Security Studies Program

Spotlight

New Books by SSP Faculty

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

 

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

Mission

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.

 

 

NUCLEAR SECURITY FELLOWS PROGRAM

We are now accepting fellowship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. more information

 

 

 

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News

In the News

Barry Posen was on WBUR's On Point August 14, 2014. The topic: "For the US: Intervention or Restraint in Iraq."

 

Stephen Van Evera was on WBUR's Open Source August 11, 2014 to discuss "WWI: The War of the Century."

 

Barry Posen and SSP alum Kenneth Pollack were on KCRW radio August 11, 2014. The title of the segment: "Islamic State Lures US Military Back to Iraq."

 

Frank Gavin was featured in an MIT New Office article August 7, 2014, titled "The history man."

 

"Time to rethink foreign policy?" Review of Barry Posen's book, Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, by the MIT News Office, July 9, 2014.

 

Taylor Fravel on ABC Radio Australia, July 4, 2014: "China and South Korea strike entente cordiale in uncertain times."

 

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

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.

 

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.

 

Jennifer Lind, "Pivot Problems: What Washington Should Concede in Asia," Foreign Affairs, June 25, 2014.

 

Christine M. Leah, "A Scary Scenario: Fewer Nukes, Lots of Missiles," The National Interest, June 24, 2014.

 

Alec Worsnop (with Evan Perkoski), A Closer Look at ISIS in Iraq in Political Violence at a Glance June 17, 2014. This post was quoted in Andrew Sullivan's blog. Sullivan also quoted Benjamin H. Friedman in the same blog post.

 

Barry R. Posen, "The Case for Doing Nothing in Iraq," politico.com, June 16, 2014.

 

Francis J. Gavin and Vipin Narang have articles in the June 15, 2014 H-Diplo/ISSF Forum: "What We Talk About When We Talk About Nuclear Weapons."

 

Keren Fraiman, Austin Long and Caitlin Talmadge, "Why the Iraqi army collapsed (and what can be done about it)," The Washington Post, June 13, 2014.

 

Gautam Mukunda, "The Price of Wall Street's Power," Harvard Business Review," June 2014.

 

Richard J. Samuels, "A Question for Asia: Is Japan Back?" The National Interest, May 28, 2014.