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News Release

July 1, 2006

Professor Barry Posen becomes Director of the MIT Security Studies Program

Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, assumed the directorship of the MIT Security Studies Program (SSP) on July 1, 2006. He succeeds MIT political scientist Harvey Sapolsky, who retired after 40 years of teaching at MIT and 15 years directing SSP, which is part of CIS.

Analysis + Opinion

June 28, 2006

Japan's Jujitsu leader

Richard J. SamuelsBoston Globe

In five short years, Koizumi created a more muscular Japan with more security options than at any time since the 1940s.

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June 1, 2006

Budgets to make America safer

Cindy Williams, MIT

Since September 2001, federal budgets for national security have climbed more than 50 percent in real terms. Unfortunately, much of the added money reflects “business as usual” rather than programs aimed at making the nation safer from today’s threats.

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June 1, 2006

Immigration and insecurity: post-9/11 fear in the United States

John Tirman, MIT

The attacks of September 11, 2001, transformed the landscape of global security, none more than borders and immigration. The topography of citizenship, belonging, and suspicion instantly changed for Arab and Muslim communities in the United States. They drew the sharp attention of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence services, and that continues. 

News Release

May 6, 2006

Iraqi journalist Huda Ahmed named Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies

CIS announced today that Huda Ahmed, an Iraqi journalist who has been covering the war in Iraq for the Knight Ridder newspapers, will become the Center's second Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The announcement was made at the Elizabeth Neuffer Forum held on May 10, 2006.

News Release

May 1, 2006

Ambassador Francis Deng, Sudan expert, joins the MIT Center for International Studies

Francis Mading Deng, Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., joined CIS as the Center's second Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow.

News Release

May 1, 2006

Ambassador Bodine joins MIT's Center for International Studies

Barbara Bodine, a former career diplomat who served in 2003 as coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central governorates of Iraq, and from 1997-2001 as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, joins MIT's Center for International Studies (CIS) as a Visiting Fellow on May 1, 2006.

News Release

April 10, 2006

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, visits MIT's Center for International Studies

Ranil Wickremesinghe, a lawyer who was Sri Lanka's Prime Minister from 1993-1994 and 2001-2004, has begun a several-week residency at CIS. Mr. Wickremesinghe, who will have an office at CIS until early May, will likely meet with MIT students about the resolution of civil conflicts, a subject with additional saliency given the ongoing strife in Iraq.

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April 1, 2006

Human bombs: rethinking religion and terror

Nichole Argo, MIT

Suicide terror has become a daily news staple. Who are these human bombs, and why are they willing to die in order to kill? Many observers turn to Islam for an explanation. They cite the preponderance of Muslim bombers today, indoctrination by extremist institutions, and the language used in jihadi statements.

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April 1, 2006

The War on Terror and the Cold War: they're not the same

John Tirman, MIT

Since the autumn of 2001, following the shocking attacks of September 11th, President Bush and his advisers have repeatedly likened the war against terrorism to the confrontation with Nazi Germany in the Second World War and the long struggle with Soviet communism in the Cold War. But the current anti-terrorist campaign and the related war in Iraq are significantly different from those earlier contests.

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