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Analysis + Opinion

April 6, 2022

The Falklands War at 40: A lesson for our time

Robert RalstonResponsible Statecraft

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), sparking the beginning of a three-month long war with Great Britain. At a time when Europe is at risk of military conflict with Russia over Ukraine it is worth looking back at the lessons we can draw from this 40-year-old conflict.

“Starr Forum: The Wider Implications of the War in Ukraine” was held Monday, April 4. Top row, left to right: Jacqueline Bhabha, Joel Brenner, and M. Taylor Fravel. Bottom row: Roger Petersen and Jim Walsh.

In the News

April 5, 2022

What Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for the world

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has global implications. A panel of MIT foreign policy experts convened on Monday to examine those reverberations—on European domestic politics, the refugee crisis, great-power relations, and nuclear security.

In the first test of its kind, the Pentagon on March 25, 2019, carried out the “salvo” intercept of an unarmed missile soaring over the Pacific, using two interceptor missiles launched from underground silos in California. (AP)

In the News

April 5, 2022

US, UK and Australia announce expanded cooperation on hypersonics

Ellen Nakashima and Cate Cadell The Washington Post

Quoted: “It demonstrates in no uncertain terms that AUKUS is as much about advanced capabilities, as it is about submarines,” said M Taylor Fravel, director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “In fact, cooperation in these advanced capabilities are going to be more important in the short to medium term.”

soldier with gun in a shattered doorway with debris and glass everywhere, Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

In the News

April 4, 2022

Street-fighting insurgency gives Ukrainians a slight edge

James A WarrenDaily Beast

Quoted: Barry Posen, a renowned strategic studies scholar at MIT, gives this granular picture of the grim tactical realities of fighting in cities today: “Buildings provide high levels of protection and concealment for infantry soldiers. Multi-storied buildings, with basements, permit defenders to maneuver in a third dimension. Modern cities also have elaborate sewer systems, and often underground tunnels for transit systems. Thus, defenders may maneuver laterally, entirely out of sight of the attacker...”

A Ukrainian solider unloads a delivery of Javelin missiles from the United States, at the Boryspil Airport in Kyiv on February 11, 2022 Sergei SUPINSKY AFP/File

In the News

April 3, 2022

US defense contractors see longer term benefits from war in Ukraine


Quoted: Eric Heginbotham, a researcher at the MIT Center for International Studies, said that for Western governments -- as has been the case for years in Asia -- “there will be much less appetite for decreases” in military spending...“Countries are going to be looking to increase interoperability with the United States, which is really sort of the central pillar in NATO,” said Heginbotham.

The new showdown between Russia and the West won't be an old-fashioned battle of spy vs. spy. But it will upend the current balance of power — and amp up the threat of nuclear war. Getty; Savanna Durr/Insider

In the News

April 3, 2022

Cold War 2.0 has already begun — and it's going to be even scarier than the first one

Mattathias SchwartzBusiness Insider

Quoted: Richard Samuels says the nuclear logic in a multipolar world means that more countries may feel they need nukes of their own. Abe Shinzo, the former prime minister of Japan, recently suggested that Tokyo consider nuclear sharing with the US, modeled on NATO arrangements. "Cold War 2.0 is likely to become a more-proliferated world," Samuels told me. "Some countries, referred to as 'latent nuclear powers,' are close to getting their own nuclear capability. But the view that having nuclear weapons makes for a stable world assumes rationality. Right now, we're watching a person some call crazy threaten the use of nuclear weapons. No wonder insecurity is soaring."

A monument to an early Soviet Union-era tactical nuclear bomb in Moscow.Credit...Maxim Shipenkov/EPA, via Shutterstock

Analysis + Opinion

April 1, 2022

Why Putin went straight for the nuclear threat

Steven Simon and Jonathan StevensonNew York Times

Mr. Putin has presented strategists with a situation they haven’t really confronted: a rogue actor employing the threat of nuclear weapons for conquest rather than regime survival—the latter being a primary reason for countries like Iran, North Korea and Pakistan to build or deploy nuclear weapons.

Vipin Narang

News Release

March 29, 2022

Nuclear security expert Vipin Narang tapped for defense policy post

News ReleaseCenter for International Studies

The Center for International Studies is pleased to announce that Vipin Narang, professor in the Department of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program, was sworn in as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy on Monday, March 28, 2022.

The Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on Tuesday. Four more E.U. members announced they would expel Russian diplomats.Credit...Natalia Kolesnikova/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Analysis + Opinion

March 29, 2022

Four EU countries expel dozens of Russian diplomats suspected of espionage.

Ada PetriczkoNew York Times

The authorities of Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and the Czech Republic announced on Tuesday that they were expelling a total of 43 Russian envoys, in what the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said was a coordinated security effort to counter Russian espionage.

Ukrainian soldiers rest in Kyiv, Ukraine, after their day fighting out on the front lines north of the capital on Monday.Credit...Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Analysis + Opinion

March 28, 2022

A major Ukrainian internet provider reports a cyberattack.

Ada PetriczkoThe New York Times

Here’s what happened on day 33 of the war in Ukraine: President Biden said he was expressing his ‘moral outrage,’ not a policy change, when he said the Russian strongman should not be in power. Despite talk of Russia targeting the east of Ukraine, action on several battlefronts suggested a more dynamic and volatile situation.