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Empowering the Teachers spring 2022 cohort with MIT Professor Tayo Akinwande (center) at Killian Court.


February 14, 2024

Fellowship program empowers Nigerian academics

“Empowering the Teachers” provides an immersive and innovative training experience for young African academics. The program brings talented Nigerian academics at the postdoctoral level to MIT for a semester-long immersive experience, then sends them back out into the field to teach, research, and grow into influential leadership roles in their higher education system.

People wander through the devastated area near the al-Maqoussi towers in the aftermath of an Israeli bombardment in Gaza City on Feb. 3

Analysis + Opinion

February 14, 2024

The devastation of Gaza was inevitable

Barry PosenForeign Policy Magazine

The Israeli offensive in Gaza, the US-led coalition offensives in Mosul and Raqqa, and even the bloody and clumsy Russian siege of Mariupol may not be anomalies. Instead, they are a window into future war. 

Richard Nielsen and David Dolev


February 13, 2024

précis Interview: MENA/MIT

MENA/MIT is a new regional program at the Center for International Studies that houses and connects activities and initiatives across MIT related to the Middle East and North Africa region. In this interview, Richard Nielsen and David Dolev discuss MENA/MIT engagement with the MIT community, its contributions to the Institute's educational and research objectives, and their goals for 2024.


February 9, 2024


Wargaming in Washington, DC; Global experiences over IAP; Starr Forums; Policy Lab in action; GDL offers summer research program; SSP Wednesday seminars; Military fellows offer courses over IAP; Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration; Bustani Middle East Seminar

Sarah Bidgood, William Potter, Samuel Meyer, and Hanna Notte

In the News

February 9, 2024

Death dust: The rise, decline and future of radiological weapons programs

James Martin Center for Nonproliferation StudiesMiddlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

This seminar focuses on the findings of the recently published book Death Dust: The Rise, Decline and Future of Radiological Weapons Programs, co-authored by SSP Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Bidgood, William Potter, Samuel Meyer, and Hanna Notte. The speakers discuss the evolution of radiological weapons, the key incentives for and impediments to their development and deployment, and the future prospects for their proliferation and use.


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.

Runako Gentles and Shiv Bhakta

In the News

February 6, 2024

Reflecting on COP28—and humanity’s progress toward meeting global climate goals

Office of the Vice President for ResearchMIT News

At a debrief hosted at CIS, MIT delegates share observations and insights from the largest-ever UN climate conference.

Headshot of Anjana Sankar

News Release

February 5, 2024

Human rights journalist, Anjana Sankar, joins CIS as its 2024 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

Center for International Studies

The fellowship, sponsored in part by the Center for International Studies (CIS), gives female and non-binary journalists working in the field of human rights and social justice the opportunity to pursue academic research at MIT and hone their reporting skills at The Boston Globe and The New York Times.

Neighborhoods and health

Analysis + Opinion

February 5, 2024

Neighborhoods and health: Interventions at the neighborhood level could help advance health equity

Mariana C Arcaya, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Justin SteilHealth Affairs

To understand how housing affects health and health equity, the role of neighborhood environments must be considered.

Scene at MIT: Learning ikebana during IAP

In the News

February 2, 2024

Scene at MIT: Learning ikebana during IAP

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social SciencesMIT News

During an IAP course offered each year by the MIT-Japan Program, Hiroko Matsuyama works with MIT students on the basics of the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement.