The Institute of World Politics

The Institute of World Politics (IWP) is an independent, regionally accredited [ [ Middle States Commission on Higher Education ] ] graduate school of national security and international affairs. Founded in 1990 and located in Washington, DC, the school focuses on the development of leaders in the intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities and the teaching of the ethical exercise of statecraft in international relations. Its faculty consists primarily of senior scholar-practitioners from the intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities. It currently offers three Master of Arts degrees: Statecraft and National Security Affairs; Statecraft and World Politics; and Strategic Intelligence Studies. It also offers Certificates of Graduate Study and continuing education courses. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and licensed by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission.

Mission statement

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 American political economy and the Western moral tradition.

Curriculum overview

The Institute of World Politics offers Master's degree, certificate, and continuing education programs with a professional curriculum covering the various elements of statecraft. Its curriculum includes an interdisciplinary foundational course of study of the relevant elements of comparative political culture, Western moral precepts, practical political economics, and political and diplomatic history.

IWP's curriculum has six major components:

1. The study of all of the elements of statecraft, including: the arts of war, peacemaking, and diplomacy; psychological strategy and political action; economic strategy; intelligence and counterintelligence; the exercise of intangible instruments of power such as moral leadership, will-power, courage, rhetoric, etc.; and the integration of such elements into overall national strategy.

2. The study of diplomatic history, salient elements of comparative political culture, ideology and religion, the practices of foreign powers, and developments that affect the security interests of the United States. This component focuses on the role and consequences of ideas in international politics. It also includes the study of unpleasant realities of international affairs, such as: treaty violations; massive violations of human rights; terrorism; disinformation, strategic deception, and psychological warfare; economic warfare; espionage; and other instruments employed by authoritarian regimes that the United States is likely to encounter in the world.

3. The review of fundamental principles of American political philosophy, including: democratic republicanism, limited government, individual rights, private property, the rule of law, and morally-ordered political/economic liberty.

4. The study of the Western moral tradition and the application of ethics to policy.

5. The study of economics, including economic statecraft and the salient elements of economic theory and history necessary for those working in the defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs communities.

6. Character-building education that encourages those who pursue public service to cultivate those qualities necessary for statesmanship and moral leadership.

Notable past guest lecturers

*Frank Cilluffo, former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (External Affairs).
*Angelo Codevilla, professor of international relations at Boston University, author, and former professional member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
*Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-present).
*John J. Fialka, Senior Reporter, Wall Street Journal.
*Francis Fukuyama, political economist, philosopher, and author.
*Graham Fuller, former Vice Chairman, National Intelligence Council.
*Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy.
*Jan Goldman, author and professor, National Defense University.
*Richard Haver, former National Intelligence Officer for Special Activities, CIA; former Executive Director, Intelligence Community Affairs.
*David Kay, former IAEA Inspection Team Leader, Iraq.
*Derek Leebaert, Founding editor, International Security magazine.
*Stanislav Levchenko, former Soviet KGB officer.
*James Lilley, former ambassador to China and Korea; former Assistant Secretary of Defense; former CIA station chief.
*Walter McDougall, professor, University of Pennsylvania; editor, Orbis; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.
*Michael Novak, American Enterprise Institute.
*James Oberg, former senior official, NASA.
*John Quattrocki, FBI; former Director of Intelligence Programs, National Security Council.
*Kevin Quigley, President, National Peace Corps Association.
*Peter Rodman, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.
*John D. Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise.
*George Tenet, former Director of Central Intelligence.
*Michelle Van Cleave, former National Counterintelligence Executive.
*George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center.
*Richard Wilson, former Director, Center for International Labor History, AFL-CIO.


The student body at The Institute of World Politics is composed of approximately 50% recent graduates planning to pursue careers in national security, foreign policy, or intelligence; and about 50% mid-career professionals in those fields seeking additional knowledge and credentials. Students have come to IWP from approximately 60 countries, every branch of the United States armed forces, and nearly all members of the United States intelligence community. 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.


The Institute of World Politics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt educational institution. It relies solely on private charitable donations and tuition to sustain itself. Tuition accounts for approximately 25% of annual operating expenses. [ [ 67203_67203_RST_pg009-C4 ] ] Foundations, corporations, and individuals who choose to support the Institute provide the bulk of its remaining budget as well as long-term capital funding.


External links

* [ Official site]
* [ IWP Profile on Media Transparency]
* [ Entry in directory of Middle States Commission on Higher Education]

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