Security Studies Program


Wednesday Seminar Series

SSP's Wednesday Seminar Series will continue April 30, 2014, with speaker Amy Smithson, Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her topic: "About Face? Chemical Disarmament in Syria." 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.




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


In the News

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego paper has a writeup of the recent SSP field trip: "MIT students tour depot, leave impressed," April 4, 2014.


Daryl Press's book, Calculating Credibility, was cited in a March 7, 2014 CNN article about the Ukraine crisis titled "Enough with the tough guy debate," and in the New York Times, March 15, 2014, in an article titled "Crimea Through a Game-Theory Lens."


Carol Saivetz in NECN segment titled "Foreign policy expert: Russia should not take further action in Ukraine," March 3, 2014.


New Publications

Paul Staniland, Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse, Cornell University Press, 2014.


Jim Walsh, "When Your Work Suddenly Comes Home,", April 17, 2014.


Harvey M. Sapolsky, "Questions to Ask as we Shrink the Defense Industrial Base," The CIP Report, April 2014, pp. 10-11.


Harvey M. Sapolsky and Christine M. Leah, "Let Asia Go Nuclear," The National Interest, April 14, 2014.


M. Taylor Fravel and Alastair Iain Johnston, "Chinese signaling in the East China Sea?" The Washington Post, April 12, 2014.


Vipin Narang, "Why India must stay the nuclear hand," The Indian Express, April 12, 2014.


Jim Walsh, "The Ukrainian Paradox,", March 21, 2014.


Nicholas L. Miller, "Nuclear Dominoes: A Self-Defeating Prophecy?" Security Studies, 23:33–73, 2014.


Carol Saivetz, "Ukraine's Crisis and the Russia Card," Letter to the Editor, New York Times, February 25, 2014.


Peter Krause, "The Structure of Success: How the Internal Distribution of Power Drives Armed Group Behavior and National Movement Effectiveness," International Security, Vol. 38, No. 3 (Winter 2013/2014), 72-116


Jim Walsh, "Crimes Against Humanity: Why We Must Never Become Numb To The Phrase,", February 21, 2014.


Harvey M. Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz, "End of the Line," The National Interest, February 5, 2014.