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News@E40 | September 20, 2017

Luce fellowship deadline Oct. 20

Friday, October 20, 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

Garry Kasparov
In the News | September 19, 2017

Trump is a wake-up call for the free world

On September 14, at the invitation of the Center for International Studies, Kasparov gave a talk on the “Trump-Putin Phenomenon” at a MIT Starr Forum and took questions from the Globe.

Audrey Jiajia Li
News Release | September 07, 2017

Journalist from China joins CIS as the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

Audrey Jiajia Li, a freelance journalist and independent filmmaker based in Guangzhou, China, will use her fellowship to study the use of government propaganda on social media and its impact on the rise of ultra-nationalism in China.

James Baker
News Release | September 07, 2017

Judge James E Baker joins CIS as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow

James E Baker, former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, will use his one-year fellowship at MIT to conduct research on emerging technologies and national security challenges.  

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono
News@E40 | August 29, 2017

US leadership as a Pacific power: Trump and beyond

Over the past few years most countries in the region—including and especially US allies and partners—have become increasingly skeptical about the future of US leadership in the western Pacific...

MITX Course on Africa
In the News | August 25, 2017

Political science debuts on MITx

Evan Lieberman, the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa, creates the first MIT Political Science class for edX, the multi-university online education platform. The course, Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa, launches Setember 26.

North Korea
Op-Ed | August 23, 2017

Should you be worried about North Korea?

To no one's surprise, I can't "save us", but I can give you a sense of where things stand, where they might be going, and a few things we might want to do, writes Jim Walsh in a recent opinion piece.

Debate: Tensions on Korean Peninsula
In the News | August 22, 2017

Tensions on Korean peninsula

Jim Walsh discussed North Korea's warning of deepening tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the recent joint military exercises by US and South Korea.

Robert E Lee statue
In the News | August 18, 2017

What Robert E Lee wrote to The Times about slavery in 1858

One day in January, a few years before the Civil War, Robert E Lee wrote to The New York Times, seeking a correction, writes former CIS Neuffer fellow Jacey Fortin. Fortin now reports full-time for the The New York Times

Op-Ed | August 18, 2017

Revisit NIH biosafety guidelines

The NIH recently marked the 40th anniversary of its Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.The meeting was an inspiring start for charting future oversight of nonclinical applications.

Prime Minister Abe
In the News | July 14, 2017

Will Tokyo’s arms exports help or hurt US interests in Asia?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current political problems obscure the striking speed with which he successfully tackled thorny and long-standing security policy problems, including the lifting of the country’s arms export ban.


Joel Brenner
In the News | July 10, 2017

Former head of US counterintelligence on “US-Russian cybersecurity unit”

Joel Brenner, now at MIT, says President Trump's statement that he might partner with Putin on cyber issues is a reversal of decades of well-founded American suspicion of Russia.

David Edelman
In the News | July 09, 2017

Trump's cyber tweets cause dismay, confusion

The attempt at cooperation itself could result in the US exposing even more secrets to a country that has already stolen so many, cautioned former Obama administration official David Edelman, director of the new MIT Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security.

Justin Steil
In the News | July 07, 2017

Justin Steil on the Trump administration travel ban

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s ultimate conclusion about the legality of the current executive order, its mean-spiritedness, short-sightedness, and damage it has done, and will continue to do, are already evident. 

North Korea soldiers
In the News | July 05, 2017

What's changed since the missile test?

The latest test demonstrates an underlying disconnect in US strategy: North Korea can make missiles faster than we can punish them. Listen to Jim Walsh on NPR's Here and Now.

News@E40 | June 27, 2017

CIS awards 17 summer study grants

Seventeen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. “The awards were made to an outstanding cohort of MIT students from across the Institute. We're so pleased that the appeal of these grants has broadened and students are responding,” said John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.