The mission of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context.

One key way the center accomplishes this mission is by supporting faculty research projects in three core dimensions of national security:

  • Use of force and diplomacy.
  • Ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security.
  • Institutions that manage violent conflict.

We also consider projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development initiatives globally, in addition to projects that strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil. We also consider projects that speak to the university’s Discovery Themes in health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security.

Principal investigators come from a wide variety of departments -- political science, history, sociology, public policy, women's studies, agriculture, law, and philosophy, to name a few -- and their work represents a full spectrum of research on national security.

Learn more about the faculty research projects that the Mershon Center has supported in recent academic years.