Global Security

The Center’s Global Security Program examines 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.

It is led by Dr. Howard Hall, Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Engineering, with Dr. Brandon Prins, Political Science.

Dr. Hall’s also directs the Institute for Nuclear Security (INS), located within the Baker Center. 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.

Dr. Prins examines global security issues from a political science perspective.  He recently obtained a Minerva grant to study data collected on the incidence of piracy off the coast of Africa. This two year project will look at ways to improve safety on the seas and policies to address these issues.

Global Security Policy Area Media


The New Barbary Wars

This Policy Brief surveys the history of maritime piracy, explain the drivers of its recent resurgence as a global security threat, evaluate the success of recent antipiracy measures, and suggest some policy tools that may be more effective at curtailing the lure of such brigandry."


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