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Hatice Cengiz has been an outspoken advocate for justice for Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October 2018. Photograph: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In the News

January 24, 2020

Saudi Arabia 'planned to spy on Khashoggi's fiancee in UK'

Stephanie Kirchgaessner The Guardian

Hala Aldosari quoted: “Saudi Arabia is trying to put a lid on the whole [Khashoggi] thing, so it is understandable that they would try to make sure that Hatice’s voice and advocacy is limited,” said Hala Aldosari, a Saudi activist and fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “All sorts of unlawful behaviour continues, nothing has changed.”

In the News

January 22, 2020

Who is Mohammad bin Salman?


Hala Aldosari is featured on the first international podcast of Who Is. This epidsode explores the 34-year-old trillionaire in charge of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, and the story of a monarchy that is using its wealth to secure its global legitimacy and expand its influence.

Associate Professor Noelle Eckley Selin (left) and former graduate student Emil Dimanchev SM ’18 used a new method to analyze the impacts of current and proposed state-level renewable energy and carbon pricing policies. Their study yielded some unexpected outcomes on the health benefits of the policies they examined.

In the News

January 22, 2020

Study: State-level adoption of renewable energy standards saves money and lives

Nancy W Stauffer MIT News

MIT researchers review renewable energy and carbon pricing policies as states consider repealing or relaxing renewable portfolio standards.  Emil Dimanchev SM ’18, a senior research associate at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, had his outreach relating to the Ohio testimony supported by the Policy Lab at the MIT Center for International Studies. 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 14.     Reuters

In the News

January 21, 2020

Saudi Arabia runs squalid, abusive jails for women disowned by their male guardians — a forgotten chapter in its rush to champion women’s rights

Bill BostockBusiness Insider

Hala Aldosari quoted: “How women are treated is very much determined by the staff,” she said. “It’s worse when they bring low-skilled people in to work with women left with no supervision. Because of the gender division and lack of transparency they abuse power, and there’s no way for the women to address the issues.”

An aerial image of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Gloucestershire. Picture: Ministry of Defence

In the News

January 19, 2020

Spies being left exposed in the digital age

Ben MacintyreThe Times

Joel Brenner quoted: Everyone leaves digital footprints, whether intentionally or otherwise. Joel Brenner, a former top counterintelligence official, told Yahoo: “It’s extremely difficult now to run cover operations when so much is known and can be known about almost everybody.”


January 15, 2020

IPL completed 5th annual call for proposals

The Policy Lab works with MIT researchers who seek to build relationships with the policy community and engage with policymakers.  They concluded their fifth call for proposals and had a near record turnout with 40 proposals.  Final selections will be made by February 14, 2020.

Jim Walsh

In the News

January 14, 2020

Iran nuclear deal continues to unravel

Tonya MosleyWBUR Here and Now

Iran suspended all limits on its production of enriched uranium required by the deal after the American drone strike that killed Iran's top military commander this month. Jim Walsh discusses the implications.

Analysis + Opinion

January 13, 2020

Here’s how to regulate artificial intelligence properly

David EdelmanThe Washington Post

If we’re going to govern AI, we need to recognize it for what it is: a tool, with innumerable uses. And that means we need to govern it for the ways people actually use it, and not as a phenomenon in and of itself.

Hala Aldosari

In the News

January 13, 2020

How exiled Saudi Arabian activists are quietly building a resistance movement

Ty JoplinAl Bawaba

Al Bawaba spoke with Hala Aldosari, a Saudi human rights activist who stands on the vanguard of digitally organizing a resistance movement to the Saudi regime while in exile.

Joel Brenner

In the News

January 8, 2020

What's the path forward on Iran?

Tiziana Dearing, Jamie BolognaWBUR Radio Boston

Now a senior research fellow at CIS, Joel Brenner—former inspector general of the National Security Agency and head of US counterintelligence in the Obama administration—joins us to make sense of where we are with Iran and what happens next.