Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at MIT Regina Anne Bateson's dissertation Order and Violence in Postwar Guatemala won APSA's 2014 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics and was presented at the American Political Science Association annual conference in August. She also presented a paper on vigilantism at CIDE (in Mexico City) in August, and participated in a workshop on Socialization and Organized Political Violence at Yale in October.
PhD candidate Mark Bell presented "Beyond Emboldenment: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons on State Foreign Policy" at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and at the Center for International Security and Co–operation at Stanford University, both in December.
PhD Candidate Fiona Cunningham presented a paper, "Calculating Dependence: Soviet Security Guarantees and China's Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons," at the Joint Annual Conference of the International Security Studies Section of ISA and the International Security and Arms Control Section of APSA in Austin in November.
Security Studies Program Alumnus Eugene Gholz presented "The Defense Industry and the Strategic Pivot to Asia" at the Tower Center's 7th annual National Security Program at Southern Methodist University. He also presented "Rare Earth Elements: Simple Commodity of Strategic Vulnerability" at the USAsia Center at the University of Western Australia, and "Emerging Technologies and Strategic Balance in Asia" at the Australian National University. In October, he spoke on "Organizations for Science and Technology Advice: Lessons from the U.S.?" at the University of Manchester Business School Conference on Mission–Oriented Science and Technology Systems.
Security Studies Program Research Affiliate Kelly Greenhill gave talks on her research at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the Swedish Institute for International Affairs, the University of Texas–Austin, the University of California–San Diego, and SSP's Seminar XXI. She also participated in a meeting on the meaning of the nuclear revolution at the former "Continuity of Government" facility in West Virginia.
Senior Adviser Jeanne Guillemin was an invited panelist at a meeting on the history of the Biological Weapons Convention organized jointly by the University of Sussex (SPRU, Brighton, UK) and University College London, Department of Science and Technology Studies in October. She was also an invited panelist at the MIT Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative inaugural session on "Experiencing Ebola."
Security Studies Program Alumnus Robert Haffa presented "Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Contested Airspace" at the Defense IQ–sponsored conference on Airborne ISR and C2 Battle Management.
Security Studies Program Alumnus Phil Haun has been appointed Professor of Aerospace Studies at Yale University.
CIS Research Fellow Jerome Klassen delivered a guest lecture entitled, "From Permeable Fordism to Transnational Neoliberalism: Canada and the World Economy," to a conference organized by the University of Toronto's Latin American Studies Program.
Security Studies Program Alumnus Greg Koblentz was interviewed on the Ebola outbreak by Ming Pao Daily, CTV, and ÄBackground Briefing with Ian Masters".
Security Studies Program Research Affiliate Peter Krause presented "The Impact of Education on Attitudes about Terrorism" at the Society for Terrorism Research Conference in September. He also spoke at the Chilton Club on "Syria and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East."
Security Studies Program Alumni Jennifer Lind (PhD '04) and Daryl Press (PhD '01) spent the fall on sabbatical in Tokyo. Lind was a visiting fellow in the Japan–U.S. Opinion Leaders Forum at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and a visiting scholar at Waseda University. Press held the Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi Fellowship and was based at the National Institute for Defense Studies.
CIS Research Affiliate Tom Neff was profiled in "A Farewell to Arms" in the MIT Technology Review, and in "The Power of a Transformative Idea" in Lewis and Clark'sChronicle Magazine.
Security Studies Program Aluma Olga Oliker assumed the role of Director, RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia in November.
Security Studies Program Alumnus Michael Ottenberg (MS '79) has been elected to the Military Operations Research Society Board of Directors.
Associate Professor of Political Science and of Engineering Systems Ken Oyeorganized and moderated a panel on pharmaceuticals regulation to the OECD-International Risk Governance Council at OECD Headquarters in Paris in October 2014. He also delivered a keynote address on "Regulation of Biotechnology Risks' at the University of Tokyo Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Governance in November 2014.
PhD student Reid Pauly presented a campaign analysis paper, "Cold and Alone: A Norwegian and Russian Sea Control Campaign in the Arctic," at a Conference of Defence Associations Institute symposium at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in October.
Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT Security Studies Program Barry Posen presented a book talk for Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy at the Tower Center, Southern Methodist University, the U.S. Army War College, the Koch Foundation in Washington, D.C., Notre Dame University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. In September, he was a panelist at the Conference on U.S. Foreign Policy at the London School of Economics and, in October, spoke at the CIS Star Forum "Whither Grand Strategy". He also debated the grand strategy of Restraint with Robert Kagan at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and was a speaker at the Stanton Foundation Nuclear Fellows Conference. He delivered the Kenneth Waltz Memorial Lecture at Columbia University. In November, he was a participant at the Conference on Cross Domain Deterrence, hosted by the Institute for Global Cooperation and Conflict at the University of California, San Diego.
Senior Advisor at the Security Studies Program Robert Ross was a distinguished speaker at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
PhD candidate Amanda Rothschild received the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies. The fellowship, created by Lady Bird Johnson to support scholarship in presidential studies and to honor Harry Middleton, is awarded to up to two scholars annually whose research highlights how history can inform current and future policy issues. Rothschild also presented "Tipping Theory: The Origins of Great Britain's Suppression of the Slave Trade and the Implications for Today's Collective Action Problems," at the 2014 ISA International Security and Arms Control Section and International Security Studies Section Conference in November.
Security Studies Program Alumnus Josh Rovner received a National Science Foundation award for "Exploring Trade–Offs in Cyber Offense and Defense through the Lens of Computer and Political Science". He presented "Cross–Domain Deterrence and the Peloponnesian War" at UC San Diego and ISSS/ISAC in November. He also presented "Hegemony, Force Posture, and the Provision of Public Goods" at the ISSS/ISAC, and spoke at the Hatton Summers Foundation on "America Abroad: Examining U.S. Foreign Policy and Current World Crises." In October, he presented "The Way Forward: Reform and the Future of Intelligence" at the University of Texas, "Debating the Obama Administration's Foreign Policy" at the Alexander Hamilton Society, "Cybercrime and Cyberattacks" at the North Texas Crime Commission, and was interviewed by NPR's Think with Krys Boyd on "Al Qaeda Diminished."
Security Studies Program Research Affiliate Carol Saivetz presented "Russia and its Neighbors After the War in Ukraine" at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in November. In October, she was a participant in "Conversations on Europe: 1914 Revisited? The EU–US–Russia Triangle" at the University of Pittsburgh and "Geopolitics in the Caucasus 2014" at Northeastern University. In September she presented "Black Sea Security Challenges After Ukraine" at Tufts University and "Ukraine in Crisis: Impact on the Jewish Community" at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies Richard Samuels was named Albert Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, where he will lead a research group focused on East Asian Security. He has also been named a member of the US–Japan Eminent Persons Group, Chaired by former US Senate Majority Thomas Daschle, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, and former Keidanren Chairman Fujio Mitarai, 2014–2015. In November, he presented "Evaluating Japan's New Secrecy Law," to the Council on Foreign Relations' Working Group on Japanese Nationalism in Washington, DC and "Paths to Constitutional Change in Japan," at the Reischauer Institute Symposium on the Japanese Constitution, Harvard University. In October, he delivered the keynote speech "Using History in Contemporary Japan," to the annual Japan conference at the Australian National University, and delivered the dinner address at the annual meeting of the Harvard University Reischauer Institute. He also presented "Japanese Grand Strategy: The Moving Parts," at the US Naval War College, Newport, RI, the Kennedy School of Government, the USAsia Centre, University of Western Australia, the United States Studies Centre, The University of Sydney, and George Washington University. In September, he presented "Political Change in Japan" to the annual meeting of the National Association of Japan America Societies, San Diego.
Former Security Studies Program Military Fellow, Air Force Colonel Karl Schloer, pinned on his new rank effective October 2014 in a ceremony at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Security Studies Program Senior Advisor Joel Sokolsky returned to his position as Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada, after stepping down as Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada and spending the year at the Killam Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Bridgewater State University.
PhD Candidate Noel Anderson, "Peacekeepers Fighting a Counterinsurgency Campaign: A Net Assessment of the African Union Mission in Somalia," Studies in Conflict & Terrorism Vol. 37, Iss. 11, 2014.
Security Studies Program Alumnus David Blum (SM '04), Counterterrorism and Threat Finance Analysis During Wartime (Lexington Books, 2015).
Security Studies Program Alumnus Eugene Gholz, "Military Innovation and the Prospects for Defense Led Energy Innovation" Issues in Science and Technology Vol. 30, No. 2 (Fall 2014), pp. 41–54.
________________"Rare Earth Elements and National Security" Council on Foreign Relations (October 2014).
Senior Adviser Jeanne Guillemin, "Taking Lives: An Intellectual Confronts the Problem of Genocide" Journal of Scholarly Publishing (July 2014), dedicated to "Remembering Irving Louis Horowitz."
CIS Research Fellow Jerome Klassen, Joining Empire: The Political Economy of the New Canadian Foreign Policy (University of Toronto Press, 2014).
________________"Hegemony in Question: US Primacy, Multi–polarity, and Global Resistance," in Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis(Pluto Press, 2014).
Security Studies Program Alumnus Greg Koblentz, Strengthening Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age, Special Report No. 71, Council on Foreign Relations (November 2014).
Security Studies Program Alumnus Alan Kuperman (PhD '02), "FSA Supports Syria Air Strikes" Newshour BBC World Service (September 2014).
________________Nuclear Terrorism and Global Security: The Challenges of Phasing Out Highly Enriched Uranium (Routledge, 2013) [Paperback Edition].
Security Studies Program Alumnus Erik Lin–Greenberg, "Top Gun with Chinese Characteristics: Time to Clip the Wings of China's Mavericks" The National Interest(September 2014).
Assistant Professor Rich Nielsen (with Beth A. Simmons) "Rewards for Ratification: Payoffs for Participating in the International Human Rights Regime?" in International Studies Quarterly. Findings summarized by MIT News and Slate.com.
Associate Professor of Political Science and of Engineering Systems Ken Oye, "Regulating Gene Drives," Kenneth A. Oye, Kevin Esvelt, Evan Appleton, Flaminia Catteruccia, George Church, Todd Kuiken, Shlomiya Bar-Yam Lightfoot, Julie McNamara, Andrea Smidler, James P. Collins, Science 8 August 2014; Vol. 345 no. 6197 pp. 626-628; Published Online July 17 2014; DOI: 10.1126/science.1254287.
________________"Designing Safety Policies to Meet Evolving Needs: iGEM as a Testbed for Proactive and Adaptive Risk Management" Julie McNamara, Shlomiya Bar-Yam Lightfoot, Kelly Drinkwater, Evan Appleton and Kenneth Oye, ACS Synthetic Biology, Published Online December 19, 2014, No 3, pp. 983-985.
Senior Advisor at the Security Studies Program Robert Ross, "The Revival of Geopolitics in East Asia: Why and How?" Global Asia, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 2014).
Security Studies Program Alumni Josh Rovner and Caitlin Talmadge, "Less is More: The Future of the American Military in the Persian Gulf" The Washington Quarterly (Winter 2014).
Security Studies Program Alumnus Josh Rovner, "Never Mind ISIS and Putin–Asia Matters More to U.S. Strategy" Dallas Morning News (November 2014).
________________"The Strategic Value of Threat Deflation" Lawfare Blog(September 2014).
________________"For America's Military, Less is More in the Persian Gulf" Dallas Morning News (September 2014).
________________"Review of Hal Brands' What is Good Grand Strategy?" H-DiploVol. VII, No. 2 (2014).
Security Studies Program Research Affiliate Carol Saivetz, "The Price of Novorossiya," Lawfare Blog.
CIS Research Fellow Mansour Salsabili "Iran and Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Military Dynamics of Nonproliferation" Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, Volume 6, No. 2, (2014), pp. 13–36.
Security Studies Program Alumnus Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson, "Put It In Writing: How the West Broke Its Promise to Moscow" Foreign Affairs (October 2014).
Security Studies Program Senior Advisor Joel Sokolsky, "The 'Lessons' of Vietnam for Canada: Complicity, Irrelevance, Earnestness or Realism?" International JournalVol. 69 (September 2014).
________________"Defence Policy 'Walmart Style': Canadian Lessons in 'Not–So–Grand' Grand Strategy" Armed Forces and Society, available online.
________________"The Mission: American International Professional Military Education and the United States Naval War College" in David Manning, ed. Global Arms of Sea Power: The Newport Connection (Amazon Press, 2014).
CIS Alumnus Ashutosh Varshney "India's Watershed Vote: Hindu Nationalism in Power," in the Journal of Democracy in October.
________________Battles Half Won: India's Improbable Democracies (Penguin 2013) [Paperback Edition]
________________Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims of India (Oxford University Press, 2003). [Fourth Reprint]
Security Studies Military Fellow Colonel Glenn Voelz, "Is Military Science Scientific?"Joint Forces Quarterly 75 (4th Quarter, October 2014), pp. 84–90.
Security Studies Program Research Affiliate Cindy Williams, "Regional Representation in the U.S. Military" in Renaud Bellais, ed. The Evolving Boundaries of Defence: An Assessment of Recent Shifts in Defence Activities (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014).