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Claude Grunitsky


February 26, 2021

Claude Grunitzky launches TRUE Africa University at MIT with a webinar series

The weekly webinars, co-sponsored by CIS, creatively explore sustainable development in Africa with luminaries such as Taiye Selasi, the Ghanaian-Nigerian author; Jeffrey Sachs, the American economist; and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the Nigerian serial entrepreneur behind some of Africa’s most valuable startups. Visit the Center's MIT X TAU website to learn more or visit the March 4 launch event page here

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Feb. 20, 2021) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Bradley Holloway, right, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Matthew Hayes man a M2HB .50-caliber machine gun as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departs Souda Bay, Greece, Feb. 20, 2021.

Analysis + Opinion

February 25, 2021

A liberal case for seapower?

Jonathan Caverley and Sara McLaughlin MitchellWar on the Rocks

The Biden administration should not confuse Trump’s enthusiasm for ships with a coherent vision of the naval forces’ role in his “America First” approach to the world.  Jon Caverley and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell weigh in with their thoughts on maritime strategy.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 20, 2021) Marine machine gun teams fire 50-cal and M240 machine guns during a live-fire gunnery training exercise aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18)

Analysis + Opinion

February 23, 2021

Don't knock yourself out: How America can turn the tables on China by giving up the fight for command of the seas

Paul van HooftWar on the Rocks

The United States should give up its quest for command of the maritime commons in the Western Pacific. In this piece, Paul van Hooft argues that the United States should not trap itself by framing the rise of China as an existential struggle between two titans that depends on the United States retaining command of the Western Pacific.

Senior Airman Josh Serafin, a B-52 Stratofortress crew chief with the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, walks around the aircraft he maintains prior to crew startup at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. on January 26, 2017. It is not uncommon for temperatures in Minot to dip below minus 20, making maintenance efforts extremely difficult. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro)

Analysis + Opinion

February 22, 2021

Sole purpose is not no first use: Nuclear weapons and declaratory policy

Ankit Panda and Vipin NarangWar on the Rocks

Ankit Panda and Vipin Narang exaimine the debate on the US nuclear policy and the “no first use” pledge.  This essay was first published in War on the Rocks here.

Headshot of Jim Walsh

In the News

February 19, 2021

Biden moves to restart Iran nuclear talks

Peter O'DowdWBUR Here & Now

The Biden administration says the US would be willing to attend a meeting with European partners and Iran to “discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran's nuclear program.” Jim Walsh explains and weighs in on this first real sign of rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.

People Liberation Army soldiers and tanks during military disengagement. Picture: AFP

In the News

February 17, 2021

China removes tanks and dismantles helipad, easing border tension with India

Will GlasgowThe Australian

M Taylor Fravel quoted:  “In the near term, the disengagement greatly reduces the chance of military escalation ­between two nuclear-armed powers by creating buffer zones ­between their frontline forces,” said M Taylor Fravel, an expert on China’s territorial disputes at MIT. “In the longer term, it could serve as the basis for talks to ­reduce incidents along the LAC, especially in areas where the two countries view the location of the LAC differently,” Mr Fravel told The Australian.

A watercolor illustration of Jamal Khashoggi


February 16, 2021

Khashoggi fellowships for MIT students

The Jamal Khashoggi Fellowship at CIS is offered in partnership with Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) and is open to all MIT students. Nine Khashoggi Fellows will be selected to evaluate industrial countries and their impact on democracy within the Arab world. MIT undergraduates and graduates are invited to apply for this volunteer research opportunity. Submit a cover letter and CV to John Tirman by Monday, March 8, 5 PM ET. Visit the web site for more details.

President Biden with head of NATO

Analysis + Opinion

February 16, 2021

Can Europe defend itself?

Barry Posen joins the Eurasia Group Foundation’s Mark Hannah to discuss the future of the alliance and America’s security interests in Europe. They cover Posen’s recent piece for the journal Survival, in which he insists—and demonstrates how—Europe can defend itself.

Image of retro panel of nuclear current dials and readers

Analysis + Opinion

February 16, 2021

After the apocalypse: US nuclear policy

Inkstick Media

What should the Biden administration prioritize when it comes to US nuclear policy? Heather Williams and Vipin Narang are among the scholars requested to offer their recommendations.

Vladimir Putin videoconference with Ilham Aliyev

Analysis + Opinion

February 14, 2021

Russia’s new crises on the periphery

Carol SaivetzLawfare

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991, Russia has sought to maintain its sway in the post-Soviet space despite numerous upheavals. Carol Saivetz explains in a recent article first published here in Lawfare.