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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.


October 17, 2008

Starr Forum on health care policy

The World Health Organization ranks America's health care a dismal 37, with France and Italy among the top two. And the U.S. comes in dead last on most measures of performance when compared to other advanced nations, cites a 2007 study by the Commonwealth Fund. The U.S. health care system is a critical issue in the current presidential campaign, with Barack Obama and John McCain each offering a remedy. Join noted health care expert and MIT professor of economics Jonathan Gruber as he diagnoses our ailing health care, explains why other countries' systems are in better shape, and offers a recovery plan to our next president. The Starr Forum, "Health Care Policy and the Next U.S. Administration," will be on Wednesday, October 22, 2008, at 6p, in MIT Bldg E25-111.


October 17, 2008

Nilüfer Göle to speak at Bustani Seminar

Nilüfer Göle, a professor of sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris and a leading authority on the political movement of today's educated, urbanized, religious Muslim women, will speak at the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar on Tuesday, October 21, 2008. A prominent Turkish scholar, she is the author of The Forbidden Modern: Civilization and Veiling. The talk, "Islam and Europe: The Changing Face of Public Culture," is at 4:30p in MIT Bldg E51-095. 


October 15, 2008

The global financial crisis and obstacles to US leadership

David A. Singer, MIT

We are in the midst of a global financial crisis. The U.S. “sub-prime” crisis, which triggered some of the largest bank failures in U.S. history, has now spread in earnest to Europe and Asia. Bank failures around the globe are likely to continue as housing markets collapse and credit markets run dry.


October 15, 2008

Avishai on peace and Israel's economy

The Center's Jerusalem Seminar Series continues with "Does the Israeli Economy Really Need Peace?" Bernard Avishai, a resident of Jerusalem and contributing editor of the Harvard Business Review, is the guest speaker. Avishai is associated with the Monitor Group, a privately owned global management consulting firm and is the author, most recently of The Hebrew Republic. Joining the lecture as a discussant is Kate Rouhana, a researcher, writer, and fundraising consultant who has worked extensively on Israel and Palestine, both regionally and in the U.S. She has reported for Al-Fajr English newspaper in Jerusalem, co-directed the Council of Palestinian Public Affairs Research Unit in Jersualem, and served as the coordinator for a Israeli-Palestinian Working Group at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. The public talk will be held on Thurs, Oct 16, in MIT Bldg 3, Rm 133, from 4p - 6p. 


October 15, 2008

Upcoming public talks

Competing for Foreign Students and Workers in Science and Engineering, B. Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University, on Nov 12; Russian Military Reform and Anatoly Serdyukov, Dale Herspring, Kansas State University, on Nov 19; Science Policy and the Obama Administration, Marc Kastner, MIT, on Nov 19; and Conflict Resolution in Jerusalem, Susan Collin Marks, Search for Common Ground, on Nov 20. 


October 10, 2008

MISTI turns 25

MIT celebrated 25 years of international engagement through the Center's International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) at an Oct. 2 dinner hosted by Dana Mead, chairman of the MIT Corporation, and Deborah Fitzgerald, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. MIT's largest international program, MISTI is a pioneer in the field of applied international studies. It prepares MIT students to participate in the global economy by connecting them to hands-on professional internships and research opportunities across the globe. MISTI began in the early 1980s with the creation of the MIT-Japan Program. By 1991, more than 60 MIT interns each year were working in Japan. Today, MISTI prepares and sends more than 300 MIT interns annually to nine countries: China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain. "From the path that MISTI has broken, we are now paving the way to a whole new avenue for education at MIT," President Susan Hockfield said. "The reason I'm convinced that global exposure makes an MIT education even better for our students is that we have been very careful in designing those experiences. MISTI is the premier example."


October 5, 2008

Upcoming public events

The Impact of Migration on Children Left Behind in Developing Countries, Andrea Rossi, John F. Kennedy School of Government, on Oct 14; Asia's Growing Footprints in the Middle East: What it Means for America, Geoffrey Kemp, Director, Regional Strategic Patterns, Nixon Cente, on Oct 15; Does the Israeli Economy Really Need Peace? Bernard Avishai, Monitor Group, on Oct 16.


October 1, 2008

The US and Iran in Afghanistan: policy gone awry

Barnett Rubin with Sara Batmanglich, New York University

Afghanistan is one of several contexts in which the long-term common interests of the U.S. and Iran have been overshadowed by the animus originating in the 1953 CIA-led coup in Iran and the Iranian revolution of 1979, to the detriment of the interests of the U.S., Iran, and Afghanistan. 

In the News

September 18, 2008

Foreign policy and the next US administration

MIT scholars Barry Posen, Taylor Fravel, and Carol Saivetz participated in a roundtable discussion on foreign policy and the next U.S. administration. This discussion was the first in a series of forward-thinking talks on pressing global issues in which MIT experts offer advice to the next U.S. president.