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November 9, 2022

Advancing the energy transition amidst global crises

Leda ZimmermanMIT News

Quoted: “Although the United States and China working together would have huge effects for both countries, it is politically unpalatable in the short term,” said Taylor Fravel, the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Security Studies Program. 

The Council of Ministers headed by Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani holds its first session on October 28, 2022

Analysis + Opinion

November 8, 2022

The new Iraqi PM is a status quo leader, but for how long?

Steven Simon and Adam WeinsteinResponsible Statecraft

The appointment of a new prime minister and his cabinet last week represents a peaceful government formation in Iraq following months of tension and a bout of violence. But can Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani keep it together?


November 4, 2022

John Tirman Memorial Service

MIT Center for International Studies

John Tirman, an MIT scholar in political theory and expert on US-Iran relations and human security, passed away on the morning of August 19 after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 72. Since 2004, Tirman served as the executive director of and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS). During this time, he was a prolific and thoughtful—but always modest—leader of many of the center’s initiatives. His memorial service, held November 4, 2022, is available to watch online.

a tank firing

Analysis + Opinion

October 30, 2022

What is America's interest in the Ukraine war?

Joshua ShifrinsonThe National Interest

Amid the continuing war and ongoing calls for the United States to “do more,” the question remains: what, if any, are the United States’ strategic interests in Ukraine—and how might the United States best service them?

5 men in a room meet during Cuban Missile Crisis

Analysis + Opinion

October 28, 2022

What ever happened to our fear of Armageddon?

Jim WalshResponsible Statecraft

What can the Cuban Missile Crisis tell us about today's nuclear dangers?

Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani

Analysis + Opinion

October 17, 2022

Major flip in Iraqi government this week: could crisis be over?

Steven Simon and Adam WeinsteinResponsible Statecraft

This week Iraq came one giant step closer to forming a government as the parliament elected Abdul Latif Rashid as president who then designated Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani as prime minister. How did this happen and what does all this mean for the US-Iraq relations?

Analysis + Opinion

October 13, 2022

How to avoid a war over Taiwan

Thomas J Christensen, M Taylor Fravel, Bonnie S Glaser, Andrew J Nathan and Jessica Chen WeissForeign Affairs

Triangular deterrence has succeeded for over 40 years in keeping the peace across the Taiwan Strait. But rising tensions have made this delicate arrangement more fragile.

Ukraine flag

In the News

October 11, 2022

Where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stands

Peter DizikesMIT News

While the early months of the war saw significant Russian advances in multiple areas of Ukraine, the tide has turned since then. A recent Ukrainian counteroffensive in the country’s north has pushed Russian troops back across the border and has extended to provinces in the Donbas region, the site of much industrial activity. Over the last week, Ukraine has also taken back 150 square miles of land in the Kherson province in the country’s south.

Jim Walsh on CBS News

In the News

October 4, 2022

North Korea launches nuclear-capable missile over Japan

John DickersonCBS News

For the first time in five years, North Korea launched a missile over Japan Tuesday, rattling nerves and sending a message to the US and its allies. Jim Walsh, senior research associate with the MIT Security Studies Program, spoke with John Dickerson explored the implications of this launch.

Lula speaks to reporters

Analysis + Opinion

October 2, 2022

Bolsonaro and Lula are heading to second round in Brazil election

Terrence McCoy, Paulina Villegas and Gabriela Sá PessoaThe Washington Post

Brazil's deeply polarizing presidential election, which has pitted populists from opposite ends of the political spectrum — right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and left-wing former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — will go to a second round after no candidate secured enough votes Sunday to claim outright victory.