News Releases

2017

News Release

October 5, 2017

MIT International Policy Lab (IPL) issues third call for proposals to faculty and researchers

The Center announces today the third Call for Proposals from the International Policy Lab (IPL), which helps MIT faculty develop the policy implications of their research and thus better inform the global policymaking community.

Hidden Atrocities

News Release

September 30, 2017

Hidden Atrocities: Japanese germ warfare and American obstruction of justice at the Tokyo Trial

Cornell University Press

In the aftermath of World War II, the Allied intent to bring Axis crimes to light led to both the Nuremberg trials and their counterpart in Tokyo, the International Military Tribunal of the Far East. Hidden Atrocities, a new book by Jeanne Guillemin, goes behind the scenes at the Tokyo Trial to reveal the American obstruction that denied justice to Japan’s victims.

Members of the delegation deliver mercury science policy briefs, developed by the 13th annual International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), to Minamata delegates.

News Release

September 29, 2017

MIT International Policy Lab sends delegation to UN’s Minamata Convention

The MIT International Policy Lab (IPL) sent representatives to participate as observers to the first Conference of Parties (COP-1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, through a delegation led by co-faculty director Noelle Selin.

Audrey Jiajia Li

News Release

September 7, 2017

Journalist from China joins CIS as the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

Audrey Jiajia Li, a freelance journalist and independent filmmaker based in Guangzhou, China, will use her fellowship to study the use of government propaganda on social media and its impact on the rise of ultra-nationalism in China.

James Baker

News Release

September 7, 2017

Judge James E Baker joins CIS as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow

James E Baker, former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, will use his one-year fellowship at MIT to conduct research on emerging technologies and national security challenges.  

Taylor Fravel

News Release

May 24, 2017

Fravel named acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies

M. Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT, will become acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies while Richard Samuels is on sabbatical leave.

Jack Straw and Celso Amorim

News Release

April 6, 2017

CIS Starr Forum hosts events with former foreign ministers

The Center’s signature public event series, the MIT Starr Forum, is featuring talks with former foreign secretaries: April 6 with Jack Straw of the United Kingdom and April 12 with Celso Amorim of Brazil.

David Edelman, Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

News Release

April 5, 2017

Technology and national security expert, David Edelman, joins MIT

R. David Edelman comes to MIT after serving six years in the White House and distinguishing himself as one of the US government’s foremost voices on how technology is changing our economy, national security, and daily lives. 

Cybersecurity

News Release

March 28, 2017

MIT urges President Trump to take action on cybersecurity

The digital systems that control critical infrastructure in the United States and most other countries are vulnerable to attack. This report identifies the most strategic of these challenges and proposes a policy and research agenda that has the potential to achieve significantly higher levels of security in critical networks.

2016
the Trancik Lab

News Release

October 19, 2016

International Policy Lab issues second request for proposals

“We are very pleased with the success of this initiative so far,” said faculty director Chappell Lawson, associate professor of political science. “Solving the challenges facing our country and the world is central to MIT's mission; better connecting MIT researchers and policymakers contributes to that goal.” 

Jacey Fortin

News Release

September 8, 2016

Human rights journalist joins CIS

Jacey Fortin, a freelance journalist who is based in Africa, has been selected as this year’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. She has covered human rights, politics, economic development, and media freedom in the Horn of Africa. She has reported on the civil war in South Sudan, militancy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and violent unrest in Ethiopia.

Lourdes Melgar

News Release

September 8, 2016

Melgar named Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow

Mexico's former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons, Lourdes Melgar, has been named a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. Melgar played a key role in the design and implementation of Mexico's historic energy reform. Her work has begun to transform Mexico's energy sector into a modern and competitive environment.

Barry Posen

News Release

June 26, 2016

Posen named Kissinger Chair at Kluge Center

Barry Posen has been appointed the next Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. Posen will use the residency to study the implications for the United States of a multipolar international order.

Map of the Middle East

News Release

February 29, 2016

Bustani Middle East Seminar turns 30

The Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT is celebrating its 30th anniversary this academic year. This spring semester it will host two lectures on contemporary Middle East affairs.

2015
Eric Heginbotham

News Release

October 27, 2015

Prominent East Asia Expert Joins CIS

The Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Heginbotham, one of this country's foremost political-military analysts of East Asia, to the post of principal research scientist. Heginbotham comes to MIT from the RAND Corporation, where he was a senior political scientist for 10 years. He earned his PhD at MIT in 2002, winning the Lucian Pye Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the Department of Political Science that year.

News Release

October 16, 2015

International Policy Lab requests proposals

MIT announces today the first call for proposals from the International Policy Lab (IPL), a new program working to enhance the impact of MIT-sponsored research on public policy. The Center launched IPL last year in recognition of the growing need for science and engineering to inform public policy, with seed funding from the Office of the Provost; Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and its own budget.

Meera Srinivasan

News Release

September 3, 2015

Journalist Meera Srinivasan joins CIS

Meera Srinivasan, formerly a senior assistant editor with The Hindu, has been selected as the 2015-16 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The award is offered through the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and is sponsored in part by CIS. Srinivasan is the 11th recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist the opportunity to develop expertise while focusing on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

Paul Heer

News Release

May 26, 2015

Recent national intelligence officer joins CIS

Paul Heer, a recent National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, has been named a Robert E. Wilhelm fellow. Dr. Heer will arrive to MIT in September 2015 and will be in residence at CIS for the 2015-2016 academic year. He will spend his time at MIT researching and writing on US relations with East Asia, both contemporary and historical, and Chinese political and foreign policy developments.

Shivshankar Menon

News Release

February 3, 2015

Former national security advisor of India joins CIS

Shivshankar Menon, a former national security advisor of India, has been named a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. The Indian diplomat will be at CIS for one month beginning February 3, 2015. During his time at MIT, Menon will be working on a history of India-China relations. He also will meet with faculty and students to discuss regional issues.

2014
Joel Brenner

News Release

October 21, 2014

Former NSA Inspector General joins CIS

Joel Brenner, former inspector general and senior counsel at the National Security Agency (NSA), has joined the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) as a 2014–2015 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. Brenner specializes in cyber and physical security, data protection and privacy, intelligence law, the administration of classified information and facilities, and the regulation of sensitive cross-border transactions.

Calestous Juma

News Release

October 7, 2014

Juma receives Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize

Calestous Juma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT, received an LAAP Prize (Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize) for his leadership in socioeconomic development in Africa. The award will be presented to Juma in Nigeria on October 10, 2014, by the Millennium Excellence Foundation. Juma, a research affiliate at CIS, is among 16 recipients of this year's esteemed award.

Map of Africa

News Release

September 22, 2014

African technology and innovation leaders visit MIT

High-ranking African leaders in science, technology and innovation will gather at MIT on Sept 23 and 24 to explore areas for mutual cooperation. The visit is a reflection of the rising interest among African countries in putting science and technology at the center of their development process. As part of their visit, the African leaders will participate in a Starr Forum event "Africa Rebooted: Science Technology, and Innovation in Development."

News Release

September 2, 2014

British journalist Louisa Reynolds joins CIS

Louisa Reynolds, an independent journalist based in Guatemala City, Guatemala, has been selected as the 2014-15 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Reynolds is the tenth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist the opportunity to develop expertise while focusing on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

News Release

July 17, 2014

New genome editing strategy for ecosystems

A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called "gene drives." The advance could potentially lead to powerful new ways of combating malaria and other insect-borne diseases, controlling invasive species, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Kenneth Oye is author of the Science paper and director of the Center's Program on Emerging Technologies. MIT News Feature | Science Full Text

News Release

May 29, 2014

An ecological risk research agenda for synthetic biology

Environmental scientists and synthetic biologists have for the first time developed a set of key research areas to study the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology, a field that could push beyond incremental changes to create organisms that transcend common evolutionary pathways. The Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center and the Program on Emerging Technologies at CIS convened the interdisciplinary group of scientists and are releasing the report, Creating a Research Agenda for the Ecological Implications of Synthetic Biology. The work was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Ranil Wickremesinghe

News Release

April 7, 2014

Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka joins MIT

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been named a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. The Sri Lankan politician and current leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament will be at CIS for one month beginning April 8, 2014. Wickremesinghe was prime minister of Sri Lanka twice, from May 7, 1993 to August 19, 1994, and from December 9, 2001, to April 6, 2004. A member of the United National Party, he was appointed party leader in November 1994. During his time at MIT, Wickremesinghe will study how to formulate a constitution sans an executive presidency. He also will work with faculty and students interested in Asian regional issues.

2013
Prodita Sabarini

News Release

September 3, 2013

Indonesian journalist joins CIS

Prodita Sabarini, a Jakarta-based journalist, has been selected as the 2013-14 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The award is offered through the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and is sponsored in part by CIS. Sabarini will spend the seven-month fellowship as a research associate at CIS. She also will complete internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times. A staff reporter for the English daily, The Jakarta Post, she plans to research the phenomenon of religious intolerance in Indonesia during her tenure as the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow and wishes to explore the factors that turn people's fear into acts of violence.

Sharon Stanton Russell

News Release

March 4, 2013

Sharon Stanton Russell, 68, pioneering academic

Sharon Stanton Russell, 68, died peacefully on February 27, 2013, after a prolonged illness. A prominent and pioneering academic in the field of international migration who advised governments around the world, Sharon was a senior research scholar at the Center for International Studies at MIT. She also served as director of the Mellon-MIT Inter-University Program on Non-Governmental Organizations and Forced Migration from 1997 to 2005 and as chair of the Steering Group of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration from 1999 to 2005.

2012
Yukio Okamoto

News Release

November 14, 2012

Yukio Okamoto joins CIS

Yukio Okamoto, a former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, has been named a 2012-13 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. "Yukio Okamoto brings to MIT an unparalleled set of experiences on the world stage. The Center is delighted to have him with us to continue his research and writing, and to work with students and faculty through the next academic year," said Richard Samuels, director of the Center for International Studies and Ford International Professor of Political Science.

News Release

September 4, 2012

Journalist from India joins CIS

Priyanka Borpujari, an independent journalist based in Mumbai, India, has been selected as the 2012-13 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Borpujari is the eighth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to build skills while focusing exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

Last summer, a team of students and faculty members from MIT traveled to Minami-sanriku, Japan, to survey damage caused by the March 2011 tsunami.  Image courtesy of the MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative

News Release

March 9, 2012

MIT Japan 3/11 initiative receives grant

The MIT-Japan Program at the Center for International Studies is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership for the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative. The Initiative is MIT's response to the devastating March 2011 earthquakes and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan. The $69,000, one-year grant will be used for planning costs connected with the creation of a symposium and a community center in Minami Sanriku, Japan, a village virtually destroyed during last year's disaster.

News Release

February 16, 2012

Gradual versus binary drug licensing process

A review paper published online in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics promotes further exploration of adaptive licensing (AL) to identify serious safety issues earlier, improve the efficacy of drug therapies in use, and reduce the number of patients exposed to risks.

2011
Richard Samuels

News Release

November 4, 2011

Samuels receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star

The Japanese Government announced that the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, will be conferred upon Professor Richard J. Samuels, in recognition of his significant contributions to scholarship about Japan and for promoting friendly relations between Japan and the United States. Samuels is currently conducting research in Japan and will receive the decoration from Prime Minister Noda on November 7, and will be presented to the Emperor of Japan at the Imperial Palace.

Abbas Maleki

News Release

October 24, 2011

Abbas Maleki joins CIS as Wilhelm Fellow

Abbas Maleki, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister (1988-1997), joins CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year. Maleki is assistant professor of political science at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, director of the International Institute for Caspian Studies, and a senior associate of the Belfer Center's International Security Program. A generous gift from Robert E. Wilhelm supports the Center's Wilhelm fellowship.

News Release

August 31, 2011

Ugandan journalist joins CIS

Jackee Budesta Batanda—a Ugandan journalist who has reported on the vicious acid attacks of women as "revenge crimes" and the targeted murders of albinos—has been selected as the 2011-2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The award is offered through the International Women's Media Foundation and is sponsored in part by CIS.

View of Minami-Sanriku after the tsunami

News Release

July 20, 2011

MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative

A group of MIT faculty from a cross-section of disciplines is mobilizing its own response to the March 11 disaster in Japan with the launch of the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative. Pat Gercik, associate director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program at CIS is the 3/11 Initiative's program coordinator and overseer of fundraising efforts.

News Release

June 30, 2011

'Deaths of others' in America's wars

Americans are greatly concerned about the number of our troops killed in battle—100,000 dead in World War I; 300,000 in World War II; 33,000 in the Korean War; 58,000 in Vietnam; 4,500 in Iraq; more than 1,000 in Afghanistan—and rightly so. But why are we so indifferent to the far greater number of casualties suffered by those we fight and those we fight for? This is the compelling question that John Tirman answers in The Deaths of Others.

Chappell Lawson

News Release

May 31, 2011

Chappell Lawson named director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)

Chappell Lawson, an associate professor of political science at MIT and a member of the MIT Center for International Studies, has been named director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). He succeeds Suzanne Berger, the Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, as MISTI's director. Lawson will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, 2011.

David Miliband

News Release

April 7, 2011

David Miliband, former Foreign Secretary to the UK, joins MIT Center for International Studies

The MIT Center for International Studies announces today that Rt Hon David Miliband MP will join CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow in Residence from April 11–April 15, 2011. Miliband was the Foreign Secretary for the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and is an alumnus of the Department of Political Science at MIT.

2010

News Release

November 8, 2010

CIS announces joint EMA-NEWDIGS research project

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI) and Center for International Studies (CIS) are launching a collaborative research project with a focus on enhancing regulatory science in pharmaceuticals.

Delegates in the Security Council Chamber before the start of an all-day open debate on women, peace and security to review implementation of resolution 1325, the first resolution of the Council to address the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women. UN Photo/Cia Pak

News Release

October 25, 2010

Six-nation study finds promises on women’s security unmet

A yearlong study in six countries has found that the goals of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, enacted 10 years ago, have not been fulfilled and that implementation is generally poor. The U.N. itself, major industrial powers, other international organizations, and conflict states have all failed to include women in peace processes and peacebuilding, two key goals of the resolution.

News Release

September 8, 2010

Journalist from Pakistan receives Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

CIS announces today that Rabia Mehmood, a journalist in the Lahore bureau of Express 24/7 Television in Pakistan, has received the 2010–11 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. Mehmood is the sixth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast, or online media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

Carl Kaysen

News Release

February 9, 2010

Carl Kaysen, 89, MIT Professor Emeritus and national security expert

Carl Kaysen, MIT’s David W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy (Emeritus), passed away on February 8. His contributions to intellectual life were immense, as was his influence on national policy. He will be sorely missed.

News Release

February 1, 2010

Gercik receives MIT award for 'bringing out the best'

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.”

2009

News Release

December 2, 2009

MIT global website seeks visions for Jerusalem

Protests, anger, controversy, arrests, evacuation—words used in the news to describe Jerusalem today. Still, MIT's Jerusalem 2050 Program seeks visions for a city of peace by mid-century through a website: www.envisioningpeace.org. The site is loaded with interactive tools and resources to help foster dialogue, ideas, and solutions for cities of conflict, beginning with Jerusalem.

News Release

September 8, 2009

BBC journalist joins CIS

CIS announces today that Firle Davies, a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation, has been named the 2009–10 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Davies is the fifth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast, or online media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

News Release

May 15, 2009

MIT-Harvard Gaza Symposium issues statement on Palestinian issue

The Israeli government should end the blockade of Gaza and negotiate with Hamas, and President Obama should engage more constructively on the Palestinian issue—including a demand to end the expansion of Israeli settlements—were among the findings and recommendations of a MIT-Harvard symposium on Gaza.

News Release

April 15, 2009

CIS scholar provides roadmap and rationale for US-Iran relations

A months-long study of US-Iran relations concludes that a new diplomatic approach by the United States to transform the relationship with Iran could produce a breakthrough that will boost security and prosperity for the entire region. The 50-page document by John Tirman of the MIT Center for International Studies provides a roadmap and a rationale for the new approach.

News Release

January 7, 2009

MIT scholars offer advice to President Obama

Barack Obama will be flooded with advice on the many critical matters he must face as 44th president of the United States, as will the new Congress. To that end, scholars at MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS) offer fresh ideas, succinctly stated, on issues ranging from security strategy to the financial crisis to human rights.

2008

News Release

October 20, 2008

Indigenous groups face extinction, an MIT study reports

Indigenous peoples have lived in the same territories for hundreds of years and attempted to preserve, generation after generation, traditional and cultural practices. The MIT study explores 14 cases in which the land claims of indigenous societies on six continents are being contested.

News Release

August 9, 2008

CIS scholar garners awards from Guggenheim and Carnegie

Ashutosh Varshney, a visiting scholar at CIS, was named both a Guggenheim fellow and Carnegie scholar for 2008. Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of outstanding achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment.

News Release

July 23, 2008

Colombian journalist receives Neuffer Fellowship, joins CIS

CIS announces today that Jenny Manrique, a Colombian freelance journalist, has received the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. Manrique is the fourth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

News Release

June 19, 2008

Admiral Fallon, former US CENTCOM Commander, joins MIT's Center for International Studies

Admiral William J. Fallon will join the Center as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. Admiral Fallon, the former commander of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command, will make the Center his academic home for nine months, starting August 2008. As a Wilhelm Fellow, he will collaborate with the MIT community in research, seminars, conferences, and other intellectual projects.

News Release

June 9, 2008

Advance screening of Discovery Channel's Koppel on Discovery: The People's Republic of Capitalism

In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake in China's Sichuan province and on the eve of the Olympics this August in Beijing, Discovery Channel Managing Editor Ted Koppel presents Koppel on Discovery: The People's Republic of Capitalism, a sweeping four-part series that examines modern China.

News Release

March 21, 2008

Just Jerusalem competition winners announced

MIT’s Jerusalem 2050 Program, a joint initiative sponsored by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Center for International Studies, announced today the winners of its global Just Jerusalem competition. The open contest sought proposals that addressed different aspects of urban life in a futurist Jerusalem.

News Release

January 18, 2008

MIT website puts human face on Iraq War

As the war in Iraq approaches its fifth anniversary, a new website from MIT's Center for International Studies aims to provide an accurate account of living conditions, as well as civilian injuries and deaths due to political violence, throughout the Middle Eastern state.

News Release

January 15, 2008

Samuels named finalist for Lionel Gelber Prize

Richard J. Samuels is among five finalists for the Lionel Gelber Prize, one of the world's leading awards for books on international affairs. Samuels, director of CIS and Ford International Professor of Political Science, is nominated for Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia, published last September by Cornell University Press.

2007

News Release

July 3, 2007

Australian journalist named Neuffer Fellow, joins CIS

Sally Sara, anchor and senior reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), has received the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. Sara is the third recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast, or online media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism.

News Release

May 14, 2007

New book details key changes in the staffing of western militaries

Dramatic changes are underway for the men and women of the armed forces of North America and Europe, according to a new book,Service to Country: Personnel Policy and the Transformation of Western Militaries.

News Release

April 27, 2007

Broad Institute hosts screening of CIS scholar's film on Iraq

No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, a film directed by Charles Ferguson, visiting scholar at MIT's Center for International Studies, will be screened for the public in the auditorium of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m.

News Release

March 2, 2007

Promoting peace, the Just Jerusalem competition

MIT announces today the launch of "Just Jerusalem," a competition that invites participants worldwide to submit urban plans and other creative works to help transform Jerusalem into a more peaceful residence. An international panel of diplomats, researchers and professionals will jury the competition.

Iranian flag

News Release

February 7, 2007

CIS regrets actions of Iranian authorities

CIS expressed regret and disappointment at the actions of Iranian authorities who barred two prominent Iranian intellectuals from traveling to a conference at MIT. Hashem Aghajari and Abdollah Momeni were stopped from boarding an airplane in Tehran on Sunday, even though they had obtained all required documents.

2006

News Release

November 14, 2006

Iraqi journalist joins CIS as a Neuffer Fellow

CIS announced today that Huda Ahmed, an Iraqi journalist who has been covering the war in Iraq for Knight Ridder, has joined the Center as its 2006-2007 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship offers a female journalist the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

News Release

July 1, 2006

Professor Barry Posen becomes Director of the MIT Security Studies Program

Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, assumed the directorship of the MIT Security Studies Program (SSP) on July 1, 2006. He succeeds MIT political scientist Harvey Sapolsky, who retired after 40 years of teaching at MIT and 15 years directing SSP, which is part of CIS.

News Release

May 6, 2006

Iraqi journalist Huda Ahmed named Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies

CIS announced today that Huda Ahmed, an Iraqi journalist who has been covering the war in Iraq for the Knight Ridder newspapers, will become the Center's second Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The announcement was made at the Elizabeth Neuffer Forum held on May 10, 2006.

News Release

May 1, 2006

Ambassador Francis Deng, Sudan expert, joins the MIT Center for International Studies

Francis Mading Deng, Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., joined CIS as the Center's second Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow.

News Release

May 1, 2006

Ambassador Bodine joins MIT's Center for International Studies

Barbara Bodine, a former career diplomat who served in 2003 as coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central governorates of Iraq, and from 1997-2001 as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, joins MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS) as a Visiting Fellow on May 1, 2006.

News Release

April 10, 2006

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, visits MIT's Center for International Studies

Ranil Wickremesinghe, a lawyer who was Sri Lanka's Prime Minister from 1993-1994 and 2001-2004, has begun a several-week residency at CIS. Mr. Wickremesinghe, who will have an office at CIS until early May, will likely meet with MIT students about the resolution of civil conflicts, a subject with additional saliency given the ongoing strife in Iraq.

News Release

February 6, 2006

MIT's 'Audits of the Conventional Wisdom' gain a broader audience via AlterNet

MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS), one of the leading international affairs research centers in the U.S., and AlterNet, an online project of the Independent Media Institute, have announced a unique partnership to bring the best work of academia to broader and more diverse audiences.

2005

News Release

November 29, 2005

Francis Deng to join MIT Center of International Studies

Francis Mading Deng, research professor of international politics, law and society, and director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., will join CIS on May 1, 2006, as the Center’s Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow.

News Release

November 7, 2005

MIT Security Studies research scientist wins MacArthur Grant

Cindy Williams, Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program, has received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She will undertake a major project on national security strategy and resource planning, entitled “Improving the Nation’s Security Decisions.”

News Release

October 13, 2005

Outspoken Iranian human rights activist joins MIT Center for International Studies as a visiting scholar

Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a leading advocate of human rights and democracy in Iran, has joined CIS as a visiting scholar. This is the first visit to the United States for Ms. Haghighatjoo, who resigned from Iran’s Parliament in February 2004 following a crackdown on reformers.

News Release

September 12, 2005

Innovative MIT program shines a spotlight on international education

Since 1994, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies has developed of one the most successful and wide-ranging international education programs in the country, particularly among universities focusing on science and technology.

News Release

May 14, 2005

Symposium on forced labor in the global economy

Though many of us would like to think of forced labor as a practice of the past, the unfortunate reality is that millions of people are still victims of this gross human rights abuse.  The purpose of this collaboration is to raise public awareness about the issue and to tackle some of the disagreements about forced labor, including how big a problem it is, how we should define it, and who should deal with it and how.

News Release

May 10, 2005

Freelance journalist Catherine Elton is first MIT Center for International Studies Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

CIS announced today that Catherine Elton, a freelance journalist from the United States who has been based in Guatemala, will become the Center's first resident Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The announcement was made at the first Elizabeth Neuffer Forum, which was held on May 10 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

Miriam Zoll

News Release

April 20, 2005

PHRJ Fellow Miriam Zoll, co-founder of "Take Our Daughters to Work Day," on protection of orphans and women's economic rights

Twelve years ago, the Ms. Foundation for Women launched Take Our Daughters To Work Day to draw public attention to pay and promotion gaps between men and women in the U.S. workplace. This year one of the program's founders is working through MIT's Program on Human Rights and Justice to develop new strategies for lifting orphan households out of poverty.

MIT President Susan Hockfield shakes hands with Dr. Gianfelice Rocca after the two signed an agreement launching the Roberto Rocca Project, which will support collaboration between MIT and Milan Politecnico.  Photo / Donna Coveney

News Release

April 14, 2005

MIT-Italy brings "Roberto Rocca Project" to MIT

On April 14, 2005, MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield and Dr. Gianfelice Rocca, Chairman of Italy's Techint Group, will sign an agreement formalizing the start of an important new collaboration between MIT and the Milan Politecnico, Italy 's top engineering school.

News Release

April 4, 2005

"Visions for Peace in Jerusalem" conference at MIT April 8-9, 2005

Jerusalem 2050 project, which will propose concrete plans to redesign the city by mid-century, is commencing with a major initiative to build the vision of a "city of peace" in this most symbolically important place. Jerusalem 2050 will hold an international design competition in 2007 to achieve these goals.

News Release

April 1, 2005

Persian Gulf Initiative to commence with April 6-7 conference

MIT's Center for International Studies is launching a multi-year series of workshops, public forums, and publications to explore urgent issues of the Persian/Arabian Gulf region.  The first series, this spring, will take up the "crisis of governance" in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran.