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September 8, 2010

Journalist from Pakistan joins CIS

The Center welcomes Rabia Mehmood, a journalist in the Lahore bureau of Express 24/7 Television in Pakistan, and the recipient of the 2010-11 Elizabeth Neuffer fellowship, to MIT. The annual fellowship gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues. The award is offered through the International Women's Media Foundation and is sponsored in part by CIS. The fellowship is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter who was killed on assignment in Iraq in 2003. Press Release


July 28, 2010

Beshimov testifies at commission hearing

Bakyt Beshimov, a visiting scholar at CIS and former Kyrgyz Opposition Leader, was invited to speak before the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. The hearing, which was held July 27, 2010, examined the current situation in Krygyzstan, prospects for stability, democracy, interethnic reconciliation, and US foreign policy.


July 19, 2010

Carmin helps author IPCC's climate report

JoAnn Carmin, director of the Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS) and associate professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has been named a lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC, sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is an independent international organization created to assess scientific and technical issues related to climate change. Carmin will serve as a lead author on Chapter 14, "Adaptation Needs and Options," of the Working Group II contribution to AR5. Previously, Carmin served as a peer reviewer of an IPCC special report and was selected to participate in the IPCC Expert Meeting on Human Settlements and Infrastructure to be convened by Working Groups II and III in 2011.


June 4, 2010

Samuels, Fravel featured at Asia Policy Assembly

The Asia Policy Assembly 2010, convening June 17-18, has invited Richard Samuels, director of CIS and Ford International Professor of Political Science and Taylor Fravel, member of the Security Studies Program and the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science, for discussions on international implications of domestic political transitions and international security (respectively). The meaning and exercise of Asia’s global influence is the theme for the inaugural assembly. Co-sponsoring the two-day event are the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


May 24, 2010

PEGS participates in Resilient Cities 2010

The Center’s Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS) has been invited to participate in Resilient Cities 2010 held in Bonn, Germany, May 27-31. The conference is the first edition of the annual global forum on urban resiliency and adaptation to climate change and is co-hosted by the Local Governments for Sustainability, the City of Bonn, and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change. PEGS, which is directed by JoAnn Carmin, associate professor of environmental policy and planning at MIT, will be co-hosting with the World Bank a panel discussion on Urban Adaptation Planning and Governance: Challenges to Emerging Wisdom.


May 1, 2010

Students receive funds for global studies

The Center’s Program on Human Rights and Justice recently announced the recipients of its summer internships for students at MIT who wish to study human rights either at the field level or through applied research. This year’s recipients, followed by their summer host organizations, are: Robert J. Crauderueff, Greensboro NAACP, USA; Andrea A. Betancourt, Giral-Brazil, Brazil; Anahita Maghami, Afghanistan Samsortya, USA; and Christophe Chung, UNHCR, Ethiopia. In addition, the Center would like to recognize the winner of a National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Fellowship. The recipient, Kyoung Marvin Shin, will use the fellowship for fieldwork in several municipalities in China, analyzing the local politics of clean energy policymaking, development, and deployment. And, just a few weeks ago, the Center announced the recipients of its Summer Study Grants. More details on funding opportunities offered by or facilitated through the Center are available here.


April 23, 2010

Dolev honored by Israeli consulate

David Dolev, the coordinator for MIT Israel, was honored at the annual Israeli Consulate Israel independence day celebration for “his remarkable work in supporting strong collaboration between Israel and New England.” The award was given on behalf of the state of Israel and presented by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.


April 20, 2010

Posen elected to American Academy

Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Center’s Security Studies Program, was elected membership to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on April 19, 2010. Posen is among two hundred and twenty-nine leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business and public affairs to have been elected membership in 2010 to the prestigious honorary society. Posen joins other CIS scholars who also are Academy members, including: Suzanne Berger, Philip Khoury, Richard Samuels, and Eugene Skolnikoff. 


April 13, 2010

Fravel appointed to New National Asia Program

M. Taylor Fravel, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Center's Security Studies Program, is one among 39 outstanding scholars of Asia who was appointed to the newly formed National Asia Research Program. The National Asia Research Program (NARP)—a joint project of the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars—is a new research and conference program designed to reinvigorate and promote the policy-relevant study of Asia, particularly by highlighting the research of NARP associates and fellows. The fellows and associates will present their work at the inaugural Asia Policy Assembly in Washington on June 17–18. News story


April 1, 2010

SSP summer courses, sign-up now

The Center's Security Studies Program is offering two courses during the 2010 summer session for professional studies. From Technology to Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work, offered July 12-15, explores innovations in both public and private organizations, and identifies best practices. Pandemics and Bioterrorism: From Realistic Threats to Effective Policies, offered July 26-28, looks at the challenges public health, law enforcement, and national security agencies face in ensuring biosecurity.


March 8, 2010

Grants for research in Brazil

The MIT-Brazil Program welcomes applications from any discipline for travel grants to Brazil. These grants are open to all advanced graduate students who are working on their dissertations, especially students who have not had many opportunities to conduct research in Brazil. Applications should be submitted by March 29, 2010. More Information


February 24, 2010

Williams addresses Senate Budget Committee

On February 23, Cindy Williams testified before the Senate Budget Committee at a hearing, "Defense Budget and War Costs: An Independent Outlook." In her written statement, she points out that contrary to conventional wisdom, past increases in defense spending do not necessarily augur future growth. Williams was joined at the witness table by Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper, (USMC, Ret.) and by Gordon Adams. Williams and Adams co-authored the book Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety at Home, published last month by Routledge.


February 9, 2010

Kaysen, 89, MIT Professor Emeritus

Carl Kaysen, MIT’s David W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy (Emeritus) and beloved member of the Center's Security Studies Program, passed away on February 8. His contributions to intellectual life were immense, as was his influence on national policy. A national security expert, Kaysen had an illustrious career: he was professor of economics at Harvard University, deputy special assistant for National Security Affairs to President John F. Kennedy, director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, vice chairman and director of research for the Sloan commission on higher education, and director of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He also chaired the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. News Story


February 1, 2010

CIS summer study grant

Doctoral students in international affairs may receive up to $3000 in summer support for dissertation research on a broad range of global issues. Grants may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and write-up. The main criteria for determining awards will be the importance of the research question and the quality of the research proposal; and the strength of the letter of support. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 1, 2010. More Information


February 1, 2010

Gercik wins award

Patricia Gercik, associate director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) and managing director of the MIT-Japan Program, has received an MIT Excellence Award in the category of “Bringing Out the Best: Everyday Leadership throughout MIT.” Gercik joined MIT more than 25 years ago to help develop what was then a fledgling program in Japanese studies at MIT. That program—now known as MIT-Japan—marks the genesis of applied international studies at MIT and is a cornerstone of the ten (and counting) country programs of MISTI. Press Release


January 1, 2010

Williams on 'Buying National Security'

Cindy Williams, a principal research scientist in the Security Studies Program at CIS, and Gordon Adams, a fellow at The Henry L. Stimson Center, recently co-authored a book about national security budgets, de-mystifying the institutions, organizations, processes and politics that support planning and resource allocation. In Buying National Security, the authors uniquely examine how America plans and pays for its global role and safety at home.


January 1, 2010

IAP 2010 offerings

The Center is pleased to sponsor a variety of Independent Activities Period (IAP) courses in January 2010. This year's Security Studies Program military fellows will each teach their own course in the series "Contemporary Military Topics." Lt Col. John Walker USMC will teach “Seabasing: Amphibious and Prepositioning Ship Requirements," LTC Kurt Kunzelman USAF will teach "GPS: Changing the Engine Seamlessly, in Mid-Flight, for Over 1 Billion Users," and Colonel William "Butch" Graham USA will teach "The Counter IED Fight in Iraq: Action, Reaction, Counteraction." Also in the mix: “Beginning Kyudo Instruction: First Shot,” and “Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging” sponsored by MIT Japan Program; “Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy” sponsored by MIT China Program; “Flamenco Fun!” sponsored by MIT Spain Program. See more IAP listings here.


December 10, 2009

Fellowship for undergraduates

Friday, January 8, 2010, is the application deadline for the CIS-administered research fellows program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Applicants must be graduating seniors or have graduated within the past year, and must not have started graduate school. Successful applicants are matched with a senior associate—academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world—to work on a variety of global issues. Fellowships begin August 1, 2010. More information »


December 2, 2009

Web site seeks visions for Jerusalem

Protests, anger, controversy, arrests, evacuation—words used in the news to describe Jerusalem today. Still, the Center's Jerusalem 2050 Program seeks visions for a city of peace by mid-century—now through a web site: The site is loaded with interactive tools and resources to help foster dialogue, ideas, and solutions for cities of conflict, beginning with Jerusalem. is the next phase in the Program’s efforts to organize a global problem-solving exercise. News Release


November 23, 2009

Cold War Cinema series

The Center is delighted to introduce a Cold War Cinema series exploring the impact of this era on cinema. The first feature, presented on December 2, is Billy Wilder's 1961 film One, Two, Three. Discussing the film is journalist Christian Caryl, who was in Berlin covering the fall of the wall in 1989. Caryl is currently with Foreign Policy and Newsweek. He is also a senior fellow at CIS. Event Details