The University of North Georgia (UNG) has announced that four of their scholars have been selected to attend the AHI’s Washington Program on National Security (WAPONS) June 16-30 in Washington, D.C.  UNG alumnus Jacob Malimban and current students Taylor Mullikin, Ella Reid and Thomas Vella are four of 15 students selected.

The AHI WAPONS program, now in its fifth 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.  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.

As in previous years, each day the participants will have a chance to conduct discussions on specific readings from the text The Art of Peace: Engaging a Complex World, with its author and the program’s director, Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon. This summer, moreover, participants will also have the opportunity to work closely with individual mentors in small clusters of 4-5 participants, concentrating on topics of special interest.  These include:

*          American foreign policy tradition: historical and philosophical perspective
*          Cognitive security and disinformation
*          Cyber security and proliferation, particularly in WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)
*          Role of the media and the academy
*          Public diplomacy and foreign aid

The AHI is excited to receive these students into the program.