Security Studies Program


Wednesday Seminar Series

SSP's Wednesday Seminar Series will resume for the Spring semester as of February 10, with Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow, Foreign Policy Association, speaking on "NATO 2.0: Reboot or Delete". 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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In the News

Peter Krause was on New England Cable News January 14, 2015. Topic: ISIS attacks in Jakarta.


Jim Walsh was on WBUR's Here and Now December 28, 2015. Topic: Looking At The Major Security Issues Of This Year And Next. He was on Here & Now again on January 4, 2016. The topic: Saudi Allies Sever Ties with Iran.


MIT News article about Taylor Fravel: "M. Taylor Fravel advises U.S. government officials on South China Sea disputes," December 11, 2015.


Stephen Van Evera was one of the speakers at the December 3, 2015 Starr Forum on Religion and Violence. Video of the talk is now available.


Marika Landau-Wells' short story, Remote Operations, has won the Atlantic Council's creative writing contest, the "Art of Future Warfare" contest. more information


Peter Krause was on CBS radio November 24, 2014 re: ISIS, refugees, Syria, US Foreign Policy.


Barry Posen was on NPR's "On Point" November 23, 2015. Segment titled "Should We Go All-In On ISIS?"


Vipin Narang is the 2016 recipient of the Best Book Award of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA). Vipin won for his recent book, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era.


On October 23, 2015, SSP held a special seminar on Capitol Hill titled "Political Struggles in the Middle East." A seminar summary is now available.


New Publications

Amanda Rothschild, "As You Were Saying...American Dream in 'N.Y. Values'," op-ed, Boston Herald, February 7, 2016.


Rohan Mukherjee (with Anthony Yazaki), eds., Poised for Partnership: Deepening India-Japan Relations in the Asian Century, Oxford University Press India, 25 January 2016.


Kelly M. Greenhill, "Demographic Bombing: People as Weapons in Syria and Beyond," Foreign Affairs, December 17, 2015.


SSP's 2014-2015 Annual Report is now available. Director's Statement from the annual report: "The Iran Nuclear Deal-A Critique of the Debate."


Mark Bell, "Examining Explanations for Nuclear Proliferation," International Studies Quarterly, December 2015.


M. Taylor Fravel, "The PLA and National Security Decisionmaking: Insights from China's Territorial and Maritime Disputes," in Phillip C. Saunders and Andrew Scobel, eds., PLA Influence On China's National Security Policymaking, (Stanford University Press, 2015).


Barry R. Posen, "Contain ISIS," The Atlantic, November 20, 2015.


Fiona S. Cunningham and M. Taylor Fravel, "Assuring Assured Retaliation: China's Nuclear Posture and U.S.-China Strategic Stability," International Security, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Fall 2015).


Roger D. Petersen, "In Syria, Politics Can Be More Effective Than Military Action," New York Times, November 17, 2015.


Kelly M. Greenhill, "Europe Must Deal With the Breeding of Terrorism Within its Borders," New York Times, November 16, 2015.


Jim Walsh, "To Paris, With Love: A Boston Perspective On Coming Back From Terror,", November 16, 2015.


The MIT Security Studies Program's 2014-2015 Annual Report is now available. more information


Harvey M. Sapolsky, "The Army Is In Box Canyon,", November 3, 2015.


Amanda J. Rothschild, "The forgotten whistle-blowers who saved Jewish lives," Boston Globe, November 1, 2015.


Harvey M. Sapolsky, "If You Want to Fix Defense Contracting, Mergers Aren't the Problem," The National Interest, October 29, 2015.


Mayumi Fukushima, "Accessing the Diplomatic and Military Archives in Japan," H-Diplo, October 16, 2015.


Carol R. Saivetz, "Russia bets on Assad,", October 18, 2015.


Harvey M. Sapolsky, "The Fading of the Marine Corps,", October 8, 2015.


Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Rand Paul: The Champion of American Leadership?" The National Interest, September 29, 2015.


Gautam Mukunda, "We'll Tire of Trump's Narcissism, Eventually,", September 13, 2015.


Peter Krause, "Price-Tag Attacks Against Palestinians Are About the Nature of the Jewish State,” with Ehud Eiran, War on the Rocks, September 1, 2015.