Iran nuclear deal
In the News | October 13, 2017

Trump will decertify the Iran nuclear deal. What does that mean?

Jim Walsh, senior research associate at the MIT Security Studies Program, tells Here & Now's Robin Young that President Trump's move is largely symbolic.

News Release | October 05, 2017

MIT International Policy Lab (IPL) issues third call for proposals to faculty and researchers

The Center announces today the third Call for Proposals from the International Policy Lab (IPL), which helps MIT faculty develop the policy implications of their research and thus better inform the global policymaking community.

MIT Starr Forum: North Korea
In the News | October 05, 2017

Nuclear and present danger

“The bad news is that denuclearization is a fantasy,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, who has written extensively about North Korea’s nuclear program. ... “The good news is, deterrence can work.”

WhatsApp Image
In the News | October 02, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg’s China dilemma: To kowtow or not?

Can we really blame Zuckerberg for trying a bit too hard to prove that in facing the wealth of the world’s second largest economy, even a billionaire can be silenced?

MISTI video contest
News@E40 | October 02, 2017

Tackling the world’s challenges in the field

From Chile to China, current MISTI students submitted one-minute videos and photographs focusing on their international projects and their experiences with different cultures.


Members of the delegation deliver mercury science policy briefs, developed by the 13th annual International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), to Minamata delegates.
News Release | September 29, 2017

MIT International Policy Lab sends delegation to UN’s Minamata Convention

The MIT International Policy Lab (IPL) sent representatives to participate as observers to the first Conference of Parties (COP-1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, through a delegation led by co-faculty director Noelle Selin.

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke Tuesday during the 86th Interpol General Assembly in Beijing.
Op-Ed | September 26, 2017

China’s delicate dance with ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘dotard’

Mao Zedong succeeded in joining the nuclear club, and no external force in the world could undermine his grip on power after that. 

Henry Luce Foundation Logo
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