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
October 02, 2015

On Sept. 21, 2015, the Ford Institute for Human Security welcomed Dr. Des Gasper to give this year’s Saul M. Katz Lecture titled “Human Security and Human Rights: Competitive or Complementary?” Dr. Gasper is a professor at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He delivered a talk to a standing-room only crowd based on his current paper entitled “Human Security, Undermining Human Rights?”

October 02, 2015

The Ford Institute for Human Security recently kicked-off its annual fall speaker series by welcoming alumnus Neal Walker (MPIA ‘82) to GSPIA.  Walker currently serves as the Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Resident Coordinator, and Representative of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine. His son, Neal S. Walker, is currently a second-year student in the MID program. 

September 28, 2015

GSPIA Professor and Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security, Taylor Seybolt, was recently quoted in Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster. The article discusses western intervention in Syria and the strategy of using air strikes to protect citizens. According to the article, Dr. Seybolt insisted that, "Bombing people to save them isn't really a good practice. The talk about humanitarian bombing is not focused on a particular safe area or population, it's just sort of a broad statement that we're going to try to help people so that they stay were they are rather than come across to Europe."

May 08, 2015

The Ford Institute recently hosted a lecture entitled “Climate Change, Social Stress & Migration: Implications for Conflict & Cooperation,”  featuring Dr. Susan F. Martin from Georgetown University and Dr. Daniel W. Bromley from the University of Wisconsin.

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.

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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