Richard Nielsen has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The highly competitive fellowship selected just 35 scholars in the social sciences and humanities for the prestigious award. His project will focus on Islamic authority in the Internet age.
MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF) awardees help to solve the world’s challenges through collaborations with their international peers. In just nine years, MISTI GSF has awarded $13,343,951 to more than 540 faculty projects in over 42 countries around the world.
This past year 24 students and five faculty collaborated closely with their counterparts through the MIT-Arab World Program. Going forward, the program’s leaders plan to develop more opportunities for MIT students to engage with the region.
Dan Pomeroy, gives talk on “Impacting Congress Beyond Phone Calls and Emails - Engaging on Policy.” It’s being held as part of the MIT Day of Action, along with several other sessions on similar themes throughout the day that may be of interest - see full schedule here. Pomeroy is the program manager for the MIT International Policy Lab.
The Center’s signature public event series, the MIT Starr Forum, is featuring talks with former foreign secretaries: April 6 with Jack Straw of the United Kingdom and April 12 with Celso Amorim of Brazil.
R. David Edelman comes to MIT after serving six years in the White House and distinguishing himself as one of the US government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security, and daily lives.
This would be more than an arms race, said Vipin Narang, “It’s very scary because all the ‘first-strike instability’ stuff is real…” Shivshankar Menon, India’s national security adviser (2011-2014) and recently at CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, is also quoted.
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, the Center’s Robert Wilhelm Fellow, MIT alumna, and former Mexican government official discusses opportunities and challenges of recent energy reforms in Mexico.
"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.
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.