Generating and facilitating new research in the field of security is one of the pillars of the CITS mission. Often, this research is developed in support of a training program. It may also be developed in conjunction with a CITS student program or as part of a publishable product that will contribute to the larger conversation on a particular issue that falls within the expertise of CITS staff. In this section, information about CITS’ ongoing research initiatives will be made available.

Energy Systems & Security Policy Initiative (ESSPI)

The Energy Systems & Security Policy Initiative (ESSPI) is a partnership between the UGA College of Engineering and the Center for International Trade and Security.

ESSPI’s mission is to establish the University of Georgia as a key voice in the comprehensive energy-policy dialogue for the 21st century.

  • The primary goal of this initiative is to promote the understanding of energy as a currency of geopolitical influence that is central to matters of diplomacy and statecraft
  • This initiative also seeks to inform US policy so that it better aligns with the geopolitical dimensions of the global energy sector
  • Georgia is currently home to the only active nuclear power construction project in the United States, placing the state at the forefront of the next phase in America’s nuclear evolution
  • As the flagship institution of the state of Georgia, UGA has a responsibility to address evolutionary changes in the landscape of grand challenges facing the state, the country, and the world.
  • With a partnership between its College of Engineering and the Center for International Trade and Security, UGA is uniquely positioned to develop an initiative that integrates the technology aspects of energy systems with the inherent national security and policy realities of energy

While ESSPI is still in its early stages, it promises to become a leading source for research and expertise on energy & security policy. ESSPI will also offer numerous unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students looking to develop proficiency in this interdisciplinary subject area.

1540 Compass

The 1540 Compass is a journal of views, comments, and ideas for effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 to prevent WMD proliferation and terrorism by non-state actors. It was published by the Center for International Trade & Security, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. While the 1540 Compass is no longer actively published, back issues can still be accessed here.

Issue 11 – Winter 2016

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See also the final document on the 2016 Comprehensive Review

Issue 10 – Spring 2016

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Issue 9 – Summer 2015

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Issue 8 – Winter 2015

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Issue 7 – Special Issue: Comprehensive CBRN Security Culture

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Issue 6 – Special Issue: UNSCR 1540 10th Anniversary

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Issue 5 – Winter 2014

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Issue 4 – Fall 2013

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Issue 3 – Spring 2013

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Issue 2 – Summer 2012

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Issue 1 – Winter 2012

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