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Department of Political Science Speaker Series: Undergraduate Discussion – Professor Jim Walsh

The Department of Political Science and the Wayne Morse Center’s Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance invites you to an open discussion for undergraduate students with Jim Walsh, Senior Research Associate and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP). Join us on Thursday, April 19 in PLC 905 from 3:15-4:15 pm for the opportunity to talk with an expert!


“North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and War: Is This for Real?”

Dr. Jim Walsh is an expert in international security and a Senior Research Associate and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP).

Dr. Walsh’s research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving nuclear weapons. Dr. Walsh has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives on issues of nuclear terrorism, Iran, and North Korea. He is one of a handful of Americans who has traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues.

His recent publications include “Stopping North Korea, Inc.: Sanctions Effectiveness and Unintended Consequences” and “Rivals, Adversaries, and Partners: Iran and Iraq in the Middle East” in Security and Bilateral Issues between Iran and its Arab Neighbours.

He is the international security contributor to the NPR program “Hear and Now,” and his comments and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and numerous other national and international media outlets.

Before coming to MIT, Dr. Walsh was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has taught at both Harvard University and MIT. Dr. Walsh received his Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This is an informal discussion without a presentation–just an opportunity to interact. Come by, ask questions, and talk with a political scientist!

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Foster Political Science Speaker Series Fund, and the Wayne Morse Center’s Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance.



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