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The WaPoNS program, now in its seventh year, 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.


The 2023 program, which takes place from June 21-30th, has fifteen participants. Readings and discussions focus on topics related to grand strategy and information warfare, specifically including:

•   Cognitive security, disinformation, and public diplomacy
•   Cyber warfare, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism
•   Cancel culture in media and the academy

Housing is provided at Courtyard Marriott Bethesda Chevy Chase, 5520 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. Students are issued a stipend for meals not provided by the AHI, as well as metro tickets for transportation in DC.


For the first five years, funding was provided by the Bradley Foundation. The 2022 program, and now the 2023 program, have been made possible by a generous grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. 


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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