The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to generating scholarship that educates the next generation of security analysts. Its purpose is to produce original and impartial analysis that informs policymakers who must confront diverse challenges to state and human security.
The Ridgway Center believes that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. From this starting point, the center investigates and analyzes past and emerging security problems. It seeks to generate original research and intellectual capital to address the vast array of problems that the U.S. and international community face.
- The Ridgway Center focuses on diverse challenges to international security — from the spread of international terrorism, counterinsurgency, the rise of transnational organized crime, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons and related technology to critical issues faced by the U.S. military.
- The Ridgway Center produces original and impartial research of (key) modern security issues, and makes this analysis available to policymakers, scholars, journalists, and the public.
- Students who work at the Ridgway Center acquire the necessary skills to obtain leadership positions with the U.S. government, private sector, or academic community.
The core mission of the Ridgway Center is to contribute to the intellectual and policy debates about the world’s most pressing issues in international security studies.