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
Op-Ed | 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
Op-Ed | 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
Op-Ed | 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.
Op-Ed | 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.

Manual workers should be respected and cherished, not repaid with arrogance, discrimination and humiliation. Illustration: Craig Stephens
Op-Ed | November 29, 2017

Beijing’s cruel eviction of its migrant workers

As a society urbanises, its “hardware” and “software” should both improve. Manual workers should be respected and cherished, not repaid with arrogance, discrimination and humiliation. 

Building 7
In the News | November 17, 2017

New initiative supported by $3.7 million in grants

The MIT Security Studies Program launched today a collaborative program with the Harvard Belfer Center to mentor the next generation of foreign policy scholars with support from the Charles Koch Foundation.

 Charles Koch is investing in foreign policy programs at elite American universities. (Patrick T. Fallon/For The Washington Post)
In the News | November 11, 2017

Libertarian billionaire Charles Koch is making a big bet on foreign policy

Stephen Walt, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Barry Posen, the director of MIT’s Security Studies program, will oversee the Koch-funded program at the two schools.

Hotel attendants for delegates pose in Tiananmen Square as the 19th party congress closed on October 24. Photo: Simon Song
Op-Ed | November 11, 2017

China, a model for gender equality? The reality would say otherwise

The glaring absence of women in top national decision-making bodies, and a culture where sexism and misogyny still thrive, mean female empowerment in China still has a long way to go.

Richard Nielsen
In the News | November 09, 2017

Why some Muslim clerics become jihadists

What turns people into radical jihadist clerics? A new book by MIT political scientist Richard Nielsen offers a new answer: thwarted career ambitions.