The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization is headquartered in Clinton, New York, and was founded in 2007 to promote excellence in scholarship through the study of freedom, democracy, and capitalism.

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Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS)

The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) has created the exciting Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS). This new program will run in the end of June through the beginning of July in Washington, D.C. and will be directed by AHI Senior Fellow Dr. Juliana Pilon. WaPoNS is designed for no more than 20 students. Each morning, the participants will have a chance to conduct in-depth discussions on specific readings which will have been assigned ahead of time, to take place in The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship, which is the Washington campus of Hillsdale College Afternoons will be devoted to on-site visits hosted by at least one representative of the organization or agency sponsoring the event. Dinner and evening events organized by groups and individuals will provide additional networking opportunities. Students will be housed at American University.  Both housing and meals will be provided.


The 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 on and practitioners in the field of national security. These will include both current and former officials in the Intelligence Community, Congress, the Pentagon, the White House, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia, including members of premier think-tanks and news organizations. Program participants will be afforded a rare inside glimpse of the many different cultures that must all work together to succeed.  By observing the process of national security policymaking up close, from the perspective of the practitioners themselves, the program will serve to encourage and enhance the students’ leadership skills and open opportunities for future professional development. This program is made possible by a grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

For more information on the schedule, readings and experts for WaPONS 2016, please see the links below:

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Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon, who earned her PhD in philosophy at the University of Chicago, will direct the program. The author of several books and over two hundred articles on international affairs, she has taught at several colleges and universities, and managed democracy-strengthening programs. Her new book, soon to be published, is titled The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World.

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