News@E40 | September 21, 2018

New fellowship program in human rights and technology

The Center announces a new fellowship program in human rights and technology, and invites proposals from MIT undergraduates. The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities. Proposals are due October 29 by 5 PM.

On the International Space Station June 14, 2015 the crew of Expedition 44 prepare to observe Flag Day in the USA in the Cupola, the 360 degree observation point.
Analysis & Opinions | September 18, 2018

Does America need a space force?

President Trump wants to create a space force, America’s sixth armed service, to assure US dominance in space. It doesn’t matter that America already has a sixth armed service … and is already dominant in space, writes Harvey Sapolsky. 

Leaders of two Koreas parade through Pyongyang ahead of nuclear talks | Reuters
In the News | September 18, 2018

North, South Korean leaders meeting

The leaders of North and South Korea met for the third time to try to revive the stalled nuclear talks.  Jim Walsh discusses whether the meeting might lead to more talks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Protesters trample a portrait of Iran’s supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during the storming and burning of the Iranian consulate in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, last week. (Nabil al-Jurani/AP)
Analysis & Opinions | September 14, 2018

Who to blame for the protests in Basra, Iraq?

Basra’s protests are more about economic grievances than political ones. Although many of these grievances are shared by other Iraqis, they are felt most keenly by Basrawis, says Marsin Alshamary and Safwan Al-Aminmin in a recent opinion piece.

Henry Luce Foundation
News@E40 | September 11, 2018

Luce fellowship deadline Oct 19

Friday, October 19, is the deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a variety of intellectual fields will be placed in internships throughout Asia. Candidates must have no prior experience in the region. More information

Analysis & Opinions | September 05, 2018

An agenda for Japanese military reform

Japan’s military planners face a number of major challenges on the near horizon, write Eric Heginbotham and Richard Samuels in their essay in East Asia Forum Quarterly. A potential conflict on the Korean peninsula, skirmishes in the East China Sea, debilitating cyberattacks, and the forced repatriation of Taiwan by Beijing. 

In the News | September 05, 2018

South Korean officials and Kim Jong Un; Pompeo in Pakistan

A South Korean presidential delegation met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and conveyed a personal letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan at a time when relations have sunk to a new low. Jim Walsh speaks about these and other issues.

Una Hajdari
News Release | September 04, 2018

Journalist Una Hajdari joins CIS as the 2018 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

The Kosovo journalist will use her time as the Elizabeth Neuffer fellow to highlight the issues that affect the everyday lives of people in the Balkans and in Eastern Europe. “Oftentimes, outlets focus on the ‘big geopolitical narratives’ ... and neglect the stories that don’t necessarily fit into this polarized perspective.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration's Iran policy will be handled by the new Iran Action Group inside the State Department. (Reuters)
Analysis & Opinions | August 29, 2018

The Trump administration’s new ‘Iran Action Group’ won’t work

The "Iran Action Group" announcement signaled again that the Trump administration intends to act more aggressively against Iran. So how likely is it that this pressure campaign will change Iranian behavior? MIT SSP affiliate Nicholas Miller says it won’t work.

Posing with a panoramic view of Machu Picchu in Peru are (l-r) PhD student Paloma Gonzalez, Associate Professor Takehiko Nagakura, and two MIT graduate students.  Photo courtesy of MISTI
News@E40 | August 28, 2018

MIT team digitizes Machu Picchu

A laboratory team from the MIT Department of Architecture, led by Professor Takehiko Nagakura and PhD student Paloma Gonzales, has been working on the MISTI Global Seed Fund Machu Picchu Design Heritage project since 2016. "We believe that…the digitalization of architectural monuments is key to the preservation of the cultural heritage of humanity.”

South Korean Lee Su-nam shows a selection of ageing family photos and his brother’s high school diploma. Photograph: Benjamin Haas
In the News | August 19, 2018

South Korean family prepares for what might be a last reunion

 “These may look like small goodwill gestures, but they are an important part of the trust-building process which North Korea has signalled it values,” said Vipin Narang.

“Science is a way to connect with people around the world. There are no national boundaries; it's like a more unified network of people working on problems and discussing them,” says Associate Professor Jessika Trancik.  Image: Jared Charney
News@E40 | August 15, 2018

Shaping technology’s future

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.

News@E40 | August 10, 2018

Selin and Oye win 2018 Martore Teaching Award

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.

German castle
News@E40 | August 07, 2018

MIT-Germany partners with Friedrich Alexander University

“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.

News@E40 | July 30, 2018

MIT-Japan goes full STEAM ahead

The MIT-Japan Program and Tohoku University's Science Angels recently held their second annual collaborative education program for children, appropriately titled Lets STEAM! The one-day event aims to encourage children — especially girls — to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The frontier and the gun are deeply encoded in the nation’s DNA, writes John Tirman. (Diana Feil/Unsplash)
Analysis & Opinions | July 27, 2018

The origins of America's gun obsession

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.