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July 26, 2018

US anticipates North Korea will return remains of 55 service members, official says

Greg Palkot, Lukas MikelionisFOX News

The US is anticipating that North Korea will return the remains of some 55 American service members on Friday, which is the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War.

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is dismantling a rocket-launch facility. It could be because of President Donald Trump. Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

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July 25, 2018

US-North Korea talks have been a disaster since Trump met with Kim Jong Un

Alex WardVox

SSP's Vipin Narang tells Vox it’s a good thing that Pyongyang is dismantling the rocket-launch facility. But it’s a positive step having less to do with North Korea’s missile-launching ability, and more to do with how it will make the Trump administration look.

A satellite image shows progress at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station.

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July 24, 2018

North Korea is dismantling missile facilities, but nuclear expert warns against getting 'drunk on optimism'

Linda MottramABC News

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."

In the News

July 23, 2018

What was the strategy behind the president's Iran tweet?


President Trump tweeted a strongly worded message to President Rouhani of Iran. Jim Walsh says that the president’s tweet could come off as a nuclear threat.

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July 23, 2018

Satellite images indicate North Korea has started dismantling rocket launch site

Jonathan Cheng and Michael R. GordonThe Wall Street Journal

The overall importance of the Sohae missile site has also likely diminished for Pyongyang says Vipin Narang on the news that satellite imagery shows North Korea has begun taking down its main satellite launch facility.

Barry Posen, a Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Security Studies Program at the Center for International Studies, provided a foreign policy briefing on US grand strategy to consuls generals and journalists in April, 2018. He is the author of "The Case for Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy."  Photo courtesy Laura Kerwin/MIT Center for International Studies

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July 20, 2018

The NATO summit and state of the alliance

Michelle EnglishMIT News

Barry Posen, a leading national security expert and Cold War historian, offers in-depth scholarship on NATO Summit. He discusses the role of NATO today, and whether the alliance is “stronger than ever,” as President Trump stated in a post-summit press conference.

In the News

July 20, 2018

For US cybersecurity, it’s Code Red

Hiawatha BrayBoston Globe

“It’s very scary out there,” said Joel Brenner, a senior research fellow at CIS and former inspector general of the US National Security Agency. “People have little idea how relentlessly our critical infrastructure as well as our government agencies are being attacked, around the clock.”

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July 19, 2018

Trump's sharp criticism of NATO's newest member has a point, but his comments are playing right into Russia's hands

Christopher WoodyNew Haven Register

Russia has accused NATO of trying to encircle it, and Moscow was adamantly opposed to Montenegro joining the alliance. Barry Posen is quoted.

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)

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July 17, 2018

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

Robin Young and Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

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.

Trump Faces Criticism For Comments After Putin Meeting

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July 16, 2018

Trump faces criticism for comments after Putin meeting

Sue O'ConnellNECN "The Take"

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.

South China Sea, Image Credit: U.S. Navy/ Still shot

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July 11, 2018

Is China using force or coercion in the South China Sea?

Constantinos YiallouridesThe Diplomat

M. Taylor Fravel comments that China’s use of force in its territorial disputes aims “to create a reputation for toughness over territory and deter its opponents in all other disputes.”

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)

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July 10, 2018

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

Keith JohnsonForeign Policy

“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].”

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)

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July 9, 2018

Heated rhetoric from North Korea

Lisa MullinsWBUR Here & Now

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.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang, on Friday, in the first negotiations since the historic June 12th summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

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July 8, 2018

North Korea declares US diplomacy “gangster-like”

Robin WrightThe New Yorker

Vipin Narang described the criticism as a “negotiating tactic.” But he also cautioned, in a tweet, that the Kim regime is signalling “… (1) We aren’t unilaterally disarming…(2) Any other stuff short of that? Gonna cost you chief…”

White House national security adviser John Bolton

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July 2, 2018

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

The New York Times

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.” 

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

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July 2, 2018

Is North Korea secretly continuing its nuclear programme?

Andreas IllmerBBC News

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.

New satellite images show North Korea has made rapid improvements to the infrastructure at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center.

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June 27, 2018

Satellite images show North Korea upgrading nuclear facility

Zachary CohenCNN

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.

Siemens trains its next generation of workers at this complex outside Munich.

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June 22, 2018

Rebuilding Germany’s centuries-old vocational program

Russ JuskalianMIT Technology Review

The Ausbildung is widely touted as an example other countries should follow. But it’s struggling to keep up with technological change. But don’t write off the German system just yet. Over the centuries, it “has survived and been adapted to massive changes in technology,” says Kathleen Thelen.

Orkideh Behrouzan

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June 21, 2018

The psycho-politics of wellbeing

Middle East Research and Information Project

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. 

American flag and barbed wire, USA border

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June 20, 2018

CIS experts discuss immigration in the US

CIS experts have been talking about immigration in America and offering their insight on the issues—as well as how the Trump administration changes impacted the process and changed the narrative on migration to the US.