News@E40November 4, 2022
John Tirman, an MIT scholar in political theory and expert on US-Iran relations and human security, passed away on the morning of August 19 after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 72. Since 2004, Tirman served as the executive director of and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS). During this time, he was a prolific and thoughtful—but always modest—leader of many of the center’s initiatives. His memorial service, held November 4, 2022, is available to watch online.
News@E40August 21, 2022
The Center shares with deep sadness that our valued colleague and dear friend, John Tirman, passed away on the morning of August 19, 2022, after suffering cardiac arrest. Since 2004, Tirman served as the executive director of and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies. During this time, he was a prolific and thoughtful—but always modest—leader of many of the Center’s initiatives.
News@E40June 9, 2022Michelle EnglishCIS
CIS recently welcomed Robert Wilhelm, and his wife Gena Whitten, to campus to express our gratitude for his ongoing support for its most distinguished fellows program and to inaugurate a new conference room named in his honor.
News@E40May 27, 2022
Among those who graduated from the Department of Political Science this year were eight graduate students focused on international relations and security studies.
News@E40April 11, 2022
Seventeen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. Eleanor Freund was awarded the third annual Guillemin prize. “The awards were made to an outstanding cohort of MIT students from across the Institute. We're so pleased that the appeal of these grants has broadened and students are responding,” said John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.
News@E40March 7, 2022
“Understanding the War in Ukraine” is a special seminar presented by MIT's Security Studies Program held on March 2, 2022. Participants in the panel discussion and subsequent Q&A were: Mariya Grinberg, a professor of Political Science at MIT; Barry Posen, a professor of Political Science at MIT; Carol Saivetz, a special adviser to MIT SSP; Elizabeth Wood, a Russia specialist and professor of History at MIT; moderated by M Taylor Fravel, director of MIT SSP.
News@E40March 2, 2022
CIS and the MIT Africa Program has partnered with TRUE Africa University (TAU) to host its second annual webinar series focusing on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa. Starting March 3 for seven weeks on Thursdays at NOON ET, TAU founder, MIT alumnus, and CIS research affiliate Claude Grunitzky, will interview the thinkers, shapers and doers who he sees as the inventors of the future of Africa.
News@E40January 21, 2022
Doctoral students in international affairs may apply for summer support for dissertation research. Research on a broad range of international issues will be considered. Support may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and write-up. The CIS Summer Study Fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral students in international affairs, regardless of home department.