Students Visit Western Military Bases

Extracted from a report by Fiona S. Cunningham


Twenty-one students, fellows, faculty and staff members from the Security Studies Program travelled to California and Nevada from March 23-27, 2014, as part of the annual program field trip.

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(Front row l-r) Lena Andrews, Marika Landau-Wells, Paul Avey, Dan Altman, Fiona Cunningham, Ketian Zhang, Tim McDonnell, Phil Martin, Mayumi Fukushima, Christine Leah, Deborah Ellis, Jayson Gilberti; (back row, l-r) Phill Bragg, Steve Wittels, Barry Posen, Reid Pauly, Andrew Miller, Colin Connor, Cullen Nutt, Joli Divon Saraf, Karl McCarthy.

What We Wrote

Paul Avey, Stanton Nuclear Fellow

“Cold War Fear is Unfounded,” The Des Moines Register, “ March 6, 2014, 15a.

“Policymakers Follow Pertinent Academic Research,” blog post for USApp, London School of Economics and Politics, March 13, 2014.

Heather Gregg, alum

“The Path to Salvation: Religious Violence from the Crusades to Jihad,” (Potomac Books; January 2014).

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Where We Spoke

Fotini Christia, faculty

Film Screening, “The Network: This Fight Can’t Be Won on the Battlefield,” (with Eva Orner) MIT Center for International Studies Starr Forum, Cambridge, MA, March 6, 2014.

Taylor Fravel, faculty

Interview, “Q&A: M. Taylor Fravel on China’s Dispute with Vietnam,” by Edward Wong, New York Times (, May 9, 2014.

Jeanne Guillemin, affiliate

Panelist, “The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria,” The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Public Radio International’s ‘The World’ and WGBH, Cambridge, MA, October 6, 2014.

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Awards and Scholarships

Daniel Altman, grad student

Accepted a MacArthur Nuclear Security Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Boaz Atzili, alum

Awarded tenure at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.

Mark Bell, grad student

Accepted a Managing the Atom/International Security Predoctoral Fellowship at Harvard’s Belfer Center for International Affairs (2014-2015). Mark also received a Smith Richardson World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship for summer 2014.

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Notes From All Over

Roftiel Constantine, AF Fellow (2006-2007 ) will retire from the Air Force after 25 years of Active Duty Service on August 31, 2014. After travelling in Europe, he and his family will return to the St. Louis area. “When I look back over my Air Force Career, one of my most treasured assignments was my year at MIT SSP – I thoroughly enjoyed the classes, the professors, the students, the many great discussions, and the entire higher learning environment and everything that came with it…sure wish I could do it all over again!” Roftiel wrote.

Calgar Kurc, former Fulbright scholar at SSP (2013-2014) has begun his military service in Turkey. He has been assigned to Air Defense class of the Land Forces. We wish him well.

CDR Kepper Pickard, USN (SM ’07) assumed command of Helicopter Training Squadron 18 based at NAS Whiting Field in October 2013. In his previous assignment, he served as Senior Policy Advisor for the Proliferation Security Initiative and Senior Military Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the Department of State. He was awarded the Superior Honor Award by the Department of State and Defense Superior Service Medal by the Department of Defense for leadership of activities relating to US Government nonproliferation efforts.




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