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Chinese-held Subi Reef, a man-made island in the Spratly chain in the disputed South China Sea, is seen in April 2017. | POOL / VIA REUTERS

In the News

August 27, 2020

China fires missiles into South China Sea as US sanctions Beijing

Jesse JohnsonThe Japan Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “That they have been working on ASBMs and testing them isn’t a surprise,” said Vipin Narang, a professor of international relations at MIT. “But everything is now framed as a provocation.”

Competing territorial claims in the South China Sea involve several Asian nations as well as the United States.Credit...Ted Aljibe/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

In the News

August 27, 2020

China fires missiles into South China Sea, sending US a message

Steven Lee Myers and Keith BradsherThe New York Times

M Taylor Fravel quoted: “The growing frequency of exercises and the new types of capabilities displayed demonstrate the progress China has achieved in its military modernization drive over the past two decades,” said M Taylor Fravel.  He said that it was not clear if the missiles were fired at fixed or moving targets, adding that the latter would be “a better test of the overall system, to include identifying, tracking, and destroying a moving ship at sea.”

Headshot of John Tirman

In the News

August 26, 2020

America’s invasion of Iraq fuelled militant Islam

Morgan DuchesneyThe Star

John Tirman quoted: As John Tirman of MIT says, “Expediency (has) usually trumped principle in US foreign policy … The result has predictably, been a growing antipathy for America and its hypocrisies … The avatar of that antipathy has been militant Islam. We remain deaf to this lesson, at our peril.”

A Tokyo Tech student

In the News

August 18, 2020

Fostering friendships and films from across the globe


What do you do when a pandemic shuts down international travel, and you can't do your internship in Japan? For MISTI students this summer, the answer was the Virtual Language Conversation Exchange with Tokyo Tech.

The California Army National Guard supported supporting humanitarian assistance to food banks during the COVID-19 crisis

Analysis + Opinion

August 17, 2020

Pandemic politics: Covid-19 and the US military

In addressing relationship between the US military and the COVID-19 crisis, it is important to note that there are two key questions: how can the US military affect the current national crisis and how is the crisis affecting the military? The military has been involved in messaging, logistics and direct support of communities affected by the pandemic. At the same time, the realities of living with an infectious disease are challenging basic assumptions about military budgets, force readiness and training.

Headshot of Erik Lin-Greenberg


August 17, 2020

Lin-Greenberg receives leadership and best dissertation awards

Erik Lin-Greenberg joined SSP on July 1st and was recently named to the 2020 National Security and Foreign Policy LGBTQIA+ Out Leadership List and just received the American Political Science Association's 2020 Merze Tate Award for his dissertation.

Taylor Fravel headshot

In the News

August 11, 2020

The Galwan Valley clash and China’s approach to sovereignty disputes

ChinaPower Podcast

Taylor Fravel compares the recent clash to past incidents along the Sino-Indian border and discusses whether confidence building measures have the potential to prevent further China-India territorial conflict.

Members of New York National Guard take calls on a hotline for pandemic

Analysis + Opinion

August 10, 2020

Pandemic politics: Covid-19 and grand strategy

As the world attempts to cope with and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, policy-makers and citizens alike are questioning the role of the state, its goals and the tools it uses. Lockdowns, overtaxed health care systems, mass unemployment, increasing mental health crises and supply chain disruptions plague the global system. Citizens wonder whether we will see a change in how states conduct themselves after the pandemic, both internationally and domestically.

Pat Gercik with students


August 10, 2020

Patricia Gercik memorial fund established

A core group of Patricia Gercik's former students and friends has raised the initial seed funding required to establish and name a fund in Gercik's honor. Gifts to the Patricia Gercik Memorial Fund will provide supplemental stipends to students participating in the MIT-Japan program. Patricia Gercik (1944-2019), the visionary manager of the MIT Japan Program and of MISTI in its early years, passed away after a long illness at her home in Cambridge.

Latvian flag with troops behind it

Analysis + Opinion

August 9, 2020

Beware of Latvians bearing gifts

Harvey SapolskyThe National Interest

There is no need for the United States to guard Europe against the Russians. The Europeans are rich, numerous, and fully capable of defending themselves. America must resist Latvians or Poles bearing gifts, argues Harvey Sapolsky.