The Institute of World Politics

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 and offers courses related to intelligence, national security, and diplomatic communities.[citation needed]

The Institute of World Politics
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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


IWP provides 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 provides Certificates of Graduate Study and continuing education courses.

Founding and historyEdit

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.[1] 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.[2][1]

From 1991–2005, IWP maintained an affiliation with Boston University.[1][3] This affiliation ended in 2006 as IWP attained independent and full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[4]

In 2008, IWP became one of 17 academic institutions that is qualified by the U.S. Army to host Senior Service Fellows.[5]

The former Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis received the Honorary doctorate degree from IWP during 2018 Graduation commencement who was also the Guest speaker for the ceremony.


The Institute of World Politics provides 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.

IWP faculty includes Marek Jan Chodakiewicz[6][7] and Sebastian Gorka.[8]



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.[11] Bently Hall at the Institute is named for Bently, who purchased the Marlett Mansion and two other buildings that house the Institute campus.[12]

The Institute holds the private library of former CIA Director William Casey[13] and the American Security Council Foundation Library.[14]


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.[15]

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.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Conservative Spotlight, "John Lenczowski's Institute of World Politics," Human Events Vol. 50 Issue 1 (1/14/1994): 16.
  2. ^ Lenczowski, John (2011). Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy.Lexington Books. xii–xiv ISBN 0739150650
  3. ^ "NSSP". The DC World Affairs Blog.
  4. ^ Info724 Ltd. "Middle States Commission on Higher Education".
  5. ^[1].pdf[dead link]
  6. ^ Donald Trump’s Visit to Poland Further Emboldens Far-Right Elements, SPLC, Hatewatch, 17 July 2017
  8. ^ Phillips, Quinn (July 15, 2016). "Sebastian Gorka to join IWP faculty full-time this August". Washington DC: The Institute of World Politics. Archived from the original on September 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "Cadet Command has a New Brigadier General".
  10. ^ "IWP Army Fellow MG John Thomson to be appointed commander of the 1st Cavalry Division". Archived from the original on 2016-08-24.
  11. ^ "Philanthropist and entrepreneur Donald E. Bently honored at Reagan Ranch". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Campus". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "The American Security Council Foundation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "IWP mourns the passing of longtime supporter Donald E. Bently". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  16. ^ "IPW Booklet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-26.

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