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November 11, 2011

Is national security affordable?

Cindy Williams, Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Security Studies Program, has just written a new report, "The Future Affordability of US National Security." The report addresses how much the United States might realistically afford to spend in the future on defense and security.

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September 8, 2011

MISTI helps empower teachers

Empowering the Teachers is a new project to enable outstanding young Nigerian faculty in science and engineering to collaborate with MIT faculty to develop new curriculum and teaching methods. The program is a collaboration of MISTI and its corporate partners Total and Google. Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (featured in photo), professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, is the director.

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September 5, 2011

Luce Fellowship deadline Oct. 17

Monday, October 17, is this year's 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, 2012, and who have earned at least a bachelor's degree or expect to receive one by July 1, 2012. More information is available here.

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August 5, 2011

CIS remembers Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan B. Tucker, 56, died on July 31, 2011. Jim Walsh, MIT Research Associate, who was a student with Tucker in the Center's Security Studies Program, says "Jonathan was a quiet, kind, and thoughtful person. He was a first-rate scholar, a person who cared deeply about the world, and a wonderful friend and colleague. His passing leaves a terrible void in our community and for me personally." Harvey Sapolsky, MIT Professor Emeritus, wrote a tribute to Tucker.

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July 19, 2011

Gercik coordinates MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative

A group of MIT faculty from a cross-section of disciplines is mobilizing its own response to the March 11 disaster in Japan with the launch of the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative. Pat Gercik, associate director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) program at CIS is the 3/11 Initiative's program coordinator and overseer of fundraising efforts. Read more

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July 11, 2011

Harris named Fulbright Scholar

Tobias Harris, a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Security Studies Program, will study in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar during the 2011-12 academic year. Harris will conduct interviews and archival research for his project titled "The Politics of Reform in Japan, 1955-2009." He is studying decisions made by Japanese government entities regarding whether and how to undertake reforms, and the factors affecting their success, throughout the country's recent history.

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July 6, 2011

'Deaths of Others' in America's wars

Americans are greatly concerned about the number of our troops killed in battle—100,000 dead in World War I; 300,000 in World War II; 33,000 in the Korean War; 58,000 in Vietnam; 4,500 in Iraq; more than 1,000 in Afghanistan—and rightly so. But why are we so indifferent, often oblivious, to the far greater number of casualties suffered by those we fight and those we fight for? This is the compelling, largely unasked question that John Tirman, a principal research scientist and executive director at CIS, answers in The Deaths of Others.

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July 5, 2011

MIT-France helps advance energy research

MIT President Susan Hockfield and other Institute representatives traveled to Paris for the France-MIT Forum on Energy, an event to advance collaboration between Institute researchers and their French counterparts. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of the MIT-France program. Read more.

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June 8, 2011

MISTI partners with MEET

The Center's MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) announces a new partnership with MEET (Middle East Education through Technology). MEET will be a new MISTI program, managed by David Dolev. MEET is an innovative educational initiative aimed at creating a common professional language between Israeli and Palestinian young leaders. It was founded by two MIT students and this year 12 MIT students and recent alumni will be instructors in Jerusalem.

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May 31, 2011

Lawson named Director of MISTI

Chappell Lawson, an associate professor of political science at MIT and a member of the MIT Center for International Studies, has been named director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). He succeeds Suzanne Berger, the Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, as MISTI's director. Lawson will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, 2011. Press release

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May 23, 2011

Oye receives Levitan Teaching Prize

Ken Oye, was awarded a Levitan Teaching Prize in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This is a very prestigious award and a great recognition of his skills and dedication to teaching. Oye holds a joint appointment in Political Science and Engineering Systems and directs the Center's Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET).

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May 2, 2011

CIS shines at MIT 150

The Center participated in the MIT 150 Open House on Saturday, April 29, which attracted 20,000 visitors to campus. The CIS display included a poster session, videos, printed materials, and a challenge: "Ask us about the world!" Guiding the Center's Open House activities were the following faculty members: Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director, Security Studies Program (SSP); Cindy Williams, principal research scientist, SSP; and Stephen Van Evera, Ford International Professor of Political Science and associate director, CIS. News article.

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April 13, 2011

Anderlini becomes CIS senior fellow

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini is one of the world's most respected experts on gender and security. She currently serves as the Senior Gender, Peace, and Security Advisor on the UN's Mediation Standby Team. She is the co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), a US-based NGO dedicated to supporting civil society activism in peace and security in conflict-affected countries. She was lead author on the joint CIS-ICAN study, "What the Women Say: Participation and UNSCR 1325," which was launched at the US Mission to the UN in October 2010. Read More.

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April 7, 2011

David Miliband joins CIS

Rt Hon David Miliband MP is joining CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm fellow in residence from April 11 – April 15, 2011. Miliband was the foreign secretary for the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and is an alumnus of the MIT Department of Political Science. While at CIS, Miliband will give a public talk on the war in Afghanistan. He also will meet with faculty and students across the institute who share his interest in international affairs and global environmental issues. In addition, he will visit undergraduate classes in political science, participate in workshops with doctoral students, and meet individually with post-graduate students to learn more about their work. Press release.

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March 17, 2011

At Starr Forum, MIT experts assess Japan's crisis

While the ongoing problems with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remain extremely serious, in its overall emergency response for people affected by Friday's earthquake and subsequent tsunami, "the government has learned and benefitted from the mistakes of the past," said Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and director of the Center. Samuels noted that 100,000 troops have been mobilized for the larger relief effort. Read more.

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March 11, 2011

Oye experiences quake while in Tokyo

Ken Oye, an associate professor at MIT who directs the Center's program on Political Economy & Technology Policy, was in Tokyo with a delegation organized by the US-Japan Council when the earthquake hit. "It was a quite strong sense of motion," said Oye. But, he said, none of the buildings [in Tokyo] collapsed, which he called a testament to tough building codes and good engineering. Read more.

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February 10, 2011

MISTI announces Global Seed Funds winners

A project to examine quark-gluon plasma and a study of computationally optimized photovoltaics are among the 46 international faculty research collaborations that will receive more than $900,000 from the 2010-2011 MISTI Global Seed Funds competition. Now in its third year, this growing initiative received 112 proposals, up from the 104 received for the inaugural 2008-2009 grant round. All awardees include undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral student participation. Read more.

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February 3, 2011

Puerto Rico and Caribbean Basin

Responding to a generous gift from MIT alumnus Jon Borschow, senior faculty and researchers from the Center for International Studies and DUSP's CoLab have begun generating ideas on how to structure a research initiative to bring together faculty and students from across the Institute who are interested in the economic development of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Basin. To get the project underway, CIS is hosting a research seminar February 3-4, 2011.

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November 8, 2010

Joint research on regulatory science

The Center announces a new joint research project with the European Medicines Agency and MIT’s Center for Biomedical Innovation. The collaborative research project will focus on enhancing regulatory science in pharmaceuticals and is scheduled to be completed by December 2011. It will be conducted within the framework of CBI’s NEWDIGS research program in cooperation with EMA and CIS. Press Release

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November 1, 2010

MIT-Germany Seed Fund launched

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) has launched the MIT Germany Seed Fund, made possible through generous support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The new fund will offer research-initiation grants to MIT faculty and their counterparts in Germany, and will encourage students to be actively involved in the collaborations. A specific focus will be on topics related to complex global issues—including health, the environment, energy and technological innovation.

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