The Institute of World Politics

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The Institute of World Politics
Institute of World Politics in Washington DC.JPG
The Institute of World Politics' headquarters
TypeGraduate school
Established1990 (1990)
FounderJohn Lenczowski
PresidentJohn Lenczowski
1521 16th Street, NW
, ,
District of Columbia
United States

38°54′38″N 77°02′10″W / 38.9105°N 77.0362°W / 38.9105; -77.0362Coordinates: 38°54′38″N 77°02′10″W / 38.9105°N 77.0362°W / 38.9105; -77.0362

The Institute of World Politics (IWP) is a graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs in Washington, D.C.. It was founded in 1990 to develop leaders in the intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities, while teaching the ethical exercise of statecraft. The curriculum exposes students to international realities, including history, political culture, current and potential threats, and the strategic role of ideas, values, and belief systems in world politics. It emphasizes various elements of statecraft, including: counterintelligence; counterpropaganda; economic statecraft and warfare; information operations; political warfare; strategic soft power; and public diplomacy.[1] The faculty is composed almost entirely of senior scholar-practitioners from the relevant fields. IWP offers five Master of Arts degrees: M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs, M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs, M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies, M.A. in Strategic and International Studies (Professional), and Executive M.A. in National Security Affairs. It also offers Certificates of Graduate Study and continuing education courses.

Founding and history[edit]

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.[2] Dr. 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.[3][2]

From 1991–2005, IWP maintained an affiliation with Boston University.[2][4] This affiliation ended in 2006 as IWP attained independent and full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[5]

In 2008, IWP became one of 17 academic institutions that is qualified by the U.S. Army to host Senior Service Fellows.[6]


The Institute of World Politics offers one Doctor of Statecraft and National Security program, five Master of Arts degrees, and 17 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.


  • Brigadier General Brian J. Mennes, Former commander of the 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, and the 1st Ranger Battalion[7]
  • Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam, a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, social activist, writer, political analyst and former Senior Policy Advisor of NATO
  • Eerik Marmei, Former Ambassador of Estonia to the US
  • S. Eugene Poteat, Former president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers
  • Major General John Thomson, Former Commandant of Cadets and the United States Military Academy at West Point, and current Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division[8]
  • Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy

International partners[edit]

Qualifying students have the opportunity to participate in an intensive, four-week program of tutorials at the University of Oxford in England, as coordinated through the Washington International Studies Council. Successful completion of the program counts toward four-credits of IWP coursework as a general elective. Study takes place on the campus of New College, This unique program includes:

  • An Oxford-themed seminar: weekly one-on-one tutorials with an Oxford don that include critique and discussion of student essays
  • Access to various lectures by Oxford academics and leading figures in British politics
  • The option to attend performances at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford) and the Globe Theatre (London)
  • Tours of museums in Oxford, London, and Cambridge.


The 150 member student body 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, this is not a prerequisite for studying at IWP, as all coursework, takes place at an unclassified level. A majority of IWP graduates gain employment in national security, foreign affairs, and intelligence agencies.[citation needed]


The Institute of World Politics is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Its campus consists of two buildings, the Marlatt Mansion and Bently Hall, both of which contain classrooms and administrative offices. Donald E. Bently was a longtime Institute Board member and major financial supporter of The Institute.[9] Bently Hall at the Institute is named for Bently, who purchased the Marlett Mansion and two other buildings that house the Institute campus.[10]

The Institute holds the private library of former CIA Director William Casey[11] and the American Security Council Foundation Library.[12]


Don Bently purchased the Marlatt Mansion and two adjacent townhouses for the Institute. For the first 15 years, he rented the building to the Institute for $1.00 per year. He paid several million dollars to gut and completely renovate the townhouses and later donated them to the Institute. He also endowed the Donald E. Bently Chair of Political Economy.[13]

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.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ginni Thomas (4 December 2011). "Leaders with Ginni Thomas: John Lenczowski, Institute of World Politics". The Daily Caller.
  2. ^ a b c Conservative Spotlight, "John Lenczowski's Institute of World Politics," Human Events Vol. 50 Issue 1 (1/14/1994): 16.
  3. ^ Lenczowski, John (2011). Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy.Lexington Books. xii–xiv ISBN 0739150650
  4. ^ "NSSP". The DC World Affairs Blog.
  5. ^ Info724 Ltd. "Middle States Commission on Higher Education".
  6. ^[1].pdf[dead link]
  7. ^ "Cadet Command has a New Brigadier General".
  8. ^ "IWP Army Fellow MG John Thomson to be appointed commander of the 1st Cavalry Division". Archived from the original on 2016-08-24.
  9. ^ "Philanthropist and entrepreneur Donald E. Bently honored at Reagan Ranch". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Campus". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Welcome to The Institute of World Politics Library » Current Students » The Institute of World Politics". 2015-09-16. Archived from the original on 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  12. ^ "The American Security Council Foundation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "IWP mourns the passing of longtime supporter Donald E. Bently". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  14. ^ "IPW Booklet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-26.

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