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] 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!