The Institute of World Politics
According to its mission statement, the school develops leaders in the intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities, while teaching the ethical exercise of statecraft. The curriculum emphasizes various elements of statecraft, including: counterintelligence; counterpropaganda; economic statecraft and warfare; information operations; political warfare; and public diplomacy.
The faculty consists primarily of senior scholar-practitioners from the intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities.
IWP offers three Master of Arts degrees in: Statecraft and National Security Affairs; Statecraft and World Politics; and Strategic Intelligence Studies. The school also offers Certificates of Graduate Study and continuing education courses.
Founding and history
IWP was founded in 1990 by John Lenczowski, the former Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the United States National Security Council during the Reagan administration. Lenczowski’s stated purpose for establishing the Institute was to develop a graduate school and curriculum that integrates “all the instruments of statecraft,” teaching students to apply them across the spectrum of conflict while remaining grounded in American founding principles and the rule of international law. Other senior staffers from Reagan’s National Security Council helped form the core of the Institute’s original faculty.
From 1991–2005, IWP maintained an affiliation with Boston University. This affiliation ended in 2006 as IWP attained independent and full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The Institute of World Politics offers three Master's degree programs (M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs, M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs, and M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies) and several Certificates of Graduate Study. It houses the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, the Center for Culture and Security, and the Center for Human Rights and International Affairs. IWP also offers Frontiers, a ten-week program in American strategy and statecraft for national security and business professionals.
- John Lenczowski
- Sebastian Gorka
- Norman Bailey
- Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
- Lee Edwards
- Christopher C. Harmon
- Alberto Martinez Piedra
- Juliana Geran Pilon
- S. Eugene Poteat
- Henry D. Sokolski
- Joshua Muravchik
The institute sponsors lectures presented by noted authorities. Past lecturers have included:
- Ilan Berman, Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council
- Scott Carpenter, Deputy Director, Google Ideas
- Angelo Codevilla, Department of International Relations, Boston University; former Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; former Staff Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
- Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
- Douglas J. Feith, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy
- Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
- Francis Fukuyama, former Deputy Director of Policy Planning, Department of State; author, The End of History and the Last Man
- Andrew Garfield, founder, Glevum Associates; former senior military intelligence advisor to British Ministry of Defence
- Bill Gertz, National Security Correspondent, Washington Times
- Michael V. Hayden, former Director, National Security Agency (NSA); former Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Max Holland, journalist; editorial board member, The Nation magazine
- Mark Hewitt, former Director, Defense Continuity Program Office; former Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict
- Oleg Kalugin, former Soviet KGB major general
- David Kay, Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; former IAEA Inspection Team Leader, Iraq
- Jon Kyl, U.S. Senator from Arizona; Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
- Stanislav Levchenko, former Soviet KGB officer
- Carnes Lord, former national security advisor to the Vice President of the United States; Professor of Military and Naval Strategy, US Naval War College
- Brig. Gen.Jack Nicholson (Ret.), veteran of 30 years active duty
- Michael Novak, Director of Social and Political Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
- Michael E. O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence; Director of Research for the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
- Robert Reilly, then-Director, Voice of America
- Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; former Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Director, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
- James Schlesinger, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), former Secretary of Energy, and former Secretary of Defense
- George Tenet, former Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
- Caspar Weinberger, former Secretary of Defense
- R. James Woolsey, former Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The 300 member student body at IWP is composed of approximately 65% recent graduates planning to pursue careers in national security, foreign policy, or intelligence; and about 35% mid-career professionals in those fields seeking additional knowledge and credentials. Students have come to IWP from across the United States as well as approximately 60 countries, the United States armed forces and United States Government. Though many IWP students and professors hold security clearances, holding a security clearance is not a prerequisite for studying at IWP, as all classroom discussions, coursework, and research takes place at an unclassified level. A majority of IWP graduates gain employment in national security, foreign affairs and intelligence agencies.
The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt educational institution, relying on private charitable donations and tuition. Tuition accounts for approximately 65% of annual operating expenses.
- Conservative Spotlight, "John Lenczowski's Institute of World Politics," Human Events Vol. 50 Issue 1 (1/14/1994): 16.
- Lenczowski, John (2011). Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy.Lexington Books. xii–xiv ISBN 0739150650
- "John Lenczowski's Institute of World Politics"
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Amir Abbas Fakhravar
- Official site
- IWP Profile on Media Transparency
- Entry in directory of Middle States Commission on Higher Education