News + Media

Analysis + Opinion

March 16, 2023

You can go home again: A proposal for phased military withdrawal from Iraq and normalizing US–Iraq relations

Steven Simon and Adam WeinsteinQuincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

US interests in Iraq are derived from an interest in regional stability and impel the continuation of an “advise, assist, and enable” mission in the near term. There is no need, however, to maintain a long–term military presence in the country. 

Saddam Hussein statue toppling


March 6, 2023

The Iraq invasion: Twenty years later

The 20th anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq is on March 20, 2023. Codenamed  "Operation Iraqi Freedom" by the George W Bush administration, the goal was to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, topple Saddam Hussein, and re-make Iraq into a democracy. Two decades later, US troops are still on Iraqi soil and that nation is ravaged by challenges, including a threat of civil war last August. Center scholars weigh in on the history that led to the US invasion, lessons learned on state-building, and provide commentary on Iraq's future.

A destroyed building in Ukraine

In the News

March 6, 2023

Assessing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, after a year of war

Peter DizikesMIT News

MIT event examines effects of the war on domestic politics and daily life in both Ukraine and Russia.

Tingxuan (Diana) Zhu


March 5, 2023

Give but also take: China’s Covid-19 vaccine aid

As countries prepare themselves for a post-pandemic world, case studies like China’s vaccine aid should help us better understand the new normal of cooperation and competition in public health and beyond, explains Tingxuan (Diana) Zhu, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science. 

Ken Oye


March 3, 2023

précis Interview: Kenneth Oye

Kenneth Oye discusses interdisciplinary work on emerging technologies and the global economic lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. Oye directs the Center's Program on Emerging Technologies and holds faculty appointments in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and in the School of Engineering at MIT.

Compass pointing toward Excellence


March 1, 2023

End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

Global world map


February 28, 2023


MIT-Eurasia and MIT-Ukraine Programs; Academic engagement in public policy; Starr Forums; SSP Wednesday Seminars; Exhibit showcases South Asia and MIT connections; Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar; Celebrating the life of John Tirman; MIT-Korea Program; Military fellows offer courses during IAP

Students taking notes


February 28, 2023


Pouya Alimagham on the protest movement in Iran; Brazilian human rights journalist joins CIS; Energy, war, and the crisis in Ukraine; New MIT internships expand research opportunities in Africa

Analysis + Opinion

February 24, 2023

Nuclear war theory: Continuity and change

Stephen Van EveraColumbia SIPA

Ford International Professor of Political Science Stephen Van Evera participated in A Conference on Today’s Competitive Geopolitical Landscape – in honor of Robert Jervis, hosted by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He spoke on a panel about Robert Jervis' work on nuclear war theory.


In the News

February 21, 2023

Russia suspends participation in the last remaining nuclear arms control pact with the US

Here & NowWBUR

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country would suspend participation in the New START treaty, the last remaining nuclear arms control agreement with the US. Here & Now discusses what this means with Massachusetts Institute of Technology security analyst Jim Walsh.