Manual workers should be respected and cherished, not repaid with arrogance, discrimination and humiliation. Illustration: Craig Stephens
Op-Ed | November 29, 2017

Beijing’s cruel eviction of its migrant workers

As a society urbanises, its “hardware” and “software” should both improve. Manual workers should be respected and cherished, not repaid with arrogance, discrimination and humiliation. 

Building 7
In the News | November 17, 2017

New initiative supported by $3.7 million in grants

The MIT Security Studies Program launched today a collaborative program with the Harvard Belfer Center to mentor the next generation of foreign policy scholars with support from the Charles Koch Foundation.

Hotel attendants for delegates pose in Tiananmen Square as the 19th party congress closed on October 24. Photo: Simon Song
Op-Ed | November 11, 2017

China, a model for gender equality? The reality would say otherwise

The glaring absence of women in top national decision-making bodies, and a culture where sexism and misogyny still thrive, mean female empowerment in China still has a long way to go.

 Charles Koch is investing in foreign policy programs at elite American universities. (Patrick T. Fallon/For The Washington Post)
In the News | November 11, 2017

Libertarian billionaire Charles Koch is making a big bet on foreign policy

Stephen Walt, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Barry Posen, the director of MIT’s Security Studies program, will oversee the Koch-funded program at the two schools.

Richard Nielsen
In the News | November 09, 2017

Why some Muslim clerics become jihadists

What turns people into radical jihadist clerics? A new book by MIT political scientist Richard Nielsen offers a new answer: thwarted career ambitions.


President Trump addresses the National Assembly in Seoul on Nov. 8, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
In the News | November 08, 2017

In speech to South Korean assembly, Trump tells the North 'Do not try us'

Here & Now's Robin Young discusses Trump's South Korea trip with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh (@DrJimWalshMIT).

Japanese abductees
In the News | November 03, 2017

For families of Japanese abducted by North Korea, Trump visit brings spotlight

“The abductee issue pulls at the heartstrings of the general public in a way that no other issue can,” said Richard Samuels, a Japan specialist and the director of the MIT Center for International Studies.

Richard Clarke and Joel Brenner
In the News | November 03, 2017

Why we should welcome warnings

Richard Clarke, the former chief counter-terrorism advisor on the National Security Council, expanded on ideas in his new book, “Warnings,” asserting that specialists…can “see the thing buried in the data that other people don’t see.”

Op-Ed | November 01, 2017

What next for Kurdistan?

The central government of Baghdad all along was threatening the Kurdistan regional government, as did Turkey, Syria, and in particularly Iran.

Ai Weiwei's guilded cage
Op-Ed | October 26, 2017

Ai Weiwei: The enemy of walls

Ai Weiwei is not an enemy of the state. He is an enemy of walls, physical or virtual, no matter who builds them, Trump or Xi Jinping.

Iran nuclear deal
In the News | October 13, 2017

Trump will decertify the Iran nuclear deal. What does that mean?

Jim Walsh, senior research associate at the MIT Security Studies Program, tells Here & Now's Robin Young that President Trump's move is largely symbolic.

News Release | October 05, 2017

MIT International Policy Lab (IPL) issues third call for proposals to faculty and researchers

The Center announces today the third Call for Proposals from the International Policy Lab (IPL), which helps MIT faculty develop the policy implications of their research and thus better inform the global policymaking community.

MIT Starr Forum: North Korea
In the News | October 05, 2017

Nuclear and present danger

“The bad news is that denuclearization is a fantasy,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, who has written extensively about North Korea’s nuclear program. ... “The good news is, deterrence can work.”

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In the News | October 02, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg’s China dilemma: To kowtow or not?

Can we really blame Zuckerberg for trying a bit too hard to prove that in facing the wealth of the world’s second largest economy, even a billionaire can be silenced?

MISTI video contest
News@E40 | October 02, 2017

Tackling the world’s challenges in the field

From Chile to China, current MISTI students submitted one-minute videos and photographs focusing on their international projects and their experiences with different cultures.


Members of the delegation deliver mercury science policy briefs, developed by the 13th annual International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), to Minamata delegates.
News Release | September 29, 2017

MIT International Policy Lab sends delegation to UN’s Minamata Convention

The MIT International Policy Lab (IPL) sent representatives to participate as observers to the first Conference of Parties (COP-1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, through a delegation led by co-faculty director Noelle Selin.