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An archive of events the have been previously spotlighted by the Center.

Harris Named Fulbright Scholar

Tobias Harris, a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Security Studies Program, will study in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar during the 2011-12 academic year. Harris will conduct interviews and archival research for his project titled "The Politics of Reform in Japan, 1955-2009." He is studying decisions made by Japanese government entities regarding whether and how to undertake reforms, and the factors affecting their success, throughout the country's recent history.


'Deaths of Others' in America's Wars

Americans are greatly concerned about the number of our troops killed in battle—100,000 dead in World War I; 300,000 in World War II; 33,000 in the Korean War; 58,000 in Vietnam; 4,500 in Iraq; more than 1,000 in Afghanistan—and rightly so. But why are we so indifferent, often oblivious, to the far greater number of casualties suffered by those we fight and those we fight for? This is the compelling, largely unasked question that John Tirman, a principal research scientist and executive director at CIS, answers in The Deaths of Others.


MIT-France Helps Advance Energy Research

MIT President Susan Hockfield and other Institute representatives traveled to Paris for the France-MIT Forum on Energy, an event to advance collaboration between Institute researchers and their French counterparts. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of the MIT-France program. Read more.


MISTI Partners with MEET

The Center's MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) announces a new partnership with MEET (Middle East Education through Technology). MEET will be a new MISTI program, managed by David Dolev. MEET is an innovative educational initiative aimed at creating a common professional language between Israeli and Palestinian young leaders. It was founded by two MIT students and this year 12 MIT students and recent alumni will be instructors in Jerusalem.


Lawson Named Director of MISTI

Chappell Lawson, an associate professor of political science at MIT and a member of the MIT Center for International Studies, has been named director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). He succeeds Suzanne Berger, the Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, as MISTI's director. Lawson will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, 2011. Press release


Oye Receives Levitan Teaching Prize

Ken Oye, was awarded a Levitan Teaching Prize in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This is a very prestigious award and a great recognition of his skills and dedication to teaching. Oye holds a joint appointment in Political Science and Engineering Systems and directs the Center's Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET).


précis Spring Issue Now Online

précis, the CIS newsletter, is now online. The spring issue features an interview with David Miliband, a Wilhelm Fellow in residence in April; an essay, "Why Do Violent Substate Conflicts Spread?," by Nathan Black, a PhD candidate in political science; and a special feature, "CIS Turns 60: An Interview with Three Directors," which looks at the evolution of the Center. Also featured is a digest of our activities during the spring semester. Read now.


CIS Shines at MIT 150

The Center participated in the MIT 150 Open House on Saturday, April 29, which attracted 20,000 visitors to campus. The CIS display included a poster session, videos, printed materials, and a challenge: "Ask us about the world!" Guiding the Center's Open House activities were the following faculty members: Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director, Security Studies Program (SSP); Cindy Williams, principal research scientist, SSP; and Stephen Van Evera, Ford International Professor of Political Science and associate director, CIS. News article.


Anderlini Becomes CIS Senior Fellow

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini is one of the world's most respected experts on gender and security. She currently serves as the Senior Gender, Peace, and Security Advisor on the UN's Mediation Standby Team. She is the co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), a US-based NGO dedicated to supporting civil society activism in peace and security in conflict-affected countries. She was lead author on the joint CIS-ICAN study, "What the Women Say: Participation and UNSCR 1325," which was launched at the US Mission to the UN in October 2010. Read More.


David Miliband Joins CIS

Rt Hon David Miliband MP is joining CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm fellow in residence from April 11 – April 15, 2011. Miliband was the foreign secretary for the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and is an alumnus of the MIT Department of Political Science. While at CIS, Miliband will give a public talk on the war in Afghanistan. He also will meet with faculty and students across the institute who share his interest in international affairs and global environmental issues. In addition, he will visit undergraduate classes in political science, participate in workshops with doctoral students, and meet individually with post-graduate students to learn more about their work. Press release.


At Starr Forum, MIT Experts Assess Japan's Crisis

While the ongoing problems with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remain extremely serious, in its overall emergency response for people affected by Friday's earthquake and subsequent tsunami, "the government has learned and benefitted from the mistakes of the past," said Richard Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and director of the Center. Samuels noted that 100,000 troops have been mobilized for the larger relief effort. Read more.


Oye Experiences Quake While in Tokyo

Ken Oye, an associate professor at MIT who directs the Center's program on Political Economy & Technology Policy, was in Tokyo with a delegation organized by the US-Japan Council when the earthquake hit. "It was a quite strong sense of motion," said Oye. But, he said, none of the buildings [in Tokyo] collapsed, which he called a testament to tough building codes and good engineering. Read more.


MISTI Announces Global Seed Funds Winners

A project to examine quark-gluon plasma and a study of computationally optimized photovoltaics are among the 46 international faculty research collaborations that will receive more than $900,000 from the 2010-2011 MISTI Global Seed Funds competition. Now in its third year, this growing initiative received 112 proposals, up from the 104 received for the inaugural 2008-2009 grant round. All awardees include undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral student participation. Read more.


Puerto Rico and Caribbean Basin

Responding to a generous gift from MIT alumnus Jon Borschow, senior faculty and researchers from the Center for International Studies and DUSP's CoLab have begun generating ideas on how to structure a research initiative to bring together faculty and students from across the Institute who are interested in the economic development of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Basin. To get the project underway, CIS is hosting a research seminar February 3-4, 2011.


PEGS Names New Fellows

The Center's Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS) has named four MIT graduate students as its 2010-2011 fellows. The students will be working across the globe on issues related to environmental change and conflict. The faculty directors for this year's fellows are Professors JoAnn Carmin and Diane Davis, both from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Carmin directs the PEGS program at CIS and Davis is a member of CIS.


CIS Fall 2010 Newsletter

The fall 2010 issue of précis is now available. Features from this issue include: an interview with Diane Davis, who recently received a USAID grant for 8 case studies of urban resilience in situations of chronic violence; an excerpt from Democratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti by Erica Caple James; and an essay on "Much Ado About Decline" by graduate student Joshua Shifrinson. Also highlighted are CIS activities and news items during summer and fall 2010.


MIT-Germany Seed Fund Launched

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) has launched the MIT Germany Seed Fund, made possible through generous support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The new fund will offer research-initiation grants to MIT faculty and their counterparts in Germany, and will encourage students to be actively involved in the collaborations. A specific focus will be on topics related to complex global issues—including health, the environment, energy and technological innovation.


Joint Research on Regulatory Science

The Center announces a new joint research project with the European Medicines Agency and MIT’s Center for Biomedical Innovation. The collaborative research project will focus on enhancing regulatory science in pharmaceuticals and is scheduled to be completed by December 2011. It will be conducted within the framework of CBI’s NEWDIGS research program in cooperation with EMA and CIS. Press Release


CIS/ICAN Women's Study Released to UN

A year-long study in six countries has found that the goals of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, enacted 10 years ago, have not been fulfilled and that implementation is generally poor. The U.N. itself, major industrial powers, other international organizations, and conflict states have all failed to include women in peace processes and peacebuilding, two key goals of the resolution. The study, “What the Women Say: Participation and UNSCR 1325,” was organized by the MIT Center for International Studies and the International Civil Society Action Network, a NGO based in Washington DC. The 50-page study and recommendations were released on Oct. 28, 2010, at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Press Release | Related Media: AP, New York Times, and Salon


PEGS Announces Graduate Fellows Program

The Center’s Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS) is initiating a new fellows program for graduate students at MIT. The award period runs from November 2010 through November 2011. Application materials must be submitted no later than 5 PM on October 15, 2010. The 2010-2011 theme is "Environmental Change and Conflict." The faculty directors for this year’s fellows are Professors Diane Davis and JoAnn Carmin, both from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.


Luce Fellowship Deadline Oct. 18

Monday, October 18, is this year's deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a wide variety of intellectual fields will be placed in 10-month internships in selected countries in East and Southeast Asia. The fellowship is aimed for those with no prior experience in Asia. Nominees must be American citizens not yet 30 years old on September 1, 2011, and who have earned at least a bachelor's degree or expect to receive one by September 1, 2011. More information is available here.


Posen, a Signatory on Afghanistan Report

The Afghanistan Study Group, a bipartisan group of leading academics, business executives, former government officials, policy practitioners and journalists, recently released a proposal on Afghanistan that "reframes the connection between America’s core foreign policy and national security objectives..." Barry Posen, director of the Center’s Security Studies Program and Ford International Professor of Political Science, is among the signatories. The full report is available here.


Journalist from Pakistan Joins CIS

The Center welcomes Rabia Mehmood, a journalist in the Lahore bureau of Express 24/7 Television in Pakistan, and the recipient of the 2010-11 Elizabeth Neuffer fellowship, to MIT. The annual fellowship gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues. The award is offered through the International Women's Media Foundation and is sponsored in part by CIS. The fellowship is named for Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe reporter who was killed on assignment in Iraq in 2003. Press Release


Carmin Helps Author IPCC's Climate Report

JoAnn Carmin, director of the Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS) and associate professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has been named a lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC, sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is an independent international organization created to assess scientific and technical issues related to climate change. Carmin will serve as a lead author on Chapter 14, "Adaptation Needs and Options," of the Working Group II contribution to AR5. Previously, Carmin served as a peer reviewer of an IPCC special report and was selected to participate in the IPCC Expert Meeting on Human Settlements and Infrastructure to be convened by Working Groups II and III in 2011.


Beshimov Testifies at Commission Hearing

Bakyt Beshimov, a visiting scholar at CIS and former Kyrgyz Opposition Leader, was invited to speak before the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. The hearing, which was held July 27, 2010, examined the current situation in Krygyzstan, prospects for stability, democracy, interethnic reconciliation, and US foreign policy.


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