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September 20, 2017

Luce fellowship deadline Oct. 20

Friday, October 20, is the deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a variety of intellectual fields will be placed in internships throughout Asia. Candidates must have no prior experience in the region. More information

Garry Kasparov

In the News

September 19, 2017

Trump is a wake-up call for the free world

Audrey Jiajia LiBoston Globe

On September 14, at the invitation of the Center for International Studies, Kasparov gave a talk on the “Trump-Putin Phenomenon” at a MIT Starr Forum and took questions from the Globe.

Vipin Narang

In the News

September 11, 2017

Making sense of nuclear threats

“Today it’s very clear North Korea has an asymmetric escalation strategy,” says Vipin Narang, a political scientist at MIT. “We’re in a very unstable phase right now.” 

Audrey Jiajia Li

News Release

September 7, 2017

Journalist from China joins CIS as the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

Audrey Jiajia Li, a freelance journalist and independent filmmaker based in Guangzhou, China, will use her fellowship to study the use of government propaganda on social media and its impact on the rise of ultra-nationalism in China.

James Baker

News Release

September 7, 2017

Judge James E Baker joins CIS as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow

James E Baker, former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, will use his one-year fellowship at MIT to conduct research on emerging technologies and national security challenges.  

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono


August 29, 2017

US leadership as a Pacific power: Trump and beyond

Mercy A. KuoThe Diplomat

Over the past few years most countries in the region—including and especially US allies and partners—have become increasingly skeptical about the future of US leadership in the western Pacific...

MITX Course on Africa

In the News

August 25, 2017

Political science debuts on MITx

Leda ZimmermanMIT News

Evan Lieberman, the Total Chair on Contemporary Africa, creates the first MIT Political Science class for edX, the multi-university online education platform. The course, Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa, launches Setember 26.

North Korea


August 23, 2017

Should you be worried about North Korea?

Jim WalshAl Jazeera

To no one's surprise, I can't "save us", but I can give you a sense of where things stand, where they might be going, and a few things we might want to do, writes Jim Walsh in a recent opinion piece.

Debate: Tensions on Korean Peninsula

In the News

August 22, 2017

Tensions on Korean peninsula

PressTV-The Debate

Jim Walsh discussed North Korea's warning of deepening tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the recent joint military exercises by US and South Korea.

Robert E Lee statue

In the News

August 18, 2017

What Robert E Lee wrote to The Times about slavery in 1858

Jacey FortinNew York Times

One day in January, a few years before the Civil War, Robert E Lee wrote to The New York Times, seeking a correction, writes former CIS Neuffer fellow Jacey Fortin. Fortin now reports full-time for the The New York Times