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The WaPoNS program, now in its eighth year, aims to prepare promising and motivated students and recent graduates for the challenges of a rapidly changing global environment by offering them an opportunity to engage with some of the best thinkers, practitioners, and both current and former officials in the Intelligence Community, Congress, the Pentagon, the White House, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia, including premier think-tanks and democracy-building organizations, thus affording the participants a rare inside glimpse of the many different cultures that must all work together to succeed.  By observing the process of national security policymaking from the perspective of the practitioners themselves, the program will improve the students’ leadership potential and open new potential professional opportunities.


The 2024 program will be focused on understanding the history and methods of cognitive warfare currently being waged by enemies both external and homegrown. It will be limited to twelve Washington-area participants. Applications are currently being accepted. The title is     


Gender, Lies, and Videotape


Each session will be conducted by an expert specialized in that week’s subject matter, by engaging the participants in conversations based primarily on relatively short readings, as indicated in the syllabus. Zoom meetings will be on Sunday evenings after the classes. Location: The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, 1800 M Street Washington DC, 20036 Dates: 6/21; 6/28; 7/12; 7/19; 7/26; 8/2. Seminar time: noon - 2:00 pm.  Zoom time: 8 - 9:30 pm. Lunch will be served. Metro passes will be made available for travel to and from each session. Upon successful completion of the program and an optional written assignment, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Alexander Hamilton Institute.  Please click here for the application link. Please note that the deadline for application is June 14, 2024.

For the first five years, funding was provided by the Bradley Foundation. The 2022, 2023, and now the 2024 program have been made possible by a generous grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. This year, the program is being conducted in partnership with the Tikvah Fund.  


Inspired by Alexander Hamilton’s life and work, the AHI was created to help cultivate a genuinely free marketplace of ideas and promote excellence in scholarship through the study of freedom, democracy and capitalism. In furthering the conversation among individuals, campuses and organizations across the country, the AHI continues to build a legacy where evidence and argument prevail over ideology and cant.



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