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Peter Forster

Peter Forster

  • Associate Dean for Online and Professional Education and Information Technology
  • Senior Lecturer, Security Risk and Analysis
  • Affiliate Faculty, School of International Affairs
332P Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8304


  1. Ph.D., Political Science (International Relations/Comparative Politics), Penn State 1997
  2. M.A., Political Science (International Relations), Penn State 1984
  3. B.A., History with honors, Penn State 1982


Dr. Peter K. Forster is a Senior Lecturer, member of graduate faculty, and the Graduate Program Administrator in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations) and has affiliate faculty status with the School of International Affairs, the Center for Network Centric Cognition and Information Fusion (NC2IF), an IST-based research center, and Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Forster’s primary areas of interest are terrorism/counter-terrorism, risk and crisis management, international relations and national security. He is a member of the NATO/OSCE Partnership for Peace Consortium Counter-Terrorism Working Group which brings academics and practitioners together to examine the global aspects of terrorism and its impact. He has been involved with Penn State's Homeland Security program since its inception including teaching courses on terrorism, crisis management, and Homeland Security specific topics such as intelligence and inter-agency cooperation. Prior to joining IST, he taught courses on international relations, war, and international relations of the Middle East. Dr. Forster served on the University’s Homeland Security Council, the Homeland Security Defense/Education Consortium’s sub-committee on curriculum development, the Department of Homeland Security Professional Development and Strategic Studies working group, and is Penn State’s representative to the Naval Postgraduate School’s University and Agency Partnership Initiative. Dr. Forster has been involved in security sector reform including defense institution building as well as consulting on national distance education initiatives in Central Asia and the Caucasus.  He is the co-author of books on NATO’s military burden sharing and intervention including most recently Multinational Military Intervention, Stephen J. Cimbala & Peter K. Forster. (Ashgate Publishing ISBN: 978-1-4094-0228-2 2010). He also has published on homeland security topics technology and terrorism and American policies and interests in Central Asia and the Caucasus. His current research focus is evolution of terrorists use of on-line and mobile technologies in a variety of aspects. Prior to joining IST, Peter worked 23 years for Penn State’s World Campus, the University’s on-line initiative. He was involved in strategic planning and transition to the on-line environment as well as being organizationally responsible for identifying, designing, developing, delivering, and assessing e-learning programs.  These programs were offered to business, industry, and government.  He also managed corporate relationships and developed international partners.

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332 Information Sciences and Technology Building
University Park, PA 16802 - 6823
Phone: 814-865-3528
Fax: 814-865-5604
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