Applications are now being accepted for the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS) program June 18 – June 30, 2018, in Washington, DC.  The application deadline for submission is May 4, 2018 and application requirements include:

⦁ The most recent transcript of courses and grades
⦁ Two letters of recommendation from faculty members
⦁ A 100-word explanation why the student wishes to participate in this program
⦁ A 250-word essay describing the most critical national security challenge facing the nation

All materials are to be sent to Professor Robert Paquette, email:; postal address, Alexander Hamilton Institute, 21 West Park Row, Clinton, NY 13323

The AHI WaPoNS program, now in its third 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 on and practitioners in the field of national security.  These include both current and former officials in the Intelligence Community, Congress, the Pentagon, the White House, non-governmental organizations, industry, academia, think-tanks, and news organizations. 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.

The program is designed for a total of 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.  Afternoons will be devoted to on-site visits hosted by at least one representative of the organization or agency sponsoring the event. Housing is provided by American University, and meals will be covered.  Students will be responsible for travel to and from Washington, DC., but will be provided tickets for transportation during the program.

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 latest book, The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World, will be the core text for the program.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.