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February 24, 2009

Bustani Seminar on Ahmadinejad

On Tuesday, March 3, Ali Banuazizi, psychology research professor and political science professor at Boston College, will assess Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's domestic and foreign policies over the past four years, with special emphasis on the populist style of his leadership, his messianic worldviews, his failing economic policies, and his re-election prospects in the upcoming June presidential elections. He will also talk about the current efforts, both in Iran and in the U.S., to promote a US-Iran rapprochement. The talk is part of the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar.

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February 24, 2009

SSP Wednesday Seminars

The Security Studies program's Wednesday Seminar Series continues with the following public talks: "Institutional Adaptation," by LTG Robert E. Durbin, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Army for Enterprise Management (Feb 25); "The Strategic Framework for U.S and Iranian Engagement," by Hillary Mann Leverett, Strategic Energy and Global Analysis (March 4); and "American Foreign Policy in an Age of Austerity," by David Hendrickson, Colorado College (March 11). The talks are held at noon in MIT Bldg E38-615.

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February 12, 2009

Weizman on the architecture of occupation

On February 19, Israeli architect Eyal Weizman will present a public talk on the "architecture of occupation" in Israel Palestine. Weizman has taught, lectured, curated and organized conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include Hollow Land, A Civilian Occupation, the series Territories 1, 2, and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. He became a member of B'Tselem's managing board in 2008. Joining the discussion as moderator is Salim Tamari. Tamari is director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies and a professor of sociology at Birzeit University. He edits Hawliyyat al Quds and Jerusalem Quarterly and is the author of several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Event details»

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February 12, 2009

Berger receives French Legion of Honor medal

Suzanne Berger received a French Legion of Honor medal in recognition of both her research and her efforts to strengthen ties between MIT and French researchers. Berger, director of the Center's MISTI Program and the Raphael Dorman and Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, was notified by a letter from French President Nicolas Sarkozy stating that he had recommended her for this award. The award was presented on January 26 by Pierre Vimont, France's ambassador to the United States. Read More» 

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February 3, 2009

Feldstein on the global economy

Economist Martin Feldstein will be the featured speaker at a Starr Forum entitled "The Challenges to the Global Economy." Feldstein has been cited as "the most influential economist of his generation." He is economics professor at Harvard University, president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Reagan. Joining the talk as a discussant, is MIT Sloan School's Simon Johnson. Johnson is an expert on the financial sector and economic crises and served as economic counselor and director of the research department at the IMF from 2007-2008. The Starr Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 5:30p, at the Wong Auditorium. Event details»

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February 1, 2009

On the calendar

The Creation of International Security Organizations and the Domestic Policies of Multilateralism in the United States, Brian Rathbun, on April 1; From CyberCrime to CyberConflict, Phillip Hallam-Baker, on April 2; Tertulia Espanol, Spanish Conversation Group, on April 9; U.S. Foreign Policy after Bush, Charles Kupchan, on April 15.

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January 22, 2009

Kirshner on 'I Live Here'

Actor-author Mia Kirshner will be speaking at MIT on her book, I Live Here. The multimedia publication presents the stories of refugees and displaced people in four corners of the world. Together, the book's four volumes explore such issues as underage sex workers, child soldiers, disappeared women, and the binding ties of common humanity. All material in the book is based on first person accounts collected over the past six years. Currently, Kirshner is teaching an IAP course at MIT on documenting hidden voices within the greater Boston community. Mirroring the multimedia approach of the book, the collected stories will be presented as a short video at the event. The event will be Thursday, January 29, at 5pm, in MIT Rm 6-120. Event details»

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January 9, 2009

Chomsky on Gaza

Noam Chomsky addresses the crisis in Gaza followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. The public event will be on Tuesday, January 13, at 4p, in the Wong Auditorium, MIT Bldg E51. For more details and a map to the location, visit Chomsky on Gaza. Co-sponsored by CIS and its Program on Human Rights and Justice. View the video of the event.

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January 7, 2009

CIS scholars offer advice to Obama

Barack Obama will be flooded with advice on the many critical matters he must face as 44th president of the United States, as will the new Congress. To that end, scholars at MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS) offer fresh ideas, succinctly stated, on issues ranging from security strategy to the financial crisis to human rights. The short essays are presented in an easy-to-read publication and draw on CIS scholars' deep knowledge and experience. Read more in our news release

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January 5, 2009

Kirshner teaches IAP course

CIS is delighted to bring Mia Kirshner, actor and author of I Live Here, to teach an IAP courseI Live Here is a multimedia publication that presents the first-hand stories of refugees and displaced people in four corners of the world. Mirroring the multimedia approach of the book, the two-week course will ask participants to create their own short videos based on hidden stories that need to be heard within the greater Boston community. The documentaries will be featured on the CIS website and will also be shown at a CIS-sponsored event with Mia Kirshner on Thursday, January 29. All CIS-sponsored IAP courses are available here.

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January 1, 2009

CIS sponsors East Asia working group

CIS is sponsoring a new working group focused on East Asia's regional security. Using the strengths of both the Political Science Department and the Center's Security Studies Program, the goal is to create a regular forum for discussion of ongoing security developments in this dynamic region. The new group is one of several CIS-sponsored groups that tackle research issues not confined to a single department. The groups are structured to generate meaningful scholarly work on a host of academic and policy issues and are open to both faculty and students. Visit CIS Working Groups to learn more. 

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November 18, 2008

Experts' call to improve U.S. relations with Iran

A group of scholars and former diplomats has issued a "Joint Experts' Statement on Iran" calling for a change of U.S. direction to emphasize diplomacy. The statement was written with the help of several scholars with Center connections, including research associate Jim Walsh, executive director John Tirman, and research affiliates Sanam Anderlini (one of the group's organizers), Ali Banuazizi, and Juan Cole. Geoffrey Forden, of MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society, is another participant. The effort, co-chaired by Ambassadors Thomas Pickering and James Dobbins, calls on the new administration to "open the door to direct, unconditional and comprehensive negotiations at the senior diplomatic level where personal contacts can be developed, intentions tested, and possibilities explored on both sides." The experts' statement, which calls for a step-by-step approach to improve bilateral relations in the interest of U.S. security, is stirring widespread interest following a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday, November 18. Full Statement (PDF)

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November 17, 2008

Conflict resolution in Jerusalem

The Center's Jerusalem Seminar Series presents its final talk on Thursday, Nov. 20, with Susan Collin Marks as guest lecturer. Marks is the executive vice president of Search for Common Ground, an international conflict resolution and management organization. A South African, she served as a peacemaker and peace-builder under the auspices of the National Peace Accord during South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy. She lived for two years in Jerusalem co-directing Search for Common Ground's Middle East Program. Her talk, Building Peace from the Ground Up: Conflict Resolution and Civil Society in Jerusalem, commences at 4:30p, in MIT Bldg. 3-133.

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November 13, 2008

Starr Forum: Obama and science policy

The Center's Starr Forum is hosting an advice session to the Obama administration on science and the future of America. Leading the discussion will be Marc Kastner, Donner Professor of Physics and Dean of Science at MIT. Eugene Skolnikoff, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at MIT and a former director of CIS, will chair the discussion. The event will be at the Broad Institute auditorium on Wednesday, November 19, at 6p. More information » 

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November 7, 2008

Graduate funding opportunities

Graduate funding opportunities with application deadlines approaching include the CIS Summer Study Grant and the National Security Education Program's Boren Fellowships. The Center's Summer Study Grant provides funds for doctoral students in international affairs on a broad range of issues. NSEP's Boren fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Information about a variety of fellowships and other funding opportunities are available here.

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November 7, 2008

Fellowship for undergraduates

Monday, January 5, 2009, is the application deadline for the CIS-administered research fellows program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Applicants must be graduating seniors or have graduated within the past year, and must not have started graduate school. Successful applicants are matched with a senior associate—academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world—to work on a variety of international affairs issues. Fellowships begin August 1, 2009. More information »

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October 28, 2008

Bustani Seminar: 'Who Speaks for Islam?'

On Tuesday, November 4, the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar brings to MIT, Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Her talk, "Who Speaks for Islam," is based on her new book, Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. The talk commences at 4:30p in MIT Bldg E51-095.

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October 28, 2008

Jerusalem talks conclude with built & civil society

The Center's fall 2008 Jerusalem Seminar Series concludes with the following talks: "Architecture and the Built Environment," by Nili Portugali, The Technion, on Thursday, October 30, 4p, MIT Blg 4, Rm 237; and "Civil Society and Conflict Resolution," by Susan Collin Marks, Search for Common Ground, on Thursday, November 20, 4:30p, MIT Bldg 3, Rm 133. The series explores the history, economy, physical structure, and civil society of Jerusalem. The talks are free and open to the public.

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October 23, 2008

A conversation with Admiral Fallon

The Center is honored to host a Starr Forum with Admiral William Fallon, former head of CENTCOM, on Tuesday, October 28. He will address global issues of national importance for the next U.S. administration just one week before the national election. Admiral Fallon joined CIS as a 2008-09 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. The talk will commence at 4:30p at the Wong auditorium (MIT Tang Center, 70 Memorial Drive). EVENT DETAILS »

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October 21, 2008

US Nuclear Policy: Critical Choices

A provocative discussion of America's nuclear policy and the critical choices facing a new administration in Washington will be held on Wednesday, October 22. The speakers for the talk, "U.S. Nuclear Policy-Critical Choices: A Conservative and Progressive View," are Joseph Cirincione, author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and president, Ploughshares Fund; and Mark Esper, executive vice president, Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The event commences at 4p at MIT Blg 32-141 (Stata Center). Co-sponsors are The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, MIT Nuclear Weapons Abolition Initiative, and the MIT Center for International Studies.

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