Security Conference September 25th

Next Thursday we will have security experts discuss various topics in decision-making and crisis management.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host a conference entitled “Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo: Lessons from WW I for Crisis Management in the Twenty-First Century” from 9 am – 3 pm, Thur. Sept. 25 at the University Club, Ballroom B. The event will feature Dr. Jack Levy, a professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, and Dr. Avery Goldstein, professor of Global Politics and International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Levy will discuss “Conflicting Interests and Crisis Management in July 1914.” Dr. Goldstein will present “Crisis Instability and the Risk of US-China Military Conflict.” Professor Dennis Gormley will present “Taking the Long View: 1914 and the Second Conventional Age” and Dr. Forrest Morgan will discuss “The Structural Roots of Crisis Instability: 1914 and 2014.”


WWI 001 (1)

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] – 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] 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!

The Inaugural Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture featuring Robert Jervis

The Ridgway Center is pleased to host the inaugural Paul Hammond Memorial Lecture which will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 2:00 pm at the University Club (Ballroom B), 123 University Place. Dr. Paul Hammond was named Distinguished Service Professor at GSPIA and later served as director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. Our guest lecturer for this event will be Dr. Robert Jervis who will discuss “If we are safer than we’ve ever been, why are we so worried?” Please RSVP to beb38 [at] Refreshments will be available.

Jervis Hammond Lecture

Climate Change as a Threat to National Security

We are pleased to invite you to a discussion on “Climate Change as a Threat to National Security” on Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm (additional time for Q&A) in Room 3431 Posvar Hall. This event is presented by The American Security Project. Please RSVP to beb38 [at] Bring your lunch and we will provide dessert!

ASP Climate Change

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture with Dr. Condra

Join us at RAND for our “Brown Bag” discussion to be held on November 20th at 12:30 pm at the RAND offices on Fifth Avenue (across from St. Paul Cathedral). Because of security at RAND, please supply the following information when you RSVP: Name, citizenship, affiliation (if other than University of Pittsburgh). Bring a picture ID to this event. Please RSVP on or before November 18th. Thank you—we hope to see you there!

RAND Brown Bag