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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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
04/20/2016

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. 

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.

12/29/2015

Dr. Colin P. Clarke (PhD ’11) delivered The John T. Ryan Memorial Lecture during the World Affairs Council’s 84th Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Dr. Clarke is an Associate Political Scientist at the Rand Corporation and terrorist expert.  Clarke addressed the topic, “Making Sense of Syria: ISIS, Russia, and What comes Next.”

12/20/2015

This fall, GSPIA will be adding a new Assistant Professor in International Affairs/Intelligence Studies, Michael Poznansky, now completing his University of Virginia dissertation while serving as a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Predoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Poznansky has published articles in International Studies Quarterly and the European Journal of International Relations.  As a graduate student at Virginia he won both the University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in the Social Sciences and the Department of Politics’ Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

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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