The Institute of World Politics
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The Institute of World Politics (IWP) is a graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs. It was founded in 1990 and is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
According to its mission statement, the school's intent is to develop leaders in the intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities, while teaching the ethical exercise of statecraft. The curriculum exposes students to the full spectrum of 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. 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
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. 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.
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 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.
The Doctor of Statecraft and National Security:principles of statecraft and strategy; a functional concentration (for instance, counterterrorism, diplomacy, intelligence, economic statecraft, or military strategy); and a regional concentration.
The M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs: a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of national security policy, process, strategy, and implementation, both in historical and contemporary perspectives.
The M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs: the current world order, its history and trends, the theoretical and policy issues affected by international politics and culture, and the ideas and values that influence the behavior of international actors.
The M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies: tools and insights necessary for success in intelligence, and featuring courses in all fundamental intelligence disciplines, such as analysis and epistemology, collection, deception, and counterintelligence.
The M.A. in Strategic and International Studies professional degree, for U.S. government employees with 5–7 years of relevant work experience, who are professionally constrained from taking IWP's two year programs. It provides a comprehensive study of the theory and practice of foreign and national security policy.
The Executive M.A. in National Security Affairs, for is designed for U.S. government employees with a minimum of 7–10 years of relevant work experience. It provides a comprehensive study of the development and implementation of national security policy.
The Certificates of Graduate Study are designed for mid-career professionals and other advanced students who wish to pursue studies in national security, international affairs, and related fields, but who do not desire a degree. The Institute offers Certificate ins: American Foreign Policy; Comparative Political Culture; Conflict Prevention; Corporate Statecraft; Counterintelligence; Counterterrorism; Cyber Statecraft; Economic Statecraft; Homeland Security; Intelligence; International Politics; National Security Affairs; Nonviolent Conflict; Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare; Peace Building, Stabilization, and Humanitarian Affairs; Strategic Communication; and Strategic Soft Power. 
The Institute of World Politics also offers an Executive Studies Program in Cyber Intelligence. IWP is recognized as a leading provider in Cyber Intelligence professional education programs, seminars and executive certificates to U.S. and Allied professionals interested in the intersection between cyberspace, intelligence, counterintelligence, and national security.
- Brigadier General Brian J. Mennes, Former commander of the 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, and the 1st Ranger Battalion
- 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
- Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy
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.
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.
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.
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