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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

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.

 A Japanese destroyer at Sagami Bay, Japan, October 2015.

Analysis & Opinions

July 16, 2018

A new military strategy for Japan

Eric Heginbotham and Richard SamuelsForeign Affairs

Japan's current military strategy, which relies on forward defense, is outdated. An active denial strategy would improve deterrence and mitigate crisis instability, says Eric Heginbotham and Richard Samuels.

Trump Faces Criticism For Comments After Putin Meeting

In the News

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.

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.

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

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].”

Robert Murray


July 9, 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 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.

In the News

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…”

 An increasingly harsh approach to dissent has created a ‘climate of fear,’ says Audrey Li Photo: AFP/Wang Zhao

Analysis & Opinions

July 6, 2018

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

Audrey Jiajia LiInkstone

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.

White House national security adviser John Bolton

In the News

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.”