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Analysis + Opinion

October 29, 2019

Baghdadi’s martyrdom bump

It is clear that the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will damage the organizational and strategic capacity of the already beleaguered Islamic State. But will it meaningfully undermine the popularity of Baghdadi’s militant ideas?

John Tirman

Analysis + Opinion

October 28, 2019

Tirman featured at “Tyranny Comes Home” symposium

John Tirman10z US Politics

It was recently reported that the United States government is denying passports to citizens who were Hispanic people, who were born or who earned citizenship, and lived near the border with Mexico.

Nuclear warheads

In the News

October 25, 2019

Could someone actually steal a US nuke?

Joe PappalardoPopular Mechanics

Vipin Narang quoted: “There are risks when you move things,” says Narang. “They're actually probably more secure in the vaults at the moment. The US is kind of caught between a rock and a hard place. We should've moved them out a long time ago, but moving them now is probably riskier than just keeping them in the vault.”

About two dozen House Republicans enter a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) where a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees took place. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In the News

October 24, 2019

The Cybersecurity 202: SCIF fight shows lawmakers can be their own biggest cybersecurity vulnerability

Joseph MarksThe Washington Post

Joel Brenner quoted: “If people in Congress who make the laws don’t follow the rules, why should anybody else?” Joel Brenner, former head of US counterintelligence during the Obama administration, told me. “Foreign intelligence agencies make a living off people who think they’re too important to follow rules like this.”

In the News

October 24, 2019

Picture from Washington: Not so rosy on Kashmir

Anita JoshuaThe Telegraph

Vipin Narang quoted: “The US Congress’s concerns are intense, and not going away. This isn’t just a liberal media creation,” he said. On Monday, foreign minister S Jaishankar had blamed the “English-speaking liberal media” for unfair reporting on the changes made to Article 370.

Analysis + Opinion

October 22, 2019

Trump's asylum policy is a death sentence for Africans fleeing violence

While media coverage of the migrant crisis at the border has focused on the thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, little has been reported about the waves of migrants from African countries attempting to cross.

Jeanne Guillemin

News Release

October 21, 2019

At CIS, a student endowment for women in international affairs

The Center for International Studies has announced that its longtime colleague, the sociologist of science and national security Jeanne Guillemin, has established an endowed fund to provide financial support to female PhD candidates studying international affairs.

Jeanne Guillemin

In the News

October 21, 2019

At the Center for International Studies, a student endowment for women in international affairs

Center for International StudiesMIT News

Established by distinguished sociologist Jeanne Guillemin, the endowment will provide financial support for women at MIT pursuing a PhD in international affairs.

Elizabeth Wood

In the News

October 17, 2019

3 Questions: Historian Elizabeth Wood on election interference

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences MIT News

How do we understand Russia’s multi-layered interference in the 2016 elections? Elizabeth Wood, Russia expert and professor of history analyzes Russia’s motives.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse in the snow on Mount Paektu in this image released Wednesday. | KCNA / VIA REUTERS

In the News

October 16, 2019

North Korean leader visits sacred mountain as speculation grows of fresh provocation

Jesse JohnsonThe Japan Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “Don’t get me wrong I was hoping for a shirtless KJU in the snow as much as the next person … but I think he’s giving us a space launch instead.”  Narang told The Japan Times that an ICBM launch or nuclear test were “too aggressive, too soon,” but that a rocket launch, likely under the veneer of putting a satellite in space, would be a possible option for Kim.