Voices of Human Security

Ford Institute Publication Series

The primary purpose of this publication series is to offer a tiered outlet in order to incentivize informed engagement on issues of human security by faculty, students and practitioners at the various levels and stages in research development. This series is intended to be distinct from the standard academic journals by having a more applied, policy-driven focus. In addition to stimulating informed engagement, the Ford Institute would like to provide opportunities for students to develop crucial professional skills in analysis, writing and explication. Finally, it is hoped that readily available printed, peer-reviewed publications will increase the job prospects of graduating students. Productive ideas and research premises will be fielded and encouraged by the series editor and the Director.

Voices of Human Security

“Voices of Human Security,” allows students and practitioners to articulate a more opinion-oriented piece on an issue relating to human security. This series will provide a forum for exchanging and articulating ideas without the requirement of rigorous academic backing. Whereas the policy briefs are intended to be informative, the opinion pieces are intended for the purposes of developing logical argumentation and language skills. Opinion pieces represent a starting point for building larger scholarly and policy research. Students whose opinion pieces are chosen for publication will be entered into a competition, for which a monetary reward will be given.


  1. Length should be 2 – 3 pages.


  1. The language is personal, informal and absent any jargon.
  2. The controversy behind the issue should be highlighted.
  3. A well-articulated logical argument should be made representing an informed opinion on a specific policy issue.
  4. The opinion should include a specific policy recommendation.
  5. The argument should apply to a current issue related to human security.
  6. The argument should contain a single point and that should be put in simple terms.
  7. The argument should make some reference to the counter-argument as to provide context for the debate.
  8. Unlike the op-eds we might read in the paper, the issue and argument should also be tied to scholarly debates and literature.

Further Tips:

  1. Use the active voice.
  2. Use short sentences and paragraphs.
  3. Don’t be afraid of using narratives and metaphors.
<pstyle="text-align:>All submissions will be peer reviewed by a committee of students and faculty members. Authors will be involved throughout the editing process.

Submissions and questions can be directed to Ford Institute at fihs@pitt.edu


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