Dominiquo “Niquo” Santistevan
News@E40 | March 09, 2018

2017 MIT graduate awarded Luce fellowship

Congratulations to MIT graduate Dominiquo “Niquo” Santistevan for receiving a Henry Luce fellowship.  He was among 162 outstanding candidates nominated by 73 colleges and universities across the US. Only 18 scholars were awarded the fellowship, which is offered by the Henry Luce Foundation.

News@E40 | March 09, 2018

IPL completed 3rd annual call for proposals

The IPL received a record-breaking 42 proposals from 31 principal investigators representing all five schools at MIT. The committee chose 10 projects for full support. In an effort to assist as many PIs as possible with policy outreach, the majority of the remaining projects received partial support, with only six projects deemed too early to begin engagement with policy makers.

Map of Japan and ROK
Analysis and Opinions | March 01, 2018

With friends like these: Japan-ROK cooperation and US policy

Although they share a common ally, history and politics keep Japan and South Korea at arm’s length and severely limit their defense cooperation.​

Joel Brenner
In the News | February 28, 2018

Sessions pushes back on Trump after insult

"The fact that the President is upset that Sessions is playing by the book is yet another indication that the President is profoundly ignorant and indifferent to the purposes of the institutions of our government," says Joel Brenner, former NSA inspector general and a senior research fellow at CIS.

Dean Nobles moderating the discussion
In the News | February 27, 2018

Is democracy dying?

Is democracy dying, in the US and around the world? Why or why not? And if so, what can anyone do about it? These questions were at the heart of the Center’s Starr Forum on Monday evening. The panelists discussed democratic systems of rule and suggested some measures to protect them. 

Ben Ross Schneider
News@E40 | February 14, 2018

CIS sponsors politics of development series

Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Brazil Program, is a co-editor of a new CIS-sponsored series on the politics of development called Cambridge Elements. The first of several forthcoming books is available for free (for a limited time) through Cambridge University Press.

Nuclear missiles
Analysis and Opinions | February 13, 2018

What can we learn from North Korea’s successful nuclearization?

According to most theories of nuclear proliferation, North Korea did not stand much of a chance of successfully acquiring nuclear weapons. Yet here we are, staring down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-sized barrel of the world’s 10th nuclear weapons power.

Jim Walsh
Analysis and Opinions | February 12, 2018

Why North Korea and Iran get accused of nuclear collusion

At first glance, it would seem that Iran-North Korea military or even nuclear cooperation makes “sense.” Both nations face the United States as an adversary, and both have been subject to US and international sanctions.

John Tirman
Analysis and Opinions | February 06, 2018

An adolescent's foreign policy

If there’s one thing President Donald Trump demonstrated in his first year in the White House, it is a penchant for disruption. Not the disruption we hear so much about in the tech industry or as a tool of innovation, but just sheer destructiveness.

IPL faculty director Chappell Lawson
News@E40 | February 02, 2018

IPL offers public policy communication training

The MIT International Policy Lab brought to campus a professional science communication organization, COMPASS, to conduct a day-long training for faculty.

GSL-Peru students April Baker of MIT Sloan (left) and Dalitso Banda of EECS give a talk at Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC).
News@E40 | February 01, 2018

MISTI Global Startup Labs celebrates 18 years

Initially launched as a pilot program in Kenya, MISTI GSL now offers projects in 10 countries. MIT students travel abroad to help other students launch tech-based companies.

Barry Posen
In the News | January 31, 2018

The future of transatlantic relations: A debate

On Wednesday, January 31, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology hosted a debate on the future of the transatlantic relationship. This debate, convened by the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and the Charles Koch Institute, in partnership with POLITICO, is the third debate in a series of thematic debates on America’s role in the world.

In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participated in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Analysis and Opinions | January 19, 2018

‘Fire and Fury’ shows Trump’s shifts on China

It is clear that in the Trump Administration, neither hawks like Bannon nor doves like the Kushners are interested in challenging Beijing on value issues…

Chinese women, inspired by the #MeToo campaign that originated in the United States, come forward with their own stories. Photo: Handout
In the News | January 09, 2018

A #MeToo movement in China

The #MeToo movement is starting to bring about real social change in much of the world, yet its impact in China has been limited even as pioneers try to make a difference.

Members of the People's Security Council take part an anti-U.S. rally, in this September 23, 2017 photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.
In the News | January 07, 2018

North Korea’s sudden interest in talks

North Korea's willingness to talk may be due to the strength of its nuclear capability, said Taylor Fravel, associate political science professor at MIT and acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies.

Calestous Juma -- Photo Credit: Harvard Kennedy School
In the News | December 15, 2017

CIS mourns death of Harvard professor

Calestous Juma was a DUSP MLK Visiting Professor (2014-15). “Calestous was that rarest of intellectuals—one who put his ideas into practice, and did so with a big, generous heart, filled with warmth and laughter. We enjoyed working with him immensely. His work and ideals will be a strong legacy for Africa and the developing world,” said CIS executive director and principal research scientist John Tirman.