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Global Security Program

The Baker Center’s Global Security Program has two tracks: Nuclear Security and Conflict Processes. These tracks are led by two Baker Fellows, Dr. Howard Hall and Dr. Krista Wiegand and offers research, courses, and events related to each of their areas of expertise.

Institute for Nuclear Security

The Institute for Nuclear Security (INS), led by Dr. Howard Hall, Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Engineering, focuses on the shifting landscapes of science, technology, and policy, and how these and other factors can affect the political and cultural environment of security, both at home and abroad. The INS hosts educational events that examine issues related to nuclear security and safety, weapons of mass destruction, cybersecurity and related issues. They work closely with such organizations as: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, State Department, Department of Defense and others throughout the world. The INS also offers a Global Security Studies curriculum, a certificate program that instructs students on the interrelationships that exist between and are related to the security of nation-states. Students study political science, economics, and engineering in order to understand the interaction of these fields within the global security arena.

Conflict Processes

The Conflict Processes research program, led by Dr. Krista Wiegand, Faculty Fellow at the Baker Center, focuses on war, crises, international and civil conflict resolution, territorial and maritime disputes, piracy, terrorism and other political violence, and foreign policy. The program hosts brownbag talks by UT faculty and graduate students, a lecture series on different aspects of global security and foreign policy, and a bi-annual conference on some aspect of prevention, management, and resolution of international conflicts, civil wars, terrorism or other political violence. Courses on these topics are also conducted, including recent projects with the State Department’s Diplomacy Lab. Current research conducted by researchers in the Conflict Processes Program include:

  • a two year Minerva grant (2015-2017) directed at UT by Dr. Wiegand, with University of North Texas, University of Iowa, and University of Georgia to collect data on identity claims by states on behalf of non-state actors.
  • a two year Minerva grant (2014-2016), directed by Dr. Brandon Prins, a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Global Security Fellow at the Baker Center, to collect and study data on the incidence of piracy off the coast of Africa. This project looks at ways to improve safety on the seas and policies to address these issues.
  • a pilot study, directed by Dr. Matt Buehler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Global Security Fellow at the Baker Center, collecting event data on non-state violent groups in the Arab world, using Arabic news sources.

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