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. Dr. Wiegand, a specialist in international relations, holds a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Political Science and the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. Professor Wiegand joined the UTK faculty in 2014 after nine years on the faculty at Georgia Southern University. She received her PhD from Duke University in 2004. Dr. Wiegand’s research covers territorial disputes, conflict resolution/management, war and militarized interstate disputes, terrorism, and bargaining strategies. She has published articles in journals including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Asian Security, and Conflict Management & Peace Science. She has published two books: Bombs and Bullets: Governance by Islamic Terrorist and Guerrilla Groups (Ashgate Publishing, 2010) and Enduring Territorial Disputes: Strategies of Bargaining, Coercive Diplomacy, and Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2011), and is co-editor of the forthcoming bookIslands of Contention:  The China-Japan Border Dispute in a Multidisciplinary Perspective(Ashgate Publishing, 2015).

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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."


Fall 2014 Events in Global Security Wed., Sept. 24, 5:30 pm – Global Security LectureCovenant Sans SwordVice Admiral Vijay Shankar (India, Ret.) of the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India, will discuss current issues in Southeast Asia. Thursday, Sept. 25, 5:30 pm – Global Security Lecture – From ‘Participation’ to ‘Domination’? The Evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Strategy –  Samer Shehata, Univ. of Oklahoma. Sponsored by History, Baker Center, Humanities Center, Modern Foreign Languages and Political Science Wed., Oct. 1, 5:30 pm – Distinguished Lecture on Global Security: The Timeline of Technology, Dr. Charles McMillan, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory. The power behind policy-making that is informed by technology – are we ready for the future? Fri., Oct. 3, 10:30 am – Noon – Global Security Lecture: Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Coup d’etats in Africa, 1960-2012 Allan Wilford, doctoral student in Political Science, UT – ROOM 204 Wed., Nov. 12, 10:30 am – Krista Wiegand, Baker Faculty Fellow on Global Security, The Intractability of International Conflicts