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Prime Minister Abe

In the News

July 14, 2017

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

Eric Heginbotham and Richard Samuels The Cipher Brief

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”

Mary Louise KellyWBUR Morning Edition

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 9, 2017

Trump's cyber tweets cause dismay, confusion

Corey BennettPolitico

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 7, 2017

Justin Steil on the Trump administration travel ban

Michelle NhuchMIT News

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 5, 2017

What's changed since the missile test?

NPR Here and Now

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.


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


June 21, 2017

A unique partnership

Caroline KnoxMIT News

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 7, 2017

Brenner on Russian hacking effort

Caitlin O'Keefe, Meghna ChakrabartiWBUR Radio Boston

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.


Jim Walsh

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.