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May 14, 2019

Briefings

Joi Ito on the Uyghur human rights crisis; Learning to study a painful past; Saudi scholar and activist Hala Aldosari joins CIS as the Robert E Wilhelm Fellow; MIT Policy Lab launches EdX course on policy outreach; Sarah Williams on mapping urban transport.

End Notes

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May 14, 2019

End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

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News@E40

May 13, 2019

MISTI team receives SHASS Infinite Mile Award

Mala Ghosh, Maria Segala and Madeline Smith have been selected to receive the SHASS Infinite Mile Award for Inclusion.

Joi Ito

Starr Forum Report

May 10, 2019

MIT-Harvard conference on the Uyghur human rights crisis

The Uyghur human rights crisis demonstrates how the technology we build, even with the best of inten-tions, may be used to surveil and harm people. Many of my activities these days are focused on the pre-vention of misuse of technology in the future, but it requires more than just bolting ethicists onto product teams—I think it involves a fundamental shift in our priorities and a redesign of the relationship of the humanities and social sciences with engineering and science in academia and society.

précis

May 9, 2019

Activities

SSP congressional meeting; 2019 summer study grants; Faculty launch collaborations around the world; MISTI team receives SHASS award; Starr Forums; Focus on Russia; and more.

News@E40

May 9, 2019

CIS awards 18 summer study grants

Eighteen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. “The awards were made to an outstanding cohort of MIT students from across the Institute. We're so pleased that the appeal of these grants has broadened and students are responding,” said John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.

Footage of a North Korean missile launch shows on a TV screen Saturday at the Seoul Railway Station. (Ahn Young-Joon/AP)

In the News

May 9, 2019

North Korea launches two short-range missiles, at same time as US ICBM test

Simon DenyerThe Washington Post

Vipin Narang, a professor of international security studies at MIT, said the risks mount with each test by the North.  “Kim risks overshooting and provoking a furious Trump backlash if the latter feels betrayed,” he wrote in an email. “And if this is an attempt to pressure the U.S. to moderate its negotiating position, it may backfire: The U.S. may only harden it to avoid looking like it’s caving to North Korean tests and pressure. So, if this push-the-line strategy continues or intensifies, hold on to your hats.”

Taylor Fravel and his new book, “Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949.”  Image: Taylor Fravel and Dominick Reuter

In the News

May 8, 2019

The (evolving) art of war

Peter DizikesMIT News

In his new book, “Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949,” political scientist Taylor Fravel uncovers the modern history of Chinese military strategy.

Jim Walsh

In the News

May 8, 2019

Iran will stop complying with some parts of US nuclear deal

Robin YoungWBUR Here & Now

Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, said Wednesday that Tehran will stop complying with some commitments it made in the Iranian nuclear deal. Host Robin Young speaks with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh, with MIT's Security Studies Program.

 South Koreans walk past replicas of North Korean and South Korean missiles on February 28, 2019 in Seoul. North Korea tested a short-range missile on May 3, 2019. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

In the News

May 6, 2019

North Korea tested a missile over the weekend. The Trump admin flubbed the response.

Alex WardVox

“Even if internally the US administration accepted that the missile-testing moratorium applied only narrowly to ICBMs, as Kim has publicly stated, don’t say it,” Narang told me. “At least stick with the vague language of ‘long-range missiles’ to cover the weapons that threaten our forces and allies in the region.”  “The question will be whether this test was a one-off or whether it becomes a concerted effort to gradually escalate the range of missile tests through the end of the year to see how much Trump actually loves Kim,” he continued.

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