations and unfriendly regimes, as well as on the financial system as a whole. Mr. Zarate also reviewed some case studies in which the U.S. implemented financial warfare, as well as limitations to the use of this instrument of statecraft.

Poland's Smolensk Crash: Four Years Later

Apr 11, 2014 01:16:09

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Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk discussed "Poland's Smolensk Crash: Four Years Later" at an event sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics on April 8, 2014. Dr. Nowaczyk reviewed the current state of our knowledge about the circumstances of the crash -- which killed the Polish president and 95 other members of Poland's political and military elite.

Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short

Apr 5, 2014 01:00:57

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On April 3, 2014, David Archibald discussed his new book "Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short." About the book Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history: fifty years of relative peace, cheap energy, plentiful grain supply, and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years. The party is over-prepare for the twilight of abundance. About the author David Archibald is a Perth-based scientist working in the fields of oil exploration, medical research, climate science, and energy. A true polymath, his achievements include pioneering the study of how climate change is linked to the solar cycle. Through his work both in oil exploration, and as a stockbroker in Sydney, he has developed an intricate understanding of how climate, energy, and the economy interact. Mr. Archibald uses this knowledge to make predictions about how the forces already in motion in the global economy and climate will affect the future prosperity and security of the world. He is the 2008 winner of the Iowahawk Earth Week Cruise-In.

President of AFIO Gene Poteat discusses American intelligence at IWP

Apr 1, 2014 01:02:08

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On March 28, 2014, S. Eugene Poteat, President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and alumnus of The Institute of World Politics, discussed "The Changing Face of American Intelligence: From OSS Special Operations, to Analysis and High Tech Reconnaissance, back to Special Operations" at The Institute of World Politics. About the lecture: The CIA has responded to changing national security needs. The early CIA, staffed by former OSS men with Special Ops expertise, succeed in countering the Communist subversion of Italy, Greece and Turkey. Political interference however, led to the disastrous Bay of Pigs fiasco. Special Ops were replaced by analysts who sought to inform policymakers on all they needed to know. But without HUMINT, analysts failed to answer the most critical intelligence question of the time, the "bomber and missile gap." Eisenhower answered the question with high tech reconnaissance, beginning with the U-2 and Corona satellites, which also helped in the Berlin and Cuban Missile crises. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, followed by challenges of global Islamic terrorism, American intelligence has returned to an updated version of Special Ops, i.e., integration of HUMINT, analysis, high-tech weapons, such as the Predator, all working hand-in-glove with Special Forces based in Florida. About the speaker: S. Eugene (Gene) Poteat is a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer. He is President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO). He was educated as an electrical engineer and physicist. He holds a Masters in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from IWP. His career in intelligence included work with U-2 and SR-71 class of aircraft and various space and naval reconnaissance systems. He also managed the CIA's worldwide network of monitoring sites. He holds patents on covert communications techniques. His CIA assignments included the Directorate of Science and Technology, the National Reconnaissance Office, Technical Director of the Navy's Special Programs Office and Executive Director of the Intelligence Research and Development Council. He served abroad in London, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia. He received the CIA's Medal of Merit and the National Reconnaissance Office's Meritorious Civilian Award for his technological innovations.