Our Mission

The mission of the Ford Institute for Human Security is to promote effective responses to severe threats faced by individuals and their communities as a result of conflict and deprivation. To that end, the Institute conducts research on the causes and consequences of political violence and economic underdevelopment, and works to advance the idea that governments have a sovereign responsibility to protect their people.

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Director's Message

Human security draws on studies of economics, governance, human rights, justice, peace and war to address a fundamental question: how can we protect people from severe threats to their lives and livelihoods?

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Featured Video
GSPIA's Ford Institute presents Dr. I. William Zartman

The Ford Institute welcomed guest lecturer Dr. I. William Zartman, the Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management and African Studies Programs, at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.

Recent News
January 26, 2015

Coro Pittsburgh presented GSPIA Professor Kevin Kearns with the Distinguished Individual Leadership Award at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards and Celebration, Friday, January 23 at the New Hazlett Theater. According to Coro’s announcement, “Kevin Kearns not only demonstrates values based leadership in his own work and service but successfully instills those values in those around him.”

January 22, 2015

GSPIA/Pitt is ranked #19 world-wide in the 2015 Foreign Policy magazine rankings of the top 25 master’s programs for those seeking a policy career in international relations.  GSPIA/Pitt ranked #16 among U.S. programs and #3 among programs at U.S. public universities, behind only UC-San Diego and UC-Berkeley.  The full rankings are included in the January/February 2015 issue of Foreign Policy.

January 21, 2015

Jessica Kuntz, MPIA '15, spent the past year in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina as a Boren fellow, and recently examined the policy ending the Bosnia War in a Trib Live editorial--The Dayton Accords, 20 years on.

January 16, 2015

The University of Pittsburgh recently honored GSPIA staff members marking significant milestones including Mary Ann Gebet (40 years), Melissa Grzyb and Julie Nys, (10 years), and Shannon Brenner, Diane Cohen, Emmylou Dick and Katherine Risko, (five years).

January 15, 2015

The 2014 edition of the Pitt Policy Journal is a student-led initiative with a mission to provide a venue for students to contribute exemplary research, inquisitive debate, and constructive dialogue to peers and practitioners of public policy.

Featured Publication
Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict (Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding)

June 2013 marked the publication of Counting Civilian Casualties by Oxford University Press, in both hard cover and paperback editions.  GSPIA faculty member Taylor Seybolt was co-editor of the book.  He also authored the chapter: “Significant Numbers: Civilian Casualties and Strategic Peacebuilding”, as well as co-authored the Introduction and Conclusion.  The purpose of the book is to make the science of casualty recording and estimation more assessable to the practitioners who need it (e.g. human rights organizations, truth and reconciliation commissions, humanitarian relief agencies).

Student Spotlight
Lindsay Angelo Writes Award Winning Grant for Bright Kids Uganda

Thanks to a summer internship and the writing skills of Lindsay Angelo, (MPA ’15), a research assistant with the Ford Institute for Human Security, Bright Kids Uganda has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Diehl Family Foundation.  The grant will be used as “seed money” to fund new programs designed to help Bright Kids become more financially self-sustainable. 

 

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