Joel Brenner
Op-Ed | March 23, 2017

Protecting America from cyber attacks

Joel Brenner, a senior research fellow at CIS, gave a presentation on protecting America’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks to InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector dedicated to sharing information to prevent hostile attacks against the United States.

Lourdes Melgar
In the News | March 22, 2017

Mexico’s energy reform

Lourdes Melgar, the Center’s Robert Wilhelm Fellow, MIT alumna, and former Mexican government official discusses opportunities and challenges of recent energy reforms in Mexico.

During the 2017 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, Narang said, "There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first".
In the News | March 21, 2017

India may abandon its 'no first use' nuclear policy

"Serious voices, who cannot be ignored, seem to suggest that this is where India may be heading, and certainly wants to head,” said Vipin Narang, an expert on South Asian nuclear strategy.

A funeral service last week for victims of a garbage landslide in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At least 113 people were killed in the March 11 collapse, according to the government.
In the News | March 20, 2017

As trash avalanche toll rises in Ethiopia, survivors ask why

The disaster is at odds with the image Ethiopia wants to project as a rapidly developing country, reports Hadra Ahmed and Jacey Fortin for the New York Times. Fortin is the 2016-17 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at CIS.

Rex Tillerson meeting with Japan
In the News | March 16, 2017

Rex Tillerson, in Japan, says US needs ‘different approach’ to North Korea

“It’s pretty clear that there’s a perfect storm brewing for mischief in East Asia right now,” said Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for International Studies at MIT.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor was successfully tested at an undisclosed location in the United States in 2013.
In the News | March 11, 2017

Why US antimissile system in South Korea worries China

“China is probably confident in its ability to be able to retaliate, but given the size and sophistication of US nuclear forces and the steady development of ballistic missile defenses, coupled with China’s small nuclear arsenal, the margin for error is thin,” said Taylor Fravel and Fiona Cunningham.

US-Japan Flags
Op-Ed | March 09, 2017

US-Japan relationship: past, present, and future

Richard Samuels spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the past, present, and future of the US-Japan relationship. Samuels has written widely on Tokyo’s grand strategy, on the events of 3/11 in Fukushima, and is now working on a book on the Japanese intelligence community. Read transcript

President Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., in January. Officials have not ruled out the possibility that the leaker was an agency employee.
In the News | March 08, 2017

CIA scrambles to contain damage from WikiLeaks documents

Investigators say that the leak was the work of a disaffected insider. Joel Brenner, senior research fellow at CIS and formerly the country’s top counterintelligence official, suggests that the intelligence agencies need to assess the advisability of sharing secrets widely inside their walls.

Eran Ben-Joseph is the new faculty advisor of the MIT-Israel Program.
News@E40 | March 08, 2017

MIT-Israel welcomes new faculty advisor

MIT professor Eran Ben-Joseph, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has joined the MIT-Israel Program’s current faculty director, Christine Ortiz, the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as the program’s co-director. 

WikiLeaks said it obtained an alleged arsenal of hacking tools the CIA has used to spy on espionage targets.
In the News | March 07, 2017

FBI prepares for new hunt for WikiLeaks’ source

“Anybody who thinks that the Manning and Snowden problems were one-offs is just dead wrong,’’ said Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence at the office of the Director of National Intelligence. Brenner is a senior research fellow at CIS. 

Barry Posen
News@E40 | February 28, 2017

Posen receives ISA Distinguished Scholar Award

The Center is thrilled to announce that Barry Posen was the recipient of the 2017 International Security Studies Section 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association (ISA). There was a roundtable in his honor at the annual ISA conference in February 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

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.