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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GSPIA is proud to have 16 veterans in the School’s current cohort, and over 40 in the last two decades.


Anne Marie Toccket, GSPIA alum (MID ‘11) and project coordinator of The Philanthrophy Forum, received a Sprout Legacy Fund Award as it sunset. She was among 50 Pittsburghers chosen out of 500 nominations. For Toccket, the $1,000 Legacy Award will be given to Building New Hope, a Lawrenceville-based volunteer-driven nonprofit working in Nicaragua.


KDKA reporter Ralph Iannotti interviewed GSPIA students engaged in a joint research project with the FBI spearheaded by Associate Professor Michael Kenney. The foundation for the partnership developed out of the student working groups at the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at GSPIA, under the leadership of Dr. Phil Williams, director of the center.  “As a policy school, GSPIA strives to give its students experience in conducting policy relevant research inside and outside the classroom,” explained Associate Professor Kenney. The students in the group work collaboratively and share a common interest in a career in intelligence and law enforcement. Read more. 


Dr. Donald Goldstein, affectionately known to many GSPIANs as “Goldy,” has passed away after a lengthy illness. During his 35-year career at the University, Dr. Goldstein taught 259 courses, presented more than 14,000 lectures and took approximately 3,700 students on a two-day tour of the nation’s capital. He also served as the director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center, and contributed tremendously to the University by donating a collection of World War II artifacts to the school. 


The Matthew Ridgway Center recently hosted former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering of the Iran Project to discuss the state of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ambassador Pickering began his talk encouraging tough questions. “The most intrusive and difficult questions are the ones we should be exploring together,” said Pickering.

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Associate Professor

Michael Kenney is associate professor and program director of international affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation and the co-editor of Organizational Learning in the Global Context. Dr. Kenney has published numerous academic journal articles on terrorism, Islamist militancy, and transnational organized crime in Survival, Orbis, Terrorism and Political Violence, Global Crime, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, among other publications. He also serves on the editorial board of Terrorism and Political Violence, a leading journal in the field. Dr. Kenney recently completed a book manuscript based on over five years of ethnographic field work on al-Muhajiroun, an outlawed Salafi-jihadi activist network based in the United Kingdom. He has also conducted field research in Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Morocco, and Spain and held research fellowships at Stanford University and the University of Southern California. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Institute of Justice, among other institutions. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida. Prior to earning his doctorate, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, South America, and an Americorps Volunteer in Orlando, Florida.

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