Applications are now open for the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS) program June 18 – July 1, 2017, in Washington, DC.  The application deadline for submission is May 1, 2017 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 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.  Participants will include both current and former officials in the Intelligence Community, Congress, Voice of America, the Pentagon, the White House, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia, including premier think-tanks. 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.

The program is designed for no more than 20 students, to be housed at American University.  Housing, meals, and public transportation tickets will be provided.  Students are expected to arrive in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, June 18th, and leave on Saturday morning, July 1st.  They are responsible for travel to and from Washington.

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, 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.