Pitt's Ridgway Center Cosponsors Conference on Violent Armed Groups

Issue Date: 
August 24, 2010

Pitt’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies in conjunction with the U.S. Army War College will host a conference Sept. 16-17 titled “Violent Armed Groups: A Global Challenge.” This conference, which is being held in the University Club, will explore the threats posed to security and stability in many parts of the world by violent armed groups.

The conference seeks to accomplish the following:

• Examine the rise of a wide variety of armed groups operating in key parts of the world;

• Identify key characteristics of these groups, including their ability to mobilize support and raise funds;

• Assess the challenges posed by these groups to national security of various states, including the United States and its key allies; and

• Examine the implications these groups and their activities have for U.S. strategy.

To register or for more information, visit the registration Web site. The Ridgway Center is an affiliate center of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

—By Amanda Leff Ritchie