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
WW I Conference: Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center’s most recent conference “Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo: Lessons from World War I for Crisis Management in the 21st Century,” focuses on the major issues, causes and events leading to the world’s first global conflict.

Recent News
01/13/2015

In 2005, the Tribune-Review reported on the radicalization of one of the brothers in the French terror attacks. Terrorist expert Michael Kenney adds context to the story in an interview with Trib reporter Andrew Conte. 

10/09/2014

Drawing from their most recent book,  A Low-Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions, GSPIA Professor Dennis Gormley and co-authors analyze how the People’s Liberation Army's capabilities play out in the context of a Taiwan scenario in their article, "A Potent Vector: Assessing Chinese Cruise Missile Developments," published in the Pentagon's premier military journal, Joint Forces Quarterly.

10/01/2014

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center’s most recent conference “Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo: Lessons from World War I for Crisis Management in the 21st Century,” focuses on the major issues, causes and events leading to the world’s first global conflict. The day-long conference began with remarks from the Center’s Director Dr. Phil Williams, followed by lectures by Professors Jack Levy, Dennis Gormley, Forrest Morgan, and Avery Goldstein.

09/29/2014

Terrorism expert Colin Clarke, (PhD ’12), an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, recently shared his views about the threat of ISIS to the United States with Fox News, and The Washington Post. GSPIA Associate Professor Michael Kenney also discussed the threat of ISIS relating to the recent arrests of Islamic radicals in Great Britain with Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter Andrew Conte. In another appearance, Kenney sat down with NightTalk host Ellis Cannon for a conversation about the United States' involvement in the war against ISIS. 

09/19/2014

Associate Professor Michael Kenney recently made a guest appearance on WPXI’s NightTalk, a nightly news show hosted by Ellis Cannon.  Kenney discussed the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to the United States.

Ridgway Research & Analysis
Featured Publications
Missile Contagion Cruise Missile Proliferation and the Threat to International Security
Most books on missile proliferation focus on the spread of ballistic missiles or cruise missiles, not both. Gormley’s work explains why cruise missiles are beginning to spread widely, but does so by explaining their spread in the context of ballistic missile proliferation.
Featured Alumni
John

Picarelli, ’97, is a program manager for transnational issues at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research and development branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. Picarelli focuses on transnational, organized crime, human trafficking and terrorism, among others, and how and how they impact criminal justice sectors at the federal, state, and local levels in the United States.

 

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