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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

Henry Luce Foundation Logo


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.

Laptop and globe


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.

Mayumi Fukushima


November 4, 2015

Useful Guide to Using Japanese Government Archives

Mayumi Fukushima, a PhD student in the MIT Department of Political Science's Security Studies Program, has published a very useful guide to using Japanese government archives on the widely used H-Diplo. "As a former Japanese Foreign Service officer, I did not imagine how hard it would be for outside researchers to identify and find archival documents relevant to their research questions. It was not until I searched the Japanese diplomatic archives myself as an academic that I learned the challenges foreign researchers faced in accessing governmental documents," says Fukushima. Full Publication

Generation Global


October 20, 2015

MIT Generation Global 2015

MIT Generation Global is a fellowship program for MIT students who are passionate about solving global problems and want to share that passion with local high school students. This year's participating high school was Prospect Hill Academy (PHA) in Central Square, Cambridge. MIT Generation Global brought together a team of two MIT students, a PHA faculty member, and a K-12 curriculum expert to design and facilitate a two-week, problem-based program for a group of PHA high school students. The program culminated July 10 in a public event where the high school students presented their solutions to healthcare scarcity to a panel of experts. Watch video

Henry Luce Foundation


October 1, 2015

Luce Fellowship deadline Oct. 22

Thursday, October 22, is the deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields will be placed in 10-month internships in selected countries in Asia. The fellowship is aimed for those with no prior experience in the region. Nominees must be American citizens not yet 30 years old on July 1, 2016, and who have earned at least a bachelor's degree or expect to receive one by July 1, 2016. More information


September 16, 2015

Secrecy, surveillance, privacy, and IR

The Center convened a meeting on "Secrecy, Surveillance, Privacy, and International Relations," in April 2015. The two-day seminar included talks from multiple experts working in such fields as academia, journalism, and law. Topics included: secrecy norms, technology, case studies, and relevance to international relations. The conference memos are available here.


August 27, 2015

General Dunford visits CIS

General Joseph Dunford, Jr. visited the MIT Center for International Studies on August 27, 2015. General Dunford met with Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of CIS, Paul Heer, CIS Robert E Wilhelm Fellow and former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, and Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science at MIT, to discuss East Asian security.


June 2, 2015

Armenian genocide and Armenia today

On May 13, 2015, the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Hrant Dink Memorial Human Rights and Justice Lectureship at MIT, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace held a conference on the Armenian genocide at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. The aim of the conference was to inform public debate on the evolution of the Armenian genocide. Conference panelists represented a diversity of expertise and experience, but all shared in their scholarly approach to examining the events of 1915 and the critical issues affecting Armenia today. Read full report