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IAP 2013

Contemporary Military Topics: In individual sessions, SSP's 2012-2013 Military Fellows led sessions on "Persistent and Wide Area Surveillance," Biometrics—Medical and Security Aspects," and "Lunar Laser Communications on the Move."

Congressional Testimony

Taylor Fravel testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 28, 2012. The topic of the session: "Investigating the Chinese Threat, Part One: Military and Economic Aggression."

IAP 2012

Contemporary Military Topics: In individual sessions, SSP's 2011-2012 Military Fellows led sessions on US Navy and Marine Corps; US Army and Air Force; and Joint and Combined Operations.

Jeanne Guillemin at AAAS Event

On October 20, 2011, Jeanne Guillemin spoke about the 2001 anthrax letter attacks at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Center on Science, Technology, and Security Policy. Please see a report on the session by Earl Lane titled: "Ten Years After the Deadly Anthrax Mailings, AAAS Event Explores Lingering Questions."

Corps of Engineers gets new commander


Several SSP affiliates were in attendance on July 29, 2011 as SSP's 2010-11 Army Fellow, Colonel Charles Samaris, was sworn in as the new commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, at a ceremony in Boston's Faneuil Hall. Click here for a Boston Globe article about the ceremony.



Panel discussion on Nuclear Arms Reduction

Jim Walsh was one of three panelists in a talk titled "Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: MIT Faculty and Nuclear Arms Reduction." The event, which took place May 4, 2011, also featured Aaron Bernstein, MIT Professor Emeritus, Physics, and Alex Wellerstein, History of Science, Harvard University.

Roundtable on East Asia

On April 11, 2011, the Center for International Studies at MIT hosted a roundtable on "Contemporary East Asia" featuring Rt. Hon David Miliband MP, UK former Foreign Secretary, Professor Taylor Fravel, Professor Richard J. Samuels, and Professor Ed Steinfeld.

Panel Discussion

On April 12, 2011, Barry Posen and Bjoern Seibert were panelists at an event titled “After Libya – Revival of the Age of Intervention?” The panel discussion took place at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

Book talk

Professor Taylor Fravel provided commentary for a book talk on March 28, 2011 featuring Adam Segal discussing his book Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, MIT China, MIT India, and the MIT Security Studies Program.

Starr Forum: Japan's Nuclear Crisis

Professors Richard J. Samuels, Ken Oye, and Michael Golay discussed Japan's nuclear past, present, and future from a political and engineering perspective. The presentation included an  eyewitness account of the crisis and the Japanese government's response.


IAP 2011

On January 10, 2011, SSP hosted Future Soldier Trainer (FST) Tactical Weapon Simulator experience, a “hands-on” event. On January 18, SSP hosted a 3-part seminar on the military’s role in international disaster relief operations. On January 25, the topic was “US Defense Budget Process, from Policy to Planning, to Programming and Budgets”. The final SSP IAP event, on January 26, was a showing of the documentary film “Countdown to Zero” (2010) followed by a discussion.

Asian Security Conference

New Delhi, India, was the location of the Conference on Asian Security Challenges, January 9-10, 2011. Several SSP faculty were in attendance: Barry Posen, Dick Samuels, Taylor Fravel and Vipin Narang. Also in attendance were SSP graudate students Christopher Clary and Sameer Lalwani. The conference was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and the Delhi Policy Group.

Starr Forum: Report Card on Obama

Professor Barry Posen was one of the speakers at the Starr Forum on November 9, 2010. The panelists discussed Obama's work on Afghanistan, climate, and the economy and how the results of the Nov. 2 mid-term elections would affect these important issues. Professor Richard Samuels was the moderator for this event.

Boston Review Speaker Series: Ideas Matter

On October 28, 2010, Barry Posen was one of the speakers at an Ideas Matter event (jointly sponsored by the Boston Review and the MIT Political Science Department). Fotini Christia was moderator. The topic of this session was "Iraq and Beyond."

ISS/ISAC 2010 conference

Numerous SSP affiliates participated in the ISSS/ISAC conference "International Security Beyond 9/11" in Providence, RI, October 14-16, 2010. The conference was chaired by SSP alum, Joshua Rovner. Professor Barry Posen gave the keynote speech, titled "Restraint: A New Grand Strategy for the United States". Other SSP affiliates (alumni, faculty, and graduate students) participating as panelists included: Will Norris, Phil Haun, Keren E. Fraiman, Peter Krause, Sameer Lalwani, Paul Staniland, Sharon Weiner, Benjamin Friedman, and Jim Walsh.

Kyrgyzstan: CIS Assesses the Crisis

On June 15, 2010, Carol Saivetz, SSP Research Affiliate, and Bakyt Beshimov, Visiting Scholar, MIT Center for International Studies, gave a talk on the crisis in Kyrgyzstan.


"Obama's Strategy Towards Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia"

The CIS series Audit of the Conventional Wisdom continued on June 4, 2010 with a look at the Obama administration's strategy towards Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. Paul Staniland, a graduate student at SSP, was featured.


"Why is the Defense Budget so Big?"

The Center for International Studies' series Audit of the Conventional Wisdom continued with "Why is the Defense Budget so big?" an analysis of the defense budget--the largest since World War II. Is it a rational response to the threats and the dangers that the United States faces--or not? Benjamin Friedman is a PhD student at the MIT Department of Political Science. He is a member of the Security Studies Program and is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.

IAP 2010

Contemporary Military Topics: In individual sessions, SSP's 2009-2010 Military Fellows discussed the counter IED flight in Iraq, the significance of GPS upgrades, and Seabasing.

IAP 2009

Key Issues In the Department of Defense for the Obama Administration was the title of an MIT IAP event on January 15, 2009, featuring Cindy Williams, Barry Posen, Owen Cote, Harvey Sapolsky, and CIS Wilhelm Fellow, Admiral William Fallon.

Lectures and Conferences

On June 11, 2013, Jim Walsh participated in MIT Alumni Association's Faculty Forum Online. The topic of his talk was "Kim Jong-un and the Dangers of a Nuclear North Korea." more information

Richard Samuels chaired at talk at MIT on February 19, 2013, titled "The Institutionalization of the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the 21st Century." Dr. Shingo Yoshida was the guest speaker.

Fotini Christia moderated a talk on February 19, 2013, titled "Contrasting Secular & Religious Agenda Terror and Guerrilla Warfare: From Che Guevara to Osama bin Laden." Dr. Jonathan Fine was the guest speaker. This event was co-sponsored by the MIT Security Studies Program and MISTI MIT-Israel.

Barry Posen and Carol Saivetz were among the participants at Starr Forum: The Fate of the Reset: a roundtable discussion on the future of US-Russian Relations, February 14, 2013.


Richard Samuels gave a talk at Harvard University on February 5, 2013. The topic: his forthcoming book, 3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan.

Professor Barry Posen was one of several speakers at Starr Forum: Attack of the Drones on November 13, 2012, a discussion about the ethical, legal and strategic aspects of UAV use.


On April 18, 2012, Amanda Rothschild gave the keynote address at the 2012 University Fellowships Dinner at Boston College to honor undergraduates who competed for national fellowships this year or received internal fellowships.

On April 17, 2012, Jim Walsh gave a talk at MIT titled "My 5 Dinners with Ahmadinejad: Iran, Nuclear Weapons, the Middle East."

Barry Posen spoke on “Offense or Defense? U.S. Options and Iran’s Nuclear Program," at Dartmouth College's Dickey Center on February 24, 2010. Click here for article about his talk published in The Dartmouth.

On February 8, 2010, Jim Walsh spoke at Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding and War and Peace Studies. The topic of his talk was: "Getting the Bomb: Myths, Puzzles and Policy Changes." Click here to watch a video of his talk.

Stephen Van Evera was a panelist at Tuft University's Fletcher School on March 6, 2009. The topic: American policy toward the Persian Gulf region.

Professor Stephen Van Evera gave a talk at Draper Laboratory on March 9, 2009. The topic: "American Grand Strategy for the New Era."

On April 30, 2009, Fotini Christia, along with Admiral William Fallon, USN (Ret), spoke at Starr Forum at MIT on the topic of Afghanistan.


Professor Stephen Van Evera organized and led the first annual Tobin Project National Security meeting at Airlie House, Virginia, November 14-16, 2008.  At that meeting he and Peter Krause presented a co-authored paper, "Ideas for the War of Ideas."

On November 8, 2008, Stephen Van Evera spoke on "National Security issues for the Next President," for the Second Step seminar, Brookline, Massachusetts.

In November, 2008, Professor Taylor Fravel gave a lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China on "China's Territorial Future: Will Conquest Pay?", in Qingdao, China. He was also a participant in the 20th CAPS Conference on PLA Studies, November 2008, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Professor Taylor Fravel attended the 11th PIIC Conference on Arms Control and Disarmament, October 2008.

Professor Stephen Van Evera delivered the inaugural Kenneth Waltz lecture at Columbia University's War and Peace Institute on October 14, 2008, speaking on "A Farewell to Geopolitics: American Grand Strategy for the New Era."

Professor Stephen Van Evera spoke on "Preventing War: New Ideas for Governments and NGOs" for the MIT Women's League forum on "Is Peace Possible?" on October 7, 2008. Also on October 7, he spoke on "National Security Threats and Solutions" for the Boston Athenaeum.

On Sept. 25, 2008, Professor Stephen Van Evera gave a talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The talk was part of a book launch for Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro, eds., To Lead the World: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine, (Oxford, 2008). His chapter is titled "A Farewell to Geopolitics".

Taylor Fravel gave a presentation at the APSA Conference in, Boston, MA, September 2008. The topic: "China's Territorial Future: Will Conquest Pay?"

On July 15, 2008, Barry Posen testified before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee on a new U.S. Grand Strategy.

Jim Walsh testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Thursday, April 24, 2008. The hearing was titled "Addressing Iran's Nuclear Ambitions".

February 29-March 1, 2008, Professor Richard Samuels and SSP graduate student Llewelyn Hughes were moderators for a CIS-sponsored event titled "US-Japan Relations and a Changing Asia." Professor Barry Posen gave the keynote address. Professor Taylor Fravel was one of many speakers at this event. Other speakers included SSP alums Daryl Press and Christopher Twomey. A full report of the event is available at CIS' web site.

February 22-23, 2008, Professor Barry Posen chaired a conference titled "Energy, National Security and the Persian Gulf." The conference was sponsored by the MIT Security Studies Program and The MIT Center for International Studies.

Professor Barry Posen gave a talk on "U.S. Grand Strategy, Consensus & Critique," at MIT on Thursday, March 20, 2008. The talk was part of MIT's Sidney-Pacific Lecture Series.