Global Security Initiative

Wicked problems. Novel approaches. Impactful responses.

The Global Security Initiative (GSI) produces mission-relevant approaches and decision support tools to address some of the world’s most vexing and complicated security challenges.


As Arizona State University’s hub for global security research, we leverage the world-class expertise of ASU faculty and GSI’s connections with the global defense, security, development and diplomacy communities to take new approaches toward the world’s wicked problems.


The results are tools, technologies and systems that are impactful, timely and useful to policymakers and implementers.


$34 million+

in research expenditures in FY 2020


More than 150

affiliated faculty representing over 12 college-level units



in the nation for DARPA young faculty awards

Recent news and events

The number of Americans — and Arizonans — who’ve received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine continues to increase on a daily basis. And there is a measurable level of excitement, as being vaccinated makes it feel like we’re getting closer and closer to returning to the normal lives so many are longing for.

Nadya Bliss spoke with KJZZ regarding her response to seeing such selfies.

Dr. Julie A. Adams, Professor and Associate Director of the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute at Oregon State University, will discuss the impact of algorithms, transparency, and resilience on human teaming with biologically-inspired robotic collectives.

The Arizona Supreme Court task force refocuses on disinformation. One of the conclusions GSI's Scott Ruston and other scholars have drawn in studying disinformation is that disinformation actors seek out social wedge issues around which they can erode the public’s faith in political institutions, whether that’s the judiciary, the legislature, the education system, the press or the executive branch.

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Mission support

GSI focuses on long-term security needs rather than short-term funding opportunities. Financial support for GSI’s efforts to address these long-term security needs are provided by government, industry and private foundations.


Funding Sources Graph

Year in review

This is the new 2020 Year in review which outlines key accomplishments and efforts throughout the year.

2020 in review


PDF files of previous reports.