“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.

A satellite image shows progress at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.
In the News | July 24, 2018

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."

In the News | July 23, 2018

What was the strategy behind the president's Iran tweet?

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.

Featured image credit: fuji mount pagoda japan mountain by oadtz. Public domain via Pixabay.
Analysis & Opinions | July 22, 2018

Japan’s pivot in Asia

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.

MIT European Club Board members celebrate with their prize. Left to right: treasurer Karine Ip Kiun Chong, Michel Nasilowski, president Giulio Alighieri, vice president Susanna Bächle, social chair Xiaoyu Wu, and events co-chair Saviz Mowlavi.
News@E40 | July 20, 2018

MIT European Club leads in giving back

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 Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Security Studies Program at the Center for International Studies, provided a foreign policy briefing on US grand strategy to consuls generals and journalists in April, 2018. He is the author of "The Case for Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy."  Photo courtesy Laura Kerwin/MIT Center for International Studies
In the News | July 20, 2018

The NATO summit and state of the alliance

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.

In the News | July 20, 2018

For US cybersecurity, it’s Code Red

“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.”

In the News | July 19, 2018

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 and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
In the News | July 17, 2018

Where Trump's summit with Putin fits as a historical moment

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.

Admiral Scott H Swift, USN 62nd Commander of the US Pacific Fleet
News Release | July 16, 2018

Admiral Scott Swift joins CIS as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow

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.

Trump Faces Criticism For Comments After Putin Meeting
In the News | July 16, 2018

Trump faces criticism for comments after Putin meeting

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left North Korea after two days of “productive” talks, while Pyongyang decried U.S. “gangster-like” tactics, on July 7, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)
In the News | July 10, 2018

Crisis in US nuclear talks with Pyongyang not China’s doing, experts say

“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].”