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

Terrorism Expert and Associate Professor Michael Kenney will appear on the KD-PG Edition (CBS Pittsburgh) with Stacy Smith at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.  Dr. Kenney will discuss the most recent ISIS terror attacks in Paris and implications for U.S. policy.


Hackers, intellectual property, legislation, and Russia subs hovering near underwater cables were just some of the topics Admiral Michael Rogers, Head of the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, discussed this week with students and faculty during a recent visit to GSPIA. 


GSPIA professor Michael Kenney was recently interviewed for a KUTV article discussing the future of the struggle against ISIS, or the Islamic State. Since airstrikes were announced in August of last year, it has been difficult to gauge whether efforts to stop the group have been successful. According to the article, Dr. Kenney stated, "We're not winning, they're not winning. The fact that ISIS is still around, you could argue, is a win for them. It's discouraging that we are still kind of stuck in the stalemate."


The most recent Ridgway Center conference, "Containing Threat Convergence, Exploiting Threat Divergence," held on September 10th and 11th, was featured in a recent Pittsburgh Tribune article entitled "Forum in Pittsburgh probes 9/11 fallout." The article discussed how the September 11 attack shifted the focus of policy and military leaders from the world's strongest states, the biggest threats during the Cold War era, to the weakest. It also discussed how criminal and terrorist groups are borrowing strategies from one another, pointing out examples like the Islamic State's generation of income via criminal sources like extortion and stolen oil fields and Mexican cartels' use of terror strategies such as publicly displaying the bodies of their victims.


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.

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

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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