Map of South Asia
Op-Ed | October 20, 2016

South Asian nuclear tensions: Back to core issues

To be sure, when tensions erupt between nuclear-armed adversaries in a conflict-prone zone, a superpower’s regional role is far from irrelevant, writes Jayita Sarkar, a Research Fellow with the MIT Security Studies Program.

the Trancik Lab
News Release | October 19, 2016

International Policy Lab issues second request for proposals

“We are very pleased with the success of this initiative so far,” said faculty director Chappell Lawson, associate professor of political science. “Solving the challenges facing our country and the world is central to MIT's mission; better connecting MIT researchers and policymakers contributes to that goal.” 

Shirtless Vladimir Putin On A Horse
In the News | October 15, 2016

On the Putinization of politics

Concern about the possible role of Russian president Vladimir Putin in the American political process has emerged as an issue in the 2016 presidential election. Elizabeth Wood, professor of history, shares insight into this perspective in an effort to help inform the American voter.

Collaborating with peers
In the News | October 14, 2016

Collaborating with peers across disciplines

Fotini Christia, associate professor of political science, and Ali Jadbabaie, JR East Professor of Engineering, discuss their research on the dynamics of sociopolitical change. They also share about the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and how it brought them together.

A displaced woman carries goods as United Nations Mission in South Sudan peacekeepers patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians site in Juba on October 4, 2016.
Op-Ed | October 13, 2016

Impose an arms embargo in South Sudan

“For many South Sudanese, peace has been punitive. Millions have been displaced by a civil war that began in 2013, two years after the country achieved independence,” writes Jacey Fortin, the Center’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, in an opinion piece for the Boston Globe.

US fighter planes
In the News | October 13, 2016

The US defense budget: Too big, too small or just right?

“Everything starts with strategy in this business,” answers Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Security Studies Program, as to whether the US defense budget is the appropriate size. “If you accept the present grand strategy it might be true that the defense budget is actually too small.”

Statue Of Liberty
In the News | October 12, 2016

Immigration and terrorism

Negative attitudes toward immigrants have many roots. But several studies demonstrate that immigrants of all kinds boost the US economy overall and hurt few if any native-born Americans. So, what really mobilizes anti-immigrant attitudes? John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist, explains.

Boren Awards
News@E40 | October 07, 2016

Boren scholarships info session

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for US undergraduate and graduate students to study specific languages in world regions critical to US national security interests. Learn more at the information session on October 18.

Barbed wire is pictured at the entrance of the Tihange nuclear power station, one of the two large-scale nuclear power plants in Belgium, in this March 26, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
News@E40 | October 07, 2016

Nuclear Security Fellows Program

With the support of the Stanton Foundation, the Security Studies Program has launched a Nuclear Security Fellows Program for junior faculty as well as pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. The Program seeks to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security. Meet this year’s Fellows

News@E40 | September 14, 2016

Luce fellowship deadline Oct. 20

Thursday, 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



Jacey Fortin
News Release | September 08, 2016

Human rights journalist joins CIS

Jacey Fortin, a freelance journalist who is based in Africa, has been selected as this year’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. She has covered human rights, politics, economic development, and media freedom in the Horn of Africa. She has reported on the civil war in South Sudan, militancy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and violent unrest in Ethiopia.

Lourdes Melgar
News Release | September 08, 2016

Melgar named Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow

Mexico's former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons, Lourdes Melgar, has been named a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. Melgar played a key role in the design and implementation of Mexico's historic energy reform. Her work has begun to transform Mexico's energy sector into a modern and competitive environment.

NATO-Ukraine Commission working session, 2014 / Photograph: Paul Shaw
In the News | August 22, 2016

NATO has problems, but Trump won’t fix them

For Barry Posen, NATO and other permanent alliances are not just a financial drain; they also arguably make Americans less safe, writes Simon Waxman in the Boston Review. Posen refers to such security subsidies as “welfare for the rich.”

Clothes and weapons belonging to soldiers involved in the coup attempt that have now surrendered lie on the ground abandoned on Bosphorus Bridge on July 16, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey. (Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)
In the News | July 18, 2016

From Turkey to Nice, looking at safety and stability around the globe

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about what instability in that country could mean for the rest of the world, as well as what we’re learning about the recent terrorist attack in Nice, France.

Op-Ed | July 13, 2016

The strategic implications of the South China Sea tribunal’s award

On July 12, the tribunal hearing the case issued its ruling that can only be described as a huge win for the Philippines. Digesting all 507 pages of the award will take time, allowing only for preliminary judgments to be made. I discuss several strategic implications.

Barry Posen
News@E40 | June 26, 2016

Posen named Kissinger Chair

Barry Posen has been appointed the next Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. Posen will use the residency to study the implications for the United States of a multipolar international order. News release