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March 1, 2007

China’s energy governance: perception and reality

Edward A Cunningham, MIT

As observers outside of China warn of a looming Chinese end game in global energy assets, manipulated by Beijing, leading policymakers inside of China are facing considerable challenges governing major energy companies—especially those that the state owns. 

Analysis + Opinion

February 21, 2007

Many hidden costs line national security path

Cindy WilliamsKansas City Star

The $625 billion Defense Department budget President Bush sent Congress this month for fiscal year 2008 (which begins this October) is significantly larger after adjusting for inflation than any U.S. military budget since World War II. Even more staggering is the Pentagon’s plan to spend $2.8 trillion during the five years from 2008 to 2012. Unfortunately, the most striking thing about this enormous budget is that it falls far short of the true costs of the current national security path.

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News Release

February 7, 2007

CIS regrets actions of Iranian authorities

CIS expressed regret and disappointment at the actions of Iranian authorities who barred two prominent Iranian intellectuals from traveling to a conference at MIT. Hashem Aghajari and Abdollah Momeni were stopped from boarding an airplane in Tehran on Sunday, even though they had obtained all required documents.


February 1, 2007

Troop levels in stability operations: what we don’t know

Peter JP Krause, MIT

Troop levels in Iraq have been one of the most hotly contested issues in American foreign policy over the past three years, from debates over the initial deployment in 2003 to those surrounding the troop surge in 2007.


February 1, 2007

North Korea: negotiations work

Leon V Sigal, Social Science Research Council

In a laudable about-face, President Bush has decided at last to accept North Korea’s longstanding offer to suspend production of plutonium by shutting down and sealing its reactor and reprocessing plant at Yongbyon, halting construction of a larger reactor and not restarting a newly refurbished fuel fabrication plant.

Analysis + Opinion

January 10, 2007

Surge could push troops to breaking point

Cindy WilliamsBoston Globe

The Bush administration's proposal to send an additional 20,000 troops to join the 152,000 already in Iraq is unlikely to bring significant improvement to the situation in Iraq, but it is certain to further damage the already beleaguered US ground forces.


January 2, 2007

Iraq’s political factions: the last chance to build a governing coalition?

Barry R Posen, MIT

President Bush is renewing his effort to create an Iraq that can govern, sustain, and defend itself, and is throwing more resources at the project. The first priority must be governance, however, as administration and defense cannot happen without a functioning government.

Analysis + Opinion

December 31, 2006

In Iraq, the losses Americans don't see

John TirmanNewsday

We focus so much on the deaths of our troops that we don't understand the suffering of Iraqis.


December 1, 2006

Regionalizing the Iraq conflict?

John Tirman, MIT

In one way or another, we are headed for a new engagement with the regional players to in an effort end the Iraq war. The idea of bringing in the neighbors to help stabilize and reduce the violence in Iraq is very attractive, and could contribute to a plausible exit strategy for the United States. 

News Release

November 14, 2006

Iraqi journalist joins CIS as a Neuffer Fellow

CIS announced today that Huda Ahmed, an Iraqi journalist who has been covering the war in Iraq for Knight Ridder, has joined the Center as its 2006-2007 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship offers a female journalist the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues.