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Hala Aldosari


December 6, 2019

précis Interview: Hala Aldosari

"When Mohammed bin Salman decided it was important to deliver on the economy by allowing certain women’s rights, this did not include all women’s rights," explains Hala Aldosari, Saudi scholar and activist, and the Center's Robert E Wilhelm Fellow.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shaking hands at the DMZ in June

In the News

December 5, 2019

North Korean missile and Kim Jong-un's 'Christmas gift' decision

Laura BickerBBC News

Vipin Narang quoted: "All of the missiles have several things in common. They are solid fuel, they are mobile, they are fast, they fly low, and at least the KN-23 can manoeuvre inflight, which is very impressive. Any one of the missiles would pose a challenge to regional and ROK missile defences given these characteristics. Together, they pose a nightmare."


December 5, 2019

Firms and the state in Chinese overseas investment

PhD student John Minnich asks, "Do Chinese multinational enterprises, like their counterparts in the West or Japan and South Korea, base their investment decisions primarily on commercial interests, or do they invest abroad in order to advance Beijing’s political and strategic agenda?"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse as he visits battle sites in areas of Mt Paektu, Ryanggang, North Korea, in this undated picture released by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 4, 2019.     KCNA via REUTERS

In the News

December 4, 2019

New images of Kim Jong Un’s horseback ride at a sacred mountain suggest the country’s promised ‘Christmas gift’ will defy Trump

Ellen IoanesBusiness Insider

Vipin Narang quoted: “It’s not implausible that they could give the world a Christmas or New Year gift of an ICBM test. It’s possible this is all aimed at generating pressure and leverage against Trump now, but by the same token, given the consistency and insistence on the deadline, and North Korea’s history of doing what it says it is going to do… let’s see what gift we get,” Narang said.

Jim Walsh

In the News

December 3, 2019

NATO summit begins amid tensions

Robin YoungWBUR Here & Now

Robin Young gets the latest from security analyst Jim Walsh on the 70th anniversary gathering of NATO counterparts in London.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by Pak Pong Ju, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission, attends a ceremony at the township of Samjiyon County in this undated picture released Tuesday. | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

In the News

December 3, 2019

North Korea warns it's up to the US to decide what 'Christmas gift' it will get

Jesse JohnsonThe Japan Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “Maybe the end of the year deadline was the rope Kim was given to see if Trump could deliver fruit,” said Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of international relations at MIT. “And then if not: the new way. Which is the old way with ICBMs.”

Lacey Evans taking down Natalya Neidhart in the first-ever WWE women’s match in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, on Halloween.Credit...Amr Nabil/Associated Press

In the News

December 2, 2019

Saudi Arabia embraces western sports to rehabilitate global image

Alan RappeportThe New York Times

Hala Aldosari quoted: “I see all of this more as a way for the government to generate revenues from things other than oil than a genuine effort by the government to grant freedom,” said Hala Aldosari, a Saudi scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A state media image said to show Kim Jong-un inspecting the testing of a "super-large multiple-rocket launcher"

In the News

November 30, 2019

North Korea threatens Japan with 'real ballistic missile'

BBC News

Vipin Narang quoted: "The North Koreans are playing a semantics game, basically, and by the same token so is Abe. When he said ballistic missile he's clearly trying to signify these tests are a violation of UN Security Council resolutions," he told the BBC.

James Bond 007

In the News

November 29, 2019

Intelligence reforms: time for a Japanese James Bond

Peter Tasker, Arcus ResearchJapan Forward

Richard Samuels new book, Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community, is compared to Ian Fleming's James Bond spy novels and what the capacity is and has been for the Japanese intelligence community.

Richard Samuels


November 27, 2019

Special duty: A history of the Japanese intelligence community

Richard Samuels is Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Center for International Studies. In Special Duty, he dissects the fascinating history of the intelligence community in Japan. Featured here is an excerpt from the book.