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News Release

September 17, 2020

Beyond 9/11: Homeland Security for the Twenty-First Century

Drawing on two decades of government efforts to “secure the homeland,” experts offer crucial strategic lessons and detailed recommendations for homeland security.

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September 16, 2020

Luce fellowship deadline Oct 16

Friday, October 16, 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

Indian soldiers pay their respects during the funeral of their comrade, Tenzin Nyima, a senior-rank Tibetan official from India's Special Frontier Force, on Sept. 7. | AFP-JIJI

In the News

September 16, 2020

Secret Tibetan military force raises stakes in India-China clash

Sudhi Ranjan Sen and Archana ChaudharyThe Japan Times

Vipin Narang quoted: While neither country has an incentive to go to war, the increasing intensity and persistence of friction may cause them to stumble into one, according to Vipin Narang. “An advertent or inadvertent incident at a local flashpoint could now really fuel a broader conflict that neither government wants,” said Narang.

US troops on a joint patrol with Afghan security forces

Analysis + Opinion

September 13, 2020

Seven bad options to counter state sponsorship of proxies

Sara PlanaLawfare

Iran, Russia and other countries often use proxies as a way to fight the United States and its allies while advancing their own influence. Fighting proxy war, however, is often more complicated than confronting traditional aggression. Sara Plana details a range of responses to proxy war and notes their many limitations. (Daniel Byman).

An Indian helicopter flies over a mountain range near the disputed border © AFP via Getty Images

In the News

September 11, 2020

China and India agree to ‘disengage troops’ in Himalayas

Amy KazminThe Financial Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “The bottom line is we have to see what happens on the ground,” said Vipin Narang. “Until there is physical disengagement on the ground, you could still get an accident that forces one or both sides into a conflict that they don’t want.”

A man pauses by the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York City. (Flickr/Sarah Le Clerc,; CC BY-ND 2.0,

In the News

September 11, 2020

The 9/11 Commission Report, the pandemic and the future of Homeland Security

Carrie CorderoLawfare

Chappell Lawson and Alan Bersin write in a new volume they have edited along with Juliette Kayyem, that the new report will likely “bring significant disruption and confusion with little expectation of operational improvement.”

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September 11, 2020

The Center's bi-annual magazine is now available

précis, the Center's bi-annual magazine, features essays and the wide range of activities of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. The spring/summer 2020 edition is now available for download.

Both India and China have strengthened their positions on the border © Yawar Nazir/Getty

In the News

September 10, 2020

India and China meet to defuse Himalayan border tensions

Amy KazminThe Financial Times

Vipin Narang heavily quoted: “I don’t think that either side really wants to risk a war over these positions along the line of actual control but we now have a lot of friction points,” he said. “The problem isn’t that one side starts a war intentionally. The risk is that they stumble into war.” But he added that expectations for the talks were muted. “I don’t think anybody expects there to be a massive breakthrough,” he said. “The best-case scenario is that both sides walk away with a detailed framework of how to disengage.”

Participating in an online interaction on Monday night to mark the release of his book The India Way, Jaishankar pointed to the serious situation on the LAC and underscored the need for “very deep conversations between the two sides at a political level”. (Photo @DrSJaishankar)

In the News

September 9, 2020

Fresh Pangong lake face-off complicates Jaishankar-Wang’s face-to-face meet

Rezaul H LaskarHindustan Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “I don’t think either India or China have an incentive to go to war over the border dispute, but the increasing intensity and persistence of friction, along with air activity and the presence of loaded firearms may cause them to ‘stumble’ into war,” he said. “An advertent or inadvertent incident at a local flashpoint could now really fuel a broader conflict that neither government wants, as the forces continue to come into contact with each other,” Narang added.

a vast "pyrocumulus" cloud generated by the Creek Fire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

In the News

September 7, 2020

Pictures and videos show California burning as more wildfires break out across state

Aristos Georgiou Newsweek

Vipin Narang quoted: “This is not a nuclear blast. It is California on fire,” MIT professor Vipin Narang wrote in a post showing the image on Twitter.