News + Media

Gabriela Sa Pessoa

In the News

September 7, 2022

Journalism for change drives Brazilian reporter Pessoa

Esther SunVoice of America

2023 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow Gabriela Sa Pessoa was interviewed in Voice of America about her work and the critical issues of our time. 

Japanese and Russian flags

Analysis + Opinion

September 7, 2022

NPT conference collapse, military drills further strain Japan-Russia relations

Mina PollmannThe Diplomat

Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine has seriously damaged Russia-Japan relations, and the fallout continues to be felt. Mina Pollman's analysis was orginally published here in The Diplomat.


In the News

September 2, 2022

Deep inside busy Mar-a-Lago, a storage room where secrets were stashed

Rosalind S Helderman and Josh DawseyThe Washington Post

Quoted: "I think Mar-a-Lago is a counterintelligence nightmare," said Joel Brenner, former head of U.S. counterintelligence under the director of National Intelligence and former inspector general for the National Security Agency, citing the flow of hundreds of people, the presence of foreign nationals and Trump's long-established carelessness with national secrets.

Children in Erbil, Iraq

Analysis + Opinion

September 1, 2022

Think COVID has stunted growth? Try 30 years of conflict.

Steven SimonResponsible Statecraft

Robert E Wilhelm Fellow Steven Simon writes here in Responsible Statecraft about the impact of 30 years on war on Iraqi children. 

Moqtada al-Sadr

Analysis + Opinion

August 30, 2022

Moqtada al-Sadr, called on his bluff, retreats for now

Steven SimonResponsible Statecraft

After 24-hours of violence, his followers are leaving Baghdad’s Green Zone, but the fragility of the government is no less resolved. Robert E Wilhelm Fellow Steven Simon provides analysis, originally published here in Responsible Statecraft

James Walsh

In the News

August 30, 2022

North Korea will conduct another nuclear test. It's only a matter of when.

Robert ElderOutrider

Although delayed by the Covid pandemic, North Korea is poised to start testing its nuclear weapons program, says Jim Walsh, a senior research associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program. “Most analysts who work on North Korea's nuclear program expect a test, as a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if,” Walsh says. Read the full interview.

John David Minnich

In the News

August 29, 2022

Tipping the balance between global rivals

Leda ZimmermanMIT News

John David Minnich seeks to understand how trade policies fueled China’s rise and continue to determine geopolitical winners and losers.

Evan Lieberman

In the News

August 29, 2022

South Africa since apartheid: Has democracy worked?

Ray SuarezWorld Affairs

It’s been nearly thirty years since the fall of apartheid in South Africa. But what happens when the celebrations cease, the news cameras turn away, and the real work of democracy begins? Evan Lieberman joins Voice of America’s “Straight Africa Talk” host, Haydé Adams, to discuss the lingering “ghost of apartheid,” and why South Africa’s electoral future gives him hope.

Covers of two books: "Until We Have Won our Liberty" and "The Inheritors"

In the News

August 26, 2022

Two new books take different roads to understand South Africa

Carolyn E HolmesThe Washington Post

Carolyn Holmes reviews Until We Have Won Our Liberty: South Africa after Apartheid by Evan Lieberman and The Inheritors: An Intimate Portrait of South Africa's Racial Awakening by Eve Fairbanks.

MISTI Students on Zoom

In the News

August 25, 2022

Promoting systemic change in the Middle East, the 'MIT way'


In a recent MISTI course, students engaged on collaborative solutions to climate, health care, and economic development in the Middle East.