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John Steinbruner, Ph.D, MIT Political Science 1968
John D. Steinbruner, MIT Political Science Ph.d., 1968, passed away on April 16, 2015. He was Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), and Co-Chair of the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His work focused on issues of international security and related problems of international policy, especially the control of nuclear weapons. His theoretical and policy analytic work is fundamental to our understanding of the significant challenges of navigating nuclear weapons competitions and avoiding disaster. He authored and edited a number of professional books and monographs, including: The Cybernetic Theory of Decision: New Dimensions of Political Analysis (1974); Principles of Global Security (2000); A New Concept of Cooperative Security (co-author, 1992); and Managing Nuclear Operations (co-author,1987). Born in 1941 in Denver, Colorado, he received his A.B. from Stanford University in 1963.
Jack Ruina, 91, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering
Jack Ruina, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, MIT, passed away February 4, 2015. He was instrumental in establishing the MIT Security Studies Program and was its first Director. Prof. Ruina's special interest was in strategic nuclear weapons policy. During his long career, he served on many government committees, including a presidential appointment to the General Advisory Committee, 1969-1977, and acted as Senior Consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1977-1980. He also held the post of President of the Institute for Defense Analyses. At MIT, he has held the position of Vice President for Special Laboratories and was Secretary of the MIT Faculty. MIT News obituary Boston Globe obituary
Contemporary Military Topics: SSP's 2014-2015 Military Fellows led sessions on the following topics: "Inside the White House Situation Room," "The Evolution of Aerial Bombing," "Lessons Learned in Leadership," "US Theater Security Cooperation in East Asia," and "The Art and Science of a Carrier Landing."
MIT Starr Forum on Grand Strategy
Barry Posen and Frank Gavin were speakers at a Starr Forum titled "Whither US Grand Strategy?" on October 9, 2014. more information
Video of Barry Posen's book talk on Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, June 12, 2014 at the Cato Institute, is now available. more information
SSP Faculty in the MIT Spotlight
MIT News article about Vipin Narang's SSP Central Asia Series talk: "After the U.S. leaves Afghanistan, then what?" February 19, 2014.
MIT News article about Francis Gavin: "In Major Extension of MIT Nuclear Policy Studies, Gavin Begins Work as First Frank Stanton Chair."
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.
Contemporary Military Topics: SSP's 2013-2014 Military Fellows led sessions on the following topics: "Mythbusters: The US Navy at the movies," "Future focus of the US Air Force," "Military Planning Process," and "Catch Me If You Can."
MIT Starr Forum on Syria
"Syria: A just war? Foreign policy experts weigh in" took place Wednesday, September 11, 2013. This event was co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and the MIT Security Studies Program. MIT News Article
Starr Forum--Marathon Bombing: The Global Context
A Starr Forum titled "Marathon Bombing: The Global Context" took place May 1, 2013. Several SSP faculty and affiliates were among the speakers at this event, co-sponsored by SSP, the Center for International Studies, and MISTI Russia.
MIT Senior Congressional and Executive Branch Staff Seminar
The MIT Security Studies Program hosted its first Seminar for Senior Congressional and Executive Branch Staff titled “National Security in a Time of Austerity.” The seminar was held April 3-5, 2013 and was a project of the Frankel (MIT) Global Policy Program Fund. more information
Barry Posen gave the Kenneth Walz Memorial Lecture at Columbia University October 30, 2014. The title: "Why American Restraint Makes Sense in a World Going to Hell."
MIT Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative hosted its first event October 28, 2014. SSP's Jeanne Guillemin was one of the panelists. Link to recording on YouTube
Barry Posen took part in an event at Brookings on October 17, 2014 titled "U.S. Grand Strategy: World Leader or Restrained Power?"
Barry Posen spoke at The New Internationalism conference, produced by The American Conservative with The American Prospect and the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University on June 17, 2014. His topic: “The Case for Restraint”.
Professor Fotini Christia is a recipient of the 2015 SHASS Research Fund, to support exploratory research into political attitudes toward sectarian violence and United States foreign policy in southern Iraq.
Amanda Rothschild has received the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies.
Alec Worsnop has won the James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching—for graduate teaching assistants.
Fotini Christia's book Alliance Formation in Civil Wars (CUP, 2012) has won the 2014 Distinguished Book Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association (ENMISA).
Mark Bell, Brian Haggerty, Alec Worsnop, and Noel Anderson have all received Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowships for 2014.
Vipin Narang has received a Smith Richardson Foundation International Security Junior Faculty grant. He plans to put the award funds towards research on his second book manuscript, Windows of Volatility.