News + Media

Soleimani's funeral

Analysis + Opinion

August 23, 2022

How the killing of Iran’s top general squandered US leverage in Iraq today

Steven SimonResponsible Statecraft

What are the implications of the 2020 assasination of Qassem Soleimani? Robert E Wilhelm Fellow Steven Simon's new opinion piece, originally published here in Responsible Statecraft

Chinese sailor underway

In the News

August 22, 2022

Panel: ‘Protracted’ Taiwan Crisis Will ‘Percolate for Months'

John GradyUSNI News

M Taylor Fravel and Christopher Twomey, alumnus of MIT Political Science, participate in a panel on the military dimensions of the Fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis, hosted by CSIS. 

John Tirman


August 21, 2022

John Tirman, CIS executive director and scholar, dies at 72

The Center shares with deep sadness that our valued colleague and dear friend, John Tirman, passed away on the morning of August 19, 2022, after suffering cardiac arrest. Since 2004, Tirman served as the executive director of and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies. During this time, he was a prolific and thoughtful—but always modest—leader of many of the Center’s initiatives. 

FBI raid

Analysis + Opinion

August 19, 2022

The real fallout from the Mar-a-Lago search

Steven Simon and Jonathan StevensonPolitico

Law enforcement now has to focus on how to prevent the raid from leading to widescale civil breakdown. Analysis by Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, originally published here in Politico

Global World Map


August 18, 2022


“War in Ukraine” compendium; CIS awards 17 summer study grants; Inspired by Israel: Arts education, and innovation at MIT; MIT x TAU webinar series returns for its second year; CIS congratulates the graduates; MIT-France celebrates seed fund anniversary; Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar; SSP Wednesday Seminar; Starr Forums.

Drone on a runway

Analysis + Opinion

August 18, 2022

Do armed drones reduce terrorism? Here’s the data.

Joshua A Schwartz and Matthew FuhrmannThe Washington Post

New research from Joshua A Schwartz and Matthew Fuhrmann analyzes patterns of terrorism in the 18 countries that utilize drones. 

Justin Steil

In the News

August 14, 2022

Power, laws, and planning

Peter DizikesMIT News Office

MIT urbanist Justin Steil studies how law and policy are used to replicate social divisions in the use of land.

Jim Walsh on Fox News

In the News

August 14, 2022

International security expert on the threat of Iran plotting to kill Americans on US soil

Fox News LiveFox News

MIT security studies program's Jim Walsh reacts to officials of the National Council of Resistance of Iran being targeted by Tehran for their anti-regime activism on Fox News Live.

John Tirman with Kelley Vlahos and Daniel Larison

In the News

August 12, 2022

"Why do they hate us?": John Tirman on the dueling myths keeping Iran and the US from getting together

Kelley Vlahos and Daniel LarisonCrashing the War Party

John Tirman joins the Crashing the War Party podcast to dicuss US-Iran relations.

Taylor Fravel

In the News

August 8, 2022

China ends series of live fire military drills around the island of Taiwan

Emily FengNPR

China says some of the live-fire military exercises in the waters around the island of Taiwan, which were supposed to end last Sunday, will now continue on a regular basis. So far, the drills have disrupted traffic in what's normally a busy international transit point, highlighting how important geopolitically Taiwan is. Taylor Fravel joins NPR to discuss the consequences.