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Chinese President Xi Jinping. File   | Photo Credit: AP

In the News

July 23, 2020

Xi’s obsession to look strong amid domestic discontent likely reasons for China’s rogue behaviour, say experts

PTI / The Hindu

Vipin Narang quoted: "It could be anything from opportunism to concerns about India completing the infrastructure projects such as the DS-DBO (Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie) road to concerns about international or domestic legitimacy, where Xi Jinping believes he cannot afford to look weak," he told PTI.

Taylor Fravel image from interview won Phuket News on China/India

In the News

July 18, 2020

China now trying to put ‘genie back in bottle’

Amit Shah's Aksai Chin Phuket News

China's foreign policy is at an inflection point even as India needs to come up with a new consensus on the border issue with Beijing, says China expert Taylor Fravel. 


George Floyd Mural

Analysis + Opinion

July 17, 2020

Unearthing the stories of yesterday's George Floyds

Melissa NoblesThe Boston Globe

When we call the victims' descendants to share our findings, they tell us 'I never thought I'd get this call.' The scars remain, and luckily, because we have found documents, so does proof. This opinion piece is written by Melissa Nobles and appeared first in the Boston Globe

Image of Moon Jae-In and a quote from Kacie Muira's article

Analysis + Opinion

July 15, 2020

America and China have hampered peace progress on the Korean peninsula

Kacie MuiraThe National Interest

The discordant approaches taken by South Korea, the United States, and China have hampered progress toward peace on the peninsula. Seoul’s pro-peace diplomacy has been undercut by Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign, which in turn has been undercut by Beijing’s loosening of sanctions enforcement.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Joseph "CAPS" Hubley conducts a passing exercise in an F/A-18E Super Hornet in the South China Sea on July 7. (U.S. Navy photo via Reuters)

In the News

July 15, 2020

Asia greets US shift on South China Sea with hope and doubt

Ken Moriyasu and Tomoya OnishiNikkei Asian Review

M Taylor Fravel quoted: Given a choice, "Southeast Asian states do not want to choose between the US and China.  But they also want to be able to assert their maritime claims and jurisdiction.  The statement may create an expectation among other claimants that the United States may take actions to defend their claims, but the statement itself creates no such obligation, only an expectation," he said.

Joel Brenner

In the News

July 15, 2020

France creates first university intelligence chair and masters course on the dark arts of espionage

Henry SamuelThe Telegraph

Joel Brenner quoted:  Speaking to the Telegraph, Joel Brenner said: "I'm pleased to see that Sciences Po-Aix recognizes that intelligence and the place of intelligence agencies in society are worthy of academic study.  This is a welcome development and will make it easier to nourish links between French universities and their counterparts in the US and UK."

Students at the University of Washington in Seattle on March 6, the last day of in-person classes. Foreign students are worried that new Trump administration policies will make it difficult for them to remain in the country while attending college. (Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

In the News

July 13, 2020

Trump administration’s move on visas is ‘dream-crashing’ for Indian students and families

Joanna Slater and Niha MasihThe Washington Post

Vipin Narang quoted: The announcement makes international students a pawn in the administration’s push to get universities to fully reopen in the fall, said Vipin Narang. The level of anxiety it has induced is “incalculable,” he said. “It really does enrage me.” Several major US universities, including MIT, have sued the Trump administration in an attempt to reverse the move.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced China on Monday, saying its maritime claims in the South China Sea were “completely unlawful.”Credit...T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times

In the News

July 13, 2020

US says most of China’s claims in South China Sea are illegal

Edward Wong and Michael CrowleyThe New York Times

M Taylor Fravel quoted: “The statement is a full-throated endorsement of the tribunal’s ruling,” said M Taylor Fravel, a political scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies China’s territorial disputes and its military.

Tiled video screenshot of MISTI staff

In the News

July 13, 2020

At home and abroad with MISTI 2020


“Covid-19 has demonstrated that international collaboration is essential to tackling challenges that span countries and cultures. Our aim in the coming year is to continue to equip students with the skills and awareness they will need to confront such challenges in the future.”

Schools such as Harvard, Princeton, and Georgetown have already announced mostly remote-learning semesters. (Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times)

In the News

July 10, 2020

US tells foreign students with online classes to go, universities look at options

Karishma Mehrotra Indian Express

Vipin Narang quoted: “There’s always been this concern about these online-only, for-profit, F1 scam businesses. But this directive seems a little more carefully crafted to target institutions like MIT. If all they want is some in-person component for online classes, I’ll be happy to do that. If this targets legitimate students in legitimate institutions, then any loophole that would allow faculty and institutions to make a class ‘hybrid’ would be exploited.”