The Maldonado Institute for International Security and Global Leadership

Our Mission

To excel in apolitical and unbiased research that focuses on the major issues related to international security, global leadership, and cooperation.

Ernest Maldonado

Dr. Ernest Maldonado’s career has included work in national security, local law enforcement and academia. He served at various world-wide assignments with the Air Force Intelligence Service for nearly a decade.  He then joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he rose to the rank of Captain.  During his career with the Sheriff’s Department he taught at several universities in Southern California, after graduating from Pepperdine University and Claremont Graduate University, where he is a Trustee Emeritus. Ernest is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Virginia and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates. In addition, he is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is currently a supporter of Claremont Graduate University, where he is a Trustee Emeritus, Pepperdine University, where he is a Board Member at the School of Public Policy and Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.


Yi Feng

Message from the Director Dr. Yi Feng, The Luther Lee Memorial Chair
Thanks to the generous support of the Maldonado family, the endowed Maldonado Institute for international Security and Global Leadership has been established to conduct research and to provide strategic and usable information to both government and business organizations worldwide. Our research areas include international conflict, homeland security, terrorism, and geopolitics, as well as other issues that affect major international relations such as energy, demography, and immigration. The Institute also aims at enriching the academic and learning quality of faculty and students at Claremont Graduate University through workshops, conferences, speaker series, and sponsored projects.