Responding to new and emerging security threats.

With longstanding alliances falling into jeopardy and the world’s most powerful nations grappling with the idea of peace, security remains one of the most important topics of our time.

That’s why Professor Deborah Avant and her colleagues at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy address such issues as civil-military relations, the roles of non-state actors in controlling violence, and the status of women in war-torn societies. Korbel students are digging into security issues of great gravity — from weapons of mass destruction to the military’s use of autonomous systems to issues of human security such as human trafficking. When you join them, you will be part of a diverse and committed student body, learning from leaders in the field and engaging with top security professionals on everything from counterterrorism and criminal investigation to counterintelligence and cybercrime.

Faculty Spotlight

Deborah Avant

Deborah Avant


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George Casey

George William Casey

Supervisor of the Casey Leadership Program

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Faculty Publications

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War, Women, and Power

Professor Berry's publication explores the political mobilization of women in Rwanda and Bosnia, particularly after the mass violence in the early 1990s. Less than ten years later, Rwandans surprisingly elected the world's highest level of women to parliament. In Bosnia, women launched thousands of community organizations that became spaces for informal political participation. This mobilization in both countries complicates the popular image of women as merely the victims and spoils of war. Read more. 


Resisting War

In civil conflicts around the world, unarmed civilians take enormous risks to protect themselves and confront heavily armed combatants. This is not just counterintuitive - it is extraordinary. In this book, Professor Kaplan explores cases from Colombia, with extensions to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and the Philippines, to show how and why civilians influence armed actors and limit violence. Read more.

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General Casey Speaks with Sié Fellows about Nation's Greatest Security Concerns

Korbel alumnus General George W. Casey Jr., (Ret.) (MA '80), former Chief of the Staff of the U.S. Army and Commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, recently took time to sit down to breakfast and talk with the Josef Korbel School's Sié Fellows and undergraduate students. 

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Minerva Institute
Professor’s Research Explores How Humans Respond to Autonomous Systems

When the Department of Defense (DOD) needs to get up to speed on the social, cultural, behavioral and political trends affecting the nation’s security, it calls in a special kind of special forces.

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