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The WaPoNS program aims to prepare promising and motivated college students 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.  

Funding for the 2022 program is made possible by a generous grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation.


Application requirements for the program to be held June 15-29, 2022, are due on May 10.

•    The most recent transcript of courses and grades 
•    Two letters of recommendation from faculty members
•    A 300-word essay on one of the following topics:
     * Cognitive security, disinformation, and public diplomacy
     * Cyber warfare, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism
     * Cancel culture in media and the academy


The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (the AHI)

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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