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

DEF CON 2019 team photo

ASU GSI faculty play leading role in international hacking competition, design obstacles for the world’s best teams

An algorithm, called Defend, is being developed by GSI's ASU professor Huan Liu & doctoral student Kai Shu to scrutinize news being shared on social media and warn consumers of its potential falseness. Read this EdScoop article for more.

GSI's Cybersecurity Education Consortium talked to ASU Professor of Practice Kim Jones, who offered tips on how to implement a successful internship program virtually.

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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