The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Women In International Security (WIIS) proudly announces “Peace and Security During Uncertain Times,” a week-long, virtual conference occurring October 5 - 9, 2020.

Our world is more tumultuous than ever. COVID-19 has exposed inequities in global health systems, including disproportionate burdens on women, migrants and refugees, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations. Climate change persists, and experts predict that rising temperatures will increase the risk of violence and armed conflict globally. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction pose an evolving threat to U.S. national security, which Cold War-era foreign policy tools and institutions are questionably equipped to address.

Each night, Monday – Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, panels will explore these challenges and propose courses of action that may assist our country in moving forward. On Friday, 1:00-4:00pm, a student research showcase will be held.

Join us for a night or the whole week.

Monday: Keynote Address - The Gender and Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century (7:00-8:30 pm)


Tuesday: New Approaches to Arms Control & Nonproliferation (7:00-8:30 pm)


Wednesday: Climate Change and Conflict (7:00-8:30 pm)

  • Dr. Katherine Mach, Associate Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
  • Ms. Mackenzie Burnett, Co-Founder, The Next 50
  • Ms. Rebecca Simon, Humanitarian Assistance Advisor to the Military, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID
  • Moderator: Dr. Marcela González Rivas, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh


Thursday: Inequities and Global Health (7:00-8:30 pm)


Friday: Student Research Showcase (1:00 – 4:00 pm)

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Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, the Ford Institute for Human Security, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs, and the University Center of International Studies