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Republics of Myth cover

In the News

September 20, 2022

The US-Iran conflict: Review of “Republics of Myth”

Marc Martorell JunyentInformed Comment

Marc Martorell Junyent reviews Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the US-Iran Conflict by Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne, and John Tirman. 

In memory of John Tirman, who passed away suddenly on Friday, August 19, 2022. Read the obituary and tributes.

Sue O’Connell talks to Carol Saivetz

In the News

September 14, 2022

Ukraine gaining ground over Russian troops

Sue O'ConnellNECN

Sue O’Connell talks to Carol Saivetz about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reaction to the news that his troops are losing ground.

Carol Saivetz, Tom Nichols, and Jim Braude

In the News

September 12, 2022

‘This war isn’t even close to over’: Ukrainian advances spring hope, but not victory

Jim BraudeGBH News

A massive counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces has forced Russian troops to retreat in several key cities in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. Tom Nichols, international affairs expert and staff writer with The Atlantic, and Carol Saivetz, senior advisor for MIT’s Security Studies program, joined Jim Braude to discuss why this victory doesn’t signal an end to the war and the only person who can decide when this war is over is President Vladmir Putin.

Gabriela Sa Pessoa

In the News

September 7, 2022

Journalism for change drives Brazilian reporter Pessoa

Esther SunVoice of America

2023 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow Gabriela Sa Pessoa was interviewed in Voice of America about her work and the critical issues of our time. 

Japanese and Russian flags

Analysis + Opinion

September 7, 2022

NPT conference collapse, military drills further strain Japan-Russia relations

Mina PollmannThe Diplomat

Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine has seriously damaged Russia-Japan relations, and the fallout continues to be felt. Mina Pollman's analysis was orginally published here in The Diplomat.


In the News

September 2, 2022

Deep inside busy Mar-a-Lago, a storage room where secrets were stashed

Rosalind S Helderman and Josh DawseyThe Washington Post

Quoted: "I think Mar-a-Lago is a counterintelligence nightmare," said Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence under the director of National Intelligence and former inspector general for the National Security Agency, citing the flow of hundreds of people, the presence of foreign nationals and Trump's long-established carelessness with national secrets.

Children in Erbil, Iraq

Analysis + Opinion

September 1, 2022

Think COVID has stunted growth? Try 30 years of conflict.

Steven SimonResponsible Statecraft

Robert E Wilhelm Fellow Steven Simon writes here in Responsible Statecraft about the impact of 30 years on war on Iraqi children. 

James Walsh

In the News

August 30, 2022

North Korea will conduct another nuclear test. It's only a matter of when.

Robert ElderOutrider

Although delayed by the Covid pandemic, North Korea is poised to start testing its nuclear weapons program, says Jim Walsh, a senior research associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program. “Most analysts who work on North Korea's nuclear program expect a test, as a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if,” Walsh says. Read the full interview.

Moqtada al-Sadr

Analysis + Opinion

August 30, 2022

Moqtada al-Sadr, called on his bluff, retreats for now

Steven SimonResponsible Statecraft

After 24-hours of violence, his followers are leaving Baghdad’s Green Zone, but the fragility of the government is no less resolved. Robert E Wilhelm Fellow Steven Simon provides analysis, originally published here in Responsible Statecraft

John David Minnich

In the News

August 29, 2022

Tipping the balance between global rivals

Leda ZimmermanMIT News

John David Minnich seeks to understand how trade policies fueled China’s rise and continue to determine geopolitical winners and losers.