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General Michael Hayden took questions from the audience and from Joel Brenner (right), who was a former senior counsel at the NSA and head of U.S. counterintelligence under the director of National Intelligence. Brenner is a research affiliate of the MIT Center for International Studies and CSAIL’s Internet Policy Research Initiative.  Photo: Laura Kerwin/Center for International Studies

In the News

October 3, 2018

An assault on American intelligence

Una HajdariMIT News

In MIT visit, former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden describes current difficulties faced by society and US intelligence services.



October 1, 2018

MISTI radio

The radio show is a platform for students to reflect on their experiences abroad. MISTI Radio is an MIT program about the world, for the world. Assistant Professor Admir Masic and the MISTI students who worked with Syrian refugees in Jordan this summer are featured. (The program starts a few minutes into audio recording.)

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sits in the audience at the start of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Analysis + Opinion

October 1, 2018

Déjà vu? 'Global Britain' versus the continental commitment

William JamesThe National Interest

Overstretch and European obligations suggest it is time to rethink a return “East of Suez.”

Barry Posen

In the News

September 29, 2018

Safety nightmares of US nuclear weapons

Farooq AwanDaily Times

According to Barry Posen, the US has its guns pointed at aspiring nuclear weapons states in a way that makes them feel less secure. “I worry not about nuclear weapons in the hands of states, but nuclear weapons that are not in the hands of states…”

In the News

September 27, 2018

What is the point of a forever war in Iraq?

Bonnie KristianThe National Interest

“Odd indeed to repudiate the product of democracy at home to pursue a futile quest to achieve it in a divided and violent society abroad,” said Barry Posen.

U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers secure a landing zone near Al Tanf in southern Syria. The garrison there, at the border of Iraq, is one of many dotting Syria that presents a challenge for the U.S. presence in the country. (Army)

In the News

September 26, 2018

The White House just revealed massive mission creep in Syria. Here's why.

Kyle Rempfer and Todd South Military Times

“Never give up a sales pitch that's working,” said Barry Posen, director of the Security Studies Program at the MIT Center for International Studies.

Army Gen. Robert Abrams

In the News

September 25, 2018

First UN Mil-Mil talks with North Korea in 11 years; what they mean

Colin Clark and Paul McLearyBreaking Defense

Vipin Narang, noted the importance of the communications between North Korea and the UN command. “The mil-mil line is really great, a far cry from last year’s high temperature,” he said, cautioning that Kim Jong Un didn’t start behaving this well until he “declared his nuclear deterrent force ‘complete’ and then embarked on the charm offensive. He’s been driving the train, and everyone else is trying to hang on or trying not to get run over!”

President Trump speaks to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 19,

In the News

September 25, 2018

Trump strikes softer North Korea tone at UN, after 'Rocket Man' speech a year ago

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

President Trump used his address at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning to assert American sovereignty, and speak on North Korea. Here & Now speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about whether the meeting might lead to more talks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.


September 21, 2018

New fellowship program in human rights and technology

The Center announces a new fellowship program in human rights and technology, and invites proposals from MIT undergraduates. The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities. Proposals are due October 29 by 5 PM.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) gesture as they watch the large-scale gymnastic and artistic performance at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on 19 September, 2018, after their summit. (Pyeongyang Press Corps / AFP Photo)

In the News

September 20, 2018

Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site

AFPThe Asean Post

Kim is playing this brilliantly: verify that I dismantle a single site that I no longer need anyway while I mass-produce the missiles the site helped me develop,Vipin Narang of MIT said.