PeoplePh.D. Candidate Nathan Black presented his paper, "Does Gender Matter? The Security Consequences of Female National Leadership," at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010.
Associate Director of MIT’s International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Patricia Gercik was awarded the MIT Excellence Award for bringing out the best in others.
Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science Taylor Fravel was appointed as a Research Associate with the National Asian Research Program being launched by the National Bureau of Asian Research.
Ph.D. Candidate Kelly Grieco received a World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Ph.D. Candidate Peter Krause was awarded a 2010-11 predoctoral fellowship in the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In addition, he received a World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation and a CIS Summer Study Grant to support his dissertation research and travel. Krause also presented two papers, "A Unified Framework for Analyzing Terrorism," and "Avoiding ‘The Midas Touch’: Alternative Strategies to Measuring the Political Effectiveness of Terrorism," at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010.
Ph.D. Candidate Jon Lindsay presented his paper, "The Political Economy of Intelligence, at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010. He also presented on a panel focusing on alliances in civil wars at a CIS-sponsored, "Workshop on Theory and Practice in Iraq and Afghanistan," held at MIT on April 9-10, 2010.
Ph.D. Candidate Tara Maller was awarded a 2010-11 predoctoral fellowship in the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She was also named as a Visiting Scholar at the APSA Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs and is receiving a Bryce Fund Grant from APSA for office space there. Maller received a CIS Summer Study Grant to support her dissertation research. Maller presented a paper, "Diplomacy Derailed: The Dangers of Diplomatic Sanctions," at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010. She also attended and helped organize a CIS-sponsored two-day "Workshop on Theory and Practice in Iraq and Afghanistan," held at MIT on April 9-10, 2010.
Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Center’s Security Studies Program Barry Posen was elected membership to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on April 19, 2010. Posen joins other CIS scholars who also are Academy members, including: Suzanne Berger, Philip Khoury, Richard Samuels, and Eugene Skolnikoff.
Ph.D. Candidate Miranda Priebe presented her paper, "How Secure is Saudi Oil? An Analysis of a Worst-Case Attack on Saudi Oil Infrastructure" with Ph.D. Candidate Josh Shifrinson at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010. Priebe and Shifrinson presented the same paper at the "Breaking Down the Walls" Conference at Arizona State University, April 2, 2010.
Ph.D. Candidate Andrew Radin presented on a panel focused on state-building at a CIS-sponsored "Workshop on Theory and Practice in Iraq and Afghanistan," at MIT on April 9-10, 2010. He also presented, "Shhh... The Locals Can Hear Us Arguing: International Reform Efforts in Post-Dayton Bosnia" at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010.
CIS Research Affiliate and Senior Research Scholar Sharon Stanton Russell is an Associate Editor of the journal International Migration Review and a number of other scholarly journals have requested her to review manuscripts submitted to them. Oxford University’s Global Migration Futures project, coordinated with "The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration" Foundation, identified her as one of a small group of international experts to advise the project in a formal consultative interview process in Autumn 2009 and she also will be attending the project’s stakeholders’ workshop in The Hague in April 2010.
Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies Richard Samuels did field research in Seoul, sponsored by a fellowship from the East Asian Institute on the topic of political kidnappings. His article, comparing the reactions of Japan and South Korea to North Korean abductions will be published in The Journal of East Asian Studies later this year. He also gave lectures on "Japan’s Grand Strategy" at Peking University and at Fudan University in China. In January, Samuels was a visiting professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Sciences in Tokyo where he served as an external Ph.D. dissertation examiner and collaborated with Professor Narushige Michishita on a conference paper entitled, "Hugging and Hedging: Japanese Grand Strategy in the 21st Century" for a conference on "Worldviews of Major and Aspiring Powers: Exploring Foreign Policy Debates Abroad." In February, Samuels delivered the keynote address, "Triangulating Asian Security," to the conference on US-China-Japan relations at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
SSP Affiliate Carol R. Saivetz recently presented a paper entitled "Medvedev's 'Zone of Privileged Interests': Implications for Central Asia" at a conference "International Security Challenges: US-Russian-European Perspectives" sponsored by the US Army War College.
Professor of Political Science Ben Ross Schneider gave a talk on "Brazil and Mexico: Contracts in Governance and Development Strategy," at a presentation for the National Intelligence Council in Washington DC, February 2010. He also presented his paper "Hierarchical Capitalism: Business, Labor Markets, and the Challenges of Equitable Development in Latin America," at a conference on "Promoting Strategic Responses to Globalization" at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, November 2009. Schneider also presented "Business-Government Interaction in Policy Councils in Latin America: Collaborative Learning, Cheap Talk, or Expensive Exchanges?" at a conference on "Policies and Strategies to Face the Global Downturn" sponsored by the InterAmerican Development Bank, Barbados, October 2009.
Ph.D. Candidate Josh Shifrinson presented his paper, "How Secure is Saudi Oil? An Analysis of a Worst-Case Attack on Saudi Oil Infrastructure" with Ph.D. Candidate Miranda Priebe at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010. Priebe and Shifrinson also presented the same paper at the "Breaking Down the Walls" Conference at Arizona State University, April 2, 2010
Associate Professor David Singer traveled to the Sultanate of Oman in January on a US Embassy-sponsored speaking tour on the global financial crisis.
Ph.D. Candidate Caitlin Talmadge has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of national and international security policy at the George Washington University. She will begin in fall 2011. Talmadge presented her papers, "Puzzling Performances: Explaining North and South Vietnamese Battlefield Effectiveness" and "Explaining Military Effectiveness: Political Control and Battlefield Performance," at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010. She also presented the latter paper at George Washington University.
Professor of Political Economy Judith Tendler presented the findings of a research project in Brazil that she has led over the past three years—"The Rule of Law, Economic Development, and Modernization of the State in Brazil: Lessons from Existing Experience for Policy and Practice"—at a seminar on the research sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (WWCIS) in Washington DC in January. The project was supported by the World Bank, DfID-UK (the UK’s foreign aid agency), and MIT. It involved a team of three advanced Brazilian doctoral students from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning--Roberto Pires, Salo Coslovsky (who also presented at the Wilson Center event), and Mansueto Almeida.More information on the event and links to the research papers.
Co-Chair of the Inter-University Committee on International Migration and Professor of History at Tufts Reed Ueda was named director of an American Academy of Arts and Sciences workshop on ethnic minorities in the U. S. and China which will take place in June 2010.
Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning Lawrence J. Vale did several radio and television interviews in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti discussing post-disaster planning and rebuilding efforts. He appeared on the BBC World Service, NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "The Takeaway," as well as on a PBS "Frontline" program. During his 2009 sabbatical, Professor Vale also gave talks at Yale, Harvard, Penn, Tufts, NYU, Boston University, and the Technion. He continues to be a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities (which meets each November in Dubai). He has been chosen as President-Elect of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and has been named MIT's Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning.
Ford International Professor of Political Science Stephen Van Evera organized and led the Tobin Project Conference, "America and the World: Power Through Its Prudent Use," in Charlotte, NC, December 2009. Van Evera attended and presented on a panel at the CIS-sponsored "Workshop on Theory and Practice in Iraq and Afghanistan," at MIT on April 9-10, 2010. Van Evera also presented a talk on "American Grand Strategy for the New Era," at MIT’s Draper Labs and presented another talk on "Lessons from the Life and Career of Kenneth N. Waltz," at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New Orleans, February 2010. In October, he was a guest on Minnesota Public Radio discussing "Managing Iraq and South Asia Security Threats."
Security Studies Program Research Associate Jim Walsh presented a paper, "Re-conceptualizing Security Assurances: An Exploration Using the Case of Iran," at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans on February 20, 2010. At the same conference, he also served as a discussant for the panel, "Chasing the Chasm: Documenting the Policy-Practice Divide." In February 2010, Walsh presented "Getting the Bomb: Nuclear Myths, Puzzles and Policy Challenges," at the Dartmouth Dickey Center and the War and Peace Studies Program, Hanover, NH. He also served on a roundtable on "Fundamental Objectives of Iranian Policy in the Greater Middle East," at a conference on "Problems of the Middle East Conflict Resolution," co-sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Sciences in December 2009 and another roundtable on "Iranian Nuclear Development," for the Project on Nuclear Awareness, Washington DC. Walsh also made a number of appearances on Fox, CNN, MSNBC and CSPAN and briefed a U.S. Senator Merkley (OR) staffer on Pakistan and U.S. Representative Meeks (FL) on the nuclear issue.
SSP Principal Research Scientist Cindy Williams testified before the Senate Budget Committee at a February 23 hearing, "Defense Budget and War Costs: An Independent Outlook." In her written statement, she points out that contrary to conventional wisdom, past increases in defense spending do not necessarily augur future growth. In December, Williams gave a talk, "US Homeland Security Eight Years After 9/11: Are We Getting Our Money’s Worth?" as an alumna guest speaker at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC. Williams also gave testimony on "Research Priorities at DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate," before the Technology and Innovation Subcommittee of the Committee on Science and Technology, US House of Representatives, October 27, 2009. She gave a guest lecture on "US Spending for Homeland Security," at National Defense University, in November 2009.
Alice Amsden's The Washington Consensus Reconsidered
"The WTO: A Sweet or Sour Chinese Banquet?," in Zdanek Drabek (ed.), Is the World Trade Organization Attractive Enough for Emerging Economies? Critical Essays on the Multilateral Trading System, OUP, 2010.
Diane Davis, Professor of Political Sociology "The Political and Economic Origins of Violence and Insecurity in Contemporary Latin America: Past Trajectories and Future Prospects," in Desmond Arias and Daniel Goldstein (eds.), Violent Democracies in Latin America: Toward an Interdisciplinary Reconceptualization, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010. [A version was reprinted in Lucia Dammert (ed.), Crimen e Inseguridad: Politicas, Temas, y Problemas en las Americas. Santiago: Catalonia Editorial].
Diane Davis' article in Violent Democracies in Latin America: Toward an Interdisciplinary Reconceptualization
Williams’ edited volume, Filling the Ranks: The Transformation of Military Personnel Policy, has been translated into Chinese and published by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of China as Cindy Williams (editor), Filling the Ranks: Transforming the U.S. Military Personnel System (Chinese language translation) (Taipei: Military History and Translation Office, Ministry of National Defense, ROC, 2009)
Sameer Lalwani, Ph.D. Candidate "The Pakistan Military’s Adaptation to Counterinsurgency in 2009," CTC Sentinel, Vol. 3, No. 1, January, 2010.
"Strategic Rethink Needed," DAWN (Pakistan’s oldest and leading English daily), March 14, 2010.
Jon Lindsay, Ph.D. Candidate "War Upon the Map: User Innovation in American Military Software," Technology and Culture (forthcoming).
David Singer's article appears in the American Journal of Political Science
Gautam Mukunda, Ph.D. Candidate "We Cannot Go On: Disruptive Innovation and the First World War Royal Navy," Security Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Winter 2010), pp. 124-159.
"What Rough Beast: Synthetic Biology, Uncertainty, and the Future of Biosecurity," Politics and the Life Sciences, Vol. 28, No. 2 (September 2009), pp. 2-26 with Associate Professor of Political Science Kenneth A. Oye and Scott C. Mohr.
Melissa Nobles, Professor of Political Science "The Prosecution of Human Rights Violations," in Annual Review of Political Science (forthcoming, June 2010).
Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning Bish Sanyal "Similarity or Differences? What to Emphasize Now for Effective Planning Practice," for Crossing Borders: International Exchange and Planning Practices, Patsy Healey and Robert Upton, Eds., Routledge, 2009.
Kathleen Thelen's Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power
"Exchange Rate Proclamations and Inflation-Fighting Credibility." International Organization 64 (2):313-337, 2010, with Alexandra Guisinger.
"International Institutions and Domestic Compensation: The IMF and the Politics of Capital Account Liberalization." American Journal of Political Science 54 (1):45-60, 2010, with Bumba Mukherjee.
Eugene Skolnikoff, Professor of Political Science Emeritus "Scientific Cooperation with China in the Face of US Controls on Technology," National Council of Research University Administrators (NCURA) magazine (forthcoming, May 2010).
Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (co-edited with James Mahoney). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Jim Walsh in Arms Control Today
"Economic Regulation and Social Solidarity: Conceptual and Analytic Innovations in the Study of Advanced Capitalism," Socio-Economic Review (October 2009), 1-21.
Jim Walsh, Security Studies Program Research Associate, "2010: Unfortunately, More of the Same," Gozaresh [Iranian magazine], March 2010.
"Iran and the Problem of Tactical Myopia." Arms Control Today. Vol. 39 (December, 2009), with Thomas Pickering, and William Luers.