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North Korea launched a new missile on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

In the News

March 25, 2022

Biden's plan to 'secure N Korea nukes' as Kim's new missile puts US mainland 'in reach’

Callum HoareExpress

Quoted: Vipin Narang, a North Korea nuclear specialist at MIT, sent a warning about the possibility of provoking World War 3 if the plan is rolled out. He said: “The million-dollar question is: When do you invoke the OPLAN and what indicators do you rely on to do so?  Because one country's`securing the country´operation can look to the other nation like an invasion plan.  And then, all hell can break loose.”

Left to right: James Lin, Yuka Machino, and Holden Mui wear customized kente stole during their time in Ghana for IAP 2022.

In the News

March 25, 2022

Traveling the world to make a global impact

Anna-Rose StemberMISTI

For decades, MIT students have traveled abroad over Independent Activities Period (IAP) or in the summer for enriching global experiences through MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). This year, dozens of students became MISTI’s first IAP travelers abroad since the start of the pandemic. 

President Biden addressing the EU and NATO re Ukraine War

In the News

March 25, 2022

After Biden's warning, how might Russian cyberattacks play out in the US?

Hiawatha BrayBoston Globe

Joel Brenner, senior research fellow at CIS and former head of counterintelligence for the US director of national intelligence, said that US cyber spies have penetrated Russian hacker networks, and often have a fair idea of what they're up to.

U.S. troops based near Nuremberg, Germany, preparing earlier this month to transfer as part of NATO efforts to strengthen forces in Eastern Europe. Credit... Andreas Gebert/Reuters

Analysis + Opinion

March 24, 2022

NATO’s military presence in Eastern Europe has been building rapidly.

Ada PetriczkoNew York Times

Even before NATO officials announced plans on Wednesday to increase the alliance’s military strength in Eastern Europe, the allies had already stepped up the number of troops stationed in the region in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News coverage in Seoul on Thursday, after North Korea carried out its latest missile launch. Credit...Ahn Young-Joon/Associated Press

In the News

March 24, 2022

With US focus on Ukraine, North Korea launches a powerful new ICBM

Choe Sang-HunThe New York Times

Quoted: North Korea is the first United States adversary since the Cold War to test both an ICBM and a claimed hydrogen bomb, according to Vipin Narang, an expert on nuclear proliferation at MIT.

Headshots of Barry Posen and Stephen Rademaker

Analysis + Opinion

March 22, 2022

Ukraine war: Experts debate NATO's role

Barry Posen and Stephen RademakerMunk Debates

“For 20 years, we’ve basically dismissed Putin. We've treated Russian security interests as essentially a problem to be waved away. And we've continued in the direction that brought us here right now,” argues Posen. Rademaker disagrees, and explains that “what changed in Ukraine was a consequence of Russian policy, Russian bullying, and Russian mishandling of the relationship with their closest neighbor. That is not America's doing, that is not NATO's doing, that is Russia's doing.” 

war gaming table/board piece

Analysis + Opinion

March 21, 2022

Reviving war-game scholarship at MIT

Eyal HanflingMIT News

Political scientists are increasingly considering how the method of war gaming can be improved and used in research and pedagogy. For scholars of interstate war and nuclear weapons, war gaming is an especially promising research tool.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy paid a visit to the wounded defenders of Ukraine undergoing treatment at a military hospital. Credit: Україна

Analysis + Opinion

March 21, 2022

Here’s what Western leaders need to remember about Zelensky’s emotional appeals

Roger PetersenBulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The war in Ukraine is fought with bullets, bombs, and rockets—and also with images and words. At the center of this conflict, President Volodymyr Zelensky has strategically deployed the latter to trigger emotions among his fellow Ukrainians, Russian foes, and Western supporters.

Chinese troops march in Moscow's 2020 Victory Day parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War II. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

In the News

March 21, 2022

China and Russia’s military relationship likely to deepen with Ukraine war

Christian ShepherdThe Washington Post

Quoted: These constraints suggest that “supplies are mostly likely in the short term — if Beijing makes the strategic decision to move even closer to Moscow,” said M Taylor Fravel, director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

screenshot of multiple cameras on tv show

Analysis + Opinion

March 21, 2022

Russian forces abducted four Ukrainian journalists, a union says.

Ada PetriczkoThe New York Times

Russian armed forces on Monday took four Ukrainian media workers from their homes in Melitopol, a city in southeastern Ukraine, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine said in a news release.

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