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Protestors holding up a sign that reads: End Systemic Racism

In the News

March 3, 2022

3 Questions: Fotini Christia on racial equity and data science

Institute for Data, Systems, and SocietyMIT News

A new MIT-wide effort launched by the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society uses social science and computation to address systemic racism.

Illustration of Putin with rockets

Analysis + Opinion

March 3, 2022

What Putin’s nuclear threats mean for the US

Caitlin TalmadgeWall Street Journal

Unfortunately for the US, Russia isn’t the only opponent that could use its nuclear arsenal as a shield for conventional aggression against third parties. China is in the midst of modernizing its nuclear forces, building better nuclear weapons in larger numbers than it ever has before.

Green outline of globe with Africa highlighted in red, yellow triangle in background


March 2, 2022

MIT x TAU webinar series returns for its second year

CIS and the MIT Africa Program has partnered with TRUE Africa University (TAU) to host its second annual webinar series focusing on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa.  Starting March 3 for seven weeks on Thursdays at NOON ET, TAU founder, MIT alumnus, and CIS research affiliate Claude Grunitzky, will interview the thinkers, shapers and doers who he sees as the inventors of the future of Africa.

In the News

March 2, 2022

Q&A: Elizabeth Wood on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

MIT News asked Elizabeth Wood, professor of history at MIT and author of the 2016 book “Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine” (published by the Woodrow Wilson Center and Columbia University Press), to evaluate the situation, as of the beginning of March, slightly less than a week after the invasion began.

Damage from a missile in an apartment building in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 25.LYNSEY ADDARIO/NYT

Analysis + Opinion

March 1, 2022

Watching war in real time, one TikTok at a time

Maham JavaidThe Boston Globe

TikTok is undoubtedly playing multiple roles in this war. One of which is that the war and its accompanying acts of brutality are being documented and disseminated across the world.

cover of precis magazine


February 28, 2022

The Center's bi-annual magazine is now available

précis, the Center's bi-annual magazine, features essays and the wide range of activities of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. The Fall 2021/Winter 2022 edition is now available online.

People walking in front of the Russian Duma building in Moscow, on February 22.Credit...Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA, via Shutterstock

Analysis + Opinion

February 28, 2022

A few members of the Russian Parliament speak out against the war.

Ada PetriczkoThe New York Times

Three members of Russia’s rubber-stamp Parliament have criticized their country’s war in Ukraine, a rare episode of dissent from within the Russian establishment.  

Analysis + Opinion

February 28, 2022

Uncovering the strategic aspects of Sino-India ties

Sushant SinghCentre for Policy Research

In the third episode of a series, hosted by Sushant Singh (Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research), featuring leading experts on the various facets of Sino-India relations, Taylor Fravel discusses the strategic aspects of Sino-India relations.

Carol Saivetz on Ch 10 news speaking on the Russia Ukraine war

In the News

February 24, 2022

What are the implications of the Russian attack on Ukraine?

10 Boston

Carol Saivetz discusses the Russian attacks in Ukraine and the international community’s response.


Migrants seeking to enter Greece from Turkey, March 2020 Dimitris Tosidis / Xinhua / Eyevine / Redux

Analysis + Opinion

February 23, 2022

When migrants become weapons

Kelly M GreenhillForeign Affairs

Kelly M Greenhill explores how governments are using migrants and asylum seekers as "hybrid weapons" and explores the implications for this new era in international power politics.