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
February 05, 2015

Professor Louis Picard, director of the Ford Institute for Human Security, and co-producer of the film, "Under the Umbrella Tree" recently sat down with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Bob Podurgiel to discuss the film and his ongoing work in Uganda. Read article.

December 15, 2014

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. 

October 09, 2014

The Pitt campus community is invited to a free sneak peek film screening of the documentary film “Under the Umbrella Tree” on Thurs., Oct. 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Posvar Hall, room 4130.  A question and answer session with Ms. Namusisi, of Entebbe Uganda, will follow each screening.

September 19, 2014

The Ford Institute for Human Security celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Mon., Sept. 8 by welcoming guest lecturer, founding director Professor Simon Reich.  Since its founding in 2004, the Ford Institute has been led by experts in the field human security including: Dr. Simon Reich, Dr. Taylor Seybolt and Dr. Louis A. Picard.

September 02, 2014

The Ford Institute for Human Security will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at Noon, Mon., Sept. 8 in Room 3911. Founded in October of 2004 from a generous endowment from the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Institute engages in independent and collaborative research on causes of political violence, the effects of conflict on civilians, methods of conflict resolution, and transitions from conflict to stable peace.

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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