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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

Dan FreedmanThe Hour

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

Shi JiangtaoSouth China Morning Post

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

Chris LydonRadio Open Source
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. 

Vipin Narang

Analysis & Opinions

June 12, 2018

North Korea is a nuclear power. Get used to it.

Vipin Narang and Ankit PandaThe New York Times

North Korea has arrived as a nuclear power, and there is no going back. Once the reality-show theatrics of the Singapore summit meeting subside, we are left with the reality that North Korea was just recognized as a de facto nuclear weapons power.

News@E40

June 11, 2018

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A man watches a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 11, 2018. Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim, including a plan for the leaders to kick things off by meeting with only their translators present, a U.S. official said.

In the News

June 11, 2018

Singapore summit preview

Meghna Chakrabarti and Jamie BolognaWBUR

It may take years to determine the success of the summit, but experts discuss what to watch for and what they expect to see out of the historic meeting.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore on June 10, 2018. Terence Tan /Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information via Getty Images

In the News

June 11, 2018

What to expect from President Trump’s first meeting with Kim Jong Un

Larry MantleAirTalk

It will be the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting US president, despite decades of tense relations. Experts in national security and the Koreas discuss expectations ahead of tonight’s summit.

New AO for CIS, John Congdon

News@E40

June 7, 2018

CIS welcomes new administrative officer

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.

News@E40

June 6, 2018

CIS congratulates the graduates

The Center congratulates the Class of 2018 from its Security Studies Program. Lena Andrews, Marika Landau-Wells, and Timothy Wright each received a PhD in political science at MIT.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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