News + Media


October 5, 2008

Upcoming public events

The Impact of Migration on Children Left Behind in Developing Countries, Andrea Rossi, John F. Kennedy School of Government, on Oct 14; Asia's Growing Footprints in the Middle East: What it Means for America, Geoffrey Kemp, Director, Regional Strategic Patterns, Nixon Cente, on Oct 15; Does the Israeli Economy Really Need Peace? Bernard Avishai, Monitor Group, on Oct 16.


October 1, 2008

The US and Iran in Afghanistan: policy gone awry

Barnett Rubin with Sara Batmanglich, New York University

Afghanistan is one of several contexts in which the long-term common interests of the U.S. and Iran have been overshadowed by the animus originating in the 1953 CIA-led coup in Iran and the Iranian revolution of 1979, to the detriment of the interests of the U.S., Iran, and Afghanistan. 

In the News

September 18, 2008

Foreign policy and the next US administration

MIT scholars Barry Posen, Taylor Fravel, and Carol Saivetz participated in a roundtable discussion on foreign policy and the next U.S. administration. This discussion was the first in a series of forward-thinking talks on pressing global issues in which MIT experts offer advice to the next U.S. president.

In the News

September 15, 2008

Q&A with Roger Petersen

Roger Petersen, an associate professor of political science at MIT and a member of CIS, studies comparative politics with a special focus on conflict and violence. He has written two books: Resistance and Rebellion: Lessons from Eastern Europe and Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, Resentment in Twentieth Century Eastern Europe. He also has an interest in comparative methods and has co-edited, with John Bowen, Critical Comparisons in Politics and Culture. In spring 2008, Petersen went on sabbatical to the Balkans for six months. Upon his return, he sat down with CIS to discuss his recent studies.

In the News

September 11, 2008

Who's winning the War on Terror?

WBUR: On Point

WBUR's On Point with Stephen Van Evera.

In the News

September 11, 2008

Lucian W. Pye, bold thinker on Asia, is dead at 86

Douglas MartinNew York Times

Lucian W. Pye, an influential political scientist who marshaled a piercing intellect, psychoanalytic insights and plain intuition to take startling new perspectives on area studies, particularly concerning China and other Asian nations, died on Sept. 5 in Boston. He was 86.


September 1, 2008

Iran-US: the case for transformation

Sanam Anderlini and John Tirman, MIT

Thirty years of enmity, disruption, and brinksmanship have yielded very little worthwhile in the relationship between Iran and the United States. The policies in both capitals toward the other are essentially bankrupt and dysfunctional. Each clings to their quiver of grievances against the other, letting the past dictate the future to the detriment of both countries.

In the News

September 1, 2008

Q&A with Carl Kaysen

Carl Kaysen joined the MIT faculty in 1976 and currently co-chairs the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Study Committee on International Security Studies. Among his many posts during his distinctive career was deputy special assistant for national security affairs to President Kennedy. Kaysen sat down with CIS in late July to discuss his current work, his advice to the next administration, and his proudest moments.


September 1, 2008

Does the “surge” explain Iraq’s improved security?

There is a general consensus that the “surge” of additional troops into Iraq has been responsible for the significant decrease of violence in Iraq. Sen. John McCain has long advocated “sustained and substantial” troop increases, attacking Sen. Barack Obama’s position on drawing down forces. Obama for his part recently stated that the surge has “succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated” and “beyond our wildest dreams.”

Analysis + Opinion

August 20, 2008

All the oil we need

Eugene Gholz and Daryl PressNew York Times

While oil prices have declined somewhat of late, the volatility of the market and the political and religious unrest in major oil-producing countries has Americans worrying more than ever about energy security. But they have little to fear — contrary to common understanding, there are robust stockpiles of oil around the globe that could see us through any foreseeable calamities on the world market.