In the News | 2024

Death, Dominance, and State-Building,” a new book by MIT Professor Roger Petersen,

In the News

March 1, 2024

A careful rethinking of the Iraq War

Peter DizikesMIT News

The Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science Roger Petersen's new book details military operations and political dynamics in Iraq, shedding new light on the challenges of state-building.

MIT musicians and tour staff with the São Sebastião community

In the News

February 28, 2024

Learning and listening in Amazonia

Talia KhanMIT Technology Review

Talia Khan, a former MISTI MIT-Brazil student, documented their experience returning to the Amazon rainforest with 80 fellow MIT musicians.

Discussion on the impacts of Japan’s National Security Strategy

In the News

February 27, 2024

Japan’s national security strategy: The role of alliance and partnerships


Chikako Kawakatsu Ueki, visiting scholar at the MIT Security Studies Program, will discuss on the impacts of Japan’s National Security Strategy on Tokyo’s security cooperation with Washington and other like-minded partners.

Fake News illustration

In the News

February 23, 2024

How misinformation and disinformation spread, the role of AI, and how we can guard against them

Taylor McNeilTufts Now

Director of the Seminar XXI program, Kelly M Greenhill, shows how to tell the true from the false, and what it means for politics.

Branden Spitzer

In the News

February 23, 2024

Nourishing the mind, hand, and stomach

Angelina ParrilloMIT News

MIT senior Branden Spitzer explains how his love of food and cooking unlocked his interest in materials science and engineering. Through MISTI, Branden has spent time in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa, and is studying in Denmark this semester.

Gautam Mukunda and Carol Savietz

In the News

February 23, 2024

Can Ukraine keep up the fight against Russia, two years after the invasion?

GBH News

Carol Savietz, senior advisor for MIT's Security Studies Program, joined Gautam Mukunda to discuss the state of the war after nearly two years, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and hundreds of billions in foreign aid from the US.

Screenshot of Elizabeth Wood

In the News

February 19, 2024

Video: Navalny's widow to carry on his work in Russia

CTV News

Faculty co-director of MIT-Ukraine program Elizabeth Wood speaks on the future of the Russian president election and European sanctions in the context of Alexei Navalny's death.

View of congested cars on Storrow Drive

In the News

February 15, 2024

New York’s congestion pricing is a good start, but Boston can do better

Carlo RattiBoston Globe

MIT-Italy faculty director Carlo Ratti explains how Boston could adopt and improve on New York's congestion pricing to reduce traffic.

Sarah Bidgood, William Potter, Samuel Meyer, and Hanna Notte

In the News

February 9, 2024

Death dust: The rise, decline and future of radiological weapons programs

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation StudiesMiddlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

This seminar focuses on the findings of the recently published book Death Dust: The Rise, Decline and Future of Radiological Weapons Programs, co-authored by SSP Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Bidgood, William Potter, Samuel Meyer, and Hanna Notte. The speakers discuss the evolution of radiological weapons, the key incentives for and impediments to their development and deployment, and the future prospects for their proliferation and use.

Runako Gentles and Shiv Bhakta

In the News

February 6, 2024

Reflecting on COP28—and humanity’s progress toward meeting global climate goals

Office of the Vice President for ResearchMIT News

At a debrief hosted at CIS, MIT delegates share observations and insights from the largest-ever UN climate conference.

Scene at MIT: Learning ikebana during IAP

In the News

February 2, 2024

Scene at MIT: Learning ikebana during IAP

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social SciencesMIT News

During an IAP course offered each year by the MIT-Japan Program, Hiroko Matsuyama works with MIT students on the basics of the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement.

Neta Crawford

In the News

January 24, 2024

Calculating the costs of war

Kathryn M O'Neill MIT Technology Review

Security Studies Program alum Neta Crawford works to reveal the full cost of military activity to show that the only way to prevent war is through society rejecting armed conflict as an acceptable way to resolve disputes.

MIT-Africa participants in Ivory Coast

In the News

January 18, 2024

AXIAN Telecom partners with the MIT-Africa Program’s education initiative in Ivory Coast

AXIAN TelecomZawya

The MISTI MIT-Africa program has partnered with AXIAN Telecom to launch a new and empowering Global Teaching Labs initiative in Ivory Coast.

Jim Walsh

In the News

January 18, 2024

Pakistan and Iran launch airstrikes at each other, raising regional tensions

Peter O'DowdWBUR

Peter O'Dowd speaks with SSP senior research associate Jim Walsh about what's at stake in the greater Middle East as Pakistan and Iran take military action against each other.

Kelly Greenhill

In the News

January 18, 2024

Podcast: The weaponization of migration

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

Kelly M Greenhill, director of the MIT-Seminar XXI Program, discusses the how and why of migration as a "hybrid warfare tactic."

Australian researcher Ronald Loughland moved to Abu Dhabi in 1993 as a PhD student who went on to study the mangroves along the Arabian coast. All photos: Dr Ronald Loughland

In the News

January 8, 2024

Planting the seeds of change: How UAE rulers fuelled mangrove growth in the 90s

Anjana SankarThe National

2024 Neuffer Fellow Anjana Sankar discusses Abu Dhabi's long-standing commitment to mangrove conservation and how Australian researcher Ronald Loughland, who played a key role in studying and planting mangroves in Abu Dhabi, highlighted the emirate's significant efforts in increasing mangrove forest area by about 50% between 1990 and 2021.

Megan Li (left) and Mia Hines

In the News

January 4, 2024

Inclusive research for social change

Kaitlin Provencher | Institute for Data, Systems, and SocietyMIT News

The MIT Student Research Program pairs underrepresented students with opportunities to examine inequity through the IDSS Initiative for Combatting Systemic Racism. Fotini Christia, Ford International Professor of the Social Sciences is the associate director of IDSS and a co-organizer of the initiative.