With data-informed models, Jessika Trancik seeks ways to coax progress toward sustainable energy systems. Trancik is a co-faculty director of the Center’s International Policy Lab.
The Joseph A Martore Award for Excellence in Teaching in IDSS was awarded to two faculty members for 2018: Noelle Selin and Ken Oye. Oye is director of the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies.
“As the MIT-Germany program grows, many new opportunities for collaborations will emerge, and create synergies between FAU and MIT, spanning the spectrum from teaching to cutting edge research,” says Markus Buehler, MIT-Germany faculty director and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The MIT-Japan Program and Tohoku University's Science Angels recently held their second annual collaborative education program for children, appropriately titled “Let’s STEAM!” The one-day event aims to encourage children — especially girls — to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
John Tirman writes in an opinion piece that Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? “kinderguardian” ruse reveals the extent of America’s gun culture. It’s a wellspring from the earliest times of colonial America, nourishing the country’s entire history.
North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but nuclear expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'
It is good news, said Vipin Narang, “but there are a couple of caveats. ...the Sohae test site could be destroyed, and North Korea could continue to improve their missile force and produce nuclear weapons."
President Trump tweeted a strongly worded message to President Rouhani of Iran. Jim Walsh says that the president’s tweet could come off as a nuclear threat.
In Tokyo, apprehension regarding how the different trajectories of China and the US might affect Japan—muted somewhat by the Obama administration’s reassurances of a US “pivot” to Asia—is more apparent than ever.
The MIT European Club has donated $40,000 to fund 10 new MISTI European Fellows this summer. Not only is it of the most substantial gifts given by a student group to the MIT community, it also marks the 10th anniversary of a successful partnership.
Barry Posen, a leading national security expert and Cold War historian, offers in-depth scholarship on NATO Summit. He discusses the role of NATO today, and whether the alliance is “stronger than ever,” as President Trump stated in a post-summit press conference.
“It’s very scary out there,” said Joel Brenner, a senior research fellow at CIS and former inspector general of the US National Security Agency. “People have little idea how relentlessly our critical infrastructure as well as our government agencies are being attacked, around the clock.”
Trump's sharp criticism of NATO's newest member has a point, but his comments are playing right into Russia's hands
Russia has accused NATO of trying to encircle it, and Moscow was adamantly opposed to Montenegro joining the alliance. Barry Posen is quoted.
President Trump meets with lawmakers Tuesday as he deals with fallout from Monday's closed-door talks and joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Adm Scott H Swift, former commander of the US Pacific Fleet, joins the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow. Swift arrives at MIT on August 1, 2018. He retired from the US Navy on July 1, 2018.
President Donald Trump faces bi-partisan congressional criticism for his comments after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. What's the basis of the criticism and is it fair? Why was he so eager to meet with Putin in the first place? Carol Saivetz, MIT Security Studies, discusses on “The Take.”
“Trump’s tweet betrays the fundamental problem: He thinks it was a contract and a unilateral agreement to denuclearize,” said Vipin Narang. “But when North Korea says it is not going to unilaterally disarm, that is not the influence of China — that is them knowing what they signed [in Singapore].”