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
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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
04/02/2015

GSPIA Senior Lecturer Dennis Gormley testified at a hearing held by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s offensive missile capabilities in Washington, D.C. yesterday afternoon. Gormley began his testimony by providing a historical overview citing “political, economic, and security factors” that have driven China’s ambitions for acquiring offensive missiles.  Implications of the testimony at the hearing will be compiled and delivered to both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate as part of the commission’s annual report. To watch the hearing, click here. To read, professor Gormley’s testimony, click here.

04/02/2015

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host the annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture at 1:30 p.m., Thurs., April 2 in Ballroom B of the University Club. Dr. Scott D. Sagan, a renowned scholar from Stanford University, will present "A Dangerous Nuclear Future: Weapons, Energy, and Risk. 

03/27/2015

How much of a threat are terrorist-inspired attacks to the United States and Europe? What are the best practices for preventing and responding to violent extremism and how can they be applied across countries? What role can local communities play?

These questions and others will be up for discussion at a free public conference hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. Titled "Countering Violent Extremism in the United States and the European Union," the conference will take place April 9-10 at the Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland.

02/23/2015

Associate Professor Michael Kenney’s article: “Cyber-Terrorism in a Post-Stuxent World” has been the most downloaded Orbis article in the last 90 days.  According to Kenney’s paper, Recent cyber-attacks such as Stuxnet and Anonymous’ increasingly aggressive digital activism have rekindled fears that cyber-terrorism is an imminent threat. However, the concept remains poorly understood. Read more.

02/05/2015

Terrorism expert and Associate Professor Michael Kenney recently discussed the threat of ISIS in the Middle East and ways to stop them with KDKA's Mike Pintek. To listen, click here.

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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