President Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)
In the News | July 17, 2018

Where Trump's summit with Putin fits as a historical moment

President Trump meets with lawmakers Tuesday as he deals with fallout from Monday's closed-door talks and joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Admiral Scott H Swift, USN 62nd Commander of the US Pacific Fleet
News Release | July 16, 2018

Admiral Scott Swift joins CIS as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow

Adm Scott H Swift, former commander of the US Pacific Fleet, joins the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) as a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow. Swift arrives at MIT on August 1, 2018. He retired from the US Navy on July 1, 2018.

Trump Faces Criticism For Comments After Putin Meeting
In the News | July 16, 2018

Trump faces criticism for comments after Putin meeting

President Donald Trump faces bi-partisan congressional criticism for his comments after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. What's the basis of the criticism and is it fair? Why was he so eager to meet with Putin in the first place? Carol Saivetz, MIT Security Studies, discusses on The Take.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left North Korea after two days of “productive” talks, while Pyongyang decried U.S. “gangster-like” tactics, on July 7, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)
In the News | July 10, 2018

Crisis in US nuclear talks with Pyongyang not China’s doing, experts say

“Trump’s tweet betrays the fundamental problem: He thinks it was a contract and a unilateral agreement to denuclearize,” said Vipin Narang. “But when North Korea says it is not going to unilaterally disarm, that is not the influence of China — that is them knowing what they signed [in Singapore].”

Robert Murray
News@E40 | July 09, 2018

Celebrating Robert Murray, a colleague and friend

The Center hosted a retirement party for Robert Murray on June 28. Bob, as he was known at CIS, served as the Center’s administrative officer for seventeen years. The event was as celebratory as it was poignant.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Nom Bar International Airport in Hanoi on July 8, 2018. Pompeo shrugged off North Korean accusations of "gangster-like" behavior and said sanctions on Pyongyang would only be lifted with "final" denuclearization. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)
In the News | July 09, 2018

Heated rhetoric from North Korea

President Trump heads to Europe this week for the NATO summit after a weekend that featured heated rhetoric from North Korea on denuclearization. Jim Walsh weighs in on Here & Now.

 An increasingly harsh approach to dissent has created a ‘climate of fear,’ says Audrey Li Photo: AFP/Wang Zhao
Analysis & Opinions | July 06, 2018

More and more, overseas Chinese fear the long arm of Beijing

When Audrey Jiajia Li was invited to host a panel at a conference in Singapore, she didn’t expect to be shouted at for being too negative on China. But it’s part of a disturbing trend of Chinese being unable to speak their mind overseas, she says.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
In the News | July 02, 2018

Is North Korea secretly continuing its nuclear programme?

You can imagine a North Korean strategy where without a full disclosure of all their facilities they can offer to shut down some of the known sites in order to get sanctions relief, SSPs Vipin Narang explains to BBC News. At the same time they would clandestinely push ahead at the secret sites.

White House national security adviser John Bolton
In the News | July 02, 2018

US has plan to dismantle North Korea nuclear program within a year: Bolton

The North could try to trade sites and technology that have relatively low values in exchange for sanctions relief, while covertly operating facilities required to advance key capabilities, SSP's Vipin Narang said. What it suggests is that Kim has no intention of surrendering his nuclear weapons.” 

New satellite images show North Korea has made rapid improvements to the infrastructure at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center
In the News | June 27, 2018

Satellite images show North Korea upgrading nuclear facility

North Korea has had a decade-long nuclear testing sequence where they have presumably learned a lot about designs, SSP's Vipin Narang told CNN. They probably do not need full blown tests to go into serial production of warheads.

Orkideh Behrouzan
In the News | June 21, 2018

The psycho-politics of wellbeing

CIS affiliate scholar Orkideh Behrouzan speaks about the politics of Iranian mental health and the effects of 40 years of revolution and war and the ways in which a younger generation is forming identities. 

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter tours the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility in Groton, Conn., in May 2016.
In the News | June 16, 2018

Some experts question defense value of submarines

The Columbia-class is the updated classic ballistic-missile submarine, and, according to Owen Cote, “the single most important part of the nuclear triad. It’s the only weapons platform that can survive attack and destroy any target. The only bad thing about it is it’s expensive.”

Chinese visitors in Dandong look on as a train passes from North Korea to China on the Friendship Bridge. Beijing sees Pyongyang as holding a unique place in its foreign policy. Photo: Reuters
In the News | June 16, 2018

How China is using North Korea in its long game against America

Despite Pyongyang’s record of using diplomacy to manipulate major powers, analysts say Beijing may have few good options other than to throw its weight behind another round of denuclearisation talks to maintain ties with its communist neighbour and secure its regional influence.

Kim Jong-Un
In the News | June 14, 2018

Two guys walk into a summit in Singapore

From “fire and fury” to a “terrific relationship” in less than a year sound like a happy turn in the Trump-Kim dance around nukes and North Korea. Or is it? Chris Lydon interviews Jeanne Guillemin and other scholars for historical context.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.
In the News | June 13, 2018

CIS experts in national security and the Koreas discuss the Singapore summit

The Center's experts have been mentioned in media outlets around the globe, weighing in on the expectations and possible outcomes of the historic meeting of President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

News@E40 | June 11, 2018

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