UCF Global Perspectives


The Global Peace and Security Studies Program

The Global Peace and Security Studies Program

“Assessing the factors that affect international peace and security”

The Global Peace and Security Studies Program at the University of Central Florida – supported by the Peace and Security Studies Fund of the Global Connections Foundation – is housed jointly by the Global Perspectives Office and the Department of Political Science. Established in 2010, it sponsors or co-sponsors public discussions featuring top speakers, panels and other presentations; encourages scholarship and research; and works with partners worldwide. The program is committed to assessing the factors that affect international peace and security from an interdisciplinary perspective. It is an integral part of a broader undertaking at UCF that includes the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C. UCF and USIP joined forces in 2009 to inspire a new generation of young people to participate in the search for creative solutions to resolve and prevent conflicts. They are working toward that goal by enhancing UCF’s many classes that relate to peace and security; bringing together specialists and scholars from several disciplines; and encouraging expanded community conversations on these issues. The program also partners with the sponsors of the Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship, which is awarded each semester to a Central Florida college or university student.


The Global Peace and Security Studies Program Directors

John C. Bersia, Co-Director
Global Perspectives Office
PH 202,407-823-0688

Roger Handberg, Co-Director
Department of Political Science
PH 302, 407-823-2608

Jessica Squires, Assistant Director
Global Perspectives Office
PH 202, 407-823-0935

The Global Peace and Security Studies Program Advisory Board

  • Patricia Ambinder, Chair, Peace and Security Studies Committee, Global Connections Foundation
  • Rosalind Beiler, Interim Director of Public History, Department of History, UCF
  • John C. Bersia, Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives, UCF (Co-Director)
  • Jessica Squires, Public Affairs Coordinator, Global Perspectives Office, UCF (Assistant Director)
  • Roger Handberg, Department of Political Science, UCF (Co-Director)
  • Joan Johnson-Freese, Chair, National Security Decision Making Department, U.S. Naval War College
  • Amal Khan, UCF’s first Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow
  • George Lopez, Vice President, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Gabriela Othon Lothrop, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, A Local Folkus
  • Jim Ludes, Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University
  • Jack Mendelsohn, former senior U.S. arms control negotiator
  • Beppy Owen, Esq., Chair, Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Sibille Pritchard, President, Global Connections Foundation
  • Naomi Tutu, Human Rights Activist

Related Events

Click here for a list of recent and past events supported by the Global Peace and Security Studies Program at UCF.


Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellowship

The UCF Global Peace and Security Studies Program, the Global Perspectives Office at UCF and the Global Connections Foundation will provide an opportunity for an outstanding undergraduate (at least junior level) or graduate student from a Central Florida college or university to serve as a Global Peace Fellow. Click here for more information about the fellowship.

The Spring 2018 Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow is Noa Tann. She is a junior at UCF pursuing a degree in International and Global Studies, with minors in Biology and Global Peace and Security Studies, as well as certificates in Intelligence and National Security and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is the Vice President of the United Nations Association at UCF, and the National Programs Coordinator for World for Refugees, a global nonprofit. Her research interests include U.S. intelligence and diplomacy, as well as global environmental conservation and the Middle East and North Africa region. Upon graduation, she plans on teaching English abroad before applying to both graduate school and the U.S. Foreign Service. A student of Arabic, Hebrew, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, Tann has most recently traveled to Israel to study Arabic. To learn about other fellows and scholars, click here.