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.


The Ford Institute for Human Security

The Ford Institute for Human Security 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. We make our research findings available through publications, presentations and consultation to national and international policy makers, non-governmental organizations and other interested parties.

The Ford Institute treats human security and national security as mutually reinforcing. The gravest threats to human security arise when governments are unable or unwilling to protect their population from internal and external threats. Governments face their greatest challenges when the lives and livelihoods of the people they govern are threatened.

Human Security at GSPIA

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers a major concentration in human security for degree candidates in International Affairs and International Development. The major adopts a broad definition of human security as the protection of people from large-scale threats to their physical and economic well being. The Ford Institute and the human security major together make GSPIA a leader in research and education concerning the complex security challenges people face in this rapidly changing world.



Dr. Dina El Naggar, Senior Communications Officer in the Integrity Vice Presidency at the World Bank recently shared her experiences as a development professional with respect to Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt


In a recent lecture hosted by the Ford Institute, Dr. Harry A. Patrinos of the World Bank presented "Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Education." Patrinos argued that by targeting people for education and economic reform conversely does not work. Policymakers need to match policy to regions and integrate Indigenous Peoples into national economies.


By Alexander Halman

Despite the recent resurgence of violence in North Africa and the Middle East, the Arab Spring has largely faded into the background of the American media. Committed to consistent academic and policy engagement on critical issues in the developing world, the Ford Institute for Human Security held the 5th Saul M. Katz Lecture on Social and Economic Development on this issue. The lecture was entitled “Ripeness in Revolution? From North Africa to the Sahel” and delivered on Tuesday November 12th, 2013, by Dr. I. William Zartman, the Jacob Blaustein Professor Emeritus of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.


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