Our Mission

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 US and the international community face.

Matthew B. Ridgway

Matthew B. Ridgway, whose name the center bears, is best remembered for salvaging the United Nation's effort during the Korean War. His military career began in 1917, when the Army commissioned him as a Second Lieutenant immediately after he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. By 1930, Ridgway had become an advisor to the Governor General of the Philippines, and within a few years, he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief of Staff of the 4th Army.
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Upcoming Events


Featured Video
Ambassador Thomas Pickering Examines Iran Nuclear Deal

The Matthew Ridgway Center recently hosted former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering of the Iran Project to discuss the state of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ambassador Pickering began his talk encouraging tough questions. “The most intrusive and difficult questions are the ones we should be exploring together,” said Pickering. To watch the video, click here


Recent News
07/02/2018

Anne Marie Toccket, GSPIA alum (MID ‘11) and project coordinator of The Philanthrophy Forum, received a Sprout Legacy Fund Award as it sunset. She was among 50 Pittsburghers chosen out of 500 nominations. For Toccket, the $1,000 Legacy Award will be given to Building New Hope, a Lawrenceville-based volunteer-driven nonprofit working in Nicaragua.

03/27/2018

KDKA reporter Ralph Iannotti interviewed GSPIA students engaged in a joint research project with the FBI spearheaded by Associate Professor Michael Kenney. The foundation for the partnership developed out of the student working groups at the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at GSPIA, under the leadership of Dr. Phil Williams, director of the center.  “As a policy school, GSPIA strives to give its students experience in conducting policy relevant research inside and outside the classroom,” explained Associate Professor Kenney. The students in the group work collaboratively and share a common interest in a career in intelligence and law enforcement. Read more. 

12/20/2017

Dr. Donald Goldstein, affectionately known to many GSPIANs as “Goldy,” has passed away after a lengthy illness. During his 35-year career at the University, Dr. Goldstein taught 259 courses, presented more than 14,000 lectures and took approximately 3,700 students on a two-day tour of the nation’s capital. He also served as the director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, and contributed tremendously to the University by donating a collection of World War II artifacts to the school. 

12/05/2017

The Matthew Ridgway Center recently hosted former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering of the Iran Project to discuss the state of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ambassador Pickering began his talk encouraging tough questions. “The most intrusive and difficult questions are the ones we should be exploring together,” said Pickering.

11/22/2017

Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security announced its inaugural cohort of 24 renowned Pitt affiliate faculty which includes six GSPIA professors.  The affiliate scholars represent a wide range of professional and scholarly research interests. They include counterterrorism experts, computer science technologists, foreign policy analysts, information security professionals, legal scholars and other thought leaders. As affiliate scholars, the chosen faculty will continue to make strides in their respective fields of study while collaborating within Pitt Cyber. The following GSPIA faculty members comprise the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security’s inaugural affiliate scholars:

Featured Publications
Ryan Grauer Advances Command Structure Theory in new book: Commanding Military Power

Commanding Military Power offers a new explanation of why some armed forces are stronger than others. Ryan Grauer advances a ‘command structure theory’ which combines insights from organization theory, international relations, and security studies literatures to provide a unique perspective on military power. Specifically, armed forces organized to facilitate swift and accurate perception of and response to battlefield developments will cope better with war’s inherent uncertainty, use resources effectively, and, quite often, win. Read more. 

Featured Faculty
 
Julia Santucci to Join GSPIA Faculty as Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies

Julia M. Santucci, who just stepped down as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State, will be joining the GSPIA faculty in the fall of 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies.  She will also serve as Director of the new Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Security.

 
 

Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
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