Our Mission

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies believes in providing comprehensive analytic insight into the relevant security challenges and threats present around the globe. 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 U.S. and international community face.

  • The Ridgway Center focuses on diverse challenges to international security — including the spread of international terrorism, counterinsurgency, the rise of transnational organized crime, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, emerging technology, and other critical issues faced by policymakers and the U.S. military.
  • The Ridgway Center produces original and impartial research on key contemporary security issues and makes these analyses available to policymakers, scholars, journalists, and the public.
  • Graduate students who work at the Ridgway Center acquire the necessary skills to obtain leadership positions with the U.S. government, private sector, or academic community.

The core mission of the Ridgway Center is to contribute to the intellectual and policy debates about the world’s most pressing issues in international security studies.

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is host to many talented students and faculty, and many former students have gone on to build successful careers in both the public and private sectors. The Ridgway Center would like to spotlight some of these individuals, their current work, and their accomplishments.