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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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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“Climate Change, Social Stress & Migration: Implications for Conflict & Cooperation,” featured Dr. Susan F. Martin from Georgetown University and Dr. Daniel W. Bromley from the University of Wisconsin, on February 9, 2015. This presentation illustrated that, while we have limited ability to control climate change, we can control how it affects vulnerable nations.
The cover stories of the 2018 issue of GSPIA Perspectives focus on GSPIA’s recent push to improve its leadership programs. The stories within detail the benefit and successes that have resulted from those leadership programs.
Do you have the passion to make a difference in the lives of others? Consider taking the first step toward a rewarding career in public service by applying to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA). Founded in 1958, GSPIA is one of the most recognized and comprehensive schools of its type in the world. GSPIA's 8,000 globally connected alumni hold prestigious positions in government, nonprofit organizations, business, and academia worldwide.
The 2016 GSPIA Perspectives, with cover stories on Promoting International Development, won a “Gold” MarCom Award for publications. The awards are administered by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Each issue of GSPIA Perspectives focuses on a certain program area, with this edition centering around the Master of International Development (MID), one of three, two-year master degree programs at GSPIA.
In a signing ceremony on the 40th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, GSPIA Dean John Keeler and Sarah Poole, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, UNDP, signed a memorandum of understanding between the University of Pittsburgh and the United Nations Development Programme. The agreement establishes the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at Pitt, a new interdisciplinary research forum for scholars and practitioners to collaborate on policy-relevant research on gender inequality.
The cover stories of the 2017 issue of GSPIA Perspectives focus on promoting diversity and inclusion. What made this important theme especially compelling now is that the 2016-2017 academic year was Pitt’s official Year of Diversity, and within GSPIA an unprecedented number of events were organized to address many facets of the issue.
Sustainable Development and Human Security in Africa, edited by GSPIA faculty Dr. Louis A Picard and Dr. Taylor B Seybolt seeks to broaden the policy debate and provide conversations about the sustainable development challenges facing African countries from multiple viewpoints and interdisciplinary perspectives—from academics, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the field. The book tries to strike a balance between recognizing the need to bring politics back into development programs and understanding the limitations of political institutions in weak states. To that end, it looks at the challenges of development from the perspective of human security.
Stephen Coulthart received his PhD from GSPIA in 2015. During his time here, he worked on the “Understanding the Responsibility to Protect” project at the Ford Institute. He and two other students coded and analyzed transcriptions of diplomats’ dialog at the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council to examine how the norms of intervention in humanitarian crises have changed. This hands-on experience provided him with practical skills he would later utilize in furthering his career.
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