News@E40 | 2020

Pat Gercik with students


August 10, 2020

Patricia Gercik memorial fund established

A core group of Patricia Gercik's former students and friends has raised the initial seed funding required to establish and name a fund in Gercik's honor. Gifts to the Patricia Gercik Memorial Fund will provide supplemental stipends to students participating in the MIT-Japan program. Patricia Gercik (1944-2019), the visionary manager of the MIT Japan Program and of MISTI in its early years, passed away after a long illness at her home in Cambridge. 


Erik Lin-Greenberg Head Shot


July 27, 2020

Erik Lin-Greenberg joins MIT as assistant professor

Security Studies Program

The Center welcomes Erik Lin-Greenberg to MIT as assistant professor of political science and as the newest faculty member of the Security Studies Program. His research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation and use of force.

Yukio Okamoto


May 7, 2020

Distinguished fellow and friend, Yukio Okamoto, felled by Covid-19

Yukio Okamoto, a Japanese diplomat and fellow at MIT, died from Covid-19 on April 24 at the age of 74. The former special advisor to two prime ministers of Japan joined the Center for International Studies (CIS) in 2012 as a Robert E Wilhelm fellow and served as a distinguished research fellow at CIS until his death.  

Gold MIT seal logo


April 29, 2020

SHASS Infinite Mile Award recipients in CIS

CIS is pleased to announce Alicia Raun and Fatih Basaga are two recipients of the 2020 SHASS Infinite Mile Awards. Award recipients are recognized for making exceptional contributions to their academic units, the School, and the Institute.

person working on laptop with a globe on table


April 26, 2020

CIS awards 17 summer study grants

Seventeen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. Sara Plana was awarded the first annual Guillemin prize.  “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.

MIT Covid 19 Challenge logo


April 23, 2020

MIT challenge: Africa takes on Covid19

MIT is hosting a series of open challenges to take action on the COVID-19 crisis. The MIT COVID-19 Challenge virtual event, Africa Takes on COVID-19, will begin May 1 and end May 3. This is part of a series of virtual hackathons with partners from across the MIT (including the MIT Africa Program) and healthcare ecosystems. 

MISTI Coronavirus Updates


March 19, 2020

MISTI Covid-19 updates


In response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, MISTI will provide the most up-to-date information to our students abroad and those who intend to participate in programs abroad over the summer.


January 15, 2020

IPL completed 5th annual call for proposals

The Policy Lab works with MIT researchers who seek to build relationships with the policy community and engage with policymakers.  They concluded their fifth call for proposals and had a near record turnout with 40 proposals.  Final selections will be made by February 14, 2020.