New Military Fellows Arrive

The Security Studies Program has welcomed five new military fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. We look forward to working with them.

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Back (L-R): Stephane Wolfgeher, John Henderson, Ryan Bernacchi; Front (L-R): Eric Thompson, Glenn Voetz

Where We Spoke

Mark Bell, grad student

Presenter, “Beyond Emboldenment: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons on State Foreign Policy,”  Monash University South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 3, 2014. Same paper presented at the American Political Science Association Conference, Washington, DC, August 28, 2014.

Fotini Christia, faculty

Profile, “From Conflict, Cooperation,” by Nicole Estvanik Taylor, MIT Spectrum, Spring 2014.

Frank Gavin, faculty

Profile, “The History Man: Nuclear security expert Francis Gavin brings a historical approach to the study of international politics,” by Peter Dizikes, MIT News, August 7, 2014.

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What We Wrote

Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch, alum

“Ideational Change and the Emergence of the International Norm of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions,” European Journal of International Relations 20, no. 3 (September 2014), pp. 810-833.

Vanda Felbab-Brown, alum

“Security Considerations for Conducting Fieldwork in Highly Dangerous Places on Highly Dangerous Subjects,” Social Science Research Council Working Papers (Drugs, Security and Democracy Program DSD Working Papers on Research Security: No. 3), June 2014.

Taylor Fravel, faculty

“China signaling in the East China Sea?” The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, April 12, 2014.

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Notes From All Over

2011-12 Air Force Fellow, Colonel (select) Karl Schloer, assumed leadership of the Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery Division at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, on June 23, 2014.  In his new role Karl leads 178 people who acquire and sustain the HC-130 rescue, MC-130J special operations transport, and AC 130J gunship aircraft. They also develop, procure, and manage specialized mission equipment for Battlefield airman in occupational specialties ranging from special tactics to combat rescue and operate the Rapid Development Integration Facility, which specializes in prototyping and light modification of the full range of Air Force aircraft.

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Awards and Scholarships

Boaz Atzili, alum

Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the School of International Service, American University.

His book, Good Fences Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict has won the Furniss Book Award from the Mershon Center for International Security at Ohio State University. The award is “given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security.” Boaz is the third MIT SSP student to win this award in the past ten years (Ben Valentino won in 2004, and Joshua Rovner in 2011).

Michal Ben-Josef  Hirsch, alum

Appointed as Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College.

David Blum, alum

Appointed Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University in the Applied Economics Program. Beginning Fall 2014, he will teach a course titled Real Risk.

Keren Fraiman, alum

Awarded a Post-Doctoral Terrorism Research Award from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).

Richard Samuels, faculty

Appointed an Einstein Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berliin, where he will be working with colleagues and grad students to develop a program on Asian Security Studies.

Will Norris, alum

Currently an assistant professor at the Bush School at Texas A&M University. Awarded a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC for the 2014-15 academic year where he will be looking at the problem of inadvertent escalation in the East Asian strategic context.



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