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Book covers for Yasheng Huang and Noah Nathan


January 11, 2024

The best of books 2023: Foreign Affairs includes both Noah Nathan and Yasheng Huang

Foreign Affairs’ editors and book reviewers selected the very best of the hundreds of books on international politics, economics, and history that were featured in the magazine in 2023. Yasheng Huang's The rise and fall of the EAST: How exams, autocracy, stability, and technology brought China success, and why they might lead to its decline and Noah Nathan's The scarce state: Inequality and political power in the hinterland were among their picks.

Australian researcher Ronald Loughland moved to Abu Dhabi in 1993 as a PhD student who went on to study the mangroves along the Arabian coast. All photos: Dr Ronald Loughland

In the News

January 8, 2024

Planting the seeds of change: How UAE rulers fuelled mangrove growth in the 90s

Anjana SankarThe National

2024 Neuffer Fellow Anjana Sankar discusses Abu Dhabi's long-standing commitment to mangrove conservation and how Australian researcher Ronald Loughland, who played a key role in studying and planting mangroves in Abu Dhabi, highlighted the emirate's significant efforts in increasing mangrove forest area by about 50% between 1990 and 2021.

Megan Li (left) and Mia Hines

In the News

January 4, 2024

Inclusive research for social change

Kaitlin Provencher | Institute for Data, Systems, and SocietyMIT News

The MIT Student Research Program pairs underrepresented students with opportunities to examine inequity through the IDSS Initiative for Combatting Systemic Racism. Fotini Christia, Ford International Professor of the Social Sciences is the associate director of IDSS and a co-organizer of the initiative.

Chinese military

In the News

December 29, 2023

Podcast: China’s military strategy since 1949

Benjamin Jebb and Alisa LauferModern War Institute

MIT Security Studies Program director M Taylor Fravel joins the Irregular Warfare podcast alongside retired Lieutenant General Charles W Hooper to discuss the history of China's military strategy starting from 1949.

Analysis + Opinion

December 26, 2023

Billionaire-built cities would be better than nothing

Edward L Glaeser and Carlo RattiThe New York Times

The Bay Area needs a lot more housing, and we may need privately built cities to get there.

Carlo Ratti

In the News

December 22, 2023

Carlo Ratti named curator of 2025 Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition

Peter DizikesMIT News

Professor of the practice and innovative scholar of urban design and dynamics will oversee leading global showcase for architectural work. Ratti is the faculty director for the MIT-Italy Program.

MIT dome

In the News

December 21, 2023

Minicourse open to the MIT community gives context to the Middle East crisis

Zach WinnMIT News

MIT community members can learn more about the Israel-Hamas conflict through a recently developed online course organized by Middle East and North Africa (MENA)/MIT at MIT’s Center for International Studies.

Ships are loaded with cargo at the Shekou Port in Shenzhen, China, on Sept. 3, 2010

Analysis + Opinion

December 17, 2023

America needs a single integrated operational plan for economic conflict with China

George J Gilboy and Eric Heginbotham Lawfare

Lessons from a recent wargame for managing a crisis over Taiwan.

A Brazilian soldier training for a radiological weapons attack, Brasília, May 2013

Analysis + Opinion

December 15, 2023

Why the world should still worry about dirty bombs

William C Potter, Sarah Bidgood & Hanna NotteForeign Affairs

Visions of dirty bombs and radiological terrorism obscured the fact that the threat from radiological weapons was not limited to terrorist groups.

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as they meet in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023

Analysis + Opinion

December 13, 2023

America shouldn’t insist on a strategic defeat of Russia

Michael O’Hanlon and Caitlin TalmadgeThe Hill

Most Americans believe Ukraine has the moral high ground — but that is different from believing Ukraine will get everything it wants at the end of this fight.