Frank Gavin Joins SSP

In January SSP welcomed Francis (Frank) J. Gavin as first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT. The Chair was created with a $5 million endowment from the Stanton Foundation.

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Professor Frank Gavin
MIT Political Science Faculty Portraits 2014

What We Wrote

Fotini Christia, faculty

“Too much of a Good Thing,” with Ruben Enikolopov, Foreign, December, 2013.

Neta C. Crawford, alum

“Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America’s Post-9/11 Wars,” (Oxford University Press:November, 2013)

Gregory Koblentz, alum

“Regime Security: A New Model for Understanding the Proliferation of Chemical and Biological Weapons,” Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 34, No. 3 (December 2013).

 “Viral Warfare: The Security Implications of Cyber and Biological Weapons,” with Brian M. Mazanec, Comparative Strategy, Vol. 32, No. 5 (2013) pp. 418-434.

 “Command and Combust: America’s Secret History of Atomic Accidents,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2014, pp. 167-172.

Peter Krause, alum

“The Structure of Success: How the Internal Distribution of Power Drives Armed Group Behavior and National Movement Effectiveness,” International Security, Winter 2013/14, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 72-116.

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Where We Spoke

Paul Avey, Stanton Nuclear Fellow

Presenter, “Who’s Afraid of the Bomb? The Role of Norms in Decisions to Confront Nuclear Armed Opponents,” 2013 Project on Nuclear Issues Fall Conference, Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, December 18, 2013.

Taylor Fravel, faculty

Podcast, “China’s Maritime Security,” Carnegie-Tsingua Center, December 3, 2013.

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Notes From All Over

Noel Anderson, grad student

Selected to attend the Bridging the Gap New Era Foreign Policy Conference in Washington, DC, March 2014.

David Blum, alum

Appointed as a lecturer for the applied economics program at Johns Hopkins University. He will be teaching courses on risk.

COL David Pendall, SSP Army Fellow 2012-2013

Selected as International Group Leader at the US Army’s Strategic Trends Seminar held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in January 2014. COL Pendall also hosted the US Army Senior Intelligence Office (G2), Lieutenant General Mary Legere at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory on January 30th, 2014.


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Awards and Scholarships

Noel Anderson, grad student

Received a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship.

Mark Bell, grad student

Received a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship.

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