Lourdes Melgar
In the News | March 22, 2017

Mexico’s energy reform

Lourdes Melgar, the Center’s Robert Wilhelm Fellow, MIT alumna, and former Mexican government official discusses opportunities and challenges of recent energy reforms in Mexico.

Rex Tillerson meeting with Japan
In the News | March 16, 2017

Rex Tillerson, in Japan, says US needs ‘different approach’ to North Korea

“It’s pretty clear that there’s a perfect storm brewing for mischief in East Asia right now,” said Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for International Studies at MIT.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor was successfully tested at an undisclosed location in the United States in 2013.
In the News | March 11, 2017

Why US antimissile system in South Korea worries China

“China is probably confident in its ability to be able to retaliate, but given the size and sophistication of US nuclear forces and the steady development of ballistic missile defenses, coupled with China’s small nuclear arsenal, the margin for error is thin,” said Taylor Fravel and Fiona Cunningham.

US-Japan Flags
Op-Ed | March 09, 2017

US-Japan relationship: past, present, and future

Richard Samuels spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the past, present, and future of the US-Japan relationship. Samuels has written widely on Tokyo’s grand strategy, on the events of 3/11 in Fukushima, and is now working on a book on the Japanese intelligence community. Read transcript

Eran Ben-Joseph is the new faculty advisor of the MIT-Israel Program.
News@E40 | March 08, 2017

MIT-Israel welcomes new faculty advisor

MIT professor Eran Ben-Joseph, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has joined the MIT-Israel Program’s current faculty director, Christine Ortiz, the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as the program’s co-director. 

President Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., in January. Officials have not ruled out the possibility that the leaker was an agency employee.
In the News | March 08, 2017

CIA scrambles to contain damage from WikiLeaks documents

Investigators say that the leak was the work of a disaffected insider. Joel Brenner, senior research fellow at CIS and formerly the country’s top counterintelligence official, suggests that the intelligence agencies need to assess the advisability of sharing secrets widely inside their walls.

WikiLeaks said it obtained an alleged arsenal of hacking tools the CIA has used to spy on espionage targets.
In the News | March 07, 2017

FBI prepares for new hunt for WikiLeaks’ source

“Anybody who thinks that the Manning and Snowden problems were one-offs is just dead wrong,’’ said Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence at the office of the Director of National Intelligence. Brenner is a senior research fellow at CIS. 

Barry Posen
News@E40 | February 28, 2017

Posen receives ISA Distinguished Scholar Award

The Center is thrilled to announce that Barry Posen was the recipient of the 2017 International Security Studies Section 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association (ISA). There was a roundtable in his honor at the annual ISA conference in February 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

Protesters at airport
In the News | February 05, 2017

Making sense of Trump’s travel ban

The dangerous part stems from the belief that President Trump’s ban, temporary or not, blocked or not on legal grounds, will become a recruiting incentive for terrorists.

A Japanese F-15 fighter jet (Courtesy of Japan's Self-Defense Forces)
In the News | January 26, 2017

Smartening up Japan's defenses

Targeted spending increases needed to buttress deterrence as threats rise. The balance of power in Asia is shifting rapidly, with important consequences for Japanese security and the U.S.-Japan alliance. The People's Liberation Army has become a formidable military force capable of challenging U.S. power at an increasing distance from the Asian continent.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
In the News | January 09, 2017

Trump's intel bashing

“When the president of the United States disparages your work, demeans your work, insults the integrity of your work, you wonder why you’re doing it, especially for a government salary,” says Joel Brenner, a senior research fellow at CIS and a former National Security Agency senior counsel.

precis
News@E40 | December 22, 2016

Fall 2016 CIS newsletter

précis, the Center’s newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester. The fall 2016 issue is now available.

 U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the news media at Trump Tower in New York City. Dec. 6.
In the News | December 13, 2016

The End of the Commonwealth

Amid the many controversies attending the election of Donald Trump is one easy to overlook: the mounting assault on “public goods” — public education, public lands, public information and public health, among them.

Pentagon
In the News | December 12, 2016

Reports of saving the Pentagon billions are just fake news

The Balkan teenagers are at it again, this time in the guise of members of the Defense Business Board and consultants from McKinsey, with the claim that their report offering $125 billion in savings was being suppressed by the Department of Defense.

Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in May.
In the News | December 09, 2016

Japan’s pivot from Obama to Trump

Abe’s visit to Trump Tower in November went against the wishes of Obama’s White House, according to a Japanese media report, which cited an unnamed diplomatic source. But Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of CIS, says that Abe’s team “did what they had to do, quickly and well.”

Detail of the Sultanahmet Mosque (the "Blue Mosque"), in Istanbul
In the News | December 07, 2016

How political science helps combat terrorism

“As humans, we have all sorts of cognitive biases that come into play when we try to evaluate the risks posed by terrorism as well as the trade-offs of various counterterrorism policies,” says Richard Nielsen, assistant professor of political science.

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