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MITX Course on Africa

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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.

Debate: Tensions on Korean Peninsula

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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

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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

Joel Brenner

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July 10, 2017

Former head of US counterintelligence on “US-Russian cybersecurity unit”

Mary Louise KellyWBUR Morning Edition

Joel Brenner, now at MIT, says President Trump's statement that he might partner with Putin on cyber issues is a reversal of decades of well-founded American suspicion of Russia.

David Edelman

In the News

July 9, 2017

Trump's cyber tweets cause dismay, confusion

Corey BennettPolitico

The attempt at cooperation itself could result in the US exposing even more secrets to a country that has already stolen so many, cautioned former Obama administration official David Edelman, director of the new MIT Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security.

Justin Steil

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July 7, 2017

Justin Steil on the Trump administration travel ban

Michelle NhuchMIT News

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s ultimate conclusion about the legality of the current executive order, its mean-spiritedness, short-sightedness, and damage it has done, and will continue to do, are already evident. 

North Korea soldiers

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July 5, 2017

What's changed since the missile test?

NPR Here and Now

The latest test demonstrates an underlying disconnect in US strategy: North Korea can make missiles faster than we can punish them. Listen to Jim Walsh on NPR's Here and Now.

In the News

June 7, 2017

Brenner on Russian hacking effort

Caitlin O'Keefe, Meghna ChakrabartiWBUR Radio Boston

Joel Brenner, former NSA Inspector General, discusses the leaked NSA document analyzing a Russian military intelligence cyberattack on a US voting software company; and the alleged leaker, an NSA contractor, who has been arrested.


Jim Walsh

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May 25, 2017

Halting intelligence


Jim Walsh, from MIT's Security Studies Program, discusses the effects that intelligence changes could have on the US—and politicians who take the term “beat the press” literally.

In the News

May 24, 2017

Vipin Narang: On the brinkmanship beat

Leda ZimmermanMIT News

Narang, who specializes in nuclear security, proliferation, and deterrence, is closely monitoring the ongoing rivalry between India and Pakistan, and the alarming, increasingly bellicose sparring between North Korea and the United States...

John Tirman on immigration and costs of war

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May 22, 2017

How political science contributes to national policies on immigration and military conflict

MIT SHASS CommunicationsMIT News

"It is remarkable that we do not measure the costs of war in any meaningful way," says John Tirman. "I suggest that Congress establish a conflict impact assessment during or after each war to bring home the true costs of armed conflict."

Joel Brenner Cybersecurity

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May 18, 2017

Patching the electric grid

Rachel LayneMIT Technology Review

“For the sake of efficiencies…we have created tremendous risk for ourselves,” warns Joel Brenner, the principal author of the MIT report on cybersecurity. Now, he says, people are waking up to the danger.

North Korea Nuclear Diplomacy

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May 17, 2017

Walsh on North Korea nuclear issues

Mark GoldbergGlobal Dispatches

James Walsh discusses nuclear diplomacy with North Korea in respect to the recently elected Moon Jae-In as president of South Korea. Listen to the Global Dispatches podcast. 

US Mexico Starr Forum

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May 16, 2017

US and Mexico: What’s the way forward?

Peter DizikesMIT News

Over the past two years, US-Mexico relations have taken a distinctive turn, largely stemming from the agenda President Donald Trump has brought to US politics...The MIT Starr Forum offers a look at how the neighboring countries could revive relations.

Syrians burying their loved ones after the chemical attack.

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April 20, 2017

Guillemin on the sarin attack in Syria

Michelle NhuchMIT News

Jeanne Guillemin, a medical anthropologist and a senior fellow in the MIT Security Studies Program, discusses the April 4 attack on Syrian civilians that killed at least 80.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter launched a missile strike against Syria on Friday.

In the News

April 7, 2017

Strike on Syria is defensible but problematic

Michael A. CohenBoston Globe

Barry Posen comments in the Boston Globe, “…one of the great ironies of Trump’s decision to use force is that is actually in direct support of President Obama’s 2013 negotiated agreement with the Syrian government…”

USA map – cybersecurity © Getty Images

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April 5, 2017

MIT report to combat cyber threats

Colin GrantBBC

Joel Brenner, former NSA inspector general and CIS senior research fellow, speaks to BBC reporter Gareth Mitchell about the recent MIT report on cyber security that examines threats to the nation’s infrastructure. 

Crisis in Syria

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April 5, 2017

Crisis in Syria


Carol Saivetz, a senior advisor at MIT’s Security Studies Program, is featured on WBGH's "Greater Boston" to discuss the crisis in Syria.

MIT Asian security studies faculty (left to right) M. Taylor Fravel, Richard Samuels, and Vipin Narang train the next generation of scholars and security policy analysts; counsel national security officials in the U.S. and abroad; and inform policy through publications and frequent contributions to public debates.

In the News

April 3, 2017

MIT's experts in Asian security

Leda Zimmerman, Emily HiestandMIT News

Taylor Fravel, Richard Samuels, and Vipin Narang train the next generation of scholars and security policy analysts; counsel national security officials in the US and abroad; and inform policy through publications and frequent contributions to public debates.

A nuclear-capable missile was displayed in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi in 2009.

In the News

March 31, 2017

India, long at odds with Pakistan, may be rethinking nuclear first strikes

Max FisherThe New York Times

This would be more than an arms race, said Vipin Narang, “It’s very scary because all the ‘first-strike instability’ stuff is real…” Shivshankar Menon, India’s national security adviser (2011-2014) and recently at CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, is also quoted.