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.

  

The Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh

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.  

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. Read more.

 

08/14/2014

We are pleased to announce that Frank Hofmann, a recently retired Senior Manager and Operations Officer in the CIA, will serve this coming year as a Visiting Senior Lecturer at GSPIA.  Hofmann will teach a variety of intelligence studies courses in the SIS major and be available to provide guidance for students interested in pursuing careers in the intelligence field.  Hofmann served from 2007-2010 as a CIA Officer-in-Residence at GSPIA and also taught a course for the school as an adjunct last spring.  

07/15/2014

The public debate over the commercial use of drones has amplified since lawmakers voted to allow unmanned aerial vehicles to fly unencumbered across US landscapes.  Senior Lecturer and drone expert Dennis Gormley shares his views with Christian Science Monitor reporter Mark Clayton.

06/03/2014

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Carasiti and Christine Unger have been selected as recipients of the Ridgway Fellowship scholarship program for the Fall 2014 semester.  Darren Hedland and Diana Antonian Israelian are the recipients for the Spring 2015 semester.  

09/17/2014

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host an open house at 12:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 17 in Posvar Hall room 3930. Meet the Director, Dr. Phil Williams and other faculty members while exploring research opportunities and how to become involved. Refreshments provided.

09/18/2014

Guest speaker Shawn Bird will be on hand to discuss career opportunities in the intelligence community at 12:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 18 in Posvar Hall room 3431. RSVP, beb38@pitt.edu

09/25/2014

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.

 

Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
3930 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
412.624.7884

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