September 16th (9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.) and Sept. 17th (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
University Club, Ballroom B
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


This conference will explore the challenges posed by violent armed groups to security and stability in many parts of the world. While some of these challenges seem to be in areas peripheral to U.S. interests, others involve strategic areas, others raise questions about the security of the global commons.

This conference seeks:
· to examine the rise of a wide variety of armed groups operating in key parts of the world, including areas of responsibility of the combatant commands;

· to identify key characteristics of these groups including their ability to mobilize support and raise funds;

· to assess the challenges posed by these groups to national security of various states, including key United States allies as well as the U.S. itself; and

· to examine the implications of these groups and their activities for U.S. strategy, doctrine, and force posture.

Please visit our website at www.ridgway.pitt.edu to view a draft agenda.
Please register at: http://www.ridgway.pitt.edu/ContactRidgway/ConferenceRegistration/tabid/700/Default.aspx (link includes hotel information)
This conference is co-sponsored by the US Army War College and is open to all GSPIA students and faculty and interested community members.