The Institute of World Politics

Coordinates: 38°54′38″N 77°02′10″W / 38.9105°N 77.0362°W / 38.9105; -77.0362
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The Institute of World Politics
TypePrivate graduate school
Established1990 (1990)
FounderJohn Lenczowski
PresidentAldona Wos
United States

38°54′38″N 77°02′10″W / 38.9105°N 77.0362°W / 38.9105; -77.0362
WebsiteOfficial website

The Institute of World Politics (IWP) is a private graduate school of national security, intelligence, and international affairs in Washington, D.C., and Reston, Virginia. Founded in 1990, the school offers courses related to intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities.[1]


The Institute of World Politics (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] His stated purpose for establishing the Institute was to develop a graduate school and curriculum that teaches students to apply "all the instruments of statecraft" across the spectrum of conflict but to remain grounded in American founding principles and the rule of international law.[3][2]

From 1991 to 2005, it maintained an affiliation with Boston University.[2][4] This affiliation ended in 2006, as IWP attained independent accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[5] IWP is licensed to operate in Washington, DC by the DC Higher Education Licensure Commission[6] and in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.[7]

In 2008, IWP became one of 17 academic institutions qualified by the US Army to host Senior Service Fellows.[8]

IWP awarded LTG Michael Flynn an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.[9]


The Institute of World Politics is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[10] The institute provides one Doctor of Statecraft and National Security program, five Master of Arts degrees, and 17 graduate certificates. It houses the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, the Center for Culture and Security, and the Center for Human Rights and International Affairs.

Doctor of Statecraft and National Security[edit]

The Doctor of Statecraft and National Security (Professional) (DSNS) is a degree targeted toward those who wish to pursue national security, as opposed to teaching. In contrast to most Ph.D. programs, it avoids specialization in favor of broad understanding.[11]

Notable faculty[edit]

Professors emeriti include S. Eugene Poteat and Ambassador Alberto Martinez Piedra.[citation needed]

Former faculty[edit]


The 150 member student body is 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 credentials. Holding a security clearance is not a prerequisite for studying at IWP, as all coursework takes place at an unclassified level.


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. Both building are designated contributing properties to the Sixteenth Street Historic District. Bently Hall at the Institute is named for Donald E. Bently, a longtime Institute Board member and major financial supporter of the Institute.[22][23][24]

The Institute holds the private library of former CIA Director William Casey[25] and the American Security Council Foundation Library.[26]

In 2020, IWP opened a campus in Reston, Virginia.[27]


Donald E. 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 renovate the townhouses and later donated them to the Institute. He also endowed the Donald E. Bently Chair of Political Economy.[28]

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.[29]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Lenczowski, John (2011). Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy. Lexington Books. xii–xiv ISBN 0739150650.
  4. ^ "NSSP". The DC World Affairs Blog. 4 November 2008.
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  7. ^ "Colleges & Universities". Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-05-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Flynn, Michael (23 February 2003). "Past Directors of DIA" (PDF). Defense Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  10. ^ "INSTITUTE OF WORLD POLITICS, THE". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Doctor of Statecraft and National Security (Professional)". 11 June 2019.
  12. ^ Donald Trump’s Visit to Poland Further Emboldens Far-Right Elements, SPLC, Hatewatch, 17 July 2017
  14. ^ "Center for Intermarium Studies". The Institute of World Politics. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
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  16. ^ "WHITE HOUSE WRITERS GROUP — G. Philip Hughes". WHITE HOUSE WRITERS GROUP. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  17. ^ "Joshua Muravchik". NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
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  19. ^ "Board of Directors | Asia America Initiative". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  20. ^ "NPEC". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  21. ^ “Study Intelligence and Foreign Affairs” (Institute of World Politics advertisement). Foreign Affairs, vol. 75, no. 3, May-June 1996, p. 26. JSTOR 20047575.
  22. ^ "Campus". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Philanthropist and entrepreneur Donald E. Bently honored at Reagan Ranch". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  24. ^ Trieschmann, Laura V. "Sixteenth Street Historic District (Boundary Increase)" (PDF). National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  25. ^ "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.
  26. ^ "The American Security Council Foundation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  27. ^ "IWP opens new campus in Reston, Virginia". The Institute of World Politics. 2020-01-15. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  28. ^ "IWP mourns the passing of longtime supporter Donald E. Bently". 2 October 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  29. ^ "IPW Booklet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-26.
  30. ^ "Cadet Command has a New Brigadier General".
  31. ^ "Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | HuffPost". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  32. ^ "IWP Army Fellow MG John Thomson to be appointed commander of the 1st Cavalry Division". Archived from the original on 2016-08-24.
  33. ^ "Entretien avec Zaki Allal, chercheur affilié à l'Institute of World Politics". TSA (in French). 2020-02-02. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  34. ^ Weiner, Rachel (November 18, 2020). "Former Army Green Beret Admits Conspiring to Spy for Russia". Washington Post.

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