News@E40 | 2016



December 22, 2016

Fall 2016 CIS newsletter

précis, the Center’s newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester. The fall 2016 issue is now available.

Washington, D.C.


December 2, 2016

Applications for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program due 1/9/17

Calling all applications for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  The program provides a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

Boren Awards


October 7, 2016

Boren scholarships info session

Boren Awards provide a unique funding opportunity for US undergraduate and graduate students to study specific languages in world regions critical to US national security interests. Learn more at the information session on October 18.

Barbed wire is pictured at the entrance of the Tihange nuclear power station, one of the two large-scale nuclear power plants in Belgium, in this March 26, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler


October 7, 2016

Nuclear Security Fellows Program

With the support of the Stanton Foundation, the Security Studies Program has launched a Nuclear Security Fellows Program for junior faculty as well as pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. The Program seeks to stimulate the development of the next generation of thought leaders in nuclear security. Meet this year’s Fellows

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September 14, 2016

Luce fellowship deadline Oct. 20

Thursday, 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



Repal 2016


June 16, 2016

Repal 2016 at MIT

The Center was the main sponsor of the Third Annual Repal Conference, hosted this year at MIT. Repal is a network of researchers (institutionally affiliated with universities in Latin America, North America, and Europe) interested in promoting and giving greater visibility to new studies in the political economy of Latin America. 

George W. Rathjens


June 10, 2016

Rathjens, Professor Emeritus, dies at 90

George W. Rathjens, professor emeritus of political science and a founder of the Security Studies Program, died May 27 at age 90. Trained as a chemist, Rathjens is best known for his contributions to the theory and practice of nuclear arms control. MIT News Story

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June 9, 2016

IPL funds 13 MIT projects

The International Policy Lab (IPL) concluded its first Institute-wide Call for Proposals this past January. The IPL awarded six fully supported projects ($10,000 plus staff assistance) and seven partially supported projects. Roughly half of these projects address energy and environmental policy, while the rest are equally distributed among international security, biology and health, and big data and privacy policy issues. For a complete list of projects click here.

Barry Posen


June 6, 2016

Posen receives lifetime achievement award

Each year the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) recognizes a distinguished scholar in International Security Studies with an award for lifetime achievement in International Security Studies. Prior recipients of the award have included Thomas Schelling, Kenneth Waltz, Samuel Huntington, Robert Jervis, and John Mearsheimer. The 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award recipient—our own Barry Posen—will be honored at a special panel at the ISA conference in Baltimore in February 2017. The Center congratulates him on being recognized by the profession for his many contributions to scholarship and teaching.

MIT dome


June 3, 2016

Gomez, Saraf receive Infinite Mile awards

The Center is pleased to announce that Griselda Gomez and Joli Divon Saraf each received a SHASS Infinite Mile Award. Gomez, the managing director of the MIT-Mexico Program at MISTI, received the award in the category "Great Ideas." Gomez spearheaded the initiative to include a health and safety information session for MISTI students going to Latin America. The model was so well received and helpful that it was replicated for all MISTI country programs and is now a core requirement for all MISTI students. Saraf, the assistant director of the Security Studies Program, received the award in the category "Inclusion." Saraf has implemented a number of events that promote workplace community. These events range from informal, impromptu happy hours to the signature formal dinners and award ceremonies that the program runs annually. "Joli understands that a truly collegiate and inclusive workplace is built on a bit of fun, comfort, friendship and encouragement, which she works tirelessly to provide,” said one of the nominators.

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May 31, 2016

CIS awards 23 summer study grants

The Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its summer study grants. The grants have been awarded to twenty-three doctoral students in international affairs at MIT. Each will receive up to $3,000 for summer studies.

Taylor Fravel


April 19, 2016

Fravel Receives Carnegie Fellowship

MIT political scientist Taylor Fravel has been named to the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program for the 2016-17 academic year, a prestigious award he will use to extend his studies of Asia's ongoing maritime disputes. The award, announced April 19, 2016, by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, supports “research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order,” and focuses on scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Read more


February 2, 2016

MISTI Global Seed Funds

In the 2015-2016 grant cycle, 86 projects were awarded funding by MISTI Global Seed Funds. This cycle's winning faculty and research scientists represent four MIT schools and 22 departments across the Institute. MISTI GSF consists of a general pool of funds for projects in any country and several country-specific funds. MISTI supported collaborations in 24 unique countries through 21 individual MISTI seed funds. The next call for proposals will be announced in May 2016 with a proposal deadline in early fall. Read more


January 11, 2016

Summer study grants

Doctoral students in international affairs may apply for summer support for dissertation research. Research on a broad range of international issues will be considered. Support may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and writeup. Grants will not exceed $3,500. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 14. More information about the CIS Summer Study Grant is available here.