MIT Center for International Studies


Posen Named Kissinger Chair at Kluge Center

Barry Posen has been appointed the next Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. He will begin a six-month residency at the Kluge on September 6, 2016. Posen, director of the Security Studies Program and Ford International Professor of International Studies, will use the residency to study the implications for the United States of a multipolar international order. The annual appointment of the Kissinger scholar is made by the Librarian of Congress upon the recommendation of a selection committee consisting of representatives from the academic community and foreign-policy experts. News release


REPAL 2016 at MIT

The Center was thrilled to be the main sponsor of the Third Annual REPAL Conference, hosted this year at MIT. REPAL is a network of researchers (institutionally affiliated with universities in Latin America, North America, and Europe) interested in promoting and giving greater visibility to new studies in the political economy of Latin America. Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT-Brazil program, who served as co-chair of the local organizing committee, said, “REPAL 2016 was a great opportunity to bring together scholars from all over the Americas to discuss the best new research on policy and political economy in the region.”


Rathjens, Professor Emeritus, Dies at 90

George W. Rathjens, professor emeritus of political science and a founder of the Security Studies Program, died May 27 at age 90. Trained as a chemist, Rathjens is best known for his contributions to the theory and practice of nuclear arms control. He brought a fundamental understanding of the weapons and technologies to policy discussions and was a major participant in the controversial debate in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the wisdom of deploying ballistic missile defenses. MIT News Story

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