International Security Studies to Join New Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

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May 13, 2021

International Security Studies to Join New

Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

New Haven, CT — On May 10, Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs announced that it will integrate International Security Studies (ISS) in order to further strengthen the Institute’s core research mission, as Jackson becomes a new School of Global Affairs next year.

“I am thrilled for ISS to serve as a foundation for the new Jackson School,” said ISS Director Paul Kennedy, Yale’s J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Global Affairs.  “Under the directorship of Professor Arne Westad, I am confident that ISS will continue to flourish as a premier research institution dedicated to international history, grand strategy, and global security.” 

On October 1, 2021, Yale’s International Security Studies will officially become a part of the Jackson Institute.  Founded by Paul Kennedy in 1988, ISS has established itself as a major research hub for developing the field of security studies, training a vast number of young scholars and practitioners who have gained prominence across the world.  ISS also brings together faculty from across the University who work on issues of international security, especially at the nexus of history and political science.  ISS supports faculty and student research; awards pre- and post-doctoral fellowships; and organizes a wide range of conferences, workshops, and other symposia, enriching the Yale community.

Odd Arne Westad, Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale, will assume the directorship of ISS on July 1, 2021. “I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to serve in this role, building on what my predecessors here at Yale have established,” said Westad.  “Paul Kennedy and his successor Nuno Monteiro have created a program that has no equal anywhere in the world, and this week – right after receiving the shocking news of Nuno’s far too early passing – it is even more meaningful for me to try to build on the foundations that he and Paul have constructed.”

“Jackson is in many ways the perfect home” for ISS, Westad added.  “It brings together the best of Yale in the pursuit of better understanding global affairs.  It shows how scholarship – both in humanities and the social sciences – is improved when it is anchored in the real world,” he said.  

Paul Kennedy will continue to direct the Maritime and Naval Studies Project at ISS, a new initiative that examines the purpose and future of sea power, and the enduring significance of the sea to global affairs.  As part of the program, ISS plans to host its second Naval History Conference at Yale during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein, currently Deputy Director of Leadership Program at the Jackson Institute, will assume the new role of Executive Director of ISS, in addition to continuing to serve as Executive Director of Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy and Lecturer in Law and Global Affairs.

“I’m delighted to partner with Paul Kennedy, Arne Westad and colleagues to support this enhanced focus on exceptional, groundbreaking research on international security studies at the soon-to-be Jackson School,” Wittenstein said. “ISS has such a storied history, and given the full array of threats to global security its mission is more vital than ever before.”

About the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs promotes education and scholarship on global affairs at Yale.  The institute is home to Yale’s master’s program in global affairs, a master of advanced study in global affairs and the undergraduate major in global affairs.  Jackson’s interdisciplinary academic programs inspire and prepare Yale students for global leadership and service.

In April 2019, the Yale Board of Trustees approved the transformation of the Jackson Institute into a school.  The Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs will be the first professional school created at Yale since 1976.  The trustees have targeted the fall of 2022 for the opening of the school. 

Read more about Jackson’s transformation into a school here.