End Notes

  • Spring 2020
End Notes
May 19, 2020


CIS Robert E Wilhelm Fellow Hala Aldosari gave a talk on violence in women in girls, with a focus on Saudi Arabia, at a MIT Starr Forum. 

Professor of Political Science Nazli Choucri presented to the Science of Security and Privacy Program (Department of Defense) on the results of Year 2 of the MIT research project on Analytics of Cybersecurity for Cyber-Physical Systems in January. Choucri also presented to the British High Commission and Internet Society on Contextualizing IOT Security Threats for Consumers Forum in February. 

Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science Taylor Fravel presented “Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy since 1949” at Stanford University in January. Fravel also participated in the Trans-Atlantic Symposium on US and European Relations with China in Berlin in February. 

MIT-Africa Managing Director Ari Jacobovits collaborated with MIT Hacking Medicine, Sloan Global Programs, and the Africa Business Club to organize “Africa Takes on COVID19” at MIT as part of the COVID19 Challenge series in May. 

Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen, joined by Stephen Walt, took part in a conversation hosted by the Middle East Institute (MEI) on "The Middle East in an Era of Great Power Competition" in April.  

PhD Candidate Erik Sand received the America in the World Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the Kissinger Center at John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. 

PhD Candidate Meicen Sun presented her research on China’s participation in UN peacekeeping at the “Rebuilding State and Society after Civil War” symposium co-hosted by the Department of History and School of Peace and Conflict at Kent State University in February. 

PhD Candidate Rachel Tecott received a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. 

Ford Professor of Political Science Kathleen Thelen received the Friedrich Schiedel Award for Politics and Technology. Thelen was also named Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Munich. 

Professor of History at Tufts University Reed Ueda was on the steering committee and a contributing author for The Atlas of Boston History (University of Chicago Press, 2019).


PhD Candidate Marsin Alshamary, "Iraqi protesters will likely push forward despite violence," The World PRI (February 7, 2020).

Former Robert E Wilhelm Fellow James E Baker, "It's High Time We Fought this Virus the American Way," The New York Times (April 3, 2020).

Senior Research Fellow Joel Brenner, "The Inspector General's Badge of Honor," cis.mit.edu (April, 8, 2020).

Professor of Political Science Fotini Christia, "Deal-Making During the Coronavirus Pandemic," MIT News (April 2, 2020).

MIT PhD alumnus Christopher Clary, "Trump and Modi will meet in India this week; Here's what to expect," The Washington Post (February 23, 2020).

Research Fellow David Edelman, “Here’s how to regulate artificial intelligence properly,” The Washington Post (January 13, 2020).

Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science Taylor Fravel, China’s ‘World-Class’ Military Ambitions: Origins and Implications,” Washington Quarterly, Vol 42, No 4 (2020).

___________“Stability in a Secondary Strategic Direction: China and the Border Dispute with India After 1962” in Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations, Kanti Baipai, Selina Ho, and Manjari Chatterjee Miller, eds. New York: Routledge, 2020. 

___________"Does the Global Pandemic Open New South China Sea Opportunities for Beijing? Not Really.” The Washington Post (May 7, 2020). 

___________"Mike Pompeo criticized China for not respecting its neighbors’ territorial integrity. What’s the story?The Washington Post (February 21, 2020). 

SSP Affiliate Peter Krause, "Yemen's Proxy Wars Explained," Political Violence at a Glance (March 26, 2020).

___________"Trump's Peace Plan is a Paradigm Shift," Political Violence at a Glance (January 28, 2020).

PhD Candidate Jung Jae Kwon, “Red under Blue: Chinese Humanitarian Action in UN Peackeeping Missions,” International Peacekeeping (2020). 

Research Associate and IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow Shola Lawal, "Coronavirus halts street protests, but climate activists have a plan,” The New York Times (March 19, 2020).

___________“Tweak ocean ecosystems? Maybe not, study says.The New York Times (February 26, 2020).

___________"Fireflies have a mating problem: The lights are always on," The New York Times (February 3, 2020).

___________"Temperatures at a Florida-size glacier in Antarctica alarm scientists," The New York Times (January 29, 2020).

Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Nielsen, “Women’s Authority in Patriarchal Social Movements: The Case of Female Salafi Preachers,” American Journal of Political Science, Vol 64, No 1 (2020). 

___________“The Rise and Impact of Muslim Women Preaching Online” in Oxford Handbook of Politics in Muslim Societies, Melani Cammett and Pauline Jones, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2020. 

PhD Candidate Rachel Esplin Odell and Stephen Wertheim, "Can The Democrats Avoid Trump's China Trap?" The New York Times (May 10, 2020).

PhD Candidate Sara Plana, “Proxy War: The ‘Least Bad Option’ or the ‘Second-to-Last Resort’?”, as part of “Book Review Roundtable: Understanding Proxy Warfare,” Texas National Security ReviewMar 17, 2020.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen, “Do Pandemics Promote Peace?” Foreign Affairs (May/June 2020).

___________“ Courting War,” Boston Review (March 3, 2020).

MIT Political Science alumnus Miranda Priebe, "Don't Classify the FYDP; Budget Transparency Helps Allies, Taxpayers," Breaking Defense (April 28, 2020).

PhD Candidate Ignacio Puente and Ford International Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider, "Business and Development: How Organization, Ownership, and Networks Matter,Review of International Political Economy (February 2020).

Ford International Professor of Political Science and CIS Director Richard Samuels, "Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community," The Ambassador's Brief (January 26, 2020).

PhD Candidate Erik Sand, “Desperate Measures: The Effects of Economic Isolation on Warring Powers,” Texas National Security Review, Vol 3, No 2 (2020). 

PhD Candidates Erik Sand and Rachel Tecott, “How Coronavirus will affect the US Military,” The Washington Post (March 19, 2020). 

SSP Affiliate Joshua Shifrinson, "How Donald Trump Should Handle China's Growing Power," The National Interest (March 8, 2020).

Department Head and Professor of Political Science David Singer (with Mark Copelovitch), Banks on the Brink: Global Capital, Securities Markets, and the Political Roots of Financial Crises, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. 

PhD Candidate Meicen Sun (with Yasheng Huang and Yuze Sui), “How Digital Contact Tracing Slowed Covid-19 in East Asia,” Harvard Business Review (April 2020). 

Ford Professor of Political Science Kathleen Thelen (with Yonah Freemark and Justin Steil), Varieties of Urbanism: A Comparative View of Inequality and the Dual Dimensions of Metropolitan Fragmentation,” Politics & Society (2020).  

___________(with Pepper Culpepper), “Are We All Amazon Primed? Consumers and the Politics of Platform Power,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol 53, No 2 (2020). 

___________(with Anke Hassel), Europe has kept down pandemic unemployment, US hasn’t: here’s why,” The Washington Post (April 24, 2020). 

SSP Senior Research Associate James Walsh, "4 Things That Will Happen if Kim Jong-Un Died," The National Interest (May 8, 2020).

Assistant Professor of Political Science Bernardo Zacka, "An Ode to the Humble Balcony," The New York Times (May 9, 2020).