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Institute for Global Security Studies

Welcome to the Institute for Global Security Studies (Global Security, for short). I'm the Director, Dr. Thomas Riley O'Connor (Tom) and I work in McCord Room 204 at 931-221-7077 with email oconnort@apsu.edu and I regularly teach our GSS courses, GSS2010 (Introduction to Global Security), GSS 3020 (Global Strategic Studies) as well as other courses in the Criminal Justice department within which the minor is located.  It has become a somewhat popular minor since it was rolled out in 2006 with over 300 graduates since, and at any given time, we service about 25 students every semester on the main campus and about another 20 per year at our Ft. Campbell facility.  The Institute exists to synergize the efforts of APSU faculty in optimizing the focus and impact of their research, provide practical advice to practitioners in the region, and of course, be of academic benefit to students.  We hold an annual symposium every Summer on key issues.  Past symposiums were on South Asia, Southern Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan, Economic Warfare, Information warfare, Cybersecurity, and Nuclear Energy.  The Institute also assists with finding donors, grant providers, publishers, and travel opportunities for faculty engaged in global security studies.  Students in this minor enjoy the benefits of interacting with internationally-renowned scholars and the possibilities of exciting and challenging career opportunities with many different kinds of organizations and movements.  

For instance, careers of interest include working in IGOs (inter-governmental organizations like the U.N., NATO, World Bank, and the WTO), INGOs (international non-governmental organizations like Amnesty International, CARE, or Oxfam), NGOs (non-governmental organizations like BRAC, Wikimedia, and Doctors Without Frontiers), MNCs (multinational corporations like Alphabet, Apple, Exxon Mobil, and Wal-Mart), defense and intelligence agencies and contractors like Raytheon, Booz Allen Hamilton, the CIA and DIA), diplomatic and foreign affairs organizations (US Dept. of State, USAID, etc.), think tanks, foundations, charities, religious groups, and others involved in development, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid (AmeriCares, Ford Foundation, RAND Corporation, Red Cross/Red Crescent, etc.)