East Georgia State College Correll Scholar Program and political science alumna Brianna Clay recently completed the Alexander Hamilton Institution’s prestigious Washington Program on National Security. She is the second EGSC student to be awarded admittance and to participate in the program. Caitlan Coleman, a political science alumna as well, was EGSC’s first participant. Clay was joined by students from the University of Hawaii, Princeton University, Colgate University, American University, Villanova University, and other institutions.
“Ms. Clay spent two weeks meeting with policy makers, government and military officials, along with other activities,” explained EGSC Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Correll Scholar Advisor, and Political Science Professor Dr. Lee Cheek.
The Annual Washington Program on National Security (WAPONS) is one of the most lauded initiatives of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI). Directed by AHI Senior Fellow, Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon, the program concluded its third year on June 30 with an impressive group of students from across the country, bringing with them a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
The attending students discussed and debated relevant issues with a distinguished group of guest lecturers and with each other. During the program, students engaged scholars from Georgetown University, National Defense University, Hillsdale College, American University, the American Foreign Policy Council, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Hudson Institute; specialists from democracy-support organizations such as the Center for International Private Enterprise, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Center for Human Rights in North Korea, the Victims of Communism Foundation, and The Market Project; and senior staff from the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Transportation Security Agency, and the U.S. Senate.
Guided tours of the Library of Congress, Voice of America, and the U.S. Holocaust Museum—the last given by Radu Ioanid, Director of its International Archival Program and one of the Museum’s original creators—rounded out the program. Some experts spoke at American University, where the students were housed and where classrooms were provided courtesy of the Political Theory Institute. Speakers included General Mike Eastman, film producer Gina Pack, Afghan-American historian Hamid Naweed, State Department advisor Fawzia Etemadi, Bahraini journalist Omran Salman, Russian disinformation expert Todd Leventhal, and former Pentagon official Steve Bryen.
Congratulations to Clay on this special experience!