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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

Several people from SSP, including Steve Van Evera, Frank Gavin, and Lena Andrews, are mentioned in "How to Bridge the Gap Between Policy and Scholarship," War On The Rocks blog, June 29, 2015.


Phil Haun has been selected as Dean of Academic Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. His appointment there will begin January 2016.


Barry Posen was on WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on June 15, 2015. The Topic: "A New American Military Push In Iraq."


Nicholas Miller has won two APSA awards: the 2015 Kenneth Waltz Dissertation Prize given by the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association, and the 2015 Helen Dwight Reid award, "awarded annually for the best dissertation successfully defended during the previous two years in the field of international relations, law, and politics."


Fotini Christia has been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. more information


Rachel Odell has been awarded a 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Lena Andrews was honored as a 2015 Graduate Woman of Excellence by MIT's Office of the Dean of Graduate Education. more information


New Publications

Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Acquisition Reform: The Elusive Quest,", July 1, 2015.


M. Taylor Fravel, "China's New Military Strategy: 'Winning Informationized Local Wars," Jamestown Foundation, China Brief Volume: 15 Issue: 13, June 23, 2015.


Barry R. Posen, "Prelude to a Quagmire,", June 16, 2015.


Barry R. Posen, "The Iraqi Army No Longer Exists," Defense One, June 7, 2015.


Francis J. Gavin, "Friends or Frenemies: the puzzling foundations of the Ango-American special relationship," The American Interest, June 1, 2015.


Eric Lorber and Julia M. Macdonald, "Sensible Sanctions," Foreign Affairs, May 28, 2015.


Vipin Narang, "Nuclear Strategies of Emerging Nuclear Powers: North Korea and Iran," The Washington Quarterly, May 1, 2015.


Roundtable on Paul Staniland's book, Networks of Rebellion, (Cornell, 2014) including a review by Fotini Christia in H-Diplo/ISSF, May 11, 2015.


Harvey M. Sapolsky, "What Americans Don't Understand About Their Own Military,", May 6, 2015.


Nick Miller and Or Rabinowitz, "Why the Iran deal is a logical extension of U.S. nonproliferation policy," The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, April 21, 2015.


Sameer Lalwani, "China's Port to Nowhere," Foreign Affairs, April 8, 2015.


The Spring 2015 issue of Early Warning, SSP's internal newsletter, is now available. read more


Harvey Sapolsky, "JIEDDO: Thank You for Your Service,", April 1, 2015.


M. Taylor Fravel, "Things Fall Apart: Maritime Disputes and China's Regional Diplomacy," in Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, eds., China's Challenges, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).