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screenshot of Carol Saivetz

In the News

August 25, 2023

Questions remain after presumed death of Wagner chief


Carol Saivetz, senior advisor in the Security Studies Program, discusses the aftermath of the Wagner Group plane crash in Russia with political commentator Sue O’Connell.

Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin

In the News

August 23, 2023

Podcast: Prigozhin plane down

Dan ReaWBZ News Radio1030

Professor of Soviet and Post-Soviet History Elizabeth Wood joins Dan Rea's podcast to explain Russia's Wagner Group plane crash and the history of the mercenary group's leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Map of South China Sea

In the News

August 23, 2023

Can the Philippines peacefully settle territorial disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea?

Rommel C BanlaoiEurasia Review

Quoted: SSP director M Taylor Fravel's study on China found evidence of the country settling territorial disputes through peaceful resolutions and demonstrated patience. As argued in this op-ed by Rommel C Banlaoi, the same can happen with China's territorial disputes with the Philippines.

Apekshya Prasai on iPad

In the News

August 22, 2023

Apekshya Prasai: Up in arms

Leda ZimmermanMIT Political Science

Apekshya Prasai, a PhD candidate in MIT’s Department of Political Science, studies how rebel groups subvert entrenched patriarchal structures, ideas and norms and the role women play in this process.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a SPG recoilless gun during a military training.

In the News

August 18, 2023

Should the west keep arming Ukraine or push for peace?

Emma AshfordForeign Policy

Quoted: “Military history suggests the challenges here are also more daunting than have been commonly understood—at least among the public in the West.” Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen suggests that the difficulty of Ukraine’s fight to take back territory is not fully understood by the West in his article in Foreign Policy on Ukraine’s “breakthrough problem.”

In the News

August 18, 2023

KBS Documentary: 'Pachinko' and Min Jin Lee


Former CIS director Richard J Samuels was interviewed in a recent Korean documentary on the author Min Jin Lee.

3 GDL Interns, one raising her hand


August 15, 2023

GDL Summer internship program gives promising political science students a chance to shine

MIT Political ScienceMIT News

Four current undergraduates from US universities and two current master’s students at African universities mixed research assistant work and their own independent research projects, professionalizing their presentation of research and exchanging information with each other and Department of Political Science faculty.

China rocket forces

In the News

August 9, 2023

China's military shake-up: Power play or strategy shift?

Yuchen Li in TaipeiDeutsche Welle

Quoted: Director of the Security Studies Program M Taylor Fravel told Germany broadcaster Deutsche Welle that China’s recent military leadership replacements show that "leadership positions in the party remain precarious, even after more than 10 years of Xi [Jinping's] rule and consolidation of power."

women walking through Egypt

In the News

August 7, 2023

Using social media to raise awareness of women’s resources

Peter DizikesMIT News

Director of the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center and CIS affiliate Fotini Christia successfully led an experiment that shows effective ways to spread resources for women facing domestic violence in Egypt.

Russian sergeant on front line for Ukraine

Analysis + Opinion

August 3, 2023

Ukraine has a breakthrough problem

Barry R PosenForeign Policy

Military history suggests Ukraine’s current campaign is far more daunting than the public understands.