Ernest Moniz at the 2019 Ruina Dinner

The Jack Ruina Nuclear Age Dinner, an annual event hosted the MIT Security Studies Program, took place on October 25th, 2019 in the Samberg Conference Center. The dinner series was endowed by Professor Jack Ruina, MIT Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and former Director of the MIT Security Studies Program.  The dinner features a prominent speaker to present on one of Prof. Ruina’s major professional interests: nuclear weapons strategy and policy. The guest for the 2019 Ruina Dinner was Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2013 to 2017 and emeritus faculty member in the MIT Department of Physics. In his remarks, Dr. Moniz reflected on a range of issues related to nonproliferation and arms control, and offered his insights on contemporary challenges and opportunities in nuclear policy. 


SSP Staff, Faculty, and Students at the USS Constitution Museum in 2019

On November 1st, 2019, MIT Security Studies Program staff, faculty, and students participated in a field trip to an important landmark in US naval history: The USS Constitution. The Constitution and its museum are located at the Charlestown Navy Yard, and offered the SSP community a chance to learn more about the oldest commissioned naval vessel in the world that is still seaworthy. Both museum staff and SSP’s own Military Fellows provided the guests with a guided tour and an extensive historical background of the Constitution, which made for a unique and enlightening outing for all.


Steven Simon speaking the 2019 Statecraft Dinner

The Security Studies Program at MIT and the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs recently cohosted a presentation and dinner as part of its ongoing Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Speaker Series. The Speaker Series, which brings leading scholars and policymakers to MIT to discuss their work or research, most recently invited Steven Simon to present his talk, ‘The United States and Middle East: The Long View”, at MIT on November 14th, 2019. Steven Simon, a Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby College, also previously held positions in the State Department and National Security Council during the Obama and Clinton administrations, and is an expert on a wide range of Middle Eastern issues. In his presentation, he offered an analysis of the current policy landscape in the Middle East, and participated in a Q&A with attendees, before joining SSP Faculty and guests for a dinner at the Samberg Conference Center.

For more updates about SSP's Alumni and their recent activities, please see our Alumni Profile page on the SSP website. Our featured alumna/alumnus for this issue is Dan Byman, professor and Vice Dean in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.