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
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster:  "Harbingers of Future War: Today's Conflict and Implications for Defense Strategy"

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center welcomed guest lecturer Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster on March 29, 2016 for the Third Annual Paul L. Hammond Memorial Lecture.  Lt. Gen McMaster emphasized the uncertainty of war, while noting the importance of the Ridgway Center in “…connecting those who work in national security with the people in whose name we serve." 


Recent News
05/25/2017

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center recently hosted leading terrorism experts Dr. Marc Sageman, M.D., and Dr. Martha Crenshaw, for a panel discussion on combating terrorism in the U.S. moderated by Dr. Michael Kenney, interim director of the center. 

03/01/2017

Dr. Michael Poznansky, assistant professor of international affairs and intelligence studies, welcomed cybersecurity expert Dr. Jon Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs to GSPIA, Monday, Feb. 27. During the lecture, Dr. Lindsay explained that it's best to think about cybersecurity not as its own unique phenomenon but rather in the light of intelligence. 

02/10/2017

By Colin P. Clarke (Ph.D., '11) & Chad C. Serena (Ph.D., '10)

As he promised on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump has moved quickly against the Islamic State, directing the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop an aggressive plan to defeat the group and temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Critics of the ban believe it will actually weaken domestic counterterrorism efforts and bolster Islamic State propaganda and recruitment. But there is another glaring hole in this strategy as it is currently comprised: it fails to address another half-dozen or so other terrorist groups throughout the world that threaten American security and global order.

01/11/2017

David J. Hickton, former United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, has been appointed founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security.

01/06/2017

Dr. Michael Poznansky, assistant professor of international affairs and intelligence studies, spoke with KDKA host Robert Mangino about the latest developments between the U.S. Intelligence Community and President-elect Trump. The discussion focused on the recent upheaval over President-elect Trump’s “Tweets” regarding the intelligence community assessment of the Russian government’s attempt to interfere with the presidential election.  

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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