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January 15, 2020

IPL completed 5th annual call for proposals

The Policy Lab works with MIT researchers who seek to build relationships with the policy community and engage with policymakers.  They concluded their fifth call for proposals and had a near record turnout with 40 proposals.  Final selections will be made by February 14, 2020.

Jim Walsh

In the News

January 14, 2020

Iran nuclear deal continues to unravel

Tonya MosleyWBUR Here and Now

Iran suspended all limits on its production of enriched uranium required by the deal after the American drone strike that killed Iran's top military commander this month. Jim Walsh discusses the implications.

Analysis + Opinion

January 13, 2020

Here’s how to regulate artificial intelligence properly

David EdelmanThe Washington Post

If we’re going to govern AI, we need to recognize it for what it is: a tool, with innumerable uses. And that means we need to govern it for the ways people actually use it, and not as a phenomenon in and of itself.

Hala Aldosari

In the News

January 13, 2020

How exiled Saudi Arabian activists are quietly building a resistance movement

Ty JoplinAl Bawaba

Al Bawaba spoke with Hala Aldosari, a Saudi human rights activist who stands on the vanguard of digitally organizing a resistance movement to the Saudi regime while in exile.

President Trump spoke at the White House on Wednesday after missile strikes by Iran on two bases housing American troops in Iraq.Credit...Doug Mills/The New York Times

In the News

January 8, 2020

Trump’s inaccurate statements about the conflict with Iran

Linda QiuThe New York Times

Jim Walsh quoted: Mr Trump’s claim blaming the nuclear accord for Iranian aggression rather than his withdrawal from it is “almost an inverted reality,” said Jim Walsh, a research associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program and an expert on nuclear issues and the Middle East.

Jim Walsh

In the News

January 8, 2020

After Iran strikes back, President Trump indicates a de-escalation

Jim BraudeWGBH Greater Boston

Jim Walsh, a senior research associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program, joined Jim Braude to discuss the events of the last week and what else may be on the horizon in US-Iran relations.

David Edelman

In the News

January 8, 2020

How an Iranian cyberattack might start


David Edelman quoted: Iran has promised retaliation following the US killing of its top commander, and one form that could take is cyberattacks. Iran is not considered the most sophisticated cyber actor, but David Edelman said it has attacked and been the target of attacks, so it has an unusual amount of experience with hacking.

Joel Brenner

In the News

January 8, 2020

What's the path forward on Iran?

Tiziana Dearing, Jamie BolognaWBUR Radio Boston

Now a senior research fellow at CIS, Joel Brenner—former inspector general of the National Security Agency and head of US counterintelligence in the Obama administration—joins us to make sense of where we are with Iran and what happens next.

Jeanne Guillemin Meselson

In the News

January 7, 2020

Jeanne Guillemin, biological warfare expert and senior advisor at MIT, dies at 76

Michelle EnglishMIT News

Jeanne Guillemin was described by The New York Times as a “scientific sleuth” and the Washington Post as a “pioneering researcher” in obituaries that lauded her groundbreaking work in biological warfare — a field where men had long outnumbered their female colleagues.

 Iranians tear up a US flag during a demonstration in Tehran on January 3, 2020.

In the News

January 6, 2020

Iran drives another stake into the heart of the nuclear deal

Tim ListerCNN

Vipin Narang quoted: Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, points out that despite Iran's announcement that it won't abide by enrichment levels and quantities set by the JCPOA, "it is still quite far from having enough enriched uranium for a bomb, let alone a functional arsenal because...of the JCPOA."