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
05/06/2016

Since Barack Obama’s start of the U.S. presidency, America faces a conundrum: how can the United States at once reassure its allies and partners by demonstrating the potency of its unrivalled conventional superiority without unsetting the very strategic stability it asserts is so central to achieving the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world? This paper by Dennis M. Gormley, senior lecturer at GSPIA, addresses the difficult question of how missile defense and conventional precision-guided weapons complicate achieving deep cuts in nuclear weapons - particularly with a view to the strategic relationships to Russia and China.

04/20/2016

Research takes many forms, but for student researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the process took on a whole new meaning when the school partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to develop new knowledge in countering violent extremism. 

04/01/2016

 By Nicholas Caskey

John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), recently addressed students, faculty and guests on US efforts to reconstruct Afghanistan.  During his lecture, Spoko discussed the creation of SIGAR to oversee and prevent "waste, fraud and abuse" of American tax dollars. "I thought I knew all about corruption, but I can tell you that what I have seen and heard in the last four years in Afghanistan puts to shame what we call corruption here," said Sopko, "And this pervasive corruption poses a deadly threat to the entire U.S. effort to rebuild Afghanistan."

03/21/2016

Daily headlines illustrate how networks of violent extremism have spread around the globe becoming one of the principal security challenges facing Western democracies. Associate Professor Michael Kenney explored one such network in an article published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

03/15/2016

In a recently published War on The Rocks blog, Assistant Professor Michael Poznansky examined the numerous cyber attacks carried out on federal government agencies and private businesses throughout the United States over the past year.  Read more.

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.

 
 

Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
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