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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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CIS Starr Forum: The ISIS Apocalypse

CIS Starr Forum: The ISIS Apocalypse

Added 12 months ago | 01:13:54 | 1198 views |

October 01, 2015 Starr Forum: The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State A conversation with William McCants About the Speaker: William McCants is a fellow in the Center for Middle East Polic...

Starr Forum: Heretic: Why Islam Nee...

Added 1 year ago | 01:38:17 | 1057 views |

A distinguished political leader and relentless champion of free speech and women’s rights, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today’s most admired and controversial public figures. She will be coming to MIT to discuss her latest book: Heretic: W...

Juan Cole- Iraq's Three Civil Wars:...

Added over 8 years ago | 01:40:38 | 29160 views

Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. After Sept. 11, he launched a Weblog, “Informed Comment,” ...

Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran...

Added almost 9 years ago | 01:15:25 | 38804 views

CIS and the Iranian Studies Group at MIT featured a public discussion with Barbara Slavin, chief diplomatic correspondent, USA Today, on her new book on Iran and the United States. Since 1996, Slavin has been responsible for analyzing f...

CIS Starr Forum: Don't Be an Americ...

Added almost 9 years ago | 01:22:32 | 44256 views

Don't Be an American IdiotHow does the U.S. use human rights in its foreign policy? Does the occupant of the White House matter when it comes to U.S. human interests abroad? What is the role of civil society in making human rights matte...

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