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Lourdes Melgar

In the News

March 22, 2017

Mexico’s energy reform

Mary PottsMIT News

Lourdes Melgar, the Center’s Robert Wilhelm Fellow, MIT alumna, and former Mexican government official discusses opportunities and challenges of recent energy reforms in Mexico.

A funeral service last week for victims of a garbage landslide in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At least 113 people were killed in the March 11 collapse, according to the government.

In the News

March 20, 2017

As trash avalanche toll rises in Ethiopia, survivors ask why

Hadra Ahmed and Jacey FortinThe New York Times

The disaster is at odds with the image Ethiopia wants to project as a rapidly developing country, reports Hadra Ahmed and Jacey Fortin for the New York Times. Fortin is the 2016-17 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at CIS.

A peshmerga solider training near Erbil, Iraq

In the News

March 16, 2017

Syria Showdown: will Trump be pressured into putting Turkey first, America second?

Barry R. PosenThe National Interest

Turkey may retaliate against the United States if its desire to recapture Raqqa is denied, writes Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Security Studies Program.

Rex Tillerson meeting with Japan

In the News

March 16, 2017

Rex Tillerson, in Japan, says US needs ‘different approach’ to North Korea

Motoko RichThe New York Times

“It’s pretty clear that there’s a perfect storm brewing for mischief in East Asia right now,” said Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Center for International Studies at MIT.

Kim Jong Un


March 12, 2017

Is it time for our dealmaker in chief to talk with North Korea?

Jim Walsh Fox News Opinion

North Korea’s recent missile tests will put new pressure on the Trump administration to choose a strategy for dealing with this pesky proliferator.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor was successfully tested at an undisclosed location in the United States in 2013.

In the News

March 11, 2017

Why US antimissile system in South Korea worries China

Chris BuckleyThe New York Times

“China is probably confident in its ability to be able to retaliate, but given the size and sophistication of US nuclear forces and the steady development of ballistic missile defenses, coupled with China’s small nuclear arsenal, the margin for error is thin,” said Taylor Fravel and Fiona Cunningham.

US-Japan Flags


March 9, 2017

US-Japan relationship: past, present, and future

Richard Samuels

Richard Samuels spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the past, present, and future of the US-Japan relationship. Samuels has written widely on Tokyo’s grand strategy, on the events of 3/11 in Fukushima, and is now working on a book on the Japanese intelligence community. Read transcript

Eran Ben-Joseph is the new faculty advisor of the MIT-Israel Program.


March 8, 2017

MIT-Israel welcomes new faculty advisor

Caroline KnoxMIT News

MIT professor Eran Ben-Joseph, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has joined the MIT-Israel Program’s current faculty director, Christine Ortiz, the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as the program’s co-director. 

President Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., in January. Officials have not ruled out the possibility that the leaker was an agency employee.

In the News

March 8, 2017

CIA scrambles to contain damage from WikiLeaks documents

Matthew Rosenberg, Scott Shane, and Adam GoldmanThe New York Times

Investigators say that the leak was the work of a disaffected insider. Joel Brenner, senior research fellow at CIS and formerly the country’s top counterintelligence official, suggests that the intelligence agencies need to assess the advisability of sharing secrets widely inside their walls.

WikiLeaks said it obtained an alleged arsenal of hacking tools the CIA has used to spy on espionage targets.

In the News

March 7, 2017

FBI prepares for new hunt for WikiLeaks’ source

Devlin BarrettThe Washington Post

“Anybody who thinks that the Manning and Snowden problems were one-offs is just dead wrong,’’ said Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence at the office of the Director of National Intelligence. Brenner is a senior research fellow at CIS.