President Trump wants to create a space force, America’s sixth armed service, to assure US dominance in space. It doesn’t matter that America already has a sixth armed service … and is already dominant in space, writes Harvey Sapolsky.
The leaders of North and South Korea met for the third time to try to revive the stalled nuclear talks. Jim Walsh discusses whether the meeting might lead to more talks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Basra’s protests are more about economic grievances than political ones. Although many of these grievances are shared by other Iraqis, they are felt most keenly by Basrawis, says Marsin Alshamary and Safwan Al-Aminmin in a recent opinion piece.
Friday, October 19, is the deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a variety of intellectual fields will be placed in internships throughout Asia. Candidates must have no prior experience in the region. More information
Japan’s military planners face a number of major challenges on the near horizon, write Eric Heginbotham and Richard Samuels in their essay in East Asia Forum Quarterly. A potential conflict on the Korean peninsula, skirmishes in the East China Sea, debilitating cyberattacks, and the forced repatriation of Taiwan by Beijing.
A South Korean presidential delegation met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and conveyed a personal letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan at a time when relations have sunk to a new low. Jim Walsh speaks about these and other issues.
The Kosovo journalist will use her time as the Elizabeth Neuffer fellow to highlight the issues that affect the everyday lives of people in the Balkans and in Eastern Europe. “Oftentimes, outlets focus on the ‘big geopolitical narratives’ ... and neglect the stories that don’t necessarily fit into this polarized perspective.”
The "Iran Action Group" announcement signaled again that the Trump administration intends to act more aggressively against Iran. So how likely is it that this pressure campaign will change Iranian behavior? MIT SSP affiliate Nicholas Miller says it won’t work.
A laboratory team from the MIT Department of Architecture, led by Professor Takehiko Nagakura and PhD student Paloma Gonzales, has been working on the MISTI Global Seed Fund Machu Picchu Design Heritage project since 2016. "We believe that…the digitalization of architectural monuments is key to the preservation of the cultural heritage of humanity.”
“These may look like small goodwill gestures, but they are an important part of the trust-building process which North Korea has signalled it values,” said Vipin Narang.
With data-informed models, Jessika Trancik seeks ways to coax progress toward sustainable energy systems. Trancik is a co-faculty director of the Center’s International Policy Lab.
The Joseph A Martore Award for Excellence in Teaching in IDSS was awarded to two faculty members for 2018: Noelle Selin and Ken Oye. Oye is director of the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies.
“As the MIT-Germany program grows, many new opportunities for collaborations will emerge, and create synergies between FAU and MIT, spanning the spectrum from teaching to cutting edge research,” says Markus Buehler, MIT-Germany faculty director and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The MIT-Japan Program and Tohoku University's Science Angels recently held their second annual collaborative education program for children, appropriately titled “Let’s STEAM!” The one-day event aims to encourage children — especially girls — to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
John Tirman writes in an opinion piece that Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? “kinderguardian” ruse reveals the extent of America’s gun culture. It’s a wellspring from the earliest times of colonial America, nourishing the country’s entire history.
North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but nuclear expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'
It is good news, said Vipin Narang, “but there are a couple of caveats. ...the Sohae test site could be destroyed, and North Korea could continue to improve their missile force and produce nuclear weapons."