The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies produces original and impartial research on key 21st Century security issues, making this analysis available to policymakers, scholars, journalist, and the broader public.  At this Web site, visitors can learn more about current and recently completed Center projects, access publications, and review an extensive list of resource links.

Monitoring and Analysis Group

This is a one-stop resource for a variety of issues pertaining to international security. The monitoring and analysis group features a core of analysts dedicated to conducting ongoing monitoring and analysis of specific international security challenges and actors. Members of the group produce topic backgrounders, weekly analytic updates, and occasional interviews with specialists.

Research Papers

Students in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs undertaking the major in Security and Intelligence Studies produce research papers on a wide variety of topics in international security. This section of the web site includes some of the most useful examples of these papers, focusing on issues ranging from intelligence analysis to the activities of violent armed groups.

Cyber Threats Group

A University of Pittsburgh computer science student has been chosen to receive funding through the John P. Murtha Institute for Homeland Security for research proposed on cyber-attacks and international tensions. Another GSPIA student is also being funded to work on Russian organized crime and cyber-crime. This research will be posted as soon as it is available.

Piracy Group

GSPIA graduates are compiling data on a comprehensive global piracy database.  This database logs incidents of international piracy based on characteristics such as type of vessel, hijacking v. kidnapping for ransom, location, weapons used, etc.  This research will be posted as the database is populated.

Terrorist Profiles

The Ridgway Center is developing a set of profiles of individual terrorists compiled by a select group of undergraduates working under the supervision of a doctoral candidate. The initial focus is on terrorists in Southeast Asia, but this will be broadened over time.

Resource Links

The Ridgway Center has compiled a list of useful resource links for research on international security issues and challenges. These external Web sites do not signify the Ridgway Center’s endorsement.

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