George W. Rathjens, Professor Emeritus of Political Science
George W. Rathjens, one of SSP's founders, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Prior to coming to MIT he had a distinguished career in government service including the Department of State and the Department of Defense. He is best known for his contributions to the theory and practice of nuclear arms control. more information MIT News Office obituary
In the News
SSP Director Barry Posen has received a great honor: the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association. He will be honored at a special panel at the ISA conference in Baltimore in February 2017.
Amanda Rothschild appears in a June 14, 2016 New England Cable News segment: "Obama Defends Against Opponents Who Demand He Say 'Radical Islam'."
Jim Walsh was interviewed on WBUR's Here and Now, June 13, 2016: "Authorities Probe Orlando Shooter's Possible Ties to Terrorism."
Taylor Fravel has been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year, a prestigious award he will use to further his research on Asia's ongoing maritime disputes. MIT News article
MIT Political Science news article about Marsin Alshamary's research: "From Babylon to Baudelaire and Back: A scholar heeds the call of family history."
Dick Samuels was on WBUR's Here and Now, May 13, 2016, in a segment titled "Obama's Visit to Hiroshima Is About Memory More Than It's About Apology." He was also quoted in the New York Times on May 10th, article titled "Obama's Visit Raises Ghosts of Hiroshima."
Interview with Stephen Van Evera on 52-insights.com, "The Rise and Fall of an Empire."
Gautum Mukunda, "What Brexit Means for the Openness of the World Economy," Harvard Business Review, June 24, 2016.
Amanda Rothschild, "51 US diplomats criticized US policy on Syria. Will their dissent make a difference?" Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog, June 24, 2016.
Jim Walsh, "Your Beliefs About Terrorism And Islam Are A Hot Mess Of Myth And Illogic," op-ed, WBUR's Cognoscenti, June 21, 2016.
Amanda Rothschild, "Call radical Islam by name to win war of ideas," op-ed, Boston Herald, June 14, 2016.
Jeanne Guillemin, "Assad's Atrocities," The New Yorker (letters to the editor), June 6 & 13, 2016.
Harvey Sapolsky, "Gonzo Plans for the Army," niskanencenter.org, May 10, 2016.
Carol R. Saivetz, "Putin's Pullout: A Failing Public Relations Campaign," lawfareblog.com, May 8, 2016.
Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson, "Deal or No Deal? The End of the Cold War and the U.S. Offer to Limit NATO Expansion," International Security, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Spring 2016), pp. 7-44.
Christopher Clary, "Correspondence: Battling over Pakistan's Battlefield Nuclear Weapons," International Security, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Spring 2016).
Harvey M. Sapolsky, "U.S. Navy Ships Shouldn't Be Floating Billboards for Democrats," nationalinterest.org, April 26, 2016.
The Spring 2016 issue of Early Warning, SSP's quarterly newsletter, is now available. more information
Alexander Lanoszka (with Michael Allen Hunzeker), "The Efficacy of Landpower: Landpower and American Credibility," Parameters, 45(4) Winter 2015-16.
Reid Pauly, "Bedeviled by a Paradox: Nitze, Bundy, and an Incipient Nuclear Norm," The Nonproliferation Review, Vol. 22, Issue 3-4, 2005. (Published online 6 April 2016.)
Christine M. Leah, "There Are Going To Be More Cold Wars," realcleardefense.com, April 7, 2016. (Article also appears in Business Insider.)
Gene Gerzhoy and Nick Miller, "Donald Trump thinks more countries should have nuclear weapons. Here's what the research says," Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog, April 6, 2016.
Jonathan Caverley (with Ethan B. Kapstein), "Who's Arming Asia?" Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Vol. 58, No. 2 (April-May 2016), pp. 167-187.