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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

Sie Center

About the Sié Center

Message from the Director

At the Sié Chéou-Kang Center, we are committed to research that seeks to understand security, diplomacy, and governance issues by focusing on the interconnections – between issues, between communities, and between theory and practice.

In the past few years, a litany of looming global concerns from climate change to violent extremism to the weaponization of information and interdependence intermixed with economic inequality, racial and gender injustice, a fraught information environment, and a loss of trust in many long-standing institutions to create a sense of global crises. The 2020 global pandemic has pushed the world beyond what many of us imagined.

Today's concerns are urgent, interconnected, and interact at global, national, and local levels. Our award-winning research team holds expertise on climate change, technology, gender, human rights, state and society relations, and economics as they relate to one another and security and governance, broadly construed.

We are well versed in the actions of governments (at all levels). However, we also attend to the security and governance activities of a wide range of authorities – from companies to NGOs to international organizations, community groups, journalists, and even academics.

Acutely aware of the connection between theory and practice, we are also committed to research that is both useful in the world and informed by responsible engagement. Responsible engagement, we believe, means not just bringing theory to practice but bringing the practice to theory as well – understanding how people see and operate in the world.

We aim to engage with social and political communities to make the world more inclusive, welcoming, peaceful, and just. Our approach has attracted international recognized scholars, partnerships with key policy organizations, generous foundation funding, and high caliber students (including our Sié Fellows), all of whom play important roles in our research projects.

We welcome your engagement with us. Please explore our faculty, affiliates, and ongoing projects and feel free to be in touch.

Deborah Avant
Director and Sié Chéou-Kang Chair