Global Security

The Center’s Global Security Program, led by Dr. Howard Hall, Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Engineering, has two main tracks: Nuclear Security and Conflict Processes. The Nuclear Security track, organized as the Institute for Nuclear Security (INS), 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. Led by Dr. Howard Hall, 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. The Conflict Processes track focuses on war, crises, international and civil conflict resolution, territorial and maritime disputes, piracy, terrorism and other political violence, and foreign policy. Led by Dr. Krista Wiegand and Dr. Brandon Prins, the Conflict Management track hosts brownbag talks by UT faculty and graduate students, a lecture series on different aspects of global security and foreign policy, and an annual conference on some aspect of prevention, management, and resolution of international conflicts, civil wars, and terrorism and other political violence. Dr. Wiegand has a two year Minerva grant (2015-2017) to collect data on identity claims by states on behalf of non-state actors. She specializes in territorial and maritime disputes, conflict resolution, mediation, and legally binding dispute resolution. She holds a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Political Science and the Baker Center. Dr. Prins, a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Fellow at the Baker Center, conducts research on the relationship between domestic politics, international relations, and militarized conflict. He has a two year Minerva grant (2014-2016) 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.

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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