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Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter and Happy New Year! We hope everyone is having a great start to the semester. In this newsletter learn about the updated giving page for ACDIS, the undergraduate Global Security Certificate, upcoming security events, and our upcoming North Korea Symposium.


The ACDIS Program has had an impact on untold numbers of faculty and students during its history.

Your generous gift to the Directors Fund will ensure future generations of University of Illinois students engage in the study of peace and security. Gifts to the Directors Fund honor the programs founders and former directors of ACDIS and supports student researchers.

Your gift to the Friends of ACDIS will support subscriptions and purchases for security-related publications for student access in our ACDIS library. Your gift will also support lectures, symposia, and conferences that concentrate on the ACDIS mission.

Gift transactions are confidential and secure. Please select the fund you would like to make a gift to, along with the amount, and you will be redirected to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure Online Giving form.

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Did you know that ACDIS offers an undergraduate certificate in Global Security!? It is not too late to add some ACDIS Certificate courses to your schedule for the spring semester! Follow the links below to apply and visit the ACDIS website or contact

Online Application Here

Security Events

Power Grid Outages in FEMA Region X: Causes, Impacts, and Mitigation

  • Seminar Series related to energy security 
  • January 29th at 3:00 pm
  • via Webcast

Power grids are subject to a number of threats and hazards, including from natural, accidental, and malicious (cyber and physical sabotage) causes. A catastrophic event leading to a protracted, wide-area outage would have significant impacts on inter-dependent infrastructures, vulnerable populations, and economic activity. This presentation summarizes a study done in collaboration with FEMA Region 10, which comprises Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, to prepare a comprehensive grid threats, hazards analysis report.

Click event title for more information and to register for the webcast 

Sponsor: CIRI


Tracking an Extremely Infections Vector Borne Disease in the Indian Continent: The Case of Kyasanur Forest Disease

  • Lecture related to biosecurity 
  • February 5th 12:00 pm
  • Lucy Ellis Lounge of the FLB

Sponsor: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies



The North Korean Symposium, Crisis on the Korean Peninsula?, will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday, March 28th, 2018 from 8:45 am to 5:30 pm. The program will cover topics such as a history of Korea, the Korean Peninsula Today, and Security Issues and the Korean Peninsula

  • Symposium on North Korea
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2019 from 8:45 am - 5:30 pm 
  • Spurlock Museum in the Knight Auditorium 
  • Contact information, information regarding speakers, parking, and travel can be found in the hyperlink above 

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security 

Co-Sponsors: Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies 

Have a Great Week!