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

GSI's Executive director Nadya Bliss was interviewed by AZFamily about the recent suspension of Trump's social media accounts.

Dr. Danielle S. McNamara, ASU Professor of Psychology and Director of the Science of Learning and Educational Technology (SoLET) Lab, will discuss recently-published articles in the new APA journal, Technology, Mind, and Behavior, that relate to CHART's mission to better understand human-robot interactions, artificial intelligence, and misinformation, as well as recent research in her lab.

Hear from GSI's Scott Ruston on the role social media played in the recent riots at the U.S. capitol building in this FOX10 article and video clip.

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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

Annual report

Download our annual report for a sampling of our activities and accomplishments from the last year and learn how we’re continuing to advance security and defense research at ASU.

2019 report 2018 report 2017 report