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This list is designed to assist members of the media who seek comment and background information on issues related to international affairs from the diverse group of faculty, fellows and researchers affiliated with MIT's Center for International Studies. Experts are listed alphabetically as well as by topic; the alphabetical list includes contact information. For a guide to everyone at CIS, see Directory. For a list of our press contacts, see Press Inquiries.



AFGHANISTAN

Fotini Christia
William J. Fallon

ASIA

Taylor Fravel
(Asian security and Chinese politics)
Richard Samuels
(Japanese politics and leadership, Asian security, political economy, comparative politics)

CENSUSES

Melissa Nobles
(racial categorization/US and Brazil)

CHINA

Taylor Fravel
(foreign and security policy, Chinese elite politics)

CITIES IN CONFLICT

Roger Petersen

CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS

Chappell Lawson
Roger Petersen
Richard Samuels
Harvey Sapolsky

CIVIL SOCIETY

COLD WAR HISTORY

Taylor Fravel
(East Asia)
Barry Posen
Stephen Van Evera
Elizabeth Wood

COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Suzanne Berger
(focus on France and Italy)
Donald Blackmer
(Russia/FSU, left-wing parties in Western Europe)
Melissa Nobles
(racial and ethnic politics, nationalism, social movements, retrospective justice)
Roger Petersen


CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Taylor Fravel
(Territorial Disputes)
John Tirman
Stephen Van Evera

DEFENSE POLICY

Owen Coté, Jr.
Eugene Gholz

(defense industry)
Barry Posen
Harvey Sapolsky
(defense industries, politics)
Cindy Williams
(defense budget, military personnel policy)

DEMOCRACY

Chappell Lawson
(democratization, Latin America)

DEVELOPMENT

Diane Davis
(political economy)
Robert Lucas
(international migration, environment, labor)
John Tirman
Bish Sanyal
(state-NGO relationships, advanced information technology)

DISASTER RECOVERY /
URBAN SECURITY

Lawrence Vale
Diane Davis

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Lawrence McCray
(uncertainty and decisionmaking, implications of laser technology)
Kenneth Oye
(uncertainty and decisionmaking related to such emerging technologies as synthetic biology, ubiquitous computing, energy technology; economic, environmental, social and politics effects)

ENERGY

Nazli Choucri
(world oil market, development, technology transfer)
Thomas Neff
(international industries and markets)
Kenneth Oye
(emerging technologies)

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
& PLANNING

Lawrence McCray
Kenneth Oye

ETHNIC CONFLICT / POLITICS

Fotini Christia
Melissa Nobles

Roger Petersen
Barry Posen
John Tirman
Stephen Van Evera

EUROPE

Robert Art
(security)
Suzanne Berger
(effects of globalization, politics, labor)
Roger Petersen
(ethnic conflict, Balkans/Kosovo)
Barry Posen
(EU security and defense policy)
Serenella Sferza
(political parties)

FOREIGN POLICY

Robert Art
Taylor Fravel
(East Asia)
Chappell Lawson

(Latin America)
Kenneth Oye
Barry Posen
John Tirman
Stephen Van Evera

FRANCE

Suzanne Berger
(politics)

GLOBALIZATION

Suzanne Berger
(competitiveness, effects of globalization on institutions, history of globalization in France)
Eugene Gholz

(and national security)
Robert Lucas
Serenella Sferza
(effect on long-term political change, working in the global economy)
John Tirman
(globalization and conflict)
Elizabeth Wood
(women's rights and globalization)

GRAND STRATEGY

Robert Art
Barry Posen

Stephen Van Evera

HUMAN RIGHTS

John Tirman
Elizabeth Wood
(international trials)

IDENTITY POLITICS

Melissa Nobles
Roger Petersen

INDIA
Vipin Narang


INNOVATION

Barry Posen
(military)

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Kenneth Oye
David Singer

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Chappell Lawson
Richard Samuels
(Japan)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Robert Art
Nazli Choucri

Owen Coté, Jr.
Taylor Fravel
Barry Posen
John Tirman
Stephen Van Evera

IRAN
(politics, nuclear program, U.S. policy)

Barry Posen
John Tirman
Jim Walsh

IRAQ

Owen Coté, Jr.
William J. Fallon
Barry Posen
John Tirman

Stephen Van Evera
Jim Walsh

ITALY

Richard Samuels
(political leadership, economic history)
Serenella Sferza
(MIT-Italy Program, political parties)

JAPAN

Richard Samuels
(security, politics, public policy, political leadership, defense/aerospace)

LATIN AMERICA

Chappell Lawson
(democratization, mass media, regime change, Mexican elections/politics)
Ben Ross Schneider  

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Jeanne Guillemin

MEXICO

Chappell Lawson
(politics, elections, media, democratization)

MIDDLE EAST

Owen Cote, Jr.
(U.S. military policy)
Barry Posen
(U.S. policy, Iran, Iraq)
Stephen Van Evera
(Arab-Israeli conflict)
Jim Walsh
(U.S. policy, Iran, Iraq, WMD issues)

MIGRATION AND REFUGEES

Anna Hardman
David Singer
(remittances)
John Tirman
Reed Ueda

MILITARY ISSUES

Owen Coté, Jr.
(transformation, operations, innovation, technology, history, naval forces)
William J. Fallon
Taylor Fravel
(Chinese military policy)
Barry Posen
(innovation, organization and employment of force)
Richard Samuels
Harvey Sapolsky
(innovation, defense politics, organizational theory)
Jim Walsh
(WMD proliferation, terrorism)
Cindy Williams
(personnel policy, command and control, budget, the draft vs volunteer service)

NORTH KOREA

Jim Walsh
(nuclear program)

NUCLEAR WEAPONS /
WMD PROLIFERATION

Owen Coté, Jr.
(nuclear weapons in the FSU, nuclear force structure)
Thomas Neff
(post-cold war security)
Vipin Narang
Jim Walsh
(Iran, North Korea, NPT, terrorism)

PERSIAN GULF

John Tirman
Jim Walsh


POLITICAL ECONOMY

Suzanne Berger
(France and Italy)
Kenneth Oye
(international political economy, emerging technologies)
Serenella Sferza
(Europe)
David Singer
(international financial regulation, capital flows/policy, central banking, governance)

POPULATION AND POLITICAL CHANGE

Nazli Choucri

REGULATION

Lawrence McCray

RUSSIA AND THE FSU

Donald Blackmer
(domestic politics)
Thomas Neff
(FSU defense conversion)
Carol Saivetz
Elizabeth Wood
(political economy of contemporary Russia)

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

Lawrence McCray
(technology policy, effects of emerging technologies, laser technology)
Kenneth Oye
(emerging technologies/uncertainty and decisionmaking, including synthetic biology, ubiquitous computing, energy technology; economic, environmental, social and politics effects of emerging technologies; regulation)
Harvey Sapolsky
(public policy, health policy, military innovation)
Eugene Skolnikoff
(interaction of science and technology and international politics)

SECURITY STUDIES

Robert Art
(grand strategy, constructive engagement, US foreign policy, European security, coercive diplomacy)
Fotini Christia
Owen Coté, Jr.
(international security, US defense policy, naval doctrine and innovation)
Taylor Fravel

(China, East Asia)
Roger Petersen
Barry Posen
(international security, grand strategy, use of force, military intervention, doctrine, organization and escalation)
Harvey Sapolsky
(use of force, weapons acquisition, defense industries, defense politics)
Stephen Van Evera

(national security policy, causes and prevention of war)
Jim Walsh
(WMD proliferation, international security, US policy on Iraq, Iran, North Korea)
Cindy Williams
(US defense and security budgets, US and European military personnel structures, command and control)

TERRORISM

Owen Coté, Jr.
(threat of WMD terrorism)
Jeanne Guillemin
(anthrax, anthrax controversies)
Barry Posen
John Tirman
Stephen Van Evera
Jim Walsh
(WMD proliferation, international security)

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE

Melissa Nobles

URBAN DESIGN POLITICS

Lawrence Vale
(public housing, disaster recovery, urban security)

URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING

Bish Sanyal
(Bangladesh, Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, Curacao)

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Owen Coté, Jr.
(threat of WMD terrorism)
Jim Walsh
(nuclear terrorism, non-proliferation)


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