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Palestinians displaced from the northern Gaza Strip filled the grounds of a United Nations-run school in Khan Younes

In the News

October 14, 2023

Local experts decry forced displacement of Gazans

John HilliardBoston Globe

Quoted: Noora Lori, associate professor of international relations at Boston University and member of the steering committee of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration, is calling for the opening of humanitarian corridors to aid Gazans escaping violent conflict in the area. She states “they’re still under constant shelling, they have no food, water, electricity, nowhere to go, and no safe passage."

Woman crying


October 10, 2023

Violence in Israel and Gaza

The Center for International Studies (CIS) endorses the message issued by MIT president Sally Kornbluth. “The brutality perpetrated on innocent civilians in Israel by terrorists from Hamas is horrifying … we are bracing for a prolonged conflict that will also gravely harm or kill many innocent Palestinians in Gaza,” said Kornbluth in a video statement released on Tuesday, October 10.

Jim Walsh

In the News

October 9, 2023

War in Israel: Military and diplomatic analysis

Here & NowWBUR

Jim Walsh, senior research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program, explains the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel and wartime diplomacy.

Group of MEET participants taking a selfie together

In the News

October 6, 2023

Empowering students to bring change in the Middle East

Zach WinnMIT News

The Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (MEET) program’s mission is to empower students to positively impact the Middle East by showing them the value of collaboration as they go through a fast-paced curriculum. The MIT student portion of the program is organized and supported by MISTI.

Caption:Empowering the Teachers spring 2022 cohort with MIT Professor Tayo Akinwande (center) at Killian Court.

In the News

October 3, 2023

Fellowship program empowers Nigerian academics to transform engineering education in their local universities

Danna LorchMIT News

The program, which is coordinated by the MIT Center for International Studies, brings talented Nigerian academics at the postdoctoral level to MIT for a semester-long immersive experience, then sends them back out into the field to teach, research, and grow into influential leadership roles in their higher education system.

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September 29, 2023

Summer study grants support research abroad

Sabina Van MellCenter for International Studies

This summer, the Center for International Studies supported fifteen doctoral students in international affairs through the CIS Summer Study Fellowship. Mariel Garcia-Montes, one of this year's awardees, sat down to discuss her work and the value of doing research abroad. 

Daron Acemoglu at campus talk

In the News

September 29, 2023

Who will benefit from AI?

Peter DizikesMIT News

At a Starr Forum, MIT economist and Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu presented the case for using AI to produce shared prosperity by supplementing workers, rather than replacing them. 

Ceremony to christen Taiwanese submarine

In the News

September 28, 2023

Submarines are Taiwan’s best defense against a Chinese invasion

David AxeForbes

Quoted: In a majority of the simulations, “submarines were able to enter the Chinese defensive zone and wreak havoc with the Chinese fleet,” concluded SSP principal research scientist Eric Heginbotham along with his co-authors Mark Cancian and Matthew Cancian.

Headshot of Taylor Fravel

In the News

September 26, 2023

Q&A: The BRICS expansion and the global balance of power

Peter DizikesMIT News

In a Q&A with MIT News, Security Studies Program director M Taylor Fravel examines the potential and limitations of a bigger BRICS group of countries — and what it means for the US.

Analysis + Opinion

September 25, 2023

China’s economic slowdown was inevitable

Yasheng HuangForeign Affairs

Statism has not contributed to China's economic success in recent years, but rather the reduction of it. President Xi Jinping's efforts to increase statism have discouraged capitalists from investing in the country's economy, instead turning to other countries. Additionally, the focus on building infrastructure rather than strong health and education programs have damaged the strength of country's economy. Yusheng Huang states that the Chinese government must make more pragmatic economic decisions to end this downturn.