End Notes

  • Fall 2012
November 1, 2012


PhD Candidate Daniel Altman will be teaching "Introduction to Security Studies" at Boston University in the spring of 2013.

Professor of Political Science Nazli Choucri organized a third workshop on "Who Controls Cyberspace? A Puzzle for National Security and International Relations." The November 6-7 workshop was held at the Media Lab and was sponsored by Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR), a joint MIT and Harvard University project, for which Professor Choucri is the Principal Investigator, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations. She led off the workshop with her presentation: "The Challenge, the Dilemma, and the Agenda." The Workshop focused on three sets of issues regarding the Internet: (a) essentials of infrastructure and physical connectivity; (b) matters of content and data; and (c) international cyber law and governance. 

Assistant Professor of Political Science Fotini Christia was featured in MIT News discussing "Violence and Protests in the Muslim World," in September. On November 1, 2012, her new book, Alliance Formation in Civil Wars, was featured in MIT News article "How Civil Wars Evolve."

Security Studies Program Associate Director Owen Cote gave a presentation to the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel on the future relevance of Aircraft Carriers on November 28.

On September 12, Senior Advisor to the Security Studies Program Jeanne Guillemin attended an all-day workshop on chemical and biological weapons policy issues held in Washington, DC, at the National Defense University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction and co-sponsored with the Monterey Institute's James Martin Center for Non-proliferation Studies. On October 4, she gave a lecture on "American Anthrax; How the Nation Responded to the 2001 Anthrax Letter Attacks" at the Topics in Biosecurity Symposia Series, National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. The National Laboratory is the site of a new Biosafety Level (BSL)-4 laboratory (for research on dangerous incurable diseases like SARS and the Ebola virus) and the first in a university context. UTMB Galveston also supports over 30 BSL-3 laboratories for its biomedical research. On October 25, she was an invited participant at the G-8 Global Partnership working group meeting on Biosecurity held at the Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. The day prior to the meeting she gave a presentation based on her recent book, American Anthrax, to the LLNL Bioscience and Biotechnology Division. On November 11-14, in Dubai, she attended the annual summit of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council (GAC) on WMD.

PhD Candidate Brian Haggerty's analysis from his SSP Working Paper, "Safe Havens in Syria: Missions and Requirements for an Air Campaign" was featured in Chicago Tribune (July 16, 2012), on the web site for the US Naval Institute (August 22, 2012 and September 5, 2012) and The Economist (September 15, 2012). He also published an oped "The Delusion of Limited Intervention in Syria" in Bloomberg on October 4, 2012. 

PhD Candidate Jason Jackson accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania for 2012-2014. He presented "Critical Law and Heterodox Political Economy" at the American University of Cairo conference on International Law and the Periphery (February 2012); "Culture, Capital and the State: Insights from Subaltern Studies on the Political Economy of Development" at the After Subaltern Studies Workshop at Princeton University (April 2012); "Economic Interests and Policy Preferences: Insights from the Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment in India" at the Yale University Modern South Asia Studies Workshop (April 2012); "The Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment: Constructing Business Interests and Policy Preferences in India and Brazil" at The Business History Conference (March 2012) and Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (June 2012); and was invited to present it at The Hagley Library and Museum Center for History of Business, Technology and Society Seminar Series (December 2012).

SSP Research Affiliate Peter Krause was on New England Cable News on October 22, 2012, to discuss the upcoming presidential debate. The news segment was "Understanding the Foreign Policy Debate."

PhD Candidate Sameer Lalwani was named a part of the Center for New American Security's Next Generation National Security Leaders Program for 2012-2013.

Political Science Department Chair and Deputy Dean of the Sloan School of Management Richard Locke has been appointed director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He will begin his new duties at the Watson Institute in July 2013.

SSP Research Affiliate Gautam Mukunda's book, Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, was reviewed in the New York Times on November 6, 2012, in an op-ed "Filtered or Unfiltered?" by Thomas L. Friedman.

In late August, Stanton Junior Faculty Fellow John Park participated in the "SIPRI Countering Illicit Trafficking—Mechanism Assessment Projects" experts seminar at the UN in New York. In October, he briefed a Stanton Foundation panel in Washington, DC, on his project "How Effective are Financial Sanctions as a Counterproliferation Policy Tool? The Case of North Korea." In October, he presented "The North Korean Nuclear Imbroglio: A Case Study of Complex Diplomacy" at the Harvard Kennedy School. In November, he participated in a simulation on China's management of the Six-Party Talks process at the Harvard Kennedy School. In November, he presented "US Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific Region: Assessing Key Challenges & Opportunities" at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace's inaugural Asia-Pacific Naval Attachés Roundtable Series. In November, he presented "Reading the Commercial Tea Leaves: New Insights into Regime Dynamics in Pyongyang" at the Harvard Korea Institute and the National Bureau of Asian Research's Track 1.5 dialogue with a South Korean Ministry of Unification delegation in Seattle. In December, he presented "Political Transition and Economic Stagnation in North Korea" at the Naval War College. In December, he briefed newly promoted general officers on "US Strategy toward North Korea" in the Senior Manager Course on National Security at George Washington University's Elliott School.

Roger Petersen, the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, has been awarded the winner of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Marshall Shulman Book Prize for outstanding monograph dealing with the international relations, foreign policy, or foreign-policy decision-making of any of the states of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe for his book, Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict. He was also the winner of the International Studies Association ENMISA (Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association) Distinguished Book Award. In addition, he recently signed an agreement with Cambridge University Press in collaboration with a Chinese publisher, Central Compilation and Translation Press ("CCTP"), to translate his first book Resistance and Rebellion into Chinese for publication and sale in Mainland China.

On November 13, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT Security Studies Program Barry Posen and Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems Kenneth Oye participated in a Starr Forum "Attack of the Drones: A Discussion About the Ethical, Legal and Strategic Aspects of UAV Use" hosted by MIT's Center for International Studies.

Julia Reynolds joined MISTI as the Africa Program Manager. She recently returned to the U.S. from four years in Rwanda as Country Manager and Field Learning & Development Coordinator for One Laptop per Child (OLPC). Prior to her work at OLPC, she founded Girls Preparing to Succeed, a state-renowned organization to empower young women. 

Ford International Professor of Political Science Richard Samuels presented a lecture "Japanese Security Policy After 3.11" at the Department of War Studies, King's College London.

Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning Bish Sanyal is the Principal Investigator for a recent grant of $10 million dollars from USAID's Higher Education Solution Network. He will be leading a team of faculty at MIT from the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Engineering, the Sloan School, Engineering Systems Division and Center for Complex Engineering system. They will be evaluating the Suitability, Scalability and Sustainability of technologies for improving the livelihood of low-income households in developing countries. This project will complement a second grant of $15 million dollars MIT's D-lab received from USAID to create a global network of innovation centers. Professor Sanyal and D-lab Director Amy Smith—who is the Principal Investigator for the second grant—co-teach the flagship course on Development Technologies for D-lab. 

Ford International Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider delivered the keynote, "Hierarchical Capitalism and the New Developmental State," at the 9th Annual Economic Forum, São Paulo, September 2012.

Associate Professor of Political Science David Andrew Singer was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association, and to the editorial board of International Studies Review.

SSP Research Associate Jim Walsh was on C-Span November 26, 2012, discussing US-Iran Relations.


PhD Candidate Mark Bell, "Can Britain Defend the Falklands?" Defence Studies, Vol. 12 No. 2 (June 2012), 283-301.

Professor of Political Science Nazli ChoucriCyberpolitics in International Relations(Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012). 

Assistant Professor of Political Science Fotini ChristiaAlliance Formation in Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Associate Professor of Political Science M. Taylor Fravel, "The Dangerous Math of Chinese Island Disputes," Wall Street Journal, October 28, 2012. 

________ "Something to Talk About in the East China Sea," The Diplomat, September 28, 2012. 

________"Much Ado About the Sansha Garrison," The Diplomat, August 23, 2012.

PhD Candidate Benjamin H. Friedman, "Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama: Hawk vs. Hawk," US News & World Report, October 26, 2012.

PhD Candidate Brian Haggerty, "Safe Havens in Syria: Missions and Requirements for an Air Campaign," SSP Working Paper, July 2012.

________"The Delusion of Limited Intervention in Syria," Bloomberg.com, October 4, 2012.

PhD Candidate Jason Jackson, "Influence of South African Legislation on India's Mines and Minerals Bill: Promise and Perils," Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 47, No. 40, (Oct. 6, 2012) (with Charles Maddox and Jonathan Burton-Mcleod).

PhD Candidates Nicholas Miller and Chad Hazlett, "Primed to Protest," Foreign Policy, September 26, 2012.

Stanton Junior Faculty Fellow John Park, "Assessing the Role of Security Assurances in Dealing with North Korea" in Jeffrey Knopf, ed., Security Assurances and Nuclear Nonproliferation (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012). 

________"What's Behind New Iran and North Korea Pact?" Iran Primer, US Institute of Peace, September 7, 2012.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Richard Samuels, "Hugging and Hedging: Japanese Grand Strategy in the 21st Century," in Henry Nau and Deepa Olapally, eds., Worldviews of Aspiring Powers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012) (with Narushige Michishita).

Political Science Emeritus Professor Harvey M. Sapolsky and PhD CandidateBenjamin H. Friedman, "Romney's Other 47% Problem," CNN.com, October 31, 2012.

Political Science Emeritus Professor Harvey M. Sapolsky, "The British Are About to Jump the Shark," National Defense, November 2012.

Ford International Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider, "Contrasting Capitalisms: Latin America in Comparative Perspective," in Javier Santiso and Jeff Dayton-Johnson, eds., Oxford Handbook of Latin American Political Economy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). 

SSP Research Associate Jim Walsh, "What to Do About Iran," Chicago Tribune, October 12, 2012 (with Thomas Pickering and Anthony Zinni).

________"Use of Chemical Weapons Could be Syria's 'Bloody Crescendo'." (Dec 11, 2012), wbur.org.

PD Candidate Graham Denyer Willis, "What's Killing Brazil's Police?" December 1, 2012, New York Times.

Stanton Nuclear Security Pre-Doctoral Fellow Rachel Whitlark, "The Battle Over America's Foreign Policy Doctrine," Survival, Vol. 54, No. 12 (October/November 2012) 45-66 (with Amir Stepak).