Brian Wallheimer | February 24, 2017
The first pieces in the expansion of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) are in place, as the once-small program builds toward its long-term goal as a thought leader in American grand strategy.
Inspired by the inscription over an entrance to Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart—“God, Country, Notre Dame”—the center seeks to meaningfully engage with pressing international security issues facing the nation and world. It strives to play a catalytic role in matters of global policy through actionable research guided by the University’s Catholic character.
Led by Director Michael Desch, a professor in the Department of Political Science, NDISC recently hired three new faculty members and brought on board three postdoctoral fellows. Those new additions are thanks to a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to further develop and expand the center’s role as a forum for broader scholarship on U.S. national security policy.
Since its founding in 2008, the center has received wide-ranging support—including two grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York—that facilitated research projects, an endowed speaker series, an undergraduate fellows program, and a seminar series featuring scholars and experts on national security.
In 2016, NDISC received the gift of a major endowment from Brian Brady ’74 and his wife, Jeannelle Brady. Other founding benefactors include Sean M. ’90 and Susan Reilly; Michael T. ’64 and Ann Long; and Jack Kelly ’74 and Gail Weiss.