Former Speaker Paul D. Ryan joins AHS Board of Advisors


The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is pleased to announce that former Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan has joined its Board of Advisors. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Fox Corporation, an in-demand public speaker, and a professor-of-the-practice at the University of Notre Dame, Speaker Ryan has distinguished himself throughout his career as a leading voice for strong and principled American leadership in the world. As a member of Congress, vice presidential candidate, and Speaker of the House, Speaker Ryan served in Congress from 1999 to 2019 where he sponsored over 1,100 pieces of legislation. “America is the greatest force for human freedom the world has ever seen,” said Speaker Ryan. “American leadership is a choice and I am honored to join the Alexander Hamilton Society Board of Advisors to help inspire the next generation of leaders with sound convictions about America and its place in the world.”

 “We were honored to host Paul’s visionary and tone-setting address on the exceptional role America plays in the world in 2011 and we are privileged to have him formally join our ranks today,” said AHS Executive Director Dr. Gabriel Scheinmann. “As Paul said then, the United States must lead, and it can only lead through the promotion of our own principles. Nowhere is that more important today than the complex threats we face from resurgent, revisionist, and radical powers.”

 About Speaker Paul D. Ryan

 Paul Ryan was the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. In office from October 2015 to January 2019, he was the youngest speaker in nearly 150 years. During his tenure as Speaker, Ryan spearheaded efforts to reform our nation’s tax code, rebuild our national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, reform our criminal justice system, and promote economic opportunity. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he worked to simplify the tax code, protect health care choices, advance free trade, and strengthen the economy. Before that, Ryan served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he outlined revolutionary blueprints to balance the federal budget and pay off the national debt. In 2012, he was selected to serve as Governor Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential nominee. Ryan was first elected to Congress at age 28, and represented Wisconsin’s First District for two decades. In 2019, Ryan was named to the Board of Directors of the Fox Corporation. He was also named a professor-of-the-practice at the University of Notre Dame, teaching political science and economics during the 2019-2020 academic year. Paul currently resides near his childhood home in Janesville, Wisconsin with his wife Janna and their three children: Liza, Charlie, and Sam. He holds a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio and was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University.

View Speaker Ryan’s 2011 address to AHS below and read the transcript here.


House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the following remarks to the Alexander Hamilton Society on June 2, 2011.


“Paul Ryan’s foreign policy vision”

The Washington Post | Jennifer Rubin | June 3, 2011

“Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gave a speech Thursday to the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington. If one is looking for clues as to Ryan’s interests beyond chairing the House Budget Committee, a speech, as he put it, to “a room full of national security experts about American foreign policy” would merit attention.”

“Paul Ryan’s Neocon Manifesto”

Wall Street Journal | Bret Stephens | August 14, 2012

“Last summer, the chairman of the House Budget Committee made a foray into foreign-policy land with a speech to the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, D.C. About 100 people showed up, and it got next to no coverage. That should now change—and not just because Paul Ryan's views on America's role in the world are no longer a matter of one Wisconsin congressman talking.”

Applications Are Open for the 2019-2020 Security and Strategy Seminar!

Along with the Hertog Foundation and the Public Interest Fellowship, we are pleased to announce that beginning in September, our three organizations will be hosting the Security and Strategy Seminar (SSS): an in-depth look at the new era of strategic competition between the United States and China.

The seminar will consist of 15 sessions on Thursday evenings from September 2019 to June 2020. Over the course of these sessions, taught by guest instructors from top universities and public policy think tanks, fellows will gain a deeper understanding of the history of America’s relationship with China and the challenges we face today as competition with China intensifies in military, political, economic and technological arenas.

Fellows will be responsible for approximately thirty pages of reading per class and two short writing assignments throughout the course. In the end, they will consider a question policymakers are today asking themselves: What is the right American stance toward and strategy with respect to China?

Ideal candidates are 25 to 35-year old professionals working in national security and foreign policy institutions and organizations, such as government, academia, think-tanks, media, defense and intelligence communities, etc. If you are interested in applying, please submit:

  • A current resumé

  • Names and contact information for two references

  • A statement of interest of no more than 500 words that addresses the following questions: What is your interest in US-China relations? What is your background on the US-China relationship? Finally, given its current status, what path would you suggest for the two countries’ relationship moving forward?

Applications may be submitted to

Qualified applicants will be contacted to participate in an in-person interview. Applications are due no later than Tuesday, June 25. You can read more about the 2019-2020 Security and Strategy Seminar here.

Announcing our 2019 AHS Summer Fellows

Congratulations to our 2019 Summer Fellowship Cohort!

As part of our effort to help launch our top student leaders into careers that further our mission, we are proud to announce and congratulate the 2019 cohort of AHS Summer Fellows. Emerging from a competitive applicant pool, these five student leaders have each secured unpaid internships in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill, at think-tanks, and in the Executive Branch. By helping these students afford an otherwise very expensive summer in Washington and having them participate in AHS summer programming, the Summer Fellows will be able to take advantage of everything Washington, their internship, and AHS have to offer. We look forward to welcoming them to DC and hope this fellowship encourages all AHS students to pursue their professional passions in foreign policy, national security, and economic statecraft.

The Summer Fellows Program provides grants to AHS students pursuing unpaid internships in Washington, D.C. in foreign policy, national security, and economic statecraft. The competitive fellowship underwrites and encourages students to pursue their professional interests in line with our mission and goals. A status signal for potential employers, it helps students both procure and accept internships, thus ultimately increasing their chances of securing long-term employment after graduation. Summer Fellows also participate in the D.C. Summer Series.

Applications Are Open For Our 2019 Summer Fellows Program!

The Alexander Hamilton Society would like to formally announce our 2019 AHS Summer Fellowship! In order to encourage students who have demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, and an interest in public service to pursue summer work relating to the mission of the Alexander Hamilton Society, AHS will award up to five, $3,000 grants to highly qualified and motivated students, with priority given to AHS Chapter Officers, who have secured unpaid internships relating to foreign policy, national security, and economic statecraft.

2018 Summer Fellows: Keeghan Sweeney, Dominic Solari, Jordan Hayley, Nick Danby, and Peter Kunze at a summer series event.

2018 Summer Fellows: Keeghan Sweeney, Dominic Solari, Jordan Hayley, Nick Danby, and Peter Kunze at a summer series event.

Eligibility Requirements:

Student who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply:

  • Are seeking or have secured an unpaid internship lasting at least eight weeks in the Washington, D.C. area. (You do not need to have an internship confirmed in order to apply, but the internship must be secured by the time the fellowship is awarded.)

  • Attendance at the opening reception of the AHS Student Leadership Conference on Thursday, May 30th and participation in the AHS Summer Series, a sequence of 3-4 events in June and July with other AHS officers. (All events will be on evenings or weekends).

  • A current student (grad or undergrad).

The Application can be found HERE, students will be required to upload the following documents to the application in PDF format only:

  • Updated Resume

  • Personal Statement describing how your summer internship will impact your future career path and what makes you an ideal candidate for this fellowship (500 words)

  • Unofficial Transcript from all undergraduate or graduate institutions

  • Name and contact information for one faculty reference, preferably the AHS chapter advisor

  • High resolution headshot (this does not have to be a PDF)

  • The application will also ask for your prospective internship information

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 8th, 2019.

We look forward to welcoming the 2019 class of AHS Summer Fellows and helping support their internships. Please contact Sydney Scribner ( if you have any questions.

We are Hiring a Program Director/Manager!

AHS is seeking to hire a full-time Program Director or Manager (title and compensation dependent on experience) to manage its national network of campus chapters and growing suite of national programs in Washington, D.C. 

Founded in 2010, AHS is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, national organization that seeks to identify, educate, and launch young men and women into foreign policy and national security careers imbued with the Hamiltonian perspective of strong and principled American leadership in global affairs. Rooted in the history of the last century, Hamiltonians are united by a deep conviction that the world is a better, safer, and more prosperous place when the United States is willing and able to lead. Primarily through engaging in debate, our programming is critical to the intellectual and professional development of a new generation of American leaders. We have established student-run chapters at over 60 top American colleges and universities as well as professional chapters in New York and Washington, D.C. Our affiliates and alumni have gone on to serve in the highest levels of government and industry.

The Program Director/Manager will have an unusual opportunity to influence the development of the organization, gain experience across a number of functions, interact with senior academics and practitioners, and work with students and faculty nationwide in a range of disciplines. Those committed to AHS’s mission, genuinely interested in our areas of focus, and who approach their work with persistence, cheerfulness, entrepreneurial spirit, and sincerity will find working at AHS an excellent opportunity.


The Program Director/Manager will:

·      Manage AHS’s National Network of Campus Chapters

o   Oversee all chapter event planning through regular correspondence with student leaders, faculty advisers, and speaker network;

o   Execute chapter growth strategy and recruit new faculty and students;

o   Track and process all chapter-related quantitative and qualitative data, budgets, and reimbursement system;

o   Manage complex relationships with faculty, students, and universities.

·      Lead AHS’s National Student Conferences and Institutes

o   Design content and curriculum, manage, and execute three large student conferences and educational institutes;

o   Coordinate and execute relevant contracts and agreements, arrange for required facilities and services, and process student applications and registrations;

o   Promote and recruit for programs.

·      Oversee AHS’s Office of Career Services

o   Build relationships with likeminded institutions, offices, and people;

o   Curate job and internship lists for relevant opportunities;

o   Provide resume, cover letter, and security clearance assistance;

o   Facilitate mentorship and networking opportunities within the AHS network.

·      Manage AHS’s Campus Communications

o   Oversee preparation of weekly student newsletter;

o   Update AHS website and social media platforms with relevant campus event and information 

He/she will report to and work in close coordination with the Executive Director. He/she will also directly oversee a program assistant and interns. 


·       A bachelor’s degree in a non-professional field (master’s degree preferred);

·       At least 3-5 years of regular, full-time employment in a demanding professional environment;

·       A strong understanding of and commitment to AHS’s mission and principles and an interest in U.S. foreign policy and national security. Being an AHS alumnus is a plus;

·       Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain professional relations with faculty, students, and key network interlocutors;

·       Phenomenal organizational skills, attention to logistical details, and the ability to manage a substantial number of projects and contacts at once;

·       Ability to attend occasional local chapter and alumni evening events;

·       A comfort level with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Powerpoint. 

Salary and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package that will be commensurate with experience.


To apply for this position, please email your cover letter, resume, and a list of references to Sydney Scribner at The subject line should read “Program Director” or “Program Manager” depending on which position you are applying for.

We expect a number of qualified applicants. We will acknowledge receipt of your application, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted further. To familiarize yourself with AHS, please visit our website

Congrats to our George Washington University Chapter on a Great Debate!

From left: Dr. Henry Nau, Dr. Shadi Hamid and Dr. Michael Doran. Photo by:   The Hatchet

From left: Dr. Henry Nau, Dr. Shadi Hamid and Dr. Michael Doran. Photo by: The Hatchet

On Monday December 10th, our George Washington University chapter hosted a debate between Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute and Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution. Moderated by Professor Henry Nau of George Washington, they discussed the future of Saudi-American relations. The debate underscored the strategic advantages and drawbacks of either reinforcing or reassessing the U.S. partnership with Saudi Arabia.

Read an article about the debate HERE

To explore Dr. Doran’s views on Saudi Arabia, read his recent article HERE

For Dr. Hamid’s understanding of the subject, read his recent article HERE

AHS welcomes Dr. Kerry Healey to our Board of Advisors


The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kerry Healey has joined its Board of Advisors. Currently the President of Babson College, Dr. Healey is an experienced educator and policy professional. She is a former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and aided in the implementation of several legislative initiatives in the Romney-Healey administration.  Founded in 2010, AHS is a non-profit, non-partisan, national organization that fosters constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in American foreign, economic, and national security policy. Alexander Hamilton Society members share a conviction, rooted in the history of the last century, that the world is a better, safer, and more prosperous place when the United States is willing and able to lead.

“We are honored to have President Kerry Healey join us in fulfilling our ever-vital mission of identifying, educating, and launching young men and women who think seriously about our nation’s place in the world and about how to better promote and defend our interests and values,” said AHS Executive Director Gabriel Scheinmann. “Her commitment to principled American leadership, her policy experience, and her university leadership will add immense value to the Hamilton Society at a time of rising challenges to the American-led liberal order.”

About Dr. Kerry Healey

 Dr. Kerry Healey is the President of Babson College. Prior to Babson, Healey served with distinction as the 70th lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. During that time, she introduced, enacted, and implemented a wide range of policy and legislative initiatives for the Romney-Healey administration. In 2008, she was appointed as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. State Department's Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PJRA). She has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum expert network. Healey holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin.

Book Talk with Dr. Robert Kagan!

With the invaluable assistance of the Hertog Foundation, AHS held a moderated discussion with acclaimed foreign policy scholar Robert Kagan on December 4th, 2018. Alongside AHS Director Dr. Gabriel Scheinmann, Dr. Kagan elucidated the organizing themes of his latest book: “The Jungle Grows Back: America and Our Imperiled World”. Kagan unflinchingly analyzed the failings of contemporary foreign policy. He forcefully challenged American leaders to acknowledge that peace demands power, and that the exercise of power demands sacrifice. Numerous AHS chapter officers and alumni attended. They were particularly pleased to receive copies of Kagan’s book.

Read a review of “The Jungle Grows Back” by fellow AHS Speaker and Brookings Scholar Michael O’Hanlon HERE.

Read more about Dr. Kagan’s career and contributions to American foreign policy debate HERE.

AHS at the 2018 Reagan National Defense Forum!

Students meeting with Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

Students meeting with Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

Through one of our most valued partnerships, AHS sponsored our fifth student delegation to the Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF). Held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, RNDF is the nation’s premier defense policy conference. 15 AHS student leaders from 15 universities participated. 

AHS gave me access to the ‘Davos of National Security’, where I received the wisdom of policymakers, military officials, businessmen, and academic experts
— Danny Li, Dartmouth College

RNDF assembles lawmakers, defense officials, soldiers, scholars, and journalists for a day-long discussion on the urgent and enduring questions of national security. Among this year’s distinguished speakers were Defense Secretary James Mattis, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. RNDF is an unparalleled opportunity for our students to interact with defense policy leaders and understand the shaping forces of national security. We are thankful to the Reagan Institute for inviting our students to this exclusive gathering.

RNDF was a great opportunity to meet and hear from top officials in the US defense community. The panels were informative, and the informal gatherings AHS provided were an opportunity to develop relationships with professionals.
— Peter Kunze, Johns Hopkins SAIS

The student delegates attended expert panel discussions ranging from the defense industrial base to the role of alliances in the age of great power competition. Listening to thoughtful and open deliberations on such complex dilemmas as deterring Chinese maritime aggrandizement and restricting nuclear proliferation, the students left the conference with broadened awareness of American security strategy. In preparation, the students participated in a seminar with National Defense Strategy Commission member Dr. Thomas Mahnken and his colleague at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, Dr. Evan Montgomery.

Students with Anduril Industries’ Palmer Luckey and Trae Stephens

Students with Anduril Industries’ Palmer Luckey and Trae Stephens

The opportunity to learn about national security from those who are leading the American defense effort—whether asking General H.R. McMaster his views on future US defense capabilities or hearing Secretary Heather Wilson discuss the state of the US Air Force—was truly unique.
— Suzette Kane, Georgetown University

National defense leaders held personal conversations with our students, including Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Anduril Industries co-founders Trae Stephens and Palmer Luckey, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, and former Ambassador to Austria Susan McCaw. Candidly outlining the ambitions and talents which brought them success in public service, these accomplished figures provided our students with uncommon support in establishing their own career goals. Finally, the students were treated to an impromptu discussion with Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush.

Students with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

Students with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

Read some of our students reflections on the state of national defense:

“I learned that while we may spend a lot on defense currently, this is meaningless unless funding is commensurate with objectives. Getting funding for 90% of a weapon means that you cannot develop and deploy that weapon”—Max Seltzer, University of Wisconsin

“The defense community generally needs to be better at communicating to the American public the severity of national security threats, if it is going to build enduring support for more military spending. Experts argue that the U.S. may lose the next war it fights. Those who know that have an obligation to effectively communicate it to politicians and voters.” —Peter Kunze, Johns Hopkins SAIS

“Military strength is the essential base for other statecraft tools such as diplomacy. Parts of the public who condemn increasing the defense budget as unnecessary do so because they claim defense is unconnected from other tools of statecraft. I learned though, that this is seldom the case.”—Suzette Kane, Georgetown University

“The defense community’s priorities have largely shifted from counterterrorism to great power competition. This transition has been pervasive, including industry, policy, and intelligence gathering. Furthermore, I learned that politicians and policymakers need to mobilize and motivate industry leaders to develop new technology” —Nick Danby, Harvard University

Students discussing foreign service careers with Ambassador Susan McCaw

Students discussing foreign service careers with Ambassador Susan McCaw

There is no better opportunity for a national security policy-minded student than to hear from the very individuals driving that policy. I received personalized advice from some of the people that I look up to the most such as H.R. McMaster and Secretary Wilson
— Kevin Norton, American University

Review the list of distinguished RNDF attendees HERE

View videos from the many different panels at the Forum HERE

The Reagan National Defense Forum’s Mission

RNDF brings together leaders and key stakeholders in the defense community - including members of Congress, civilian officials and military leaders from the Defense Department, industry, and administration officials - to address the health of our national defense and stimulate discussions that promote policies to strengthen the U.S. military. In an era of economic uncertainty where the threats to our national security are increasing in number and complexity, RNDF allows senior leaders from the defense community to come together with viewpoints on how best to deal with these challenges. Though President Reagan left office many years ago, the United States military continues to benefit from his commitment and vision for a strong defense. Recognizing that today’s decisions will affect our military capabilities for years to come, RNDF charges leaders from current and past Administrations and Congress to look beyond the immediate issues facing our armed forces and explore how we can build peace through strength for the future.

Read more about the work of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute HERE


Congrats to our University of Wisconsin Chapter on a Great Debate!

Our University of Wisconsin Chapter brought together Dr. Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute and Dr. Daniel Stolz of the University of Wisconsin to debate the continuities and divergences in American foreign policy in the Middle East.

“When it comes to style”, Rubin observed, “I would say that President Trump is much closer to a Gulf Arab leader.” Regarding Iran, Rubin said: “fundamentally, we need to recognize that different cultures can think in very, very different ways, and the worst thing we can do analytically is project our own thoughts onto others.”

The debate was moderated by an AHS alumnus, Neil Klein, now of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.

Read an article on the debate HERE

Keep up the excellent work, Wisconsin!

Announcing the 2nd Annual Hamilton National Institute

The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Hamilton National Institute (HNI), to be held from June 2nd through June 9th, 2019 in Washington, D.C. At HNI, students are opened to the foundations of the Hamiltonian worldview and begin to master American global leadership’s concepts and strategies. Comprising two daily seminar sessions with premier scholars and public servants, HNI explores the essence of strategic, defense and economic statecraft. Students engage with America’s historical stature as a global champion of democracy, and develop critical, creative approaches to the challenges facing American global leadership.

Augmenting this academic experience, students interact with senior national security officials, eminent thinkers, and recent AHS alumni establishing their public service careers. Distinguished from other academic opportunities, HNI participants discuss core national interests under expert guidance, and analyze national strategy with the leaders who craft it.   

Topics include:

American Exceptionalism with Dr. Alan Levine from American University

War and Politics with Dr. Fred Kagan from the American Enterprise Institute

Grand Strategy with Dr. Colin Dueck from George Mason University

American Economic Order with Dr. Phil Levy from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Diplomacy and Democracy with Elliott Abrams from the Council on Foreign Relations  

Additionally, students complete a strategic crisis simulation, as well as numerous briefings with authorities on foreign and defense policy. For information on last year’s inaugural HNI, click HERE. This is a fully-funded program; housing, most meals, and travel vouchers are provided.

Drawing from the 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students who annually participate in AHS programs, HNI’s highly selective application process yields students with sterling academic credentials, exemplary campus leadership, and avid interest in public service. While only a small number of students are selected, this allows for the intensive discursive experience so crucial to HNI’s success.  

We seek students who, through their academic experiences and professional ambitions, affirm with AHS the importance of maintaining American international leadership and supporting America’s democratic allies, and who further understand that American greatness rests on respect for individual liberty under limited government, military strength, economic freedom, and democratic society.

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply:

1.     Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-granting programs in Spring 2019

2.     GPA of 3.4 or higher preferred

3.     Not required to be an AHS chapter officer, but preferred 

The deadline to apply is February 11th, 2019. The application can be found HERE.

Please upload the following documents in your application (PDF or Word format only):

1.     Résumé

2.     Personal Statement: Describe your background, intellectual interests and goals, as well as how the Alexander Hamilton Society could contribute to these. (500 words or less)

3.     Unofficial Transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions

4.     An academic writing sample (10 pages maximum, double-spaced)

5.     The names and contact information, (phone numbers and email addresses) of at least 2 references, preferably professors or employers.

6.     High resolution head shot (this does not have to be a PDF)

We look forward to welcoming our second cohort to the AHS National Institute!

Please contact Cherise ( if you have any questions.

The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy. As we build a national network of outstanding students, faculty, and professionals, we sponsor debates at colleges and universities, as well as in major cities, and provide other opportunities for our members to flourish intellectually, professionally, and personally.

Our members—on 50 campuses, as well as in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—are united by basic convictions about the United States and its role in the world.

Our HNI Distinguished Instructors (clockwise from top left): Drs. Alan Levine, Colin Dueck, Frederick Kagan, Phil Levy and Elliott Abrams

Our HNI Distinguished Instructors (clockwise from top left): Drs. Alan Levine, Colin Dueck, Frederick Kagan, Phil Levy and Elliott Abrams

Dr. Alan Levine

An expert in American government’s intellectual origins, Alan Levine is the Director of the Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Government at American University. He is the recipient of academic awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hoover Institution, University of London and Princeton University. His book Sensual Philosophy: Toleration, Skepticism, and Montaigne’s Politics of the Self was published in 2001. Levine has worked for the U.S. Department of State in Dakar, Senegal, and regularly consults with the U.S. State Department's International Visitors Program. He earned his B.A. at the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Dr. Colin Dueck

Colin Dueck is an Associate Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and a Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. A prolific author on the subjects of American foreign and security policy, Dueck’s books include The Obama Doctrine: Grand Strategy Today, Hard Line: The Republican Party and U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and Reluctant Crusaders: Power, Culture and Change in American Grand Strategy. Dueck has testified before Congress on international politics, is a member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and International Institute for Strategic Studies, and advises George Mason’s AHS Chapter. As a Rhodes Scholar, Dueck studied international relations at Oxford University in Great Britain.

Dr. Frederick Kagan

As Director of the Critical Threats Project and Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Frederick Kagan studies defense policy, the American military, and Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2007, Kagan’s report Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq, established him as an architect of the decisive troop surge strategy adopted by General David Petraeus. His prodigious publications range from Lessons for a Long War to The End of the Old Order: Napoleon and Europe, 1801-1805. He formerly taught military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Kagan holds a B.A. in Soviet and East European studies and Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet military history from Yale University.

Dr. Phil Levy

Presently a senior fellow on the global economy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and professor in Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Phil Levy’s contributions to American political economy span policymaking, analysis and teaching. Previously he has taught students in business at the University of Virginia and Georgetown, in international and public affairs at Columbia, and economics at Yale. He served as senior economist for trade on President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, and later as an international economic adviser on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s policy planning staff. Dr. Levy holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

Elliott Abrams

Now a senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Elliott Abrams has influenced American Middle East policy as both a scholar and public servant. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration, supervising U.S. policy in the Middle East. Secretary of State George Shultz honored Abrams with the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to foreign policy in the Reagan Administration. Abrams scholarly publications include Security and Sacrifice, Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring. Abrams teaches foreign policy at Georgetown University, and, among many contributions to public knowledge, served as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University and an M.A. from the London School of Economics.

AHS Event with Ambassador John Bolton

We were honored to host a conversation with Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Ambassador John Bolton on October 31, 2018. Before becoming National Security Advisor, Ambassador Bolton served on the Alexander Hamilton Society’s Board of Advisors.

In an expansive conversation with AHS co-founder Daniel Blumenthal of the American Enterprise Institute, Ambassador Bolton addressed national security initiatives ranging from the Trump administration’s cyber security strategy to its withdrawal from the INF treaty, as well as our nation’s relationships with allies and adversaries alike. Throughout the discussion, Ambassador Bolton heartily affirmed his commitment to AHS’ guiding principles, extolling America’s devotion to peace through strength and its championing of freedom around the world. When asked by Dr. Blumenthal on what advice he would give students aspiring to serve in foreign and defense policy, Ambassador Bolton stated: “I think American business is so international that you have a much better opportunity to have a variety of career choices” and that “from the perspective of dealing with all kinds of international issues, the opportunities today are much broader for younger people”.

We greatly appreciate Ambassador Bolton’s commitment to both AHS and to principled American global leadership. AHS student leaders demonstrated that same commitment through their enthusiastic participation in the event. By conversing with distinguished scholars and public servants in the audience, volunteering to assist our staff, and asking perceptive questions of the Ambassador, AHS students helped make this event a major success.

Images and video are courtesy of Tracey Attlee LLC at

In addition to being live streamed by C-SPAN, the event made national and international news with several mentions of the Alexander Hamilton Society.

Please read more about the event and Ambassador Bolton’s remarks below:

National News:

“Trump cuts red tape for launching offensive cyberattacks”

Associated Press | Deb Riechmann | October 31, 2018

“’I think that's critical, because I think that if our adversaries can take steps against us in cyberspace and feel no consequences, feel no pain, bear no costs, they have no incentive to stop attacking us in cyberspace,’ Bolton said at an event in Washington hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society.”

“Bolton Calls National Debt ‘Economic Threat’ to U.S.”

Bloomberg | Toluse Olorunnipa | October 31, 2018

“Bolton, speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, said he expects U.S. defense spending “to flatten out” in the near term. He said he didn’t anticipate major cuts to entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security.”

“U.S. Debt Sales Top Crisis-Era Levels as Fiscal Bump Spurs Growth”

Bloomberg | Saleha Mohsin and Liz McCormick | October 31, 2018

“U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton called the national debt a “threat to the society” that requires significant cuts to the government’s discretionary spending. Bolton, speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, said he expects U.S. defense spending “to flatten out” in the near term. He said he didn’t anticipate major cuts to entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security.”

“Bolton says ‘excessive’ ethics checks discourage outsiders from joining government”

CNN | Nicole Gaouette | October 31, 2018

“A day after CNN reported that the Justice Department is investigating whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has broken the law by using his office to personally enrich himself, national security adviser John Bolton told the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington that ethics rules make it hard for people outside of the government to serve. Bolton said "things have gotten more bureaucratic, harder to get things done" since he served under President George H.W. Bush in the 1990s and blamed the difficulty, in part, on the "excessive nature of the so-called ethics checks."

“Bolton confirms offensive cyber-operations conducted to protect midterms”

CyberScoop | Greg Otto | November 1, 2018

“’We are right now undertaking offensive cyber-operations in connection with defending the integrity of our electoral process,’ Bolton said at an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society.”

“Bolton: national debt ‘threat to the society,’ forcing DoD spending to ‘flatten out’”

Defense News | Joe Gould | November 2, 2018

“Bolton, speaking at the Alexander Hamilton Society on Wednesday, said he expects significant cuts to discretionary spending, but not entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security. The comments came as the country’s deficit rose to $779 billion, its highest level in six years, fueled by revenue-sapping tax cuts.”

“Oil tumbles after fears of tighter supply recede”

Financial Times | Myles McCormick and David Sheppard | November 1, 2018

“On top of this, John Bolton, the US president’s national security adviser, appeared in comments to have struck a more conciliatory tone regarding US goals of reducing Iranian oil exports to zero. Mr. Bolton indicated he did not want US allies that are dependent on Iranian crude exports to be hurt by sanctions. 'We want to achieve maximum pressure but we don’t want to harm friends and allies either,' Mr. Bolton told the Hamilton Society on Wednesday, adding that some countries 'may not be able to go all the way . . . to zero immediately.'”

“As Deficit Soars, Trump Advisors Focus on Discretionary Spending”

The Fiscal Times | Yuval Rosenberg | November 1, 2018

“National Security Adviser John Bolton, speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, warned that the national debt is a societal threat with security implications, but he said that cuts to discretionary spending — the spending determined by Congress each year, which now represents about a third of federal outlays — would be sufficient to address the deficit in the near term.”

“Bolton: ‘Excessive nature of the so-called ethics checks’ discourage people from joining government”

The Hill | Michael Burke | November 1, 2018

“Bolton told the Hamilton Society that it is "harder to get things done" than it was when he served in the administration of George H.W. Bush in the 1990s, something he partially blamed on the "excessive nature of the so-called ethics checks," according to CNN”

“Trump Won’t Punish Allies for Buying Iranian Oil Despite Sanctions”

Jewish Insider | Laura Kelly | October 31, 2018

“'We want to achieve maximum pressure but we don’t want to harm friends and allies either and we’re working our way through that,' Bolton said, addressing a Washington D.C. event hosted by a non-profit society for students focusing on foreign policy and diplomacy ... Bolton made his remarks during a Q&A hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society, which was billed as a reflection on the administration’s national security strategy."

“White House Hints At Easing Of Iran Sanctions For ‘Friends And Allies’”

RadioFreeEurope | November 1, 2018

"We want to achieve maximum pressure, but we don't want to harm friends and allies either," Bolton told the Hamilton Society in Washington on October 31, signaling a possible softening of the White House's demand that all countries reduce their Iranian oil imports to "zero."

“U.S. doesn’t want to harm friends, allies with Iran sanctions: Bolton”

Reuters | Steve Holland | October 31, 2018

“We want to achieve maximum pressure but we don’t want to harm friends and allies either,” Bolton said in a talk at the Hamilton Society.”

“Has the U.S. Done Enough to Stop Foreign Election Meddling?”

Time | W.J. Henningan | November 5, 2018

“Trump has also loosened the reins on hackers in the military and intelligence community to pursue adversaries in cyberspace, according to National Security Advisor John Bolton. “We are right now undertaking offensive cyber-operations in connection with defending the integrity of our electoral process,” he said Wednesday at a Washington event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society. He acknowledged it was still “too soon to tell” whether it was having the desired deterrent effect.”

“Bolton Rejects Criticism of Decision to Leave the INF, Says Russia Has Violated Deal for Six Years”

Washington Free Beacon | Natalie Johnson | October 31, 2018

“Speaking at an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, Bolton echoed President Trump's assertion that due to Russia's repeated violations the only country bound by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, is the United States. While considered a critical step in diffusing the Cold War at the time of its signing, Bolton accused Russia and adversaries like China of taking advantage of the deal.”

“Bolton says U.S. is conducting ‘offensive cyber’ action to thwart would-be election disrupters”

The Washington Post | Ellen Nakashima and Paul Sonne | October 31, 2018

“The offensive cyber actions were aimed at “defending the integrity of our electoral process . . . and our adversaries [had] better know that and better understand that,” said Bolton, speaking in Washington at an event sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Society.”

“Bolton: U.S. Formally Withdrawing from Nuclear Treaty in ‘Due Course’”

The Weekly Standard | Jenna Lifhits | October 31, 2018

“In due course here we will give formal notice of withdrawal and material breach, and then we’d be in a position not to comply with the treaty,” Bolton said Wednesday during an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society. “It is beyond question—a view shared by every NATO ally—that Russia is in serious breach.”

International News:

“Rouhani Tells Iranians to Brace for Hard Times”

Asharq Al-Awsat | November 1, 2018

“U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday the Trump administration wants sanctions on Iran's crude exports to strain Tehran, but does not want to harm countries that depend on the oil. "We want to achieve maximum pressure but we don't want to harm friends and allies either," Bolton said in a talk at the Hamilton Society.”

“US Eyes Limited Waivers for Iran Crude Buyers”

Bourse & Bazaar | November 1, 2018

“We understand, obviously, that a number of countries, some immediately surrounding Iran, and others that have been purchasing oil, may not be able to go all the way to zero," Bolton said at a forum hosted by the Washington-based Alexander Hamilton Society. "We want to achieve maximum pressure, but we do not want to harm friends and allies either. We are working our way through that.”

“Iran Accuses Mossad of Trying to Kill Nuclear Deal”

Haaretz | November 1, 2018

“’We want to achieve maximum pressure but we don’t want to harm friends and allies either,’ Bolton said Wednesday in a talk at the Hamilton Society.”

“China engaging in behavior that is troubling Japan, India and others: Bolton”

India Times | November 2, 2018

“’China's current policies, like in the South China Sea, are nearly belligerent in many respects. It is also engaging in a behaviour that is troubling to Japan, Taiwan, India and the Central Asian Republics,’ Bolton said in response to a question at the Alexander Hamilton Society on Wednesday.”

Congrats to our Miami University Chapter on a Great Debate!

Our Miami University Chapter recently held a debate on “Political Cyber War Fare: A New Arms Race”, with an especial focus on the future of Russian influence campaigns in the U.S. The debate brought together Vance Serchuck of KKR Global Institute and Professor Emily Channell-Justice.

The debate was also highlighted in Miami University’s the College of Arts and Sciences

Announcing Our New Program Assistant!

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The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eamonn Bellin as its new Program Assistant, effective immediately. Founded in 2010, AHS is a non-profit, non-partisan, national organization that fosters constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in American foreign policy, national security, and economic statecraft. AHS members share a conviction, rooted in the history of the last century, that the world is a better, safer, and more prosperous place when the United States is willing and able to lead. Members take seriously the commitment to maintaining the moral authority and material strength on which that leadership rests.

As we help Hamiltonians broaden and refine their understanding of foreign affairs, Eamonn will work closely with our chapter officers and national staff to strengthen existing and establish new academic programs. In this capacity, he will assist in the coordination of chapter events, as well as major national initiatives such as the Student Leadership Conference and Hamilton National Institute. His appointment augments AHS’ service to our members and its ability to advance our founding principles. He keenly anticipates building personal partnerships with chapter leaders and immersing himself in the AHS community. He can be reached directly at

Eamonn recently graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and in Philosophy, fulfilling a concentration curriculum on European and Eurasian Affairs. Previously, Eamonn interned at the Program on American Citizenship at the American Enterprise Institute and participated as a 2018 Political Studies Fellow at the Hudson Institute. Additionally, he worked as a teaching assistant for international and domestic politics courses at George Washington, and volunteered as a student peer adviser in his University’s Honors Program. I know that Eamonn is eager to both cultivate and reinforce AHS principles at universities nationally.

As always, we appreciate your support, which enhances our ability to provide important educational programming for all our chapters.

AHS is Now Hiring Fall 2018 Interns!

The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is seeking full-time and part-time interns to work at the national office in Washington, D.C during the fall 2018 semester. AHS interns would assist in planning and executing chapter programming and national events. They will help manage the AHS national database, and support AHS’s website, social media outreach and run research projects assigned by the Executive Director. Interns would also have the opportunity to attend policy discussions at leading think-tanks in Washington, interact with our D.C. partners, and work closely with the Executive Director, Program Manager, and Program Development Assistant. The internship will provide practical skills, policy exposure, and networking opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in public policy. 


  • Current student

  • Understanding of AHS’s mission and principles

  • Strong interest in foreign affairs and national security

  • Strong written communication skills

  • Excellent academic and current events research skills

  • Professional demeanor and positive attitude

  • Reliable and able to commit at least 15 hours per week

  • Graphic design experience is a plus

To apply, submit your resume with GPA, a one-page cover letter, and two references to Cherise Trump at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Please forward to your fellow students who may be interested.


The Inaugural Hamilton Institute June 3, 2018 – June 10, 2018

The Alexander Hamilton Society recently completed its flagship program: the Alexander Hamilton Society National Institute. This fully funded, one-week seminar-style course took place in Washington, D.C. and explored the foundational framework of Hamiltonian studies. Comprising of two classroom sessions per day with leading AHS faculty, the National Institute educated students in the first principles of strategic, defense, and economic policies while challenging them to think independently, creatively, and strategically about the challenges to America’s historic place in the world.

Hamilton National Institute Summer 2018 Participants

Hamilton National Institute Summer 2018 Participants