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2006-2007 SPOTLIGHTS

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Spring 2006-2007 SPOTLIGHTS  

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Bodine Participates in U.S. Army War College Seminar

Ambassador Barbara Bodine, a Wilhelm fellow at CIS, participated in a week-long National Security Seminar sponsored by the U.S. Army War College. The principal purpose of the seminar is to permit the War College student body to hear a "civilian viewpoint" on defense matters. It also gives participants an opportunity to meet and exchange views with the nation's future military leaders.

 

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PHRJ Offers Mid-Career Research Fellowships

The Center's Program on Human Rights and Justice is currently accepting applications for several research fellowship positions. These fellowships are aimed at professionals, academics and activists who are working at the intersection of human rights and other topics, and who wish to conduct in-depth research into social and natural sciences and engineering as they relate to human rights and justice issues. To learn more, click here.

 

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Francis Deng Named UN Adviser on Genocide Prevention

The UN secretary-general has appointed Francis Deng of Sudan as his new special adviser for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities, succeeding Juan Mendez of Argentina. Deng is currently a Wilhelm fellow at CIS and director of the Sudan Peace Support Project, which is based at the United States Institute of Peace. He served as the secretary-general's representative on internally displaced persons from 1992 to 2004. Deng will work full time to strengthen the UN's role in preventing genocide, according to a UN spokeswoman.

 

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'Audit' on Turkey and Its Upcoming Elections

Turkey is experiencing a rash of demonstrations comprised mostly of urban people voicing concerns of the potential outcome of the country's national elections in July. Dogu Ergil, a professor of political science at Ankara University, looks at whether these fears are rational or, rather, sociological in a recent "Audit of the Conventional Wisdom" essay. Ergil is a frequent commentator on Turkish affairs and is most recently coauthor of Terror, Insurgency and the State (Penn Press). To download a PDF of Ergil's Audit on: Turkey: Misperceptions and the Healing Touch of Democracy, click here.

 

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Van Evera on Iraq and al-Qa'ida

Stephen Van Evera, associate director of CIS and professor of political science, published "Iraq: Canary in a Coal Mine" in the inaugural issue of MIT International Review, the university's first interdisciplinary journal of international affairs. In his article, Van Evera argues that the failures of the Bush administration in Iraq are like "a dead canary in a coal mine, a warning of wider failures against our most dangerous enemy, the al-Qa'ida network." PDF available here.

 

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Deng 'Audits' Internally Displaced Populations

Francis Deng, a longtime Sudanese diplomat and a Robert Wilhelm Fellow at CIS, looks at internally displaced populations in a recent "Audit of the Conventional Wisdom" essay. Internally displaced populations "remain within the borders of a country at war with itself, and even when they move to safer areas, they are viewed as strangers, discriminated against, and often harassed," says Deng. He explores the accountability and responsibility of the international community, as well as the governments of the affected countries, through his experience as the UN secretary-general's representative for internally displaced persons (1992-2004). To download a PDF of Deng's Internally Displaced Populations: the Paradox of National Responsibility, click here. The Center's "Audit of the Conventional Wisdom" publication series tours the horizon of conventional wisdoms that define U. S. foreign policy, and puts them to the test of data and history. To view all Audit essays, visit the Audit subsite.

 



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MIT-Spain Seed Money Deadline Sept. 15

MIT-Spain and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce are delighted to announce the launch of a joint program to encourage collaboration between the MIT community and companies, universities, and research laboratories in Spain. The seed fund grants, which typically range between $5,000 and $15,000 for one year, support workshops, visitors and student exchanges between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities and laboratories in Spain. This year's deadline for proposals is September 15. Click here for additional information.

 



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PHRJ Announces Summer Internships

The Program on Human Rights and Justice awarded summer internships to eight MIT students this year. The internships involve significant work on issues concerning human rights, justice and sustainable development. This summer's interns--Ali Alhassani, Isabelle Anguelovski, Anna Livia Brand, Ronilda Rosario Co, Rodrigo Diaz, Uyen-Bao Tran, Cheryl Yip and Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner--will work in Switzerland, Ecuador, United States, Philippines, Mexico, India and China. To learn more about PHRJ summer internships and its interns, click here.

 



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New Book About Military Personnel Policies

Service to Country: Personnel Policy and the Transformation of Western Militaries, a book edited by Cindy Williams (Security Studies Program) and Curtis Gilroy (Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense) is now available through MIT Press. Service to Country looks at ongoing changes in military personnel policies--including recruitment, pay and benefits, retirement systems, family programs, and preparation for non-military careers--in the U.S. and Europe. It also looks at the transitions to all-volunteer forces going on in many European countries today. Contributors to Service to Country include experts from the militaries, governments, universities, and think tanks of 12 countries. Click here for the press release.

 



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Rebiya Kadeer on Uyghur Muslims

On Tuesday, May 15, Rebiya Kadeer will be speaking at MIT on the rhetoric and repression of Uyghur muslims in Western China. Uyghur muslims are victims to what Human Rights Watch has identified as a "wholesale assault" on their faith and cultural identity by the Chinese state. Kadeer has been called the spiritual mother of the Uyghur people. A brilliant businesswoman, she rose from poverty to become China's millionaire poster child. She quickly fell out of the government's favor when she began to demand a change in its policies and was arrested in 1999, spending the next two years in solitary confinement. Kadeer was released to the United States in 2005. The event is jointly sponsored by the Program on Human Rights and Justice, MIT Model United Nations, Forum on American Progress, MIT Public Service Center, and Amnesty International. The talk commences at 7:30 p.m. in MIT bldg. 66-110. Click here for more details.

 



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"Audits" on Bioterrorism, China, and DHS Budgets

The Center's "Audits of the Conventional Wisdom" publication series continues with recent essays by Security Studies program scholars Jeanne Guillemin, senior advisor, and Cindy Williams, principal research scientist; and a Harvard University visiting scholar, Liselotte Odgaard. Guilleman discusses whether scientific codes of conduct are effective in discouraging biological weapons; Williams looks at the allocation of money in the Department of Homeland Security budgets; and Odgaard argues that China's so-called rise to great power status is premature. Download PDFs here: Can Scientific Codes of Conduct Deter Biological Weapons?, Paying for Homeland Security: Show Me the Money, and China's Premature Rise to Great Power Status.

 



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MISTI Hosts Gala, Announces Sun Fellowships

MISTI hosted its spring gala dinner, which was attended by almost 200 faculty and interns about to leave for their time abroad in June and September. Suzanne Berger, director of MISTI, gave opening remarks and Patricia Gercik, MISTI associate director, awarded Sun fellowships to twelve students who will be interning at companies around the globe. Provost Rafael Reif, the keynote speaker, spoke about MIT's commitment to international education and his belief in MISTI; concluding remarks were given by Bernd Widdig, MISTI associate director.

 

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CIS Awards Summer Study Grants

This year the Center awarded summer study grants to sixteen doctoral students. Each student will receive up to $5,000 to support dissertation research on such issues as energy and the environment, and the relationship between energy and security, as well as a broad range of other international issues. To learn more about CIS Summer Study Grants, click here.

 

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Samuels on China-Japan Relations

CIS Director Richard Samuels is featured in the April 12 issue of Beijing Review. Samuels shares his thoughts on China-Japan relations and how disputes over historical issues have affected bilateral ties and may continue to do so. The article, “Handling History,” is available here. Samuels is a Ford International Professor of Political Science and the founding director of the MIT Japan program.  His forthcoming book, Securing Japan, will be available August 2007 through Cornell University Press.

 

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'No End in Sight,' the American Occupation of Iraq

On Wednesday, May 2, the Center's Starr Forum series presents a special screening of "No End in Sight," a film by MIT alum Charles Ferguson and winner of a special jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film has been cited as a "surgical" and "comprehensive" analysis of the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war. The screening and a conversation with Ferguson will take place at the Broad Institute auditorium (MIT Bldg. NE30; 7 Cambridge Center at the corner of Ames and Main Streets).

 

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Iraq: Risks of Staying vs. Leaving

Barry Posen outlines the risks of staying vs. leaving Iraq in an April 19 Boston Globe op-ed. He discusses the so-called major disasters that are predicted by proponents of the war should U.S. forces disengage. Posen is a Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Security Studies program. The Globe article, available here, also appeared in The International Herald Tribune and the Pentagon Current.

 

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New Project Inaugurated on U.S.-Iran Relations

A team meeting of 14 American and Iranian scholars and practitioners convened this week in Italy to initiate and plan a three-year project on U.S.-Iran relations. The project, done in collaboration with MIT's HyperStudio, will explore the period of Mohammed Khatemi's presidency in Iran and ask why improvements in bilateral relations did not occur. "We are undertaking research that can lead to a deeper and more productive understanding between the two countries," says John Tirman, CIS executive director and an organizer of the project. "Innovative engagement with Iran, rather than posing it as an object of hostility or attack, is not only normatively preferable but vastly more interesting as an intellectual endeavor." The project is co-organized with Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and George Washington University's National Security Archive, and is funded by a generous contribution by an MIT alumni family.

 

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Migration: Switzerland's Approach to a Global Phenomenon

Urs Ziswiler, ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, will discuss Switzerland's search for new and innovative ways to address migration. The talk will take place at MIT on Thursday, April 26, at 5 pm (rm. 66-110), followed by a Swiss style reception. Click here for more details on the event, which is co-sponsored by the program on Human Rights and Justice and the Consulate of Switzerland Boston.

 

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Posen on Petraeus, San Franciso Chronicle

"Can Petraeus lead U.S. to victory?" is the title of an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 15. In it, Barry Posen, and other experts, offers sober commentary on whether the general will be able to bring about change in Iraq this late in the game. Posen is a Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Security Studies program. Petraeus was a student of Posen's in the 1980s at Princeton. Click here to read the article.

 

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Summer Courses on Bioterrorism, Innovation

The MIT Security Studies Program will offer two professional summer courses this year. For more information on "Promoting Innovation: The Dynamics of Technology and Organizations" (July 9-12) and "Combating Bioterrorism/Pandemics: Implementing Policies for Biosecurity" (July 23-25), click here or contact Magdalena Rieb at mrieb@mit.edu.

 

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Chappell Lawson On Mexican Politics

MISTI's Mexico program is hosting a talk by Chappell Lawson on the current political situation in Mexico, just a few months after President Felipe Calderon took office. Chappell Lawson, an associate professor of political science at MIT, has major interests in Latin American politics, Mexican politics, democratization, political communication, political behavior, and U.S. foreign policy. Lawson's lecture, "Mexico...Not a Revolution After All?" will take place on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 pm (MIT 2-105).

 

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Darfur: A Human Rights Reality Check

On Tuesday, April 17, Francis Deng will be speaking on the conditions in Darfur within the context of Sudan's history of crises. Ambassador Deng, a Wilhelm fellow at CIS, served from 1992-2004 as the representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons. He also served as Sudan's ambassador to Canada, the Scandinavian countries and the United States, and was Sudan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. He resigned from the foreign service in 1983 to protest Sudan's growing orientation toward Islamic fundamentalism and now serves as the director of the Sudan Peace Project. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Center's Program on Human Rights and Justice and Amnesty International, will be held at MIT building 66-110 and begins at 5:00 pm.

 

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Just Jerusalem: Let the Competition Begin

The Jerusalem 2050 program is now accepting entries from around the globe for its "Just Jerusalem" competition. The goal is to solicit entries that envision Jerusalem, real and symbolic, as a just, peaceful, and sustainable city by the year 2050. Entries are not limited to architects and urbanists, but will also be elicited from artists, historians, poets, political scientists, philosophers, economists, engineers, and all others who have ideas for the future of this city. Winning entries will receive fellowships at MIT. Visit the competition web site to learn more.

 

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Is the "Terrorist Threat" a Fake?

John Mueller, professor and chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center at Ohio State University, will be speaking at MIT on Thursday, April 5. Mueller will be discussing his recent book Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them. The event commences at 5 pm in the Bartos Theater (E15).

 

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'Sudan at the Crossroads,' Prof. Deng Provides Perspective

"There is tendency in the outside world to see the tragedy in the Darfur region of the Sudan in isolation from the regional conflicts that have been proliferating in the country for a half-century," writes Francis Deng in a recent Audit of the Conventional Wisdom essay entitled "Sudan at the Crossroads." Deng, a longtime Sudanese diplomat and a Robert Wilhelm Fellow at CIS, reveals "a nation in painful search of itself, striving to be free from historical discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, and culture" in his insightful and comprehensive survey of a country divided. To download a PDF of Deng's "Sudan at the Crossroads," click here. The Center's Audit of the Conventional Wisdom publication series tours the horizon of conventional wisdoms that define U. S. foreign policy, and puts them to the test of data and history. To view all Audit essays, click here.

 

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Persian Gulf Workshop: Regional Security 'Post-Iraq'

The Center's Persian Gulf Initiative convened a workshop March 21-22 addressing the new challenges of regional security. "The United States, India, and the Gulf: Convergence or Divergence in a Post-Iraq Environment," organized by Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Robert Wilhelm Fellow at CIS, brought together leading analysts of the Gulf and India to discuss India's and the Gulf states' growing, mutual interests and the implications for energy security. Among the distinguished participants were Bruce Riedel, former National Security Council adviser; Aftab Kamal Pasha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Jamal Khasouggi, advisor to HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia; and Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University. Conference papers will be posted on the PGI subsite.

 

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Iraqi Journalist to Speak on Women and Islam

Huda Ahmed, an Iraqi journalist and the Center's Elizabeth Neuffer fellow, will be speaking on "Women and Islam: Understanding and Reporting" at this year's Elizabeth Neuffer Forum on Human Rights and Journalism. A reporter for Knight Ridder in Baghdad since 2004, Ahmed has written about the issues of women and children at risk in a war zone, the struggles of women in politics in a Muslim society, and human rights abuses by police and occupying forces. Ahmed joined the Center for International Studies as a Neuffer fellow in fall 2006. The fellowship is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter who was killed on assignment in Iraq in 2003. The forum is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, March 29 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. RSVP is required by March 20 to neuffer@iwmf.org. For event details, click here.

 

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Upcoming Security Studies' Seminars

"The radicalization of Muslims in Europe," presented by Mia Bloom (assistant professor at University of Georgia, Athens), will be held on March 21 as part of the MIT Security Studies Program Wednesday seminar series. Upcoming seminars offered in this series include: Dwight Williams (U.S. Department of Defense) on "Detecting nuclear and radiological weapons"; Timothy Crawford (Boston College) on "Wedge strategies in balance of power politics"; and Peter Liberman (CUNY) on "Why the empire struck back: just deserts and the Iraq war." All are welcome to these talks, which are held in E38-615 from noon to 1:30 p.m. To view the SSP Wednesday Seminar Series calendar, click here.

 

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Bustani Seminar on "Iran: War or Peace?"

Kenneth Pollack, director of research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution will speak on Tuesday, March 20 at the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar. The talk on "Iran: War or Peace?" is from 4:30 to 6:30 in E51-345.

 

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MIT Undergrad Selected as a Luce Scholar

Angela Kilby, a senior in MIT's political science department, was chosen as one of only 15 successful candidates nationwide to participate in this year's Luce Scholars program. Kilby will receive a ten-month stipend and internship to live and work in Asia, starting August 2007. Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce Scholars program aims to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Candidates are nominated from more than sixty colleges and universities in the United States. For more information on the Luce Scholars program and additional fellowship opportunities affiliated with the Center for International Studies, visit our fellowships and grants web site.

 

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"Battle of Algiers" Revisited

On Wednesday, March 14, the CIS Starr Forum is sponsoring a special screening of the classic film The Battle of Algiers. Through the lives of ordinary people, Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 masterpiece depicts with striking realism the turning point of the Algerian war of independence against French occupation. The political thriller has made a recent comeback and has been cited as a useful illustration of the challenges in Iraq. Introducing the film and leading us in a spirited discussion on the haunting parallels of today's war in Iraq will be Mériam Belli (history department, MIT), an expert in social and cultural history of the Arab Middle East. For details on the event, click here.

 

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Promoting Peace, the Just Jerusalem Competition

On Friday, March 2, MIT hosted an inaugural event announcing the launch of the Just Jerusalem competition. The international competition aims to generate new approaches to, and potential solutions for, the many complex, seemingly intractable problems that the residents of Jerusalem face on a daily basis. Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University, the keynote speaker, spoke about the importance of thinking critically about the relationships between cities, nations, and identity conflicts; and the role that universities play in sponsoring experimental projects that help create new dialogue and debate.

Just Jerusalem is the culmination of Jerusalem 2050, a unique project that brings together Palestinian and Israeli scholars, activists, business leaders, youth, and others to discuss unconventional approaches toward solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Jerusalem 2050 project is jointly sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Participants worldwide are invited to submit urban plans and other creative works to the Just Jerusalem competition. An international panel of diplomats, researchers and professionals will jury the competition. The winning participants will be awarded fellowships at MIT, a prize equivalent to $50,000 each. For more information about the competition, click here.

 

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Europe: Reform or Decline?

In the past 20 years, Europe has lost political and economic ground, and unless it takes action soon, its further decline is almost inevitable, economists Alberto Alesina (Harvard University) and Francesco Giavazzi (Bocconi University and MIT) argue in their book The Future of Europe, Reform or Decline.

On Thursday, March 7 at MIT (E51-376), 5:30 p.m., Alesina and Giavazzi will present their diagnosis and outline some of the controversial measures from their published work. Olivier Blanchard (MIT) will introduce and moderate the discussion. The talk is the third lecture in the MISTI "What Europe?" series.

 

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Invitation to Join Interdisciplinary Working Groups

Each academic year, CIS sponsors an array of interdisciplinary working groups that tackle research issues not confined to a single department or discipline. The groups are open to both faculty members and students, and are structured to generate meaningful scholarly work on a host of academic and policy issues. Global justice, identity politics, insurgency, and the political economy of defense are the topics of four working groups that are now open to interested participants. To learn more about these groups and how to join, click here.

 

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Summer Internships that Change the World

The MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice (PHRJ) is offering fully funded summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students at MIT. This educational experience aims to enhance the cross-cultural understanding of MIT students and to prepare them to design a better world within ethical and normative frameworks. There are no geographical restrictions, but students are strongly encouraged to explore overseas opportunities. Applications are due March 31. Click here for more details.

 

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Counting the Dead in Iraq

Gilbert Burnham, lead author on The Lancet survey of war deaths in Iraq, is speaking at MIT on Tuesday, February 27, at 4:30 pm (E51-345). Burhnam, who is co-director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at Johns Hopkins, will shed light on the alarming number of civilian deaths in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003 including how so many fatalities are possible, the long-term consequences, policy implications, and more. To download full text of the study, click here.

This event is a Bustani Middle East Seminar and is cosponsored by the Center for International Studies (CIS) and Technology and Culture Forum at MIT. To view additional CIS events, visit our calendar.

 

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Darfurian Leader Visits CIS

Ahmed Ibrahim Diraige, former Governor of the Darfur region of Sudan, visited CIS to discuss the conflict in Darfur within the context of the proliferating regional conflicts in the Sudan. War first broke out in the southern part of the country in the 1950s and since the 1980s began to spread to regions in the north, the latest being the devastating conflict in Darfur which erupted in 2003, generating what is widely recognized as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Diraige was introduced by a fellow native of Sudan, Professor Francis Deng, Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the 2006-2007 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at CIS. Deng previously served as Sudan's Minister for Foreign Affairs.

 

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CIS Regrets Actions of Iranian Authorities

The Center expressed regret and disappointment at the actions of Iranian authorities who barred two prominent Iranian intellectuals from traveling to a conference at MIT. Hashem Aghajari and Abdollah Momeni were stopped from boarding an airplane in Tehran on Sunday, even though they had obtained all required documents. Read more.

 

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Political Scientist Receives Special Prize at Sundance

Former CIS affiliate and MIT alum Charles Ferguson makes an impressive foray into filmmaking by garnering a special jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Ferguson's documentary, "No End in Sight," has been cited as a "surgical" and "comprehensive" analysis of the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war. Barbara Bodine, a visiting scholar at CIS, and Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and MIT's Security Studies Program Director, are featured in the film. A screening of "No End in Sight" is tentatively scheduled for this spring at MIT.

 

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CIS Launches Foreign Policy Index

The Center for International Studies is launching its Foreign Policy Index, a "yearbook" of data and analysis on a broad range of topics. Designed to complement the "Audits of the Conventional Wisdom" series, the Foreign Policy Index provides students, scholars, journalists, and citizens with easily accessed, high-quality information on pressing international issues. The Index, supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and other donors, was compiled by CIS graduate students Kelly Grieco and Peter Krause.

 

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Prof. Posen On Building A Secure Iraq

The Center's "Audits of the Conventional Wisdom" series continues with a thought-provoking essay, "Iraq's Political Factions: The Last Chance to Build a Governing Coalition?" Here Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and MIT Security Studies Program Director, provides a pragmatic analysis of President Bush's new strategy for Iraq, and suggests a practical alternative. Click here for PDF.

 

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Summer Study Grants Deadline: Feb. 2

Doctoral students in international affairs may apply for up to $5,000 in summer support for dissertation research. The application deadline is Friday, February 2, 2007. Research on international aspects of such issues as energy and the environment, and the relationship between energy and security, are especially welcome, but research on a broad range of issues will be considered. Support may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and write-up. (Click here for details on the MIT-Japan International Studies Fund.)

 

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PHRJ Accepting Fellowship Applications

The Program on Human Rights and Justice (PHRJ) is accepting applications for several 2007 Research Fellowship positions. These fellowships are aimed at professionals, academics and activists who are working at the intersection of human rights and other topics, and who wish to conduct in-depth research into social and natural sciences and engineering as they relate to human rights and justice issues. For more information, go to: http://web.mit.edu/phrj/.

 

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Women Refugees as a Result of War

Under the direction of CIS Executive Director John Tirman and the Inter-University Committee on International Migration, the Center is engaged in a new project on women, migration and conflict. Ten scholars will contribute papers to the effort, which has been organized in conjunction with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The papers, which will address problems of women who are refugees or are internally displaced as a result of war, will be presented at a UNFPA conference in March 2007. The participating scholars are: Susan Forbes Martin of Georgetown University; Dale Buscher of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children; Jennifer Leaning of the Harvard School of Public Health; Dr. Susan Bartels of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Roger Zetter of Oxford University; Camillo Boano, a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford; Therese McGinn of Columbia University; Audrey Macklin of the University of Toronto Law School; Elzbieta Gozdziak from Georgetown University; and Jay Silverman of the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

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Off to Germany for January

Bernd Widdig and Sigrid Berka from MISTI's Germany program are taking 21 MIT undergraduates to Germany during IAP for a beginner's immersion in German language and culture. The students will participate in a workshop on transportation and energy issues (sponsored by Deutsche Bahn, Siemens and Lufthansa) before taking off for several locations in Baden-Württemberg for the German immersion course (sponsored by the Max Kade Foundation), as well as visits to companies, universities and historical sites. This is a new MISTI-Germany project.

 

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European Research: Register for MISTI Event by Jan. 15

In collaboration with the European Commission, MISTI's MIT-France, MIT-Germany, MIT-Italy, and MIT-Spain Programs will gather experts from both sides of the Atlantic for a panel discussion titled "Is European Research Competitive?: The Role of People, Policy and Collaboration." This special event, which will open the 11th European Career Fair, will be held on February 1, 2007 (Stata Center, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.). Registration by January 15 is required. MIT Associate Provost and Vice President for Research Claude Canizares will be joined on the panel by Charles Wessner of the US National Research Council, Ernst Ludwig Winnaker, Secretary General of the European Research Council, and other high-profile guests. Click here for details, and to register.

 

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January 2007 IAP Offerings in Political Science

This year's Independent Activities Period (IAP) will feature several political science-related offerings. In January 2007, CIS Visiting Scholar Ambassador Barbara Bodine will teach a seminar on crisis leadership; Visiting Fellow Dr. Carol Savitz will lead two-sessions on "Putin's Russia: Friend or Foe?"; Ali Wyne will direct a seminar on "The Future of Power" (e.g., the rise of India and China); and this year's MIT Security Studies Program military fellows will present a three-session course on planning for combat. Some of these offerings require advanced sign-up; see the IAP political science course list for details. In addition, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning will host an Environmental Film Festival, with screenings every Tuesday and Thursday evening.

 

FALL 2006-2007 SPOTLIGHTS

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Prof. Petersen Cited in The New Yorker

Associate Professor of Political Science Roger Petersen's work on social networks as a key to understanding violent conflicts is cited in George Packer's December 18th article in The New Yorker, "Knowing the Enemy." The article profiles political anthropolgist David Kilcullen and details his proposals for altering the way in which the United States approaches counterinsurgency in 'the war on terror.'

 

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Recent "Audits" on Iraq, the Global South

The Center's "Audits of the Conventional Wisdom" policy paper series continues with essays by CIS Executive Director John Tirman and CIS affiliate Diane E. Davis, Professor of Urban Sociology in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Associate Dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning. In his essay, Tirman argues that taking a regional approach to the crisis in Iraq may be easier said than done. In her Audit, Prof. Davis writes about the tremendous challenges that violence and insecurity present in the Global South.

 

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Prof. Posen on a Nuclear-Armed Iran

Ford International Professor of Political Science and MIT Security Studies Program Director Barry Posen continues to write about the Iranian nuclear problem. In February 2006, he published a New York Times op-ed that later appeared as a paper in the CIS Audit of the Conventional Wisdom series ("We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran"). Recently, Professor Posen elaborated on his arguments in a report for the Century Foundation, "A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Difficult But Not Impossible Policy Problem." The paper is part of a series intended to inform the policy debate about Iran-related issues. Click here for the pdf.

 

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Iraqi Journalist Joins CIS as a Neuffer Fellow

After several months spent trying to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S., Huda Ahmed, an Iraqi journalist who has been covering the war in Iraq for Knight Ridder, has joined the Center as its 2006-2007 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Ms. Ahmed was cited for bravery for her coverage of the fight for Najaf in 2004; she and a fellow reporter were trapped overnight in a rebel-controlled shrine. In particular, she has attempted to write about "the issues of women and children at risk in a war zone, the human rights abuses of police and occupying forces, and the struggles of women in politics in a Muslim society." Ms. Ahmed will be in residence at CIS for several months, and will have an opportunity to write for the Boston Globe and New York Times. The fellowship is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Globe reporter who was killed while on assignment in Iraq in 2003.

 

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Van Evera 'Audits' the War on Terror

The Center has published two new 'Audits of the Conventional Wisdom' by Associate Director Stephen Van Evera. In 'The War on Terror: Forgotten Lessons from World War II' and 'The Bush Administration is Weak on Terror,' Professor Van Evera critiques administration counter-terrorism policy and urges Washington to learn the lessons of World War II as they apply to the war on terror. Also new in the Audits series is an essay by CIS Director Richard J. Samuels on the policy tightrope being walked by new Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. In 'Waiting for Goldilocks: Getting Japan's Foreign Policy Just Right,' Prof. Samuels writes that "Abe is left with the responsibility to find a policy toward the DPRK that is 'just right.' North Korea's nuclear weapons test in October 2006 and its July 2006 missile tests certainly do not make this any easier."

 

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Conference on Manual Scavenging

Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice, and Professor Lawrence Vale, Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, will host a day-long conference on Friday, December 1, 2006 on the centuries-old tragedy of manual scavenging. "Virtual Slavery or Just a Job?: Tackling Manual Scavenging Through Technology, Law & Development" will address what it will take to abolish the practice in India; examine the human rights issues involved; and look at technological alternatives. Included in the day's events will be the presentation of a report prepared by a student team from MIT, Harvard and Tufts that advocates ecological sanitation as a method of dealing with this problem. Contact: Topher McDougal, tlm@mit.edu.

 

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Telhami Among Speakers at SSP Seminars

Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, will speak on "Terrorism and Deterrence: Lessons from Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza" at the MIT Security Studies Program Wednesday Seminar Series on November 1. The other guest speakers during the second half of the fall semester will include MIT Senior Research Scientist Richard Lanza (on long-range detection of nuclear materials); Martin Klingst of Die Zeit (on Europe and the Middle East); and Bruce Blair, President of the World Security Institute (on China's energy security). All are welcome to these talks, which are held in E38-615 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

 

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Nov. 9: Iran, North Korea and the Second Nuclear Age

Can we live with a nuclear Iran and North Korea? Will we have to? Would nuclear arsenals in Iran and North Korea prompt nuclear arms races in Asia, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf? These are some of the questions on the agenda at the Nov. 9, 2006 CIS Starr Forum, "Iran, North Korea and the Second Nuclear Age." On the panel: Professor Barry Posen, Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and author of the CIS Audit of the Conventional Wisdom essay "We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran"; SSP nuclear proliferation expert Jim Walsh, who has traveled to both Iran and North Korea; and David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security. CIS Executive Director John Tirman will moderate.

 

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Nov. 7: Japanese Specialists on Northeast Asian Security

On Nov. 7, 2006, two Japanese specialists on Northeast Asian security will speak at CIS under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State: Norihiko Nakajima, an officer in the Nonproliferation, Science, and Nuclear Energy Division of the Foreign Policy Bureau at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Professor Akihiro Sado, School of Business and Public Policies, Chukyo University. Nonproliferation, Japanese security and defense policy, and U.S. foreign policy will be among the topics addressed. The event will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Center's 2nd floor conference room (MIT Building E38).

 

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China Starr Forum Nov. 7: Search for Energy Security

Zha Daojiong, Chair of the Department of International Political Economy and Director of the Center for International Energy Security at the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, will speak at CIS from noon to 1:30 p.m. on November 7, 2005 (E28-615). The talk, on "China, the United States, and the Worldwide Search for Energy Security," is part of the CIS Starr Forum on the Rise of China series.

 

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Rami Khouri to Speak at Bustani Seminar Nov. 7

Rami Khouri, a syndicated columnist and Director of the Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, will speak at the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar on November 7, 2006. The talk, on "The Return of the Middle East Cold War: A View from the Regional New Ideological Battle Front," is from 4:30 to 6:30 in E51-345.

 

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UN Day Event: October 25

Patrick Webb, Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy At Tufts University---former Chief of Nutrition for the UN's World Food Program---will speak at MIT on UN Day, Wednesday, October 25, 2006. His talk is titled "How to Save Lives and Make Friends: Can Humanitarian Principles be Applied in an Era of Eroding Multilateralism?" The event is co-sponsored by CIS, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies. (Click here for event details.)

 

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The Human Cost of the War in Iraq
A Mortality Study, 2002-2006

The School of Medicine at Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, Iraq, and The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University--in cooperation with MIT's Center for International Studies--have released a report on the under-examined question of civilian deaths in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Its central conclusion, based on a population-based survey conducted at some risk by a team of Iraqi and American public health researchers, is that approximately 600,000 people have died violently above the normal mortality rate. Including non-violent deaths that are linked to the war, the total is estimated to be more than 650,000. ("The Human Cost of the War in Iraq: A Mortality Study, 2002-2006")

On October 12, 2006, the survey results will be published in the British medical journal, The Lancet.

The report on the survey findings, methods and implications, is available here. "The Human Cost of the War in Iraq: A Mortality Study, 2002-2006" explains the cluster survey method; discusses how so many fatalities are possible; looks at the overall status of health in Iraq; examines U.S. military casualties and deaths and their long-term consequences, and discusses policy implications of the study.

For questions about the study, contact Tim Parsons, Director of Public Affairs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, (410) 955-7619 or tmparson@jhsph.edu.

 

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SSP and CSIS Launch Defense Systems Project

The MIT Security Studies Program (SSP) has teamed up with the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to examine the development and fielding of large, complex defense systems. "Organizing for a Complex World: Designing, Developing and Deploying Complex Weapon and Net-Centric Systems--Lessons of the Past and the Way Forward" will include six bi-monthly workshops and produce a handbook for policymakers.

 

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Fellowship Opportunities

Information about a variety of fellowships and other funding opportunities are available on this Web site, including details on the CIS Summer Study Grants (MIT-Japan International Studies Fund), which provides funds for doctoral students doing summer research abroad in international affairs, and the Luce Foundation Fellowships for 10-month internships in East and Southeast Asia (deadline: November 13, 2006). Click here for our online database.

 

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Packer, Chandrasekaran and Bodine on Iraq: Oct. 3

The 2006-2007 CIS Starr Forum event series starts up at MIT's Bartos Theater at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2006, with a discussion about the U.S. in Iraq, past, present and future. Featured are two acclaimed journalists who reported on the invasion and its aftermath: New Yorker staff writer George Packer and former Washington Post Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran. (Packer is author of "The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq" and Chandrasekaran, now the Post's Assistant Managing Editor, has just published "Imperial Life in the Emerald City", about life in Baghdad's walled-off U.S. enclave.) The Forum will be moderated by one of the senior U.S. officials these reporters covered, CIS Visiting Scholar Barbara Bodine. In 2003, Ambassador Bodine served as coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central governates of Iraq.

 

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MISTI Week: September 18-22

The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives--the cornerstone international education program at MIT--initiates its second annual "MISTI Week" on Monday, September 22, 2006, with a cultural fair in Lobby 10. On hand: Spanish flamenco dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers and other performers (and types of food) that reflect the eight countries in which MISTI organizes internships for MIT students. Other MISTI Week activities include a talk by CIS Director Richard Samuels on East Asia; a discussion about international careers; and a screening of Al Gore's global warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." (Click here for the full MISTI Week schedule.)

 

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Norton to Speak at Bustani Seminar Sept. 19

Boston University Professor of International Relations and Anthropology Augustus Richard Norton, whose current research focuses on strategies of reform in authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, will inaugurate this year's Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar on Tuesday, September 19, 2006, with a talk on the war between Israel and Hezbollah (E51-345, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.). The Bustani Seminar is chaired by MIT Associate Provost and Ford International Professor of History Philip S. Khoury.

 

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Former Iranian President Khatemi Visits MIT

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatemi visited MIT on September 11, 2006, for an informal luncheon dialogue with a group of faculty members and invited guests. Khatemi is the most senior Iranian figure to tour the U.S. since 1979, when the two countries severed formal ties. His visit to MIT, hosted by Associate Provost Phillip Khoury and the Center for International Studies, came during his two-week tour of the U.S. In his remarks, Khatemi was critical of recent U.S. policy in the Middle East. Nevertheless, he said, negotiation between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear and other pressing issues is not only desirable but necessary. ("The Iranian nuclear problem can only be resolved through negotiation. It is now a pride issue in both countries.") "We welcomed the opportunity to discuss with President Khatemi a wide range of issues pertaining to Iran and bilateral relations," said John Tirman, CIS Executive Director. "He was forthcoming and informative. There is little doubt that more dialogue is needed between these two countries. This kind of forum is a small but important step in that direction."

 

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Ambassador Bodine Critical of ABC's 9/11 Miniseries

In a Los Angeles Times article, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine, a
Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Studies, writes that in "The Path to
9/11", a television miniseries on 9/11 that airs Sept. 10 and 11, ABC "opts for fiction
when fact is needed and chooses mythmaking when the candor of history is called for." 
Ambassador Bodine, who headed the U.S. mission in Yemen when the USS Cole was attacked in 2000, is depicted in the series. She and other former U.S. officials have objected to inaccuracies in the film, as reported by those who have seen screening copies. According to Ambassador Bodine, the film does not convey the complexity of what happened in the days following the Cole bombing. "From the part of the story I know firsthand," she writes, "ABC has done the American people a disservice."

 

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SSP Seminars Start Sept. 13

The MIT Security Studies Program 's Wednesday Seminar Series begins on September 13, 2006 with a talk by CIS Director Richard Samuels on "Japanese Grand Strategy: Past and Future." Prof. Samuels' next book, Securing Japan , will be published in 2007. Other speakers will include Robert Jervis (intelligence failures and reform); SSP Visiting Scholar Peter Viggo Jakobsen (coercive diplomacy); Nora Bensahel ("After Saddam: Prewar Planning for Postwar Iraq"); Chaim Kaufmann (lessons of communal partitions in India ); John Brennan (intelligence transformation and its impact on counterterrorism); and Bruce Blair ( China 's energy security). Presentations on the defense budget, nuclear issues and the Middle East will be given by Stephen Daggett, Richard Lanza and Shibley Telhami. All events are from noon until 1:30 in E38-615.

 

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New Audits of the Conventional Wisdom

CIS has published two new "Audits of the Conventional Wisdom", occasional papers that subject commonly accepted notions about international affairs to closer scrutiny. In her article, CIS Visiting Scholar Barbara Bodine critiques the Bush administration's policy of non-engagement with such countries as Iran and Syria ; shunning our enemies will not help us keep the peace between Israel and Hezbollah or address the root causes of strife in the Middle East , she argues. In his Audit, Middlebury College political scientist Quinn Mecham describes the conditions that contribute to national, non-violent Islamist organizations becoming transnational and violent.

 

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New and Forthcoming from CIS

Several new books by CIS faculty and affiliates are on the shelves, or will be this fall. Already published are "The Encyclopedia of U.S. National Security," CIS Director Richard Samuels, General Editor (Sage); and "Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia," by Prof. Elizabeth Wood (Cornell). Forthcoming books include "Democracy and
Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past," edited by Prof. Robert Art (and Louise Richardson) (USIP); "The New Global History," by Prof. Bruce Mazlish (Routledge); and"Service to Country: Personnel Policy and the Transformation of Western Militaries," edited by SSP's Cindy Williams (and Curtis Gilroy) (MIT Press).

 

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New articles on Japanese Security, the War on Terror

Two new articles from the faculty: In a Washington Quarterly piece on Japan's security posture, "Japan's Goldilocks Strategy", CIS Director Richard Samuels posits that in the coming years, the leader of Japan's security consensus "will appreciate that the costs of remaining a U.S. ally-still Japan's most attractive option-are escalating but will avoid allowing them to become to great to bear." And in an article in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, "Assessing U.S. Strategy in the War on Terror", CIS Associate Director Stephen Van Evera contends that the U.S. has so far focused heavily "on an offensive campaign while neglecting three other critical fronts: bolstering homeland defense, securing weapons and materials of mass destruction from possible theft or purchase by terrorists, and winning the war of ideas."

 

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CIS Report: Who Are the Jihadists?

CIS's Persian Gulf Initiative has released a timely report on "Transnational Violence in the Persian Gulf," stemming from a workshop held at MIT from April 20-21, 2006. Written by Ph.D. candidate Nichole Argo, the report challenges a number of conventional wisdoms about who jihadists are and how they come to join jihadist groups. The report looks at the growing importance of the Internet in facilitating the activities of violent groups; the role of state repression in moving non-violent groups toward violence; and the phenomenon of "esteem transformation": joining jihad out of resentment of real or perceived Western occupation and corruption. It also reflects the findings of scholars who have constructed sizable databases on Sunni extremists from around the world. (Read the report)

 

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Walsh Testifies on Iran's Nuclear Program

Security Studies Program Research Associate Jim Walsh testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on July 20, 2006. In his remarks, Walsh addressed the nature of Iran's nuclear ambitions, the current state of the negotiations between Europe and Iran, U.S. policy options, and the role of Congress in resolving the issue. Dr. Walsh took part in two Track II negotiations this year, and met with Iranian officials and government think tanks. (Read Walsh's draft testimony: "Iran and the Nuclear Issue: Negotiated Settlement or Escalation?")

 

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Barbara Bodine on Setting Priorities in Iraq

In a new collection of policy prescriptions for Iraq published by the Henry L. Stimson Center, CIS Visiting Scholar Barbara Bodine, former coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central governates of Iraq (as well as former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Deputy Principal Officer in Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq War, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion and occupation), argues that the United States should not focus on a false choice between establishing either security or legitimacy in Iraq as a precondition for U.S. withdrawal. In her chapter in "Iraq and America: Choices and Consequences," Ambassador Bodine writes that the challenge includes both, as well as the question of "whether we are prepared for and capable of changing our approach-to transition, to support for the process, to political will and financial commitment, and to internationalization." The text is available online at http://www.stimson.org/pub.cfm?id=309 .

 

SPRING 2005-2006 SPOTLIGHTS

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Posen Becomes Director of SSP

Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen assumed the directorship of the MIT Security Studies Program on July 1, 2006, succeeding Professor Harvey Sapolsky, who has retired after 40 years of teaching at MIT and 15 years directing SSP. Professor Posen, one of the country's leading experts on international security studies, teaches courses on comparative grand strategy and military doctrine, U.S. military power, great power military intervention, and innovation in military organizations. His current research topics include European Union Defense Policy, the role of force in U.S. foreign policy, and innovation in the U.S. Army, 1970-1980. His detailed proposed for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq appeared in the January/February 2006 issue of Boston Review (article).

 

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Francis Deng Joins CIS as Wilhelm Fellow

Francis Mading Deng, Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, has joined CIS as the Center's 2006-2007 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. Ambassador Deng, who served as Sudan's Ambassador to the United States and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, resigned from Sudan's foreign service in 1983 to protest that country's growing orientation toward Islamic fundamentalism. A leading expert on the global crisis of internal displacement, Ambassador Deng has been involved in numerous peace efforts, including in Darfur. CIS's Wilhelm Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have held senior positions in public life (press release).

 

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Barbara Bodine Joins CIS

Barbara Bodine, a former career diplomat who served in 2003 as coordinator for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central governates of Iraq-and for several years as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen (including in 2000, when the USS Cole was attacked)-joins CIS as a Visiting Fellow as of May 1, 2006. Ambassdaor Bodine has already participated in the Center's Persian Gulf Initiative, and will expand her involvement during the coming year. ( More on Ambassador Bodine )

 

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MISTI Helps Bring iLabs to China

MIT-China, one of the eight country programs that make up the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI Program), will be featured at the First Asian MIT-iCampus Conference at Tsinghua University in Beijing June 13-15, 2006. Last year, a team of MISTI students introduced iLabs to China at the Dalian University of Technology. This year's Beijing conference will bring representatives of other leading Chinese universities together to explore ways in which iLabs-with the help of MISTI students-might be used at their institutions.

 

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Iraqi Named 2006-2007 Neuffer Fellow

Huda Ahmed, an Iraqi who is a Baghdad correspondent for the Knight Ridder newspapers, will become the Center's 2006-2007 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, succeeding freelance reporter Catherine Elton. Covering the war in Iraq, Ms. Ahmed has written about human rights abuses and women in Iraqi politics as well as the conflict itself. She will join CIS in September as a research associate. During her nine-month fellowship, Ms. Ahmed will have opportunities to work at the Boston Globe and the New York Times as well as participate in Center activities. The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, which is administered by the International Women's Media Foundation, is awarded to female journalists who have a demonstrated interest in covering human rights and social justice. It is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Globe reporter who was killed on assignment in Iraq in 2003. (Press release.)

 

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SSP Summer Courses on Bioterrorism, Innovation

The MIT Security Studies Program will offer two summer courses this year. For more information on Promoting Innovation: The Dynamics of Technology and Organizations (July 10-13) and Combating Bioterrorism / Pandemics: Implementing Policies for Biosecurity(July 24-26), contact SSP Assistant Director Magdalena Rieb (mrieb@mit.edu ).


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Macfarlane Volume on Yucca Mountain

Allison Macfarlane's recently published MIT Press book (edited with Rodney Ewing), Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste, is the first volume to lay out the uncertainties in the analysis of the long-term performance of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The book examines the historical and regulatory context for burying nuclear waste at the site, and includes contributions from experts in the geosciences, industry and government.

 

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Carter Center Forum Includes Haghighatjoo

Visiting Scholar Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former member of Iran's parliament who was given a prison sentence for speaking out about women's rights and democratization in that country, was one of the participants in the third Carter Center Human Rights Defenders Policy Forum May 23-24, 2006. In Atlanta, Dr. Haghighajoo warned that the worsening U.S.-Iran relationship has contributed to increased oppression of pro-democracy forces in Iran.

 

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Dower Receives Japan Society Award

John Dower, Ford International Professor of History and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his book Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, has been named the winner of this year's John E. Thayer III Award by the Japan Society of Boston. The award is given for promoting understanding between Japan and the United States. Previous recipients include Seiji Ozawa, former conduction of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Patricia Gercik, Managing Director of the MIT-Japan Program.

 

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Pandemic Flu Workshop June 15

On Thursday, June 15, 2006, the Security Studies Program (SSP) will present a workshop on the science and policy of pandemic influenza. The event (Killian Hall, 1:00 until 5:30 p.m.) will discuss what is known about the virology and epidemiology of the influenza virus, what are the key unknowns, and how conclusive the science is for determining policy options for combating pandemics. Speakers will include SSP's Sanford Weiner, Laura Kelly (National Intelligence Council), and Peter Palese (Microbiologist, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC). The Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University is the event's co-sponsor.

 

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Newsweek on Iraq and the Neuffer Fellowship

Read Newsweek columnist Eleanor Clift on the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, organized by CIS and the International Women's Media Foundation, and Huda Ahmed, the new awardee. Huda, a Baghdad correspondent for the Knight Ridder newspapers, will join the Center in the fall.

 

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Ruiz's Team Wins $100K Entrepreneurship Competition

Congratulations to MIT Political Science graduate student Neil Ruiz and his team,
CentroMigrante. They won one of the two grand prizes in MIT's 100K Entrepreneurship Competition. Their project, which combines developmental architecture with a self-help business model, aims to provide clean, safe and affordable urban housing for transient job seekers in the Philippines.


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MIT and the Changing International Economy

CIS faculty played a prominent part in a special meeting on "MIT and the Changing International Economy," held at the Stata Center on May 17th. The gathering was organized by Provost Rafael Reif to begin a campus-wide conversation about the implications for MIT education and research of the profound changes in the international economy during the past fifteen years. Professor Edward Steinfeld briefed the audience about the MIT-China program, part of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), and Professor Suzanne Berger co-presented the results of a major globalization study recently completed by MIT's Industrial Performance Center. Additional discussions about the ways in which a global university like MIT can help make globalization work for the U.S. economy-and how best to prepare MIT students to live and work in the new economy-will be forthcoming.

 

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PHRJ Announces Summer Interns

Each year, the Program on Human Rights and Justice assists MIT students in funding and arranging internship placements at human rights and related organizations around the world. This summer's interns-Minyoung Jang, Rachel Healy, Poulomi Chakrabarti, Alberto Fuentes, Roberto Pires, Salo Coslovsky, and Christopher McDougal-will work in Bolivia, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Boston, Brazil and India. For more information on PHRJ's internships, see http://mit.edu/phrj/internships.html.

 

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MISTI Coordinators Win Infinite Mile Award

Congratulations to the coordinators of the MISTI Program's seven country programs, this year's winners of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences' Infinite Mile "Innovator" Award. The awardees are Sigrid Berka (MIT-Germany); Sean Gilbert (MIT-China); April Julich-Perez (MIT-France); Amy Kirkcaldy (MIT-Mexico); Deepti Nijhawan (MIT-India); Daniela Reichert (MIT-Japan); Serenella Sferza (MIT-Italy); and Saro Derian (MISTI staff).


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Tirman and Haghighatjoo on Iran's Nuclear Politics

In New York on May 17, 2006, CIS Executive Director John Tirman and Visiting Fellow Fatemeh Haghighajoo will join Vali Nasr, Professor of National Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, for a discussion, "Are We Misreading Iran's Nuclear Politics?" (Ms. Haghighatjoo is a well-known Iranian democracy and women's rights activist, and was a member of Iran's reform Majlis.) The panel will convene at the Carnegie Council, an organization that examines ethics in international policy.

 

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Krepinevich and Taylor to Speak

On May 10 and 17, 2006, Professors Andrew Krepinevich (Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments) and Julie Taylor (Harvard) wind up this year's MIT Security Studies Program's Wednesday Seminar Series with talks on Iraq and on strategic interaction between Muslim clerics and Middle Eastern regimes. (Sixth-floor CIS conference room, E38-615, noon to 1:30 p.m.)

 

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Terrorism: Under-Secretary Burnham on UN Reform

Christopher Burnham, Under-Secretary-General for Management at the UN, will address the challenges presented in reforming the UN. The talk, which will be held at Harvard's Kennedy School from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on May 10, 2006, is co-sponsored by CIS, Harvard, the Fletcher School and the UN Association of Greater Boston, and will be chaired by John Haigh, Executive Dean of the Kennedy School.

 

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Terrorism: Lessons from Sri Lanka

Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister from 1993-1994 and 2001-2004, a Visiting Scholar at CIS, will give a talk on "Beyond a Militarized Approach to Terrorism: Experience from Sri Lanka" on May 8, 2006. Questions will be welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice and CIS.

 

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Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Visits CIS

Ranil Wickremasinghe, a lawyer who was Sri Lanka's Prime Minister from 1993-1994 and 2001-2004, has begun a several-week residency at CIS. In 2002, Mr. Wickremasinghe negotiated a ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, in which the rebels dropped their demand for independence in favor of regional autonomy. Last December, after having been narrowly defeated in Sri Lanka's November 2005 presidential election, Mr. Wickremasinghe, leader of the opposition United National Party, met with Sri Lanka's new president, Mahinda Rajapakse. The two leaders reached an agreement aimed at reviving the peace process. Mr. Wickremasinghe will have an office at CIS until early May and is likely to conduct a seminar with MIT students.

 

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China Development Expert to Speak on May 3

The Starr Forum on the Rise of China series will feature a talk by Mr. Lu Mai, Secretary General of the China Development Research Foundation, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 (E38-615). Mr. Lu is the author of numerous publications on economic reform in China, and serves on the UN's World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization. He will discuss how effectively "human development" has kept pace with income growth in China. Professor Edward Steinfeld will host the event.

 

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Posen, Moniz on Oil Dependency, April 28

Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen will discuss U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil with MIT Professor of Physics Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary of Energy from 1997 until 2001, on Friday, April 28. The event, which is co-sponsored with the Laboratory for Energy and Environment and Human@MIT, will be held from noon until 1:00 p.m. in E51-335.

 

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Human Rights & Justice Summer Internships

The Program on Human Rights and Justice (PHRJ) is sponsoring summer internships for students seeking placement with inter-governmental, non-governmental and business organizations, as well as social movements worldwide that have a direct relation to human rights and justice concerns. This year's awards will focus on work that lies at the intersection between human rights and sustainable development issues. For details and information on applying, see http://mit.edu/phrj/internships.html. The deadline is April 30, 2006.

 

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SSP Seminars in April

The MIT Security Studies Program continues its Wednesday Seminar Series in April with Risa Brooks on the civil-military politics of strategic assessment (April 5); Alan Kuperman on history's lessons for keeping the peace in Bosnia (April 12); Benjamin Valentino on the fate of civilians in times of war (April 19); and Sharon Weiner on controlling the proliferation of nuclear knowledge from the Former Soviet Union (April 26). All talks run from noon until 1:30 in E38-615.

 

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Summer Funding Awards


Fifteen doctoral students will receive CIS Summer Study Grants under the MIT-Japan International Studies Fund: Matthew Amengual, Catherine Ashcraft, Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch, Michael Glosny, Llewelyn Hughes, Rajendra Kumar, Xin Li, Nora Libertun de Duren, Akshay Mangla, Reo Matsuzaki, Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Robert Reardon, Neil Ruiz, Peter Shulman, Jessica Wattman.

 

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Latin America the Focus of Two Weiner Seminars


The Inter-University Committee on International Migration will feature two talks this spring that touch on Latin American issues, as part of its Myron Weiner Seminar Series. The Committee, which is chaired at CIS, will present a lecture on March 30 by UC/San Diego economics Professor Gordon Hanson. The topic: illegal migration from Mexico to the United States. And on April 11, the Center's 2005-2006 Neuffer Fellow, Catherine Elton, will challenge some of the prevailing notions about remittances that Latin American immigrants to the United States send to their families back home.

 

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Art Receives ISA Award


Robert Art, Christian Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University, a Senior Fellow at the MIT Security Studies Program and Director of CIS's Seminar XXI Program, has received the 2006 distinguished scholar award from the International Studies Association. The ISA, which cited Prof. Art's lifetime achievement in security studies, will honor him at its annual convention in late March.

 

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April 4: Bosnia's Grand Mufti


The Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, will speak on "European Muslim Identity in the New Millenium" in 54-100 from 7:30-9:00 on April 4. He will examine the integration of Europe's large Muslim population into its social, political and cultural structures. CIS, a co-sponsor of the event, will host a reception for the Grand Mufti from 3:00-4:30 in the second floor conference room in E38.

 

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SSP Launches New Website


The MIT Security Studies Program has launched a new website, with easier-to-locate news and information about SSP research, publications, courses and lectures and an upgraded directory. A list of SSP Wednesday Seminars can also be found on the site. The spring 2006 lineup includes talks by Bonnie Glaser of CSIS on China; Tom McNaugher of RAND on the future of the Army; and Andrew Krepinevich of the CSBA on Iraq. Other speakers will include former MIT Political Science graduate students Fred Kaplan (Slate), Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth), and Alan Kuperman (Univ. of Texas/Austin).


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AlterNet Posting CIS "Audits"


AlterNet, a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent and alternative journalism, has begun to run CIS's "Audits of the Conventional Wisdom" series on its site. AlterNet will occasionally feature one of the CIS Audits as their lead article; the first is graduate student Ben Friedman's piece on homeland security. "We welcome this partnership with AlterNet, which will vastly expand the size and diversity of our audience," says CIS Executive Director John Tirman. In coming weeks, look on the CIS site as well as AlterNet for new Audits on the military budget, withdrawing from Iraq, and suicide bombers.


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CIS Co-Sponsors D.C. Event on Turkey and the EU (Mar. 13)


CIS Executive Director John Tirman will extend the Center's reach to Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 13, when he moderates a panel on "Turkey's Turbulent Road to the EU" at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Speakers will include Zehra Arat (SUNY/Purchase), Lenore Martin (Emmanuel College; Harvard), John Sitilides (Woodrow Wilson Center), and Mario Zucconi (Princeton; University of Urbino). Contact: mep@wilsoncenter.org (seating is limited).


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Posen NYT Op-Ed on a Nuclear Iran


Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen published a New York Times op-ed on February 27, 2006, "We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran," in which he argues that deterrence and containment can still work.


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Petersen Awarded Guggenheim Grant


Political Science Professor and CIS affiliate Roger Petersen has received a grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, which supports scholarly research on violence and aggression, including their effect on international relations. Professor Petersen, an expert on ethnic conflict, is studying the strategic use of emotion in violent conflict.


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Williams: Fund Conflict Prevention


The Stanley Foundation, Dr. Cindy Williams, principal research scientist at the MIT Security Studies Program, calls for the United States to increase its budgetary emphasis on conflict prevention. Among other things, she urges the country to double its spending for nonmilitary foreign aid; place more of an emphasis on poverty reduction in the world's poorest countries; and increase capacity at the State Department. Dr. Williams is a former associate director for national security in the Congressional Budget Office and in the directorate of program analysis and evaluation at the Pentagon.


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Posen Iraq Exit Plan in Boston Review


Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen lays out his Iraq exit strategy in the January/February issue of Boston Review. "The war is at best a stalemate; the large American presence now causes more trouble than it prevents," he writes. "We must disengage from Iraq—and we must do it by removing most American and allied military units within 18 months." The details of his plan—and its implications—are available online, as are responses from Senators Joseph Biden and Russell Feingold, Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Vivek Chibber, Helena Cobban, Helena Cobban, Lawrence Korb and Brian Katulis, Randall Forsberg, Chris Preble, Nir Rosen and Eliot Weinberger.


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C-Span to Broadcast March 7 Event on the Kurds


On Tuesday, March 7, a crew from C-Span's "Book TV" will tape a talk and slide show on "U.S., Iraq and the Future of Kurdistan," by photojournalist, writer and television producer Kevin McKiernan, author of "The Kurds: A People in Search of Their Homeland." The talk will be held in the CIS 7th floor conference room (E38-714) at 4:00 p.m. Check the Book TV website for the airdate.


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New Report on Persian Gulf Governance


The Center has released a report stemming from the initial workshops and forums organized under the Persian Gulf Initiative, a series developed by CIS Executive Director John Tirman to help make up for the shortfall in scholarship on this critical region. "The Crisis of Governance in the Gulf: Legitimacy and Stability in a Dark Time" reports on the discrete crises in governance currently faced by Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq. Events on this topic were held at the Center during the spring and fall of 2005. For a hard copy of the report, contact Casey Johnson-Houlihan (caseyj@mit.edu).


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Hockfield Toasts Tokyo Symposium


On January 18th, 2006, MIT President Susan Hockfield lent her support to a Tokyo symposium on "Globalization and the Future of the National Economy" organized by Japan's Keizai Koho Center and the MIT Japan Program, one of the seven MISTI country programs. The event featured a keynote by MISTI Director Suzanne Berger, author of How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing to Make It In Today's Global Economy. Other participants included Japan scholar and CIS Director (on sabbatical) Richard Samuels and Robert Madsen, a CIS Senior Fellow. (Article in The Japan Times)


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Saudi Ambassador to Speak Feb. 16


Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the U.S., will speak at MIT's Bartos Theater on Thursday, Feb. 16. Prince Turki served as Director General of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate from 1977 to 2001. Institute Professor John Deutch, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, will moderate this CIS Starr Forum.


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Arab Attitudes on Religion and Politics


Political Science Professor Mark Tessler of the University of Michigan will lead off the spring 2006 Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar Series, with a Feb. 14 talk on what ordinary Arabs think about religion and politics.


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Prof. Suzanne Berger: The World is Still Round


Suzanne Berger, Raphael Dorman and Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), has published a thought-provoking book on globalization, competitiveness, and what makes companies succeed in the new economy. "How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing to Make it in Today's Global Economy" stems from a five-year study conducted by Professor Berger and a team of engineers and social scientists at MIT's Industrial Performance Center. Among her conclusions, gleaned from hundreds of interviews conducted at companies around the world: the economic playing field has not been 'flattened,' and there is more than one route to success; simplistic notions about globalization need to be jettisoned.


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CIS Visiting Scholar on Reform in Iran


CIS Visiting Scholar Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, an Iranian human rights activist and democracy advocate who was a member of Iran's 6th Majlis (reform parliament), contends that there is reason for optimism when it comes to political reform in Iran, although she acknowledges the hurdles that must be overcome. In a newly-published CIS Audit of the Conventional Wisdom, Dr. Haghighatjoo argues that President Ahmadinejad won the last election by plugging into discontent about the economy; also, because little was known about him. His election, she writes, does not mean that most Iranians support hard-line policies. Dr. Haghighatjoo also argues that Iran's reform movement is not dead, as some fear, but she urges reform groups to work together in order to counter the country's conservatives more effectively.


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January 2006 IAP Offerings


The Center's always-eclectic offerings during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) continue in January 2006 with a series of talks about the future of the global power structure assuming a decline of U.S. superpower status; a workshop in Berlin on designing technology for an aging population; an expert's guide to the art and science of Dogfighting; a Marine's-eye look at the Al Anbar insurgency; and discussions on the July 2006 presidential election in Mexico and on the role of U.S. Special Operations forces. Also in the mix: a Japanese film series, Chinese calligraphy lessons, Japanese archery lessons (kyudo), and Japanese flower arranging. Click here for the list and sign-up instructions.


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Deng to Become CIS Wilhelm Fellow


Francis Mading Deng, Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, will join CIS on May 1, 2006, as the Center's Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. The Robert E. Wilhelm Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have held senior positions in public life. Professor Deng served from 1992-2004 as the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons and was Sudan's Ambassador to the United States as well as its Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. He is a leading scholar of indigenous cultures and the role of tradition in development, the politics and conflicts of identity in the Sudan, conflict management and the challenges of nation building in Africa, and the global crisis of internal displacement. (Press release.)

FALL 2005-2006 SPOTLIGHTS


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Barry Posen to Lead Security Studies Program


Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen will become director of the MIT Security Studies Program on July 1, 2006.  He will succeed Professor Harvey Sapolsky, who is retiring after 40 years of teaching at MIT and 15 years directing SSP. "I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to direct the Security Studies Program. SSP has been my intellectual home for nearly twenty years. I could not have found a better one," said Professor Posen, a longtime SSP faculty member. "I have profited greatly from the diverse community of senior scholars and motivated graduate students who have made this institution one of the premier places in the United States to think about and to learn about all aspects of the role of military power in international politics, and the problems of disciplining that power." Professor Sapolsky, a leading scholar of organizations and U.S. defense politics, will keep his office in E38. He plans to continue writing and working with students and colleagues. (In other SSP news, the program will launch its revamped Web site at or near the start of the spring '06 semester.)


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Carnegie Fellowship Deadline December 9


December 9, 2005 is the deadline for the research fellowship program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Each year, 8-10 students who have graduated within the past year but have not started graduate school are matched with a senior associate at the Endowment to work on international affairs issues. CIS will nominate two candidates for the fellowships that begin on August 1, 2006. For an application packet, contact Fellowship Coordinator Casey Johnson-Houlihan at caseyj@mit.edu. (Click here for details on other fellowship competitions.


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Turkey Prosecutes Publisher of Tirman Book


The Turkish government is prosecuting a Turkish book publisher for distributing a translated version of CIS Executive Director John Tirman's 1997 book, "Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade." The book documents the harm caused to Kurkish civilians via the use by Turkey of Black Hawk helicopters and other weapons in its fight against the PKK. Because he published a book critical of Turkey, Fatih Tas is accused (among other things) of humiliating the Turkish identity. Fearful that Mr. Tas will soon face a jail sentence, Tirman and Human rights groups like PEN International are seeking urgently to exert pressure on Turkey to drop the charges. An op-ed by Tirman appeared in the International Herald Tribune on Nov. 22, and a New York Times story was published on Nov. 19. (Click here for a story by the MIT News Office.)


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'Rise of China' Series Continues


The CIS Starr Forum on the Rise of China series continues on November 28 with a talk by Minxin Pei, Senior Associate and Director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The topic will be the political and economic risks of governance trends in China.


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Posen on "Open Source"


Ford International Professor of Political Science and Security Studies Program faculty member Barry Posen was a guest on Christopher Lydon's public radio program, Open Source, on November 9.   The program, called "Stuck in the Pottery Barn," addressed the question of what the US should do now vis-à-vis Iraq, and also featured retired Lt. General (Army) William Odom. (webstream)


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Cindy Williams Wins MacArthur Grant


Cindy Williams, Principal Research Scientist in the Security Studies Program, has received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation. She will undertake a major project on national security strategy and resource planning, entitled "Improving the Nation's Security Decisions." Dr. Williams will partner with Gordon Adams, Director of Security Policy Studies at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Together, Williams and Adams will fill write the first comprehensive resource to examine how the government sets priorities for national security budgets. In addition, SSP recently published an Occasional Paper by Dr. Williams, "Transforming the Rewards for Military Service." It draws on her edited volume, "Filling the Ranks: Transforming the U.S. Military Personnel System" (2004).


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Are We Militarizing Space?


On November 15, the Center will co-sponsor a policy debate on the militarization of space with MIT's Technology and Culture Forum.  The speakers will be Lt. General Daniel P. Leaf, Vice Commander of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, and Theresa Hitchens, Director of the Center for Defense Information.




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SSP's November Seminars


The MIT Security Studies Program's Wednesday seminar series continues in November with talks on U.S. and European counterterrorism strategies (Jeremy Shapiro), uncertainties relating to an emerging China (David Finkelstein), and the "The Other Proliferation Problem': Conventional Weapons and Technologies" (Jo Husbands).  All events are in the Center's 6th floor conference room in E38.


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Luce Program Deadline Nov. 14


Monday, November 14 is this year's deadline for the Luce Scholars Program, which is open to seniors, graduate students, alumni from recent classes and junior faculty.  The program places young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields in 10-month internships in selected countries in East and Southeast Asia, and is aimed at those with no prior experience in Asia.


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Prof. Kenneth Oye on Disaster Response


Political Science Professor and former CIS Director Kenneth Oye participated in MIT's response to hurricane Katrina during a forum called "How Can We Improve Disaster Response?"  He spoke about how FEMA became a "hollow agency" after a post-9/11 reshuffling, and expressed concern about disasters that are "not in the play book," e.g., nuclear or biological terrorist attacks. Also on the panel were Professor Yossi Sheffi of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and Professor Richard Larson from Civil and Environmental Engineering.  The event is webstreamed at MIT World.



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Barry Posen on U.S. Casualties in Iraq


Click here to stream Ford International Professor of Political Science and Security Studies Program faculty member Barry Posen's interview on the NPR magazine program "Here and Now" (produced at WBUR Boston).  Professor Posen discusses the 2,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq, and the debate over whether the U.S. should develop a disengagement strategy. (The program aired on October 26, 2005.)


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SSP Seminars on Defense Reform, Japanese Defense Strategy


The Security Studies Program's Wednesday seminar series continues in late October with talks on Japanese Defense Strategy for the 21st Century (Oct. 19, with CIS visiting scholar Yumi Hiwatari) and The Second Goldwater-Nichols Act, on defense reform (Oct. 26, with Clark Murdock of the Center for Strategic and International Studies). Both talks are at noon in E38-615.


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Kristol, Posen, Marr and Schell on When to Leave Iraq


All are welcome to a special CIS Starr Forum, "The Big Question: How and When to Leave Iraq."  The event will be held from 4:00-5:30 on Thursday, October 27, at Morss Hall in MIT's Walker Memorial.  Ford International Professor of Political Science Barry Posen will chair, and will propose a withdrawal strategy. The guest speakers will be Phebe Marr, a leading U.S. historian of Iraq; Jonathan Schell, peace and disarmament correspondent for The Nation; and Bill Kristol, Editor of The Weekly Standard.


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Egypt's Ambassador on Change in the Middle East (Oct. 18)


Nabil Fahmy, Egypt's Ambassador to the United States, will offer an Egyptian perspective on "Winds of Change in the Middle East" during a talk at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 (Building 66, Room 100).  Ambassador Fahmy has participated in numerous Egyptian delegations dealing with peace in the Middle East, and is a specialist on disarmament and regional security issues in the region.


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Barbara Bodine: From Baghdad to Sanaa and Back (Oct. 18)


Barbara Bodine, former Ambassador to Yemen and coordinator in 2003 for post-conflict reconstruction for Baghdad and the central provinces of Iraq, will give a talk on "Reflections on the Arab World: From Baghdad to Sanaa and Back" on October 18 at 4:30 (Building E51, Room 095).  Ambassador Bodine is Executive Director of the Middle East Governance Initiative at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  Her talk is part of CIS's Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar Series.


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Gary Hart to Lead Discussion on the War on Terror (Oct. 17)


Gary Hart, former U.S. Senator from Colorado, a candidate for president in 1984 and 1988, and Co-Chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (which warned of vulnerabilities to homeland security prior to 9/11), will host a "Report Card on the War on Terror" with Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, co-authors of the new book, The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Blueprint for Getting it Right. Benjamin and Simon previously co-authored the best-seller, The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America. Benjamin is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Simon is a senior analyst at the RAND Corporation.  They are former director and senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council.


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New Audits of Conventional Wisdom


The Center's ongoing series of short essays that examine and challenge well-accepted notions about U.S. foreign policy continues this fall with pieces by Ali Mostashari (editor, Iran Analysis Quarterly), CIS Research Associate Gary Troeller and Security Studies Program Visiting Fellow and Lecturer Robert Vickers. These articles look at whether Iran is a rogue state, what the value of the U.N. is, and how U.S. policymakers should view European integration. PDFs of all the articles in the "Audits of the Conventional Wisdom" series are available online.


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Novartis Executive on Business and Human Rights


Klaus Leisinger, vice president and executive director of the Novartis Foundation, will talk about "Business and Human Rights: Corporate Opportunities, Business Risks and Entrepreneurial Dilemmas" on October 4, from 4:30-6:00 (54-100). Dr. Leisinger, a professor of development sociology at the University of Basel, will be hosted by the MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice and Students for Global Sustainability.


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Webcast Today: Prof. Kenneth Oye on Katrina Response


Political Science Professor Kenneth Oye, former director of CIS, will talk about "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Explaining Federal Response to Katrina"  as part of an MIT symposium, "How Can We Improve Disaster Response", to be held from 4:00 to 6:00 today at the Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center (E32). Today's events are part of MIT's campus-wide symposia series, "Big Questions After Big Hurricanes."  See MIT's Katrina Response Web page for additional details on the symposia and for information on how to help.


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International Development Forum: Sept. 29-30


CIS is one of the sponsors of this year's International Development Forum. This two-day event begins on Thursday, September 29 at Kresge Auditorium with a talk on GNR (Genetrics, Nanotechnology and Robotics) by Ray Kurzweil of Kurzweil Technologies, and a panel discussion titled "Why the World Isn't Flat Enough." CIS will have a booth at the Development Fair, which will be held from 1:00-3:00 on Friday, September 30, in Lobby 13.

 


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Twomey and Heginbotham on Asia Policy


Two recent MIT political science PhDs with ties to CIS and the Security Studies Program have published an article in the September 2005 issue of Current History (pdf) critiquing U.S. policy in Asia. Christopher Twomey (an assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School) and Eric Heginbotham (a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations) argue that current policy amounts to an abdication of American leadership in shaping Asia's security environment, enables nationalist agitation and contributes to regional tensions.


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On Our September Calendar

 

  • Journalist Laurie Garrett on "The Potential for and Implications of an Avian Flu Pandemic" (Monday, 9/26)
  • Johns Hopkins Professor Francis Deng, Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons, on "The Sudan Crisis and Human Security" (Tuesday, 9/27)
  • Visiting Professor (Foreign Languages and Literature) Nilufer Gole on "Europe's Encounter with Islam." (The first in this year's Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar series.) (Tuesday, 9/27)
  • Israeli TV anchor Chaim Yavin on his controversial documentary series, "Land of the Settlers" (Wednesday, 9/28)

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Friday at MISTI Week


MISTI Week—a series of events organized by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives to celebrate international education at MIT—continues on Friday, September 23 with:

MISTI Week Schedule


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Thursday at MISTI Week



MISTI Week—a series of events organized by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives to celebrate international education at MIT—continues on Thursday, September 22 with:

  • "Asian Promise/Yellow Peril": A talk by Pultizer Prize-winning MIT historian John Dower
  • "The Future of the Car/The Car of the Future": A panel discussion on hybrids and other fuel reduction options, and congestion in urban areas (MIT Professors John Heywood and Dan Roos; Karl-Ernst Noreikat of DaimlerChrysler; PhD student Erica Fuchs)
  • A screening of the Indian film Veer Zaara

MISTI Week Schedule


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Wednesday at MISTI Week



MISTI Week—a series of events organized by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives to celebrate international education at MIT—continues on Wednesday, September 21 with:

  • "Is There a Global Communication Culture?" Members of MIT Foreign Languages and Literature discuss the impact of globalization on communication flows in media, education, business, writing and culture.
  • Sanskrit lessons, a faculty reception and a soccer tournament

MISTI Week Schedule


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Migration Seminars Named for Myron Weiner


The Inter-University Committee on International Migration (IUCIM) has named its seminar series after the late political scientist Myron Weiner.  Professor Weiner, who chaired the MIT Political Science Department and the Center for International Studies, was one of the founders of the IUCIM—and was one of the world's experts on political change in developing countries and on global migration.  This year's IUCIM seminar series begins on Tuesday, September 20th, with a talk by Dr. Michael Teitelbaum, Program Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  MIT Chemical Engineering Professor Alice Gast, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost of MIT, will be the discussant.


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MISTI Week Starts Tuesday, Sept. 20


MISTI Week—a series of events organized by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives to celebrate international education at MIT—begins on Tuesday, September 20 with:

MISTI Week Schedule


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Get MISTI-fied: September 20-23


Learning about the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (the MISTI Program)—which, among other things, offers MIT students language and culture training in preparation for challenging internships and research positions in China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan and Mexico—has never been easier, or more fun.  From Tuesday, September 20 through Friday, September 23, "MISTI Week" will offer a range of activities in addition to orientations for each of MISTI's seven country programs. Pulitzer Prize-winning MIT historian John Dower will speak about Japan; a panel of students, corporate experts and faculty will discuss The Car of the Future; and other panels will look at Europe, the Free Software Movement, and Youth Culture in China.  MISTI, which since 1994 has trained more than 1,400 MIT students to become global professionals—and which is a cornerstone of international education at MIT—will also hold a day-long culture fair, with foreign foods and music.  (Not to mention the soccer tournament and Mexican movie night.)  Click here for the full MISTI Week schedule.


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MIT-France Seed Money Deadline Sept. 15


Each year, MIT-France, one of the Center's MISTI programs, awards seed funding to support collaborative projects between MIT and France. Grants, which typically range between $5,000 and $15,000 for one year, support workshops, visitors and student exchanges between a team at MIT and colleagues in universities and laboratories in France.  This year's deadline for proposals is September 15th.  Click here for additional information.


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SSP Wednesday Seminars Begin Sept. 14


The MIT Security Studies Program's Wednesday seminar series starts again on September 14 with a talk by Professor David Edelstein of Georgetown University on military occupations, past, present and future.  Other topics this fall will include Europe and the Future of American Grand Strategy, Special Operations, and the Changing Nature of State Sponsorship of Terrorism.  


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A Smorgasborg of Fall Courses


Although CIS is a research center and not a degree-granting entity, CIS faculty and affiliates offer a virtual smorgasborg of courses at MIT.  This fall, their course topics include globalization; science, technology and public policy; working in a global economy; U.S. foreign policy; Chinese foreign policy; Latin American studies; the causes of war; the U.S. military budget and force planning; the growth and special structure of cities; innovation in military organizations; and intelligence and national security. For details, check CIS faculty and affiliate Web pages via our Directory and consult the course lists provided by the Security Studies Program, the Political Science Department (undergraduate courses/ graduate courses) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. (Political Science and DUSP are key departmental affiliates of CIS.)

 

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