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.


$27 million+

in research expenditures in FY 2019


More than 150

affiliated faculty representing over 12 college-level units



in the nation for DARPA young faculty awards

Recent news and events

GSI has been tracking how misinformation spreads on social media and why, in recent years, it's spreading more rapidly. In order to avoid spreading misinformation or disinformation, Bliss urges everyone to be patient and fact-check with multiple legitimate sources.

GSI Executive Director Nadya Bliss and Center for Human, AI, and Robot Teaming Director Nancy Cooke organized workshops that informed the Computing Community Consortium’s recently released report “Assured Autonomy: Path Toward Living With Autonomous Systems We Can Trust.” The report is the result of a year-long effort by the CCC and over 100 members of the research community and outlines the challenges and shortcomings that need to be addressed so that autonomy can sustainably fuel a long-lasting transformation, and provides a set of recommendations moving forward.

Disinformation increases social divisions and undermines our democracy. ASU Research Scientist Scott Ruston says that defending ourselves against this willful deception is part of our civic duty — and explains how to do so.

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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