The Four Waves of Modern Terror

The Ridgway Center is pleased to host Dr. David C. Rapoport on April 2, 2014 at 12:00 noon, in Room 3911 of Posvar Hall. He will be speaking on “The Four Waves of Modern Terror: An Essay on Generations.” Please RSVP today at beb38 [at] pitt.edu – lunch will be provided. We hope you will be able to attend!

Four Waves of Terror

Intelligence Challenges for the 21st Century: Looking Back and Looking Forward

The Ridgway Center would like to invite you to a one-day conference focusing on “Intelligence Challenges for the 21st Century: Looking Back and Looking Forward” which will take place on Tuesday, March 25th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies in conjunction with the Student Services Office of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and will take place at the O’Hara Student Center–Dining Room, 4024 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Unlike programs that focus on traditional military affairs, this workshop is designed to introduce students to the intelligence challenges posed by both traditional and contemporary security challenges such as terrorists, insurgencies, and other violent armed groups. It consists of a series of panels on these security threats and challenges. Beginning with security challenges during the Cold War (and looking particularly at the Cuban Missile Crisis), the program then focuses on the lessons we can draw from Iraq and Afghanistan. It then turns attention to issues of foresight, social media intelligence (SOCMint), new approaches to drug interdiction, structured analytic techniques, alternate competing hypotheses on African terrorist organizations and the impact of fracking on energy security. (Program will be posted on the Ridgway website.)

The program will begin at 9:00 am and will include a complimentary luncheon along with a stimulating and informative program which should run until 4:00 pm. We ask that you RSVP your attendance to beb38 [at] pitt.edu by March 17th, so that we can have an accurate count for meals. We hope you will plan to attend and support your fellow GSPIAns!

GSPIA’s Ridgway Center Presents the Inaugural Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture: Dr. Robert Jervis

The Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture was held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 by the Matthew B. Ridgway Center at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. The inaugural lecture featured Dr. Robert Jervis, the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics at Columbia University. Dr. Jervis spoke about the state of security and intelligence studies in the global context.