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Jack Ruina, 91, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering

Jack RuinaJack 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

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

Book talk

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."

IAP 2014

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”.

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. more information video of the event

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. more information, including a video of the event

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."


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.