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.



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.


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. 


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.


The Ridgway Center will host a two-day conference (March 19-20) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.each day in Ballroom B of the University Club. The title of the conference:  “Containing Threat Convergence, Exploiting Threat Divergence: US Strategy for Dealing with Emerging Threats.” More information to follow.


The Ridgway Center will host the Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture at 2:00 p.m., Thurs., April 2 in Ballroom B of the University Club.


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

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