East Georgia State College political science major and Correll Scholar Shawn Smith has been selected to attend the Alexander Hamilton Institute’s prominent Washington Program on National Security in Washington, D.C. The program is hosted by the Institute and housed at George Washington University. The program begins mid-June and is directed by AHI Senior Fellow Dr. Juliana Pilon. The Alexander Hamilton Institute selects approximately 20 students each year from leading American colleges and universities to participate in the program.
According to Dr. Lee Cheek, Professor of Political Science at East Georgia State College and a Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute, “The Washington Program on National Security has become one of the most academically-rigorous and exciting summer schools for students of political science and international affairs in the country. Shawn will make a tremendous contribution to the seminar, and his outstanding knowledge of foreign policy will be even more enhanced by this experience.”
The Alexander Hamilton Institute’s Washington Program on National Security 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 serves 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.
Smith will also continue his studies in the fall at the University of North Georgia.

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