CIS hosts consuls general meeting

2018 CIS Consuls General Meeting
April 10, 2018

The Center hosted Boston-area consuls general for a foreign policy briefing by our faculty and scholars. Local journalists were also invited as a means to gather background information on pressing issues. Fourteen consuls and four journalists attended the April 10 event at the Samberg conference center.


Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science, a member of the Security Studies Program, and acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies, gave welcoming remarks.

The talks, followed by a question-and-answer session, covered a range of topics: US grand strategy (Barry Posen), Russian politics (Elizabeth Wood, Carol Saivetz), the North Korean nuclear crisis (Vipin Narang), China and its neighbors (Taylor Fravel, Eric Heginbotham), national security law and process (James Baker), and US policy toward Iran (Jim Walsh). 

“Judging by the reactions of the consuls and reporters present, I’d say the briefing was a success, said the event organizer, John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.

Vipin Narang, associate professor of political science and a member of the Security Studies Program, speaking on the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.