The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) has created the exciting Washington Program on National Security (WaPoNS). This program runs end of June in Washington, D.C. and is directed by AHI Senior Fellow Dr. Juliana Pilon. WaPoNS is designed for approximately 15 students. 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.


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


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 is titled The Utopian Conceit and the War on Freedom.