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
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
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 2019 Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow is Renzo Pierres. He is a Senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing an Undergraduate degree in the International Relations track of Political Science with a Diplomacy Certificate. He is also a student of the Burnett’s Honors College and is writing his undergraduate thesis on terrorist leadership decapitation. Upon graduation, Renzo plans on pursuing a master’s in political science with a focus on terrorism studies. Renzo is fluent in both English and Spanish, and he loves to travel and meet people from different cultures. To learn about other fellows and scholars, click here.