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Caption:Empowering the Teachers spring 2022 cohort with MIT Professor Tayo Akinwande (center) at Killian Court.

In the News

October 3, 2023

Fellowship program empowers Nigerian academics to transform engineering education in their local universities

Danna LorchMIT News

The program, which is coordinated by the MIT Center for International Studies, brings talented Nigerian academics at the postdoctoral level to MIT for a semester-long immersive experience, then sends them back out into the field to teach, research, and grow into influential leadership roles in their higher education system.

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September 29, 2023

Summer study grants support research abroad

Sabina Van MellCenter for International Studies

This summer, the Center for International Studies supported fifteen doctoral students in international affairs through the CIS Summer Study Fellowship. Mariel Garcia-Montes, one of this year's awardees, sat down to discuss her work and the value of doing research abroad. 

Daron Acemoglu at campus talk

In the News

September 29, 2023

Who will benefit from AI?

Peter DizikesMIT News

At a Starr Forum, MIT economist and Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu presented the case for using AI to produce shared prosperity by supplementing workers, rather than replacing them. 

Ceremony to christen Taiwanese submarine

In the News

September 28, 2023

Submarines are Taiwan’s best defense against a Chinese invasion

David AxeForbes

Quoted: In a majority of the simulations, “submarines were able to enter the Chinese defensive zone and wreak havoc with the Chinese fleet,” concluded SSP principal research scientist Eric Heginbotham along with his co-authors Mark Cancian and Matthew Cancian.

Headshot of Taylor Fravel

In the News

September 26, 2023

Q&A: The BRICS expansion and the global balance of power

Peter DizikesMIT News

In a Q&A with MIT News, Security Studies Program director M Taylor Fravel examines the potential and limitations of a bigger BRICS group of countries — and what it means for the US.

Analysis + Opinion

September 25, 2023

China’s economic slowdown was inevitable

Yasheng HuangForeign Affairs

Statism has not contributed to China's economic success in recent years, but rather the reduction of it. President Xi Jinping's efforts to increase statism have discouraged capitalists from investing in the country's economy, instead turning to other countries. Additionally, the focus on building infrastructure rather than strong health and education programs have damaged the strength of country's economy. Yusheng Huang states that the Chinese government must make more pragmatic economic decisions to end this downturn.

Lieberman attends New York launch of global report to coincide with UN General Assembly


September 21, 2023

Lieberman attends New York launch of global report to coincide with UN General Assembly

In the face of multiple global crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to the devastating climate emergency, heads of state descended on New York this week to negotiate solutions and responses. One non-government organization, Global Nation, released its inaugural, data-driven “Global Solidarity Report” at a pop-up Goals House in Central Park’s Tavern on the Green. Evan Lieberman and CIS were among the contributors and partners of this report.

Chinese soldiers guarding the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 2022

Analysis + Opinion

September 15, 2023

The myth of Chinese diversionary war

M Taylor FravelForeign Affairs

If China’s economic woes get worse, its leaders will probably become more sensitive to perceived external challenges, especially on issues such as Taiwan. Increased pressure on China could easily backfire and motivate Beijing to become more aggressive in order to demonstrate its resolve to other states despite its internal difficulties, writes Taylor Fravel in Foreign Affairs.

In the News

September 15, 2023

What's behind Kim Jong Un's trip to Russia


In a segment during WBUR's Here & NowJim Walsh, senior research associate in the Security Studies Program, says that Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un signals trouble for Russia's offensive efforts in the Ukraine War. Putin is seeking military cooperation with North Korea as a result.

Helping hands in Ukraine flag colors

News Release

September 14, 2023

Global MIT At-Risk Scholars Program launches, offers fellowships to Ukrainian academics

Center for International Studies

The newly launched Global MIT At-Risk Fellows (GMAF) program is designed to provide sanctuary to scholars around the globe whose lives and academic freedom are under threat. The GMAF pilot program will focus on Ukrainian researchers and faculty with current or recent affiliations at Ukrainian universities or the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences.