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.”
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.
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.
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.
The Center is pleased to welcome John Congdon as its new administrative officer. He comes to MIT from the UMass Medical School, where he worked as the administrative manager in the Office of Faculty Affairs.
A new partnership between MIT and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Flanders, Belgium, seeks to build bridges between researchers at both institutions, and between the Dutch and French-speaking regions of Belgium.
PhD candidates Sara Plana and Rachel Tecott spearheaded a major conference that was sponsored and hosted by CSIS and the Kissinger Center at SAIS. The topic, the future of force, aims to be the first in a program series called the Future of Strategy Forum that features women doing important work in national and international security.
“The US is trying to stop China from doing something it’s already doing,” said Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and the Center’s acting director. “That’s harder than stopping it from doing something it hasn’t done yet.”
Khatuna Burkadze has been a Fulbright scholar at the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) for the past academic year. While at MIT, she implemented a project on cybersecurity issues and shares about her work in the following interview.
Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and the Center’s acting director, says the name change to “Indo-Pacific Command” from “Pacific Command” is also likely intended to signal support for the US administration’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.”
Nuclear strategy expert Vipin Narang spoke with several media outlets about President Trump's withdrawl from the Iran Deal and the implications it has on North Korea, speculating about the expectations both leaders have for the upcoming June 12th summit in Singapore between Kim and Trump.
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The recent meeting of the two Korean leaders has boosted the prospects that the June 12 summit will go ahead. Vipin Narang featured on The World Today.
James Baker, a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow at CIS and former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, spoke at a Starr Forum on artifical intelligence and national security law. His talk is featured here in print.
Jim Walsh, SSP senior research associate and foreign policy expert corrects Fox News host claiming the Iran deal must be bad because Iran wants to stay in “By that definition, no deal would ever be good if the parties supported it. That's not how negotiations work.” Walsh also appeared on various media outlets to give his perspective on the latest with North Korea and President Trump.