Vol. 32, Issue 2 - Spring 2009
WWS Launches New Center for International Security Studies
In addition, CISS will support research, conferences, and special workshops on international security issues, as well as provide logistical and academic support for existing projects at the School. The center will host up to two postdoctoral researchers each academic year investigating global security problems.
“The Center for International Security Studies will help to provide our students with increased knowledge of and specialization in grand strategy and national security issues, particularly as the U.S. deals with such challenges as the rise of Asia and the ongoing economic crisis,” said Ikenberry. “The study of grand strategy – how states mobilize and pursue policies in the face of international threats and opportunities – is especially important in today’s interconnected and globalizing world.”
“The new center will support the community of scholars atThe School and at Princeton who are examining the security challenges we face today, as well as tomorrow,” commented Friedberg. “We hope CISS will serve as a vehicle for outreach and cooperation with other institutions studying these issues, from the military service academies in the U.S. to our peer institutions abroad. And we hope to attract the world’s leading scholars to the center to increase our collective knowledge for the benefit of our students.”
The launch conference, titled “International Security in a New Era of Crisis,” kicked off on Thursday, April 30 with a keynote speech by renowned grand strategist and Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. The conference also included a high-level panel addressing “American Grand Strategy and the Obama Administration,” featuring the participation of Peter Beinart of the Council on Foreign Relations; Jakub Grygiel, Johns Hopkins University; and Barry Posen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Woodrow Wilson School Professor of Politics and International Affairs Thomas Christensen, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will serve as the panel’s respondent. Professor Ikenberry chaired the panel. A second panel of experts examined the topic “The Global Financial Crisis and American National Security”, featuring the participation of Daniel Drezner, Tufts University; Jonathan Kirshner of Cornell University; and James Shinn Ph.D. ’73, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School. The School’s Harold James, a Professor of History and International Affairs, served as the panel’s respondent. Professor Friedberg chaired the panel.