Protesters at airport
In the News | February 05, 2017

Making sense of Trump’s travel ban

The dangerous part stems from the belief that President Trump’s ban, temporary or not, blocked or not on legal grounds, will become a recruiting incentive for terrorists.

A Japanese F-15 fighter jet (Courtesy of Japan's Self-Defense Forces)
In the News | January 26, 2017

Smartening up Japan's defenses

Targeted spending increases needed to buttress deterrence as threats rise. The balance of power in Asia is shifting rapidly, with important consequences for Japanese security and the U.S.-Japan alliance. The People's Liberation Army has become a formidable military force capable of challenging U.S. power at an increasing distance from the Asian continent.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
In the News | January 09, 2017

Trump's intel bashing

“When the president of the United States disparages your work, demeans your work, insults the integrity of your work, you wonder why you’re doing it, especially for a government salary,” says Joel Brenner, a senior research fellow at CIS and a former National Security Agency senior counsel.

News@E40 | December 22, 2016

Fall 2016 CIS newsletter

précis, the Center’s newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester. The fall 2016 issue is now available.

 U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the news media at Trump Tower in New York City. Dec. 6.
In the News | December 13, 2016

The End of the Commonwealth

Amid the many controversies attending the election of Donald Trump is one easy to overlook: the mounting assault on “public goods” — public education, public lands, public information and public health, among them.

In the News | December 12, 2016

Reports of saving the Pentagon billions are just fake news

The Balkan teenagers are at it again, this time in the guise of members of the Defense Business Board and consultants from McKinsey, with the claim that their report offering $125 billion in savings was being suppressed by the Department of Defense.

Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in May.
In the News | December 09, 2016

Japan’s pivot from Obama to Trump

Abe’s visit to Trump Tower in November went against the wishes of Obama’s White House, according to a Japanese media report, which cited an unnamed diplomatic source. But Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of CIS, says that Abe’s team “did what they had to do, quickly and well.”

Detail of the Sultanahmet Mosque (the "Blue Mosque"), in Istanbul
In the News | December 07, 2016

How political science helps combat terrorism

“As humans, we have all sorts of cognitive biases that come into play when we try to evaluate the risks posed by terrorism as well as the trade-offs of various counterterrorism policies,” says Richard Nielsen, assistant professor of political science.

Washington, D.C.
News@E40 | December 02, 2016

Applications for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program due 1/9/17

Calling all applications for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  The program provides a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

The Wall And The Ban: Can Trump Really Accomplish Either?
In the News | November 16, 2016

The Wall and the Ban: Can Trump really accomplish either?

Anti-immigrant fervor fueled Donald Trump’s White House bid from the beginning, so a Trump presidency naturally worries undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Businessman Trump or bureaucrat Hillary - Whom does Asia prefer?
In the News | November 08, 2016

Businessman Trump or bureaucrat Hillary—Whom does Asia prefer?

“The longing for closer association with the West is real,” Richard Samuels, director of CIS and Ford International Professor of Political Science, told Deutsche Welle. “However, it is constrained by the economic forces and opportunities that have only expanded since Clinton made that statement five years ago.”

Map of South Asia
Op-Ed | October 20, 2016

South Asian nuclear tensions: Back to core issues

To be sure, when tensions erupt between nuclear-armed adversaries in a conflict-prone zone, a superpower’s regional role is far from irrelevant, writes Jayita Sarkar, a Research Fellow with the MIT Security Studies Program.

the Trancik Lab
News Release | October 19, 2016

International Policy Lab issues second request for proposals

“We are very pleased with the success of this initiative so far,” said faculty director Chappell Lawson, associate professor of political science. “Solving the challenges facing our country and the world is central to MIT's mission; better connecting MIT researchers and policymakers contributes to that goal.” 

Shirtless Vladimir Putin On A Horse
In the News | October 15, 2016

On the Putinization of politics

Concern about the possible role of Russian president Vladimir Putin in the American political process has emerged as an issue in the 2016 presidential election. Elizabeth Wood, professor of history, shares insight into this perspective in an effort to help inform the American voter.

Collaborating with peers
In the News | October 14, 2016

Collaborating with peers across disciplines

Fotini Christia, associate professor of political science, and Ali Jadbabaie, JR East Professor of Engineering, discuss their research on the dynamics of sociopolitical change. They also share about the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and how it brought them together.

A displaced woman carries goods as United Nations Mission in South Sudan peacekeepers patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians site in Juba on October 4, 2016.
Op-Ed | October 13, 2016

Impose an arms embargo in South Sudan

“For many South Sudanese, peace has been punitive. Millions have been displaced by a civil war that began in 2013, two years after the country achieved independence,” writes Jacey Fortin, the Center’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, in an opinion piece for the Boston Globe.