Security Studies Program


Barry Posen named Kissinger Chair at the Kluge Center

PosenWhile on leave next year, SSP Director Barry Posen will be serving as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. more information



The Security Studies Program at MIT is a graduate-level research and educational program based at the Center for International Studies at MIT. The senior research and teaching staff includes social scientists and policy analysts. A special feature of the program is the integration of technical and political analysis of national and international security problems. Security Studies is a recognized field of study in the MIT Political Science Department. Courses emphasize grand strategy, the causes and prevention of conflict, military operations and technology, and defense policy.




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George W. Rathjens, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

George W. Rathjens, one of SSP's founders, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Prior to coming to MIT he had a distinguished career in government service including the Department of State and the Department of Defense. He is best known for his contributions to the theory and practice of nuclear arms control. more information MIT News Office obituary


In the News

SSP Director Barry Posen has received a great honor: the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association. He will be honored at a special panel at the ISA conference in Baltimore in February 2017.


Amanda Rothschild appears in a June 14, 2016 New England Cable News segment: "Obama Defends Against Opponents Who Demand He Say 'Radical Islam'."


Jim Walsh was interviewed on WBUR's Here and Now, June 13, 2016: "Authorities Probe Orlando Shooter's Possible Ties to Terrorism."


Taylor Fravel has been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year, a prestigious award he will use to further his research on Asia's ongoing maritime disputes. MIT News article


MIT Political Science news article about Marsin Alshamary's research: "From Babylon to Baudelaire and Back: A scholar heeds the call of family history."


Dick Samuels was on WBUR's Here and Now, May 13, 2016, in a segment titled "Obama's Visit to Hiroshima Is About Memory More Than It's About Apology." He was also quoted in the New York Times on May 10th, article titled "Obama's Visit Raises Ghosts of Hiroshima."


Interview with Stephen Van Evera on, "The Rise and Fall of an Empire."


New Publications

Amanda Rothschild, "51 US diplomats criticized US policy on Syria. Will their dissent make a difference?" Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog, June 24, 2016.


Amanda Rothschild, "Call radical Islam by name to win war of ideas," op-ed, Boston Herald, June 14, 2016.


Jeanne Guillemin, "Assad's Atrocities," The New Yorker (letters to the editor), June 6 & 13, 2016.


Harvey Sapolsky, "Gonzo Plans for the Army,", May 10, 2016.


Carol R. Saivetz, "Putin's Pullout: A Failing Public Relations Campaign,", May 8, 2016.


Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson, "Deal or No Deal? The End of the Cold War and the U.S. Offer to Limit NATO Expansion," International Security, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Spring 2016), pp. 7-44.


Christopher Clary, "Correspondence: Battling over Pakistan's Battlefield Nuclear Weapons," International Security, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Spring 2016).


Harvey M. Sapolsky, "U.S. Navy Ships Shouldn't Be Floating Billboards for Democrats,", April 26, 2016.


The Spring 2016 issue of Early Warning, SSP's quarterly newsletter, is now available. more information


Alexander Lanoszka (with Michael Allen Hunzeker), "The Efficacy of Landpower: Landpower and American Credibility," Parameters, 45(4) Winter 2015-16.


Reid Pauly, "Bedeviled by a Paradox: Nitze, Bundy, and an Incipient Nuclear Norm," The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 22, Issue 3-4, 2005. (Published online 6 April 2016.)


Christine M. Leah, "There Are Going To Be More Cold Wars,", April 7, 2016. (Article also appears in Business Insider.)


Gene Gerzhoy and Nick Miller, "Donald Trump thinks more countries should have nuclear weapons. Here's what the research says," Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog, April 6, 2016.


Jonathan Caverley (with Ethan B. Kapstein), "Who's Arming Asia?" Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Vol. 58, No. 2 (April-May 2016), pp. 167-187.