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Henry Luce Foundation


September 19, 2019

Luce fellowship deadline Oct 18

Friday, October 18, 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

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September 19, 2019

Call for proposals for fellowship program in human rights and technology

In its second year, the fellowship program in human rights and technology invites proposals from both MIT undergraduate and graduate students. The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities. Proposals are due October 21 by 5 PM.

Richard Samuels, the Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Center for International Studies, introduces Suzanne Berger, MIT’s John M. Deutch Institute Professor, and Jan-Werner Mueller, a professor of politics at Princeton University, at MIT’s Starr Forum event on global populism, Sept. 12.

In the News

September 16, 2019

Understanding populism

Peter DizikesMIT News

Richard Samuels, Suzanne Berger and Jan-Werner Mueller examined the issue of populism at the MIT CIS Starr Forum on Thursday, discussing the key hallmarks of populism, as well as its relationship to global economics.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb. 28, 2019.

In the News

September 15, 2019

With new North Korea-US talks likely, will a deal result?

Christy LeeVOA News

Narang quoted: Vipin Narang said Trump might “blame [the outgoing National Security Adviser John] Bolton for the Hanoi hold-up, and reset America’s negotiating position toward a step-by-step deal, comprehensive in scope but implemented in phases.”

Jim Walsh

In the News

September 12, 2019

A look at US national security after Bolton's departure

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

President Trump abruptly canceled peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David and then fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, who opposed hosting the Taliban. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about President Trump's latest decisions and what it might mean.

Stephen Van Evera

In the News

September 12, 2019

Victim ideology part 1

Jay Talking podcast

Stephen Van Evera talks about how bad things happen when the powers the be employ victim ideology in this podcast.

The Economist reviews Richard Samuels

In the News

September 12, 2019

Japanese spies, once renowned, have fallen on hard times

The Economist features Richard Samuels new book, “Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community.” 

Russian submarine

In the News

September 6, 2019

The Russian Navy: A submarine powerhouse?

David AxeThe National Interest

Owen Cote quoted: “We shouldn’t be surprised if the Russians get some money together so that they can build some submarines like they were building at the end of the Cold War,” Cote said. “But what always happens with them, and what happened at the end of the Cold War too, is that they don’t really have the money.”

An image released by North Korea’s state news agency showing the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, celebrating what was purportedly the test-firing of a new rocket launcher last month.CreditCreditKorean Central News Agency

In the News

September 2, 2019

North Korea missile tests, ‘very standard’ to Trump, show signs of advancing arsenal

David E Sanger and William J BroadThe New York Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “Kim understands what he is doing. He likely thinks Trump can live with a nuclear North Korea as long as they don’t test ICBMs and nuclear weapons, which would humiliate Trump and take away the perception he has achieved of some kind of victory” with his diplomacy.

Shola Lawal

News Release

August 30, 2019

Nigerian journalist Shola Lawal joins the MIT Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies announces the selection of Nigerian journalist Shola Lawal as the 2019 International Women’s Media Foundation’s (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Lawal was selected from a field of 100 applicants spanning 43 countries. This unique fellowship, now in its 15th year, provides journalists with training and experience reporting on human rights and social justice issues.