Pardee School Policy and Security Initiative
The Pardee School’s Policy and Security Initiative brings together students, faculty, outside experts, and policymakers to strengthen Boston University’s research, education, training and curriculum development on pressing issues of international and national security.
- Nuclear Politics and Strategy: The State of the Art, November 30, 2018
- Spring 2019 Colloquium on NATO Enlargement
PSI at BU’s Pardee School
Whether the issue is the “return” of great power politics, terrorist threats at home and abroad, or the spread of nuclear weapons, security concerns have never been more important to understanding international politics. Building on the Pardee School’s rich tradition in international security and diplomatic history and its specific mission to advance human progress, PSI aims to become a powerhouse of research, teaching and professional training in security.
Our core functions reflect this mission. First, thanks to our funders, we are able to offer faculty and student seed grants for independent research on international security issues. Second, we host regular colloquia and workshops with top scholars and practitioners to discuss the changing security landscape and the ways in which scholarship can inform policy and vice versa. Third, we are working to support students interested in working in the international security domain through, e.g., financial backing for summer internships. Finally, we aim to train the next generation of scholars-practitioners through mentorship programs that connect policymakers with our undergraduate and graduate student body.
Ultimately, these activities will empower BU faculty and students to speak to the national and international security challenges of our times while ensuring policymakers and practitioners embrace Boston University’s historically-informed and theoretically-rigorous brand of security scholarship.
About the Director
Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson’s teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of international security and diplomatic history, particularly the rise and fall of great powers and the origins of grand strategy. He has special expertise in great power politics since 1945 and U.S. engagement in Europe and Asia. Shifrinson’s first book, Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts (Cornell University Press, 2018) builds on extensive archival research focused on U.S. and Soviet foreign policy after 1945 to explain why some rising states challenge and prey upon declining great powers, while others seek to support and cooperate with declining states.