News@E40 | 2018



May 2, 2018

CIS awards 16 summer study grants

Sixteen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. “The awards were made to an outstanding cohort of MIT students from across the Institute. We're so pleased that the appeal of these grants has broadened and students are responding,” said John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.

SSP director, Barry Posen, the panel (Jim Walsh, Taylor Fravel, and Vipin Narang)


April 26, 2018

SSP panel on North Korea in DC

The MIT Security Studies Program held a special seminar in Washington, DC, on April 26. More than sixty people attended the talk, The Nuclear Crisis with North Korea at the National Press Club. Chaired by SSP director, Barry Posen, the panel (Jim Walsh, Taylor Fravel, and Vipin Narang) discussed the current issues and answered questions from the crowd.

Sarah Zukerman Daly


April 25, 2018

Sarah Zukerman Daly receives Carnegie fellowship

Sarah Zukerman Daly, who received her PhD in political science at MIT, is a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow recipient. She is assistant professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Her work is focused on civil wars and peace-building, democratic elections, organized crime, and ethnic politics.

Many MIT faculty members, such as Jessika Trancik (pictured above presenting her research on energy technologies in Davos, Switzerland), look to the MIT International Policy Lab for assistance in translating their findings into the language of policy. Photo: World Economic Forum, 2017


April 24, 2018

The final yard

Mark WolvertonSpectrum

The International Policy Lab (IPL) was set up within CIS to help make the leap from the lab bench or seminar blackboard to the halls of Congress or a decision-maker’s desk. It started out as something of an experiment but it’s flourishing: the number of proposals submitted has roughly doubled each year. 

Washington DC


April 24, 2018

Seminar XXI: Educating our leaders

Mark WolvertonSpectrum

Since 1984, the Seminar XXI program has provided 2,100 military and civilian fellows with policy training through a series of sessions held in the DC area. The program not only brings in faculty from MIT but is also able to tap into resident expertise of the Beltway.

 Pelkins Ajanoh, Kristen Frombach, Matthew Chun, Samantha Amey-Gonzalez


April 19, 2018

MISTI Excellence Awards

MISTI held its annual awards ceremony on April 19 at the Samberg Conference Center. The awardees and the respective categories for this year are: MIT-Japan’s Samantha Amey-Gonzalez (Biology, 2018) who received the Ambassador Award, MIT-France's Kristen Frombach (Biological Engineering, 2019) who received the Achievement Award, and MIT-France's Pelkins Ajanoh (Mechanical Engineering, 2018) and MIT-Israel and MIT-India's Matthew Chun (Mechanical Engineering and Management Science, 2018) who both received the Suzanne Berger Award for Future Global Leaders.

  PhD Candidates Rachel Esplin Odell and Meicen Sun  Images: Daniel DeKadt


April 11, 2018

Odell, Sun awarded fellowships

Rachel Odell and Meicen Sun have each been awarded a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship. Awards are granted to support PhDdissertation research in international relations.

Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science, a member of the Security Studies Program, and acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies, gave welcoming remarks


April 10, 2018

CIS hosts consuls general meeting

The Center hosted Boston-area consuls general for a foreign policy briefing by our faculty and scholars. Local journalists were also invited as a means to gather background information on pressing issues. Fourteen consuls and four journalists attended the April 10 event at the Samberg conference center.

Paul Heer


April 4, 2018

Research recap with Paul Heer

Research Recap highlights recent work that is being done at MIT's Center for International Studies. This episode features 2015-2016 CIS Robert E Wilhelm fellow Paul Heer, discussing his book Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia.

The U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) underway conducting an underway recovery test for NASA's Orion crew module.


March 29, 2018

MIT PhD candidates tour USS San Diego

A group of 19 students and faculty from the MIT Security Studies Program toured the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego. The participants also received information about the ship's amphibious and air missions and capabilities from technical experts.

Dominiquo “Niquo” Santistevan


March 9, 2018

2017 MIT graduate awarded Luce fellowship

Congratulations to MIT graduate Dominiquo “Niquo” Santistevan for receiving a Henry Luce fellowship.  He was among 162 outstanding candidates nominated by 73 colleges and universities across the US. Only 18 scholars were awarded the fellowship, which is offered by the Henry Luce Foundation.



March 9, 2018

IPL completed 3rd annual call for proposals

The IPL received a record-breaking 42 proposals from 31 principal investigators representing all five schools at MIT. The committee chose 10 projects for full support. In an effort to assist as many PIs as possible with policy outreach, the majority of the remaining projects received partial support, with only six projects deemed too early to begin engagement with policy makers.

Ben Ross Schneider


February 14, 2018

CIS sponsors politics of development series

Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Brazil Program, is a co-editor of a new CIS-sponsored series on the politics of development called Cambridge Elements. The first of several forthcoming books is available for free (for a limited time) through Cambridge University Press.

IPL faculty director Chappell Lawson


February 2, 2018

IPL offers public policy communication training

The MIT International Policy Lab brought to campus a professional science communication organization, COMPASS, to conduct a day-long training for faculty.

GSL-Peru students April Baker of MIT Sloan (left) and Dalitso Banda of EECS give a talk at Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC).


February 1, 2018

MISTI Global Startup Labs celebrates 18 years

Caroline KnoxMIT News

Initially launched as a pilot program in Kenya, MISTI GSL now offers projects in 10 countries. MIT students travel abroad to help other students launch tech-based companies.