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More than fifty years ago, MIT established the Center for International Studies to conduct research to help the United States in its cold war struggle against the Soviet Union. Before long, however, the Center broadened its focus to include research and teaching in a wide range of international subjects, among them development studies, comparative politics, international relations, social movements, security studies, and international science and technology.

MIT and the Center have always sought to bridge the worlds of the scholar and the policymaker by offering each a place to exchange thoughts and perspectives with the other, and by encouraging academics to work on policy-relevant programs. Center scholars, and the students they helped educate, have served at senior levels in every administration since the Kennedy years. It is a source of great pride to all of us at CIS that they are today among the nation's most distinguished analysts and executives in government and the private sector.

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2013 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner

2013 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner

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2013 Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner The 2013 Ruina Nuclear Age dinner was held February 25, 2013. The keynote speaker was Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice Principal (Strategy & Development), King's College, London, UK. His topic: "Can the Nuclear ...

Starr Forum: Whither US Grand Strategy?

Starr Forum: Whither US Grand Strat...

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Recorded on 10/09/2014 Starr Forum "Whither US Grand Strategy?" About the speakers: Barry R. Posen is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and director of the MIT Security Studies Program. His most recent book is Res...

Starr Forum: "Africa Rebooted: Science Technology, and Innovation in Development."

Starr Forum: "Africa Rebooted: Scie...

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MIT Vice President Claude Canizares Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics Associate Director for MIT of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center Professor Hazel Sive Professor of Biology, MIT Founding Director MIT-South Africa Program Member,...

Starr Forum: Indian Ocean: The Vortex of Destiny

Starr Forum: Indian Ocean: The Vort...

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Recorded 5/1/2014 Starr Forum- Indian Ocean: The vortex of destiny Speaker: Ranil Wickremesinghe, the former prime minister of Sri Lanka, is currently a Robert E. Wilhelm fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT. The Sri ...

Starr Forum: Junk Food and the Modern Mind

Starr Forum: Junk Food and the Mode...

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Experts discuss the research and the global implications of the modern American diet. Speakers: Capt Joseph Hibbeln, MD, is Lead Clinical Investigator, Unit on Nutrition in Psychiatry, NIAAA, Washington DC; & a Commander in the United S...

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