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Ben Ross Schneider


February 14, 2018

CIS sponsors politics of development series

Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Brazil Program, is a co-editor of a new CIS-sponsored series on the politics of development called Cambridge Elements. The first of several forthcoming books is available for free (for a limited time) through Cambridge University Press.

Nuclear missiles


February 13, 2018

What can we learn from North Korea’s successful nuclearization?

Nicholas L. Miller and Vipin NarangThe Texas National Security Review

According to most theories of nuclear proliferation, North Korea did not stand much of a chance of successfully acquiring nuclear weapons. Yet here we are, staring down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-sized barrel of the world’s 10th nuclear weapons power.

 Nobuhiro Kubo / Reuters - The Malabar exercises, Okinawa, June 2016


February 13, 2018

The rise of illiberal hegemony

Barry R. PosenForeign Affairs

Is US hegemony of any kind sustainable, and if not, what policy should replace it? Trump turns out to be as good at avoiding that question as those he has condemned.

Jim Walsh


February 12, 2018

Why North Korea and Iran get accused of nuclear collusion

Jim Walsh Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist

At first glance, it would seem that Iran-North Korea military or even nuclear cooperation makes “sense.” Both nations face the United States as an adversary, and both have been subject to US and international sanctions.

John Tirman


February 6, 2018

An adolescent's foreign policy

John TirmanHelsinki Times

If there’s one thing President Donald Trump demonstrated in his first year in the White House, it is a penchant for disruption. Not the disruption we hear so much about in the tech industry or as a tool of innovation, but just sheer destructiveness.

IPL faculty director Chappell Lawson


February 2, 2018

IPL offers public policy communication training

The MIT International Policy Lab brought to campus a professional science communication organization, COMPASS, to conduct a day-long training for faculty.

GSL-Peru students April Baker of MIT Sloan (left) and Dalitso Banda of EECS give a talk at Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC).


February 1, 2018

MISTI Global Startup Labs celebrates 18 years

Caroline KnoxMIT News

Initially launched as a pilot program in Kenya, MISTI GSL now offers projects in 10 countries. MIT students travel abroad to help other students launch tech-based companies.

Barry Posen

In the News

January 31, 2018

The future of transatlantic relations: A debate

Brookings Institution

On Wednesday, January 31, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology hosted a debate on the future of the transatlantic relationship. This debate, convened by the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and the Charles Koch Institute, in partnership with POLITICO, is the third debate in a series of thematic debates on America’s role in the world.

China Steps Out book cover

News Release

January 29, 2018

MIT CIS research scientist Eric Heginbotham PhD 04, LBJ professor Joshua Eisenman, publish book on China's engagement with the developing world

China Steps Out tracks the important shifts in China’s diplomacy, including the increased weight Beijing places on political and economic relationships in the developing world..."

In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participated in a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.


January 19, 2018

‘Fire and Fury’ shows Trump’s shifts on China

Audrey Jiajia LiBoston Globe

It is clear that in the Trump Administration, neither hawks like Bannon nor doves like the Kushners are interested in challenging Beijing on value issues…