Op-Ed | August 18, 2017

Revisit NIH biosafety guidelines

The NIH recently marked the 40th anniversary of its Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.The meeting was an inspiring start for charting future oversight of nonclinical applications.

Prime Minister Abe
In the News | July 14, 2017

Will Tokyo’s arms exports help or hurt US interests in Asia?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current political problems obscure the striking speed with which he successfully tackled thorny and long-standing security policy problems, including the lifting of the country’s arms export ban.


Joel Brenner
In the News | July 10, 2017

Former head of US counterintelligence on “US-Russian cybersecurity unit”

Joel Brenner, now at MIT, says President Trump's statement that he might partner with Putin on cyber issues is a reversal of decades of well-founded American suspicion of Russia.

David Edelman
In the News | July 09, 2017

Trump's cyber tweets cause dismay, confusion

The attempt at cooperation itself could result in the US exposing even more secrets to a country that has already stolen so many, cautioned former Obama administration official David Edelman, director of the new MIT Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security.

Justin Steil
In the News | July 07, 2017

Justin Steil on the Trump administration travel ban

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s ultimate conclusion about the legality of the current executive order, its mean-spiritedness, short-sightedness, and damage it has done, and will continue to do, are already evident. 

North Korea soldiers
In the News | July 05, 2017

What's changed since the missile test?

The latest test demonstrates an underlying disconnect in US strategy: North Korea can make missiles faster than we can punish them. Listen to Jim Walsh on NPR's Here and Now.

News@E40 | June 27, 2017

CIS awards 17 summer study grants

Seventeen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. “The awards were made to an outstanding cohort of MIT students from across the Institute. We're so pleased that the appeal of these grants has broadened and students are responding,” said John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.

MISTI and MIT European Club
News@E40 | June 21, 2017

A unique partnership

The fellows supported by the partnership between the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) and the MIT European Club are tackling global challenges through experiential learning and international collaboration.


In the News | June 07, 2017

Brenner on Russian hacking effort

Joel Brenner, former NSA Inspector General, discusses the leaked NSA document analyzing a Russian military intelligence cyberattack on a US voting software company; and the alleged leaker, an NSA contractor, who has been arrested.


In the News | May 25, 2017

Halting intelligence

Jim Walsh, from MIT's Security Studies Program, discusses the effects that intelligence changes could have on the US—and politicians who take the term “beat the press” literally.

Taylor Fravel
News Release | May 24, 2017

Fravel named acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies

M. Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT, will become acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies while Richard Samuels is on sabbatical leave.

Vipin Narnag
In the News | May 24, 2017

Vipin Narang: On the brinkmanship beat

Narang, who specializes in nuclear security, proliferation, and deterrence, is closely monitoring the ongoing rivalry between India and Pakistan, and the alarming, increasingly bellicose sparring between North Korea and the United States...

John Tirman on immigration and costs of war
In the News | May 22, 2017

How political science contributes to national policies on immigration and military conflict

"It is remarkable that we do not measure the costs of war in any meaningful way," says John Tirman. "I suggest that Congress establish a conflict impact assessment during or after each war to bring home the true costs of armed conflict."

MISTI Student
News@E40 | May 18, 2017

"Mens et manus" goes global

The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program will send students to six continents this summer. Through MISTI, MIT students learn about new cultures and explore techniques for solving the world’s challenges…

Joel Brenner Cybersecurity
In the News | May 18, 2017

Patching the electric grid

“For the sake of efficiencies…we have created tremendous risk for ourselves,” warns Joel Brenner, the principal author of the MIT report on cybersecurity. Now, he says, people are waking up to the danger.

North Korea Nucelar Diplomacy
In the News | May 17, 2017

Walsh on North Korea nuclear issues

James Walsh discusses nuclear diplomacy with North Korea in respect to the recently elected Moon Jae-In as president of South Korea. Listen to the Global Dispatches podcast.