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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his South Korean counterpart, Jeong Kyeong-doo, give a news conference in Bangkok on Sunday. | AP

In the News

November 17, 2019

Washington and Seoul postpone military drills in bid to boost stalled diplomacy with Pyongyang

Jesse JohnsonThe Japan Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “Kim may see this as weakness, a Trump desperate to get a deal,” he said. “That may lead him to harden his position or miscalculate, on the belief that Trump wants and needs the perception of a ‘win’ more than Kim does. So even if this increases the odds of a working-level meeting, it may decrease the odds of an actual deal.”

Research scientist and specialist in Asian security issues Eric Heginbotham

In the News

November 15, 2019

Heginbotham speaks about war games at inaugural Applied IR Speaker Series

Matthew McGovernThe Tufts Daily

Research scientist and specialist in Asian security issues Eric Heginbotham spoke at the Cheryl Chase Center in the first installment of the international relations (IR) department’s Applied IR Speaker Series. His talk was focused around wargaming and war simulation, which have developed into integral tools in modern warfare.


November 12, 2019

Human Rights & Technology Fellows announced for 2019-20

In its second year, the Human Rights & Technology Program has awarded seven research fellowships to MIT students, with a total of ten fellows, six undergraduate and four graduate students.

File picture of Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga taking part in a joint naval drill with Japanese destroyer Inazuma and British frigate HMS Argyll (not in the picture) in the Indian Ocean, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

In the News

November 12, 2019

Abe's mission unaccomplished: pushing to revise Japan's pacifist charter

Linda SiegReuters

“There is not much left of the post-war constraints. It was under his (Abe’s) administration where the fastest progress was achieved to get more distance from Article 9,” said Richard Samuels, who is heavily quoted in this article.

Saudi women wait with their forms to apply for new passports on Aug. 29 at the Immigration and Passports Center in the capital, Riyadh, with a sign on the right reading out the details of a royal decree allowing women, age 21 and older, to obtain passports for themselves and for children in their custody, without seeking the approval of their “guardians” — fathers, husbands or other male relatives. (Fayez Nureldine/Afp Via Getty Images)

In the News

November 12, 2019

Saudi Arabia listed feminism, atheism, and homosexuality as forms of extremism. Then they (sort of) took it back.

Miriam Berger The Washington Post

Hala Aldosari quoted: “It’s trying to reshape the regulations and laws inside Saudi Arabia in a way to control public movements,” she said. “The whole idea is trying to control the narrative, making sure that feminism is owned by the state or the agenda-setting power is in the hands of the leadership rather than the women’s activists."

Richard Samuels

In the News

November 7, 2019

Foreign Affairs reviews “Special Duty”

Andrew NathanForeign Affairs

This engrossing history of Japanese intelligence demonstrates how such changes have made Japan a better security partner for the United States while preparing the country to stand on its own if the US security guarantee loses its credibility.

A protester waves an Iraqi flag during an anti-government demonstration in Baghdad on Nov. 1, 2019. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

Analysis + Opinion

November 7, 2019

Iraqi protesters demand constitutional change. Can they make it happen?

Marsin Alshamary and Safwan Al-Amin The Washington Post

The bid to rewrite Iraq’s 2005 constitution has been surprisingly accepted and promoted by political elites, some of whom were involved in its original drafting. However, their positions are not as aligned with those of the protesters as they may appear to be.

Jonathan Gruber

In the News

November 7, 2019

The importance of academics engaging with policymakers

MIT News

Jonathan Gruber, professor of economic, cites the importance of initiatives like the MIT Policy Lab, which helps academics focus their energy on influencing public policy.

MIT India Interns

In the News

November 5, 2019

Over 1,000 MIT students, researchers to India in last two decades


A recent event organized by the Indian Embassy highlighted the activities of the MIT-India Program and discussed a path forward to achieve greater collaboration with MIT to meet future science and technology goals in India.

People watch a television broadcast reporting the North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station on October 31, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

In the News

October 31, 2019

Kim Jong Un is pushing his own 'maximum pressure' campaign against Donald Trump with latest missile test, experts say

David BrennanNewsweek

Vipin Narang quoted: Narang said he would not expect to see any of these tested before the end of 2019. "It's better for Kim just to let the clock run out and then see what happens at the end of the year," he suggested. But after that, "all bets are off."