News@E40 | 2024

Spring/Summer 24 Precis


July 3, 2024

précis: Spring/Summer 2024

Center for International Studies

The Spring/Summer 2024 edition of précis features an interview with Noah Nathan, the inaugural Global MIT At-Risk Fellows (GMAF) program, a tribute to Owen Coté, and more.

Owen Cote


June 10, 2024

Remembering Owen Cote

Center for International Studies

Owen Cote, a principal research scientist with the Security Studies Program (SSP), passed away on June 8, 2024. Cote joined SSP in 1997 as associate director, a role he has held ever since. He was an indomitable scholar and leading expert on both naval warfare and nuclear weapons. His monograph, The third battle: Innovation in the US Navy's silent cold war struggle with Soviet submarines, is the definitive work on the subject.  Within SSP, he mentored several generations of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on all aspects of military technology and the implications for international security. More broadly, he shaped and guided the field of security studies as co-editor and later editor of International Security. More details are available here.



May 29, 2024

CIS congratulates our 2024 graduates

Center for International Studies

Among those who graduated from the Department of Political Science this year were five graduate students who are affiliated with the Center’s Security Studies Program: Nicholas Ackert (SM), Nasir Almasri (PhD), John Minnich (PhD), Mina Pollmann (PhD), and Apekshya Prasai (PhD). Three additional graduates are members of the Center’s Global Diversity Lab: Jasmine English (PhD), Rorisand Lekalake (PhD), and Elizabeth Parker Mahyar (PhD). 

Laura Kerwin holding her Infinite Mile award


May 9, 2024

Kerwin receives Infinite Mile Award

Center for International Studies

The Infinite Mile Awards Program for the Offices of the Provost and Vice President for Research is designed to recognize those individuals or teams who have made extraordinary contributions within their own organizations to help the Institute carry out its mission.


April 8, 2024

CIS awards 13 summer research grants

Thirteen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer research grants, covering travel costs related to field work up to $4,000. Natasha Ansari and Olivia Houck were awarded the fifth annual Guillemin prize. The Center is pleased to support the work of an outstanding and varied cohort from across the Institute. 

Suzanne Freeman, Wright Smith, and Ye Zhang


March 7, 2024

PhD students Suzanne Freeman, Wright Smith, and Ye Zhang selected to receive World Politics and Statecraft Fellowships

MIT Department of Political Science

The fellowships are awarded by the Smith Richardson Foundation to support PhD dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies and diplomatic and military history.

Kathryn Lopatiuk, Dmytro Chumachenko, and Liudmuyla Huliaieva


March 4, 2024

CIS welcomes Ukrainian scholars to MIT

Center for International Studies

The Center is thrilled to welcome three of four Global MIT At-Risk Fellows (GMAF) on campus. The newly launched GMAF program is designed to provide sanctuary to scholars around the globe whose lives and academic freedom are under threat. The pilot program is offered through the MIT-Ukraine Program and is focused on Ukrainian researchers and faculty. Our spring 2024 Ukrainian scholars include: Liudmyla Huliaieva, an economist, whose research and activism focuses on the economic adaptation and survival of Ukrainian women migrants in time of war; Dmytro Chumachenko, a multidisciplinary scientist working and the intersection of computer science and public health; and Kateryna Lopatiuk, an urban researcher, who aims to foster an ecosystem conducive to transitioning Ukraine to a circular economy in a range of fields, especially in the context of the post-war reconstruction. Read their full bios and learn more about GMAF here.

Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 précis


February 15, 2024

précis: Fall 2023/Winter 2024

Center for International Studies

The Fall 2023/Winter 2024 edition of précis features an interview with MENA/MIT, insights on the war in Gaza, a reflection on the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, and more.


February 8, 2024

CIS Summer Research Grant call for applications

The CIS Summer Research Grant competition is open to advanced doctoral students in international affairs at MIT, regardless of their home department. Students may apply for summer funding for dissertation research or writing that has an international component. CIS Summer Research Grants are intended to support student stipends and/or field research expenses.

Headshot of Lawrence McCray


January 22, 2024

In memory of Lawrence McCray

Center for International Studies

Throughout his life, Lawrence McCray took paths less traveled

A group of students at a robotics workshop


January 16, 2024

Global experiences over IAP

Sabina Van MellCenter for International Studies

Over IAP 2024, MISTI is sending 610 MIT students to nearly 30 locations.

Book covers for Yasheng Huang and Noah Nathan


January 11, 2024

The best of books 2023: Foreign Affairs includes both Noah Nathan and Yasheng Huang

Foreign Affairs’ editors and book reviewers selected the very best of the hundreds of books on international politics, economics, and history that were featured in the magazine in 2023. Yasheng Huang's The rise and fall of the EAST: How exams, autocracy, stability, and technology brought China success, and why they might lead to its decline and Noah Nathan's The scarce state: Inequality and political power in the hinterland were among their picks.