Tuesday, April 24, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Alcoa Room
2nd Floor, Barco Law Building
For more information: 
Sandy Monteverde, Ridgway Center, ( or
Diane Cohen, Ford Institute, (

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will present the Fifth Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture at 2 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 22 in Ballroom A, University Club (123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15231).  The lecture will feature renowned scholar and intelligence expert Richard K. Betts, Leo A. Salzman, Professor of War and Peace Studies and the Director of International Security Policy Program at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. RSVP,

Pitt Cyber will host three-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Sanger at 12:00 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21 in Ballroom B of the University Club. Sanger will discuss “The Cyber Threat: The New Way Nations Struggle for Power and Influence.”  Following the lecture, Pitt Cyber Director, David Hickton, will lead a discussion with Sanger and the audience. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.  Please register at events by Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Matthew Ridgway Center will host the Eisenhower Fellows from the U.S. Army War College for a panel discussion at 1:00 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 15 in the Alcoa room of the Barco Law Building. This annual program features a team of experts from the U.S. Army and Air Force, holding discussions on a wide range of national and international military topics, including strategic challenges confronting America in the second decade of the 21st century.Panelists include:

  • Colonel Scott Anderson: Acquisition Reform: Solutions and Strategies
  • Commander Brett Holdiman:  South China Sea: Strategic Interests and Dynamics
  • Lieutenant Colonel Matt Humphrey:  Aviation Dependency in the U.S. Military
  • Colonel E.J. Irvin:  Strategic Leadership in Times of Change
  • Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Lamb: Women Trailblazers in the Military: Forging a New Path
  • Colonel Mark McPherson: Improving Safety through Investigation of Human Error


Information:A Pillar of Evidence-Based Public Policy 
A Casualty of Polarized Discourse?
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Noon-1:30 p.m.
3911 Posvar Hall

Please join the Matthew B. Ridgway Center at 1:45 p.m., Mon., Dec. 4 in Posvar Hall room 3911 to hear Dr. Assaf Moghadam discuss “The Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation Among Terrorist Actors.”  

Dr. Assaf Moghadam
Monday, December 4, 2017
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Posvar Hall, 3911

Please join the Ridgway Center for a breakfast briefing with Ambassador Thomas Pickering of the Iran Project on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the University Club, Conference Room A (take the elevator to the 3rd Floor), 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Ambassador Pickering will focus on the important topic of whether the Iran Deal can survive.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host guest lecturer Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28 in Posvar Hall, room 3431. In this special talk, Ambassador Pifer will discuss "The Past and Future of U.S. -- Ukraine Relations." 

Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. (new time!)
Room 3930 Posvar Hall

Please join the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies for a panel discussion on “What the U.S. Can Do About Terrorism” with two of the most renowned experts in the field of terrorism studies -- Marc Sageman, M.D., Ph.D. and Martha Crenshaw, Ph.D.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Michael Kenney, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, himself an expert on terrorism. 

Monday, April 24, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Alcoa Room, 2nd Floor
Barco Law Building
Refreshments served

Sir Lawrence Freedman will deliver the Fourth Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture, at 4:00 p.m., Wed., March 22, 2017 at the University Club, Ballroom B. The event is sponsored by the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. The time and location of the event is to be determined. 

Monday, February 27, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Posvar Hall, room 3911

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host cybersecurity expert, Dr. Jon Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs, Monday, February 27, 2017. 

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host the Eisenhower Fellows from the U.S. Army War College, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh World Affairs Council, Monday, January 23, 2017.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host Dr. Joshua Rovner, the John G. Tower, Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security & Director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies, at Noon, Friday, Jan. 20 in Posvar Hall, 3610.

Jeffrey A. Friedman
Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 26, 2016
3911 Posvar Hall

Friday, October 7, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Alumni Hall, Fifth Floor
4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15260
To RSVP, click here.

The Global Political Seminar (GPS) series will feature Pitt Assistant Professor William Spaniel at Noon to 1:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 7, in Posvar Hall, 4500.  Spaniel is a political scientist, who studies war, nuclear proliferation and terrorism. Spaniel’s talk will focus on his paper “Cornering the Market: Optimal Responses to Competitive Political Violence.”  GSPIA Associate Professor Michael Kenney will serve as the discussant.

Nate Mason
12:10 p.m.
Wed., Oct 5, 2016
Posvar Hall, 3911

Nate Mason, former Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, will discuss how foreign intervention played a decisive role in Libya's revolution. 

Join the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies and the Stephen R. Tritch Nuclear Engineering Program of the Swanson School of Engineering as experts from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (National Nuclear Security Administration), Federal Bureau of Investigation and GSPIA discuss nuclear nonproliferation issues, opportunities and current events. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Major General John W. Baker will speak on the “Nexus Between Cyber Law and Data Analytics” at Noon on Thursday, September 15 in room 2500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall. The event is sponsored by Pitt Law, Pitt Information Sciences and the Matthew Ridgway Center. The lecture is open to all University students, faculty and staff.

Major General John W. Baker
Commanding General U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and Deputy Commanding General, Second Army 

Major General Baker is a 1985 graduate of Norwich University where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Armor. Baker has served extensive command assignments from Germany to Bosnia to Iraq.

In July 2007, Baker assumed command of the 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and in June 2010 he was assigned as Chief, Commander’s Initiatives Group (CIG), United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia. From June 2014 to July 2016, Baker commanded the 7th Signal Command (Theater) at Fort Gordon. Baker holds Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Ford Institute / Ridgway Center Open Houses
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
3930 Posvar Hall

New Student Orientation

Guest lecturer John F. Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan Reconstruction will deliver "An Existential Threat: U.S. Oversight of and Responses to Corruption in Afghanistan at Noon, Wed. March 30 in room 3911, Posvar Hall.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies is honored to present the Third Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture at 2:15 p.m. Mon., March 29 at the University Club, Ballroom B.  This year’s guest lecturer will be Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command.  To register, click here.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host "Intelligence Challenges and Military Threats in the 21st Century" at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 15 in the Kurtzman Room at the William Pitt Union. Lunch provided. RSVP:

Political, technological, economic and social changes are undermining governance, driving instability around the globe, and presenting new challenges for U.S. military forces and the intelligence agencies that support them. Join the Ridgway Center as participants of this one-day seminar seek to identify the key features of the environment and the challenges facing military forces operating in what is called the grey zone; to examine what the intelligence community can do to facilitate such operations; and to identify some new tools, methods, and approaches that can facilitate intelligence assessments. 

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center welcomes Dr. Rudra Sil at 12:00 p.m., Monday, February 22.  Dr. Sil is a Professor of Political Science and the director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Ridgway Center for International Security Studies is honored to invite you to “Global Challenges and U.S. National Security Strategy: Global Engagement and Leadership,” a briefing by senior officers from the United States Army War College. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 12:45 p.m. in Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Room 3911. It is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the U.S. Army War College, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

As always, this event is free and open to the public.  To register, click here.

Should you have any questions, please email Sandy Monteverde at or Emily Markham at

Join us for a special presentation as Lieutenant General Schmidle shares his perspective on policy and legal implications of emerging cyber capabilities at 1:45 pm, Tues. Jan. 19 in Posvar Hall, room 2500.

Washington Post reporter Dana Louise Priest will present "The Curious Disappearance of Civic Information in the Age of the Internet" at 7:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 11 in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall (4227 Fifth Ave. 15260). Ms. Priest is the James L. Knight Chair in Pubic Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland's Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host Admiral Michael S. Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 26 in 2500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall.

Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
William Pitt Union Assembly Room
University of Pittsburgh

The Ridgway Center will host a conference entitled "Gangs and Trafficking in Central America" beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, October 23 at the William Pitt Union Assembly room. The conference will explore the relationship between governance in the region and the prevalence and expansion or of the Maras (gangs).

The conference will consist of four panels including: (1) Governance in the Northern Triangle, (2) The Nature of the Gangs, (3) Gangs, Drugs, Cities and Prisons, and (4) Round-table Discussion of what can be done.

The University of Pittsburgh will host a two-day conference to assess the threat of violent extremism and government policies for dealing with it Thurs., April 9 and Friday, April 10 at the Twentieth Century Club.  The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and Europe. To register, click here.  To view a full conference program, click here

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host the annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture at 1:30 p.m., Thurs., April 2 in Ballroom B of the University Club. Dr. Scott D. Sagan, a renowned scholar from Stanford University, will present: "A Dangerous Nuclear Future: Weapons, Energy, and Risk.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host guest lecturer Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, at 3:300 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2 in Posvar Hall room 3911.

The Matthew Ridgway Center will host guest lecturer Colin Clarke (PhD '12) at 12:15 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5 in Posvar Hall, room 3911. Clarke will provide an overview of ISIS's evolution, detailing its history as Al Qaeda in Iraq until present day. Topics will include an analysis of the group's finances, ideology, strategy and tactics. Lunch will be served, please RSVP to: by Oct. 31st.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host a conference entitled "Avoiding a Nuclear Sarajevo: Lessons from WW I for Crisis Management in the Twenty-First Century" from 9 am - 3 pm, Thur. Sept. 25 at the University Club, Ballroom B.

Guest speaker Shawn Bird will be on hand to discuss career opportunities in the intelligence community at 12:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 18 in Posvar Hall room 3431. RSVP,

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host an open house at 12:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 17 in Posvar Hall room 3930. Meet the Director, Dr. Phil Williams and other faculty members while exploring research opportunities and how to become involved. Refreshments provided.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host guest lecturer UCLA Professor Emeritus David C. Rapoport, founder and co-editor of the Terrorism and Political Violence at 12:00 p.m., Wed. April 2 in Posvar Hall, room 3911. Read more.

The Ridgway Center will host a one-day conference focusing on "Intelligence Challenges for the 21st Century:  Looking Back and Looking Forward" from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tues., March 25 at the O’Hara Student Center--Dining Room,  4024 O’Hara Street in Oakland.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will host guest speakers Brigadier General Stephen Cheney (USMC), and Dr. David Titley, Rear Admiral (USN), at 12:15 p.m., Tues., Feb. 11 in Posvar Hall, room 3431 to discuss the impact of climate change in areas such as  national security, food insecurity, extreme weather and water depletion. 


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