Security Studies Program


Special Seminar: Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

Karen Dawisha, director of Miami University in Oxford Ohio's Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, will present this topic October 28, 4:30-6:00pm, in E40-496. Event is sponsored by MISTI MIT-Russia Program, The MIT Center for International Studies, and the MIT Security Studies Program. 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.



The Nuclear Studies Research Initiative (NSRI) is now accepting papers for their second workshop. more information



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In the News

Barry Posen took part in an event at Brookings on October 17, titled "U.S. Grand Strategy: World Leader or Restrained Power?"


Jonathan Caverley was interviewed by Bill Moyers about his research, October 16, 2014. Transcript is titled "Does Rising Inequality Make a Democracy More Warlike?"


Barry Posen was on The Agenda, TVO (Ontario television), September 30, 2014 to discuss "Obama's ISIS Strategy."


"3 Questions: Jim Walsh on the elusive U.S.-Iran nuclear treaty," MIT News Office, September 30, 2014.


A report by the Observer Research Foundation about Vipin Narang's book talk, "Nuclear Strategies in the modern era," is now available. more information


A Defense Concept for Ukraine

This paper was written by Professor Barry R. Posen twenty years ago. It was never published in English. Though the order of battle assumptions are no longer accurate, the basic architecture of the military problem remains. Those following events in Ukraine may find the analysis useful.


New Publications

William Luers, Thomas Pickering, James Walsh, "An Iran Nuclear Deal Is There for the Taking," The National Interest, October 15, 2014.


Paul Staniland, "Violence and Democracy," Comparative Politics, Vol. 47, No. 1 (October 2014), pp. 99-118.


Boaz Atzili, "For Israel, defense may be the best defense," The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, September 23, 2014.


Carol Saivetz, "The Price of 'Novorossiya',", September 7, 2014.


Nicholas L. Miller (with Jeremy Ferwerda), "Political Devolution and Resistance to Foreign Rule: A Natural Experiment," American Political Science Review, Vol 108, No. 3 (August 2014) pp. 642-660.


Jeanne Guillemin, "Smallpox: The long goodbye," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 21, 2014.


Peter Krause (with Ehud Eiran), "The 'price' of radical flanks and the conflict in Gaza," The Washington Post, July 11, 2014.


Francis J. Gavin, "What new academic research can teach us about nuclear weapons," The Washington Post, July 8, 2014.


Philip Martin, "Intervention and the Prospects for Power-Sharing in Iraq," The Duck of Minerva, June 27, 2014.


Barry R. Posen, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy (Cornell University Press, 2014)


Vipin Narang, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2014)


M. Taylor Fravel, "Policy Report: U.S. Policy Towards the Disputes in the South China Sea Since 1995," S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, March 2014. (pdf)


Russell Rumbaugh (with Barry Blechman), "Bombs Away: The Case for Phasing Out U.S. Tactical Nukes in Europe," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2014.