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July 15, 2020

America and China have hampered peace progress on the Korean peninsula

The discordant approaches taken by South Korea, the United States, and China have hampered progress toward peace on the peninsula. Seoul’s pro-peace diplomacy has been undercut by Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign, which in turn has been undercut by Beijing’s loosening of sanctions enforcement.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Joseph "CAPS" Hubley conducts a passing exercise in an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the South China Sea on July 7. (U.S. Navy photo via Reuters)

In the News

July 15, 2020

Asia greets US shift on South China Sea with hope and doubt

Ken Moriyasu and Tomoya OnishiNikkei Asian Review

M Taylor Fravel quoted: Given a choice, "Southeast Asian states do not want to choose between the US and China.  But they also want to be able to assert their maritime claims and jurisdiction.  The statement may create an expectation among other claimants that the United States may take actions to defend their claims, but the statement itself creates no such obligation, only an expectation," he said.

Joel Brenner

In the News

July 15, 2020

France creates first university intelligence chair and masters course on the dark arts of espionage

Henry SamuelThe Telegraph

Joel Brenner quoted:  Speaking to the Telegraph, Joel Brenner said: "I'm pleased to see that Sciences Po-Aix recognizes that intelligence and the place of intelligence agencies in society are worthy of academic study.  This is a welcome development and will make it easier to nourish links between French universities and their counterparts in the US and UK."

Students at the University of Washington in Seattle on March 6, the last day of in-person classes. Foreign students are worried that new Trump administration policies will make it difficult for them to remain in the country while attending college. (Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

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July 13, 2020

Trump administration’s move on visas is ‘dream-crashing’ for Indian students and families

Joanna Slater and Niha MasihThe Washington Post

Vipin Narang quoted: The announcement makes international students a pawn in the administration’s push to get universities to fully reopen in the fall, said Vipin Narang. The level of anxiety it has induced is “incalculable,” he said. “It really does enrage me.” Several major US universities, including MIT, have sued the Trump administration in an attempt to reverse the move.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced China on Monday, saying its maritime claims in the South China Sea were “completely unlawful.”Credit...T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times

In the News

July 13, 2020

US says most of China’s claims in South China Sea are illegal

Edward Wong and Michael CrowleyThe New York Times

M Taylor Fravel quoted: “The statement is a full-throated endorsement of the tribunal’s ruling,” said M Taylor Fravel, a political scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies China’s territorial disputes and its military.

Schools such as Harvard, Princeton, and Georgetown have already announced mostly remote-learning semesters. (Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times)

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July 10, 2020

US tells foreign students with online classes to go, universities look at options

Karishma Mehrotra Indian Express

Vipin Narang quoted: “There’s always been this concern about these online-only, for-profit, F1 scam businesses. But this directive seems a little more carefully crafted to target institutions like MIT. If all they want is some in-person component for online classes, I’ll be happy to do that. If this targets legitimate students in legitimate institutions, then any loophole that would allow faculty and institutions to make a class ‘hybrid’ would be exploited.”

According to Fravel, the old Chinese maps "do not show Sakteng or nearby areas in Bhutan as Chinese territory". (Photo: Twitter/fravel)

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July 8, 2020

History contradicts new Chinese claims over Bhutan's territory

India Today BureauIndia Today

M Taylor Fravel heavily quoted: Past Chinese maps, put out by prominent China expert and Director of the MIT Security Studies Program M Taylor Fravel, suggest that China has acknowledged the area as Bhutanese territory in the past. According to Fravel, the old Chinese maps “do not show Sakteng or nearby areas in Bhutan as Chinese territory”.

CNBC TV18 Interview Screen Shot with Experts

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July 6, 2020

India-China agree to disengage at Galwan Valley; experts discuss the road ahead

Parikshit LuthraCNBC-TV18

After a 60 day long confrontation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China have agreed to disengage and deescalate tensions at the LAC. Vipin Narang is among the experts who discuss the road ahead.

White House with US flag waving in front of it

In the News

July 3, 2020

Trump slams China’s pattern of aggression

Yashwant RajHindustan Times

Vipin Narang heavily quoted:  Narang said that one of the Trump administration’s foreign policy “bright spots” have been its relationship with India, and his personal bonhomie with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “That does not mean that the relationship is all roses, but there is a lot of sympathy and friendship toward India, across both parties and especially the Trump administration which has remained silent on domestic issues that some members of the Democratic Party have expressed concern about...”

Military vehicles with armed solders inside

In the News

July 3, 2020

First China, now Pakistan: How India's battling on two fronts

Sudhi Ranjan SenBloomberg | Quint

Vipin Narang heavily quoted: “But my general sense is that Pakistan may feel like it needs to show resolve at home and to India in Jammu & Kashmir” after India changed the province's consitutional status in August last year, Narang said.  Islamabad may “also be opportunistically taking advantage of India's distraction and focus on the LAC.”