Intelligence Challenges for the 21st Century: Looking Back and Looking Forward

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 workshop will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies in conjunction with the Student Services Office of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Unlike programs that focus on traditional military affairs, this workshop is designed to introduce students to the intelligence challenges posed by both traditional and contemporary security challenges such as terrorists, insurgencies, and other violent armed groups.  It consists of a series of panels on these security threats and challenges.  Beginning with security challenges during the Cold War (and looking particularly at the Cuban Missile Crisis), the program then focuses on the lessons we can draw from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It then turns attention to issues of foresight, social media intelligence (SOCMint), new approaches to drug interdiction, structured analytic techniques, alternate competing hypotheses on African terrorist organizations and the impact of fracking on energy security.  

The program will begin at 9:00 am and will include a complimentary luncheon along with a stimulating and informative program which should run until 4:00 pm.  We ask that you RSVP your attendance to beb38@pitt.edu by March 17.


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