CIS Events

Showing: February 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar: "Which Way for U.S.-Iran Relations under Trump -- and within the Middle East Cauldron?"
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    One of the most vexing foreign policy issues during the Obama administration, the U.S.-Iran relations is likely to occupy a critical place on President Trump's foreign policy agenda. Aside from its stance on the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, against which Mr. Trump campaigned relentlessly, any major policy change toward Iran by the new administration, whether hostile or moderating, would have far-reaching ramifications for U.S.'s relations with Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, and Turkey, as well as for the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. The lecture will explore the likelihood and potential regional consequences of a major turn in U.S.-Iran relations under President Trump. Ali Banuazizi is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Director of the Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies.
    Prof. Ali Banuazizi
    Center for International Studies, Radius/T&C
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Summer in Brazil: industry jobs, research and teaching opportunities
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Discover Brazil through MISTI. MIT students (undergrad and grad) are invited to join the Program Manager, returning students and hosts for an overview of the opportunities and application process. Applications due on March 5th. Fill out a quick form at and we will send you more details. If you would like to apply now, please visit
    Past students and current hosts
    Center for International Studies, MIT Brazil
Friday, February 24, 2017
  • The Future of the Automotive Industry - Daimler & Mercedes-Benz
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    New trends and emerging technologies such as connectivity, autonomous driving, flexible and shared use and electric drive systems are making this one of the most exciting times in the automotive industry. Find out how the inventor of the automobile is developing groundbreaking business models to shape the future of mobility. Selling over 3 million vehicles and employing more than 282,000 employees worldwide, Daimler AG - which includes Mercedes-Benz - is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. A pioneer of automotive engineering dating back to 1886, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today, focusing on innovative and green technologies.
    Ashleigh Patterson from Business Innovation, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA)
    MIT-Germany Program, MISTI, Center for International Studies
Saturday, February 25, 2017
  • Starr Forum: National Security & Civil Liberties: 1942 & 2017
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The event will begin as a day of remembrance on the 75th anniversary of internment of Japanese Americans, then turn to issues raised by the current wave of Islamophobia and xenophobia. Program Invocation: Hoda Elsharkawi, MIT Muslim Chaplain, invocation Moderator: Kenneth Oye, Professor MIT Political Science and NE JACL Panelists: Margie Yamamoto, NE JACL incarcerated with her family as a baby during WWII Nadeem Mazen, Cambridge City Council Barbara J. Dougan, Civil Rights Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations Shannon Al-Wakeel, Executive Director, Muslim Justice League and Board, Mass ACLU Gautam Mukunda, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School, expert on presidency Paul Watanabe, Director UMass Institute for Asian American Studies Free & open to the public | Refreshments served Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube. For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact
    Shannon Al-Wakeel, Barbara J. Dougan, Nadeem Mazen, Gautam Mukunda, Paul Watanabe, Margie Yamamoto
    Center for International Studies, The New England Japanese American Citizens League, UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies, Asian American Resource Workshop, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Massachusetts
Monday, February 27, 2017
  • Starr Forum: Behavioral Science and Nudges: Environmental Protection and Sustainability
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Introduction by Rebecca Saxe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT Talk by Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School Cass Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2012. Free & open to the public | Refreshments served Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube. For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact
    Rebecca Saxe, Cass R. Sunstein
    Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Center for International Studies
  • Finding Brazil's way in an Uncertain World
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Will the severity of the crisis in Brazil and the new uncertainties introduced in the international scenario by the change of government in the United States force Brazil to make choices that are always delayed?
    Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
    Center for International Studies, MIT Brazil
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Starr Forum: The Fight over Foreigners: Visas & Immigration in the Trump Era
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Starr Forum panel discussion to address the migration issues in America under the new administration and President Trump Panelists Include: Baher Azmy, Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights Jia Lynn Yang, Deputy National Security Editor at the Washington Post Justin Steil (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning at MIT Free & open to the public | Refreshments served Can't attend in person? Watch it on Facebook live or on-demand on YouTube. For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact
    Baher Azmy, Jia Lynn Yang, Justin Steil (moderator)
    Center for International Studies, Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration