University of Pittsburgh
September 21, 2005

Pitt's Ridgway Center Cosponsors Eisenhower Conference Sept. 27-28

Internationally acclaimed event explores national security
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-Pitt's Matthew P. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies is one of four cosponsors of the U.S. Army's 2005 Eisenhower National Security Conference titled "Shaping National Security: National Power in an International World," Sept. 27-28 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The conference is part of an internationally recognized series designed to broaden the policy debate among civilians and the military with representatives from the media, Congress, and business and international leaders.

Janne E. Nolan, professor of international affairs in Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and a senior researcher at the Ridgway Center, will chair the panel titled "The Intelligence Challenge: Understanding and Preventing Strategic Surprises." Members of this panel include Dennis Gormley, senior lecturer in security and policy studies in GSPIA; Admiral William J. Crowe Jr., former chair of the joint chiefs of staff; David Kay, former United Nations chief weapons inspector, and Carl Ford, a Central Intelligence Agency official.

Invited speakers at the conference include Representative Ike Skelton (D-Mo), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee; His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan; Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru; and Ambassador Carlos Pascual, director of the Office of Stability and Reconstruction in the U.S. Department of State.

Hosted by the U.S. Army, the conference is cosponsored by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the Center for Humanitarian Cooperation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in addition to the Ridgway Center.

For registration information and agenda details, go to News media seeking more information may contact Dave Foster, at 703-697-5344 or