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Owen Cote


June 10, 2024

Remembering Owen Cote

Center for International Studies

Owen Cote, a principal research scientist with the Security Studies Program (SSP), passed away on June 8, 2024. Cote joined SSP in 1997 as associate director, a role he has held ever since. He was an indomitable scholar and leading expert on both naval warfare and nuclear weapons. His monograph, The third battle: Innovation in the US Navy's silent cold war struggle with Soviet submarines, is the definitive work on the subject.  Within SSP, he mentored several generations of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on all aspects of military technology and the implications for international security. More broadly, he shaped and guided the field of security studies as co-editor and later editor of International Security. More details are available here.

Mai Hassan

In the News

June 5, 2024

The World at MIT: Mai Hassan


The experience of growing up in the Sudanese diaspora drew Mai Hassan to political science and a desire to examine topics related to authoritarianism. Hassan is associate director of political science and leads the Center's MIT-Africa Program and MISTI Africa. Learn more about her work in this video.

MIT dome

News Release

June 3, 2024

MIT Global Seed Funds program awards more than $2.6 million

Center for International Studies

The Center is thrilled to announce another banner year for the MIT Global Seed Fund (GSF) program.  A total of 107 international research projects received more than $2.6 million in funding for the 2023-2024 cycle. These projects were selected from among 226 proposals submitted by faculty and research scientists across the Institute.



May 29, 2024

CIS congratulates our 2024 graduates

Center for International Studies

Among those who graduated from the Department of Political Science this year were five graduate students who are affiliated with the Center’s Security Studies Program: Nicholas Ackert (SM), Nasir Almasri (PhD), John Minnich (PhD), Mina Pollmann (PhD), and Apekshya Prasai (PhD). Three additional graduates are members of the Center’s Global Diversity Lab: Jasmine English (PhD), Rorisand Lekalake (PhD), and Elizabeth Parker Mahyar (PhD). 

Erik Lin-Greenberg and Benjamin Norwood Harris

In the News

May 28, 2024

In international relations, it’s the message, not the medium

Peter DizikesMIT News

Research by SSP's Leo Marx Career Development Assistant Professor of the History and Culture of Science & Technology, Erik Lin-Greenberg, and PhD candidate in Security Studies and International Relations, Benjamin Norwood Harris, show warnings issued by world leaders are taken equally seriously whether issued on social media or through formal statements.

Caption:Ben Ross Schneider is the author of a new book, “Routes to Reform: Education Politics in Latin America,” published by Oxford University Press. Credits:Photo: Gretchen Ertl

In the News

May 20, 2024

Trying to make the grade

Peter DizikesMIT News

Ben Ross Schneider’s new book examines why improving public education has been so difficult in Latin America. Schneider is the faculty director of the MIT-Chile Program and Ford International Professor of Political Science.

Vipin Narang

In the News

May 17, 2024

Vipin Narang promoted to acting assistant secretary of defense for space policy

US Department of Defense

CIS is pleased to announce that Vipin Narang, Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security and Political Science, was promoted from principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy to acting assistant secretary of defense for space policy, effective Monday, May 20.

Cartoon robot Image: MIT News; iStock

In the News

May 16, 2024

Scientists use generative AI to answer complex questions in physics

Adam ZeweMIT News

In a new study partially funded by the 2022 Switzerland Lockheed Martin Seed Fund at CIS, a new technique that can automatically classify phases of physical systems could help scientists investigate novel materials.

Evan Lieberman

In the News

May 15, 2024

Q&A: Exploring ethnic dynamics and climate change in Africa

Leda ZimmermanMIT News

Director of the Center for International Studies and professor of political science, Evan Lieberman, discusses his research into perceptions among African and American citizens about the climate crisis and how their governments are responding.

Professor Olivier De Weck's technology roadmapping work has led to an award-winning textbook, a graduate course, and two professional education classes.

In the News

May 14, 2024

3 Questions: Technology roadmapping in teaching and industry

Marisa DemersMIT News

Faculty director of the Center's MIT-Switzerland ProgramOlivier de Weck's approach combines quantitative engineering analysis and strategic thinking to drive innovation. de Weck is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and professor of engineering systems at MIT.