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King University News :: King Security & Intelligence Studies Program Awarded Grant

Grant Awarded by United Stated Institute of Peace and the Institute of International Education

King College’s student-led King Security and Intelligence Studies Group (KSI), in association with the Security and Intelligence Studies (SIS) program, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,600 from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) to support Public Education for Peacebuilding.  USIP and IIE are independent government agencies operating under the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Defense.

“The grant, which was awarded through a nationwide competitive process, will be used in conjunction with matching funds, secured though KSI’s funding from King’s Student Government Association (SGA),” said Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, Instructor and Coordinator, Security and Intelligence Studies program.  “The grant will allow KSI to host a series of talks during the spring 2013 semester by nationally known experts on the subject of how to solve the political impasse surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.

“The lecture series will benefit our entire student body as they will have the opportunity to engage with nationally-known speakers who will address one of the most complex and critical foreign-policy issues of our time, namely the impasse concerning the Iranian nuclear program,” continued Fitsanakis. 

“USIP is pleased to support organizations and schools like King College and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” commented USIP President Jim Marshall.

The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence.  USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training.  The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education. 

“This is a great success for our students,” continued Fitsanakis.  “This grant will provide the elected members of KSI's Executive Board the opportunity not only to play leading roles in arranging and facilitating the speaker events during spring 2013 semester but also to administer Department of Defense and Department of State funds in a responsible, efficient and productive way.”

King’s new minor in Security and Intelligence Studies provides students with the opportunity to learn about espionage and intelligence, international terrorism, the Cold War, covert action, and advanced topics in geopolitics. Career paths where a minor in SIS is beneficial include careers in government, military, diplomacy, or intelligence. Areas of study complemented by a SIS minor include political science, history, and business – particularly finance, economics, management, and administration. Other majors enhanced by the minor are neuroscience, forensic science, physics, mathematics, psychology, and foreign language.  There are only 25 schools in the nation offering this type of program.  

For more information on King’s Security and Intelligence Studies program, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 or jfitsanakis@king.edu.

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