Analysis + OpinionJune 18, 2023Caileigh GlennLawfare
Sanctions are an important US and allied policy instrument, but one that often fails to achieve the most ambitious policy objectives. Using Russia as an example, Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow Caileigh Glenn assesses the different ways that targets of sanctions can push back and examines the limits of sanctions and how they might be made more effective.
In the NewsJune 17, 2023Bernard AvishaiThe New Yorker
Quoted: “There are plenty of reasons for Americans to care” about what Netanyahu’s coalition is doing, but “there just aren’t that many reasons for the administration to do anything,” said Steven Simon, a former Middle East adviser to the White House of Obama and the author of the recently published “Grand Delusion: The Rise and Fall of American Ambition in the Middle East,” told me.
News@E40June 15, 2023Center for International Studies
The Spring/Summer 2023 edition of précis features an interview with Mai Hassan on Sudan, Steven Simon's new book on the Middle East, how elite American university networks affect access to venture capital in Africa, and more.
In the NewsJune 13, 2023School of Humanities, Arts, and Social SciencesMIT News
Five staff members recognized for their contributions to the MIT community, including Matthew Burt, Managing Director of the MIT-Korea Program.
précisJune 12, 2023
After a two-decade tenure at CIS, Richard Samuels plans to step down as the center's director. He will remain an active faculty member in the Department of Political Science and its Security Studies Program. Evan Lieberman, the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa and current director of MISTI, will take on the leadership of CIS starting July 1, 2023.
In the NewsJune 12, 2023
MIT History Professor Elizabeth Wood appears on Scripps News to discuss the historical significance of Russia Day, June 12, in the breakup of the USSR and the formation of an independent Ukraine.
précisJune 9, 2023
Suzanne Freeman, a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, and Mariel Garcia-Montes, a student in the doctoral program in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society (HASTS), are the recipients of this year’s Jeanne Guillemin Prize at the Center for International Studies (CIS).
Analysis + OpinionJune 9, 2023Steven Simon and Joshua LandisThe Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
Opposition to HR 3202 does not imply support for US normalization with Assad, only a recognition that standing in the way of our regional partners’ diplomatic and economic engagement would be counterproductive both to US interests and to the welfare of the Syrian people.
précisJune 7, 2023
Mai Hassan is an associate professor of political science at MIT and the faculty director of the MIT-Africa Program. Her research interests include authoritarian regimes, bureaucracy and public administration, and contentious politics. Born in Sudan, she sat down with précis to discuss that nation’s current crisis, her work on authoritarian regimes in Africa, and the importance of international education at MIT.
In the NewsJune 7, 2023Christine ThielmanSpectrum
Associate professor of political science Mai Hassan examines contentious politics and collective action in autocratic regimes—and the barriers to democratization that follow.