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Protesters at airport

In the News

February 5, 2017

Making sense of Trump’s travel ban

Harvey M. SapolskyE-International Relations

The dangerous part stems from the belief that President Trump’s ban, temporary or not, blocked or not on legal grounds, will become a recruiting incentive for terrorists.

A Japanese F-15 fighter jet (Courtesy of Japan's Self-Defense Forces)

In the News

January 26, 2017

Smartening up Japan's defenses

Eric Heginbotham and Richard J. SamuelsNikkei Asian Review

Targeted spending increases needed to buttress deterrence as threats rise. The balance of power in Asia is shifting rapidly, with important consequences for Japanese security and the U.S.-Japan alliance. The People's Liberation Army has become a formidable military force capable of challenging U.S. power at an increasing distance from the Asian continent.

The first of 100 Airbus planes arrived in Iran last week after its historic nuclear deal ended some sanctions.

In the News

January 14, 2017

Guess who we don’t talk about these days? Iran

Thomas R. Pickering and Jim WalshThe Charlotte Observer

Have you noticed? The nuclear agreement with Iran is no longer in the headlines. Not long ago, Iran’s nuclear program was the central issue in U.S. foreign policy.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

In the News

January 9, 2017

Trump's intel bashing

Joseph MarksNextgov

“When the president of the United States disparages your work, demeans your work, insults the integrity of your work, you wonder why you’re doing it, especially for a government salary,” says Joel Brenner, a senior research fellow at CIS and a former National Security Agency senior counsel.



December 22, 2016

Fall 2016 CIS newsletter

précis, the Center’s newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester. The fall 2016 issue is now available.

 U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the news media at Trump Tower in New York City. Dec. 6.

In the News

December 13, 2016

The End of the Commonwealth

John TirmanThe Huffington Post

Amid the many controversies attending the election of Donald Trump is one easy to overlook: the mounting assault on “public goods” — public education, public lands, public information and public health, among them.

Kenneth Oye


December 12, 2016

Trump's Victory: What Does It Mean for You?

Kenneth Oye

On November 16, the Center hosted a Starr Forum on “Trump’s Victory: What Does It Mean for You?” Kenneth Oye, who holds a joint MIT appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Data Systems and Society, and directs the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies, moderated the discussion. Oye's talk, which touched on economic policy, foreign policy, and beyond, is featured here.


In the News

December 12, 2016

Reports of saving the Pentagon billions are just fake news

Harvey M. SapolskyThe National Interest

The Balkan teenagers are at it again, this time in the guise of members of the Defense Business Board and consultants from McKinsey, with the claim that their report offering $125 billion in savings was being suppressed by the Department of Defense.

Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in May.

In the News

December 9, 2016

Japan’s pivot from Obama to Trump

Joshua HuntThe New Yorker

Abe’s visit to Trump Tower in November went against the wishes of Obama’s White House, according to a Japanese media report, which cited an unnamed diplomatic source. But Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of CIS, says that Abe’s team “did what they had to do, quickly and well.”

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December 8, 2016


Posen named Kissinger Chair at Kluge Center; Lourdes Melgar awarded Robert E. Wilhelm Fellowship; Human rights journalist joins CIS; George W. Rathjens, 90, Professor Emeritus of Political Science.