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In the News

May 28, 2020

Amid a pandemic, China picks a border fight with India

Sadanand DhumeWall Street Journal

M Taylor Fravel quoted: M Taylor Fravel, a political scientist and China expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says "putting the border dispute in a box" has been "the great success of the India-China relationship." No soldier has died on the boundary since 1975.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and Premier Li Keqiang, center-right, with other delegates at the second plenary session of China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing on Monday. (Roman Pilipey/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

In the News

May 27, 2020

Far from being weakened by coronavirus, China pursues sovereignty claims on all fronts

Anna Fifield and Joanna Slater The Washington Post

M Taylor Fravel quoted: The recent flare-up along the “line of actual control,” which has marked the unofficial border between China and India since they fought a war in 1962, prompted a response from President Trump. “We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute,” he tweeted Wednesday.

File photo of Pangong lake which bisects Line of Actual Control between India and Chinese occupied territory.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

In the News

May 27, 2020

Changing balance across LAC trigger for stand-off, says China expert Taylor Fravel

Ananth KrishnanThe Hindu

The spark for the current stand-off with China, with the ongoing face-off situations in the Galwan River valley, Pangong Lake and other areas, is the increasing infrastructure competition along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), says M Taylor Fravel.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in this photo provided Sunday by the North Korean government. (AP)

In the News

May 24, 2020

Two years after Trump summit, Kim vows to boost North Korea’s nuclear deterrent

Simon DenyerThe Washington Post

Vipin Narang quoted:  MIT professor Vipin Narang called the statement “alarming.” “I have no idea what this means but I am sure we won’t like it,” he tweeted.

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In the News

May 22, 2020

US pulls out of open skies treaty

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

The United States is pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, the third major security accord the Trump Administration has scuttled.  Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh to explain the situation and talk about the potential consequences.

The lawn at a mixed-use development in Alpharetta, Ga. with people sitting in grass, cars going by store fronts, on May 9. (Kevin D. Liles/For the Washington Post)

In the News

May 21, 2020

The ‘us and them’ pandemic shows America is still impervious to black pain

Michele L Norris The Washington Post

Evan Lieberman quoted: “It is not difficult to imagine that if covid-19 comes to be understood as a ‘Black’ epidemic,” he wrote, “this will create false impressions for many white Americans — in the United States’ racially polarized and effectively segregated society — that the virus is ‘not our problem,’ leading to decreased demand for and compliance with public health directives.”

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In the News

May 21, 2020

Sara Plana receives inaugural Jeanne Guillemin Prize

Michelle EnglishMIT News

The prize, which provides financial support to women working toward a PhD in international affairs, will be applied toward her research into proxy warfare.

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précis

May 20, 2020

Briefings

Experts rethink national security in the era of pandemics; Robert Art retires as director of Seminar XXI; Sara Plana receives Jeanne Guillemin Prize; Yukio Okamoto, distinguished diplomat and fellow, felled by Covid-19; Africa takes on Covid-19; and Pandemic insights from iGEM conference.

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News Release

May 20, 2020

Sara Plana is the inaugural recipient of the Jeanne Guillemin Prize

Sara Plana, a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, was recently named the inaugural recipient of the Jeanne Guillemin Prize at the Center for International Studies (CIS).  The prize provides financial support to women studying international affairs and was endowed at CIS by the late Jeanne Guillemin. 

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News Release

May 20, 2020

Robert Art retires as director of the Seminar XXI Program after 20 years of dedicated service

The Center for International Studies (CIS) announces today that Robert Art will step down from his role as the director of the Seminar XXI Program effective June 30.  Art has directed the CIS Seminar XXI program since 2000.

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