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In the News

June 16, 2020

North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South

Robin YoungWBUR Here & Now

North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the heavily armed border with South Korea on Tuesday. The dramatic display of anger sharply raises tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and puts pressure on Washington and Seoul amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. Host Robin Young speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about the implications.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (r) shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during a meeting in Beijing on Dec. 31, 2019. (NOEL CELIS/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

In the News

June 12, 2020

Russia, China and the US: Who has the best Middle East policy?

Dale SprusanskyWashington Report on Middle East Affairs, June/July 2020, pp 58-59

The Middle East Institute held an online discussion with two renowned scholars of international affairs on April 16 to assess the role of the US, China and Russia in the Middle East, which included SSP's Barry Posen.  Here is a recap with some highlights and quotes from the event.

President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, during a meeting last year on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York Times

In the News

June 12, 2020

Two years after Trump-Kim meeting, little to show for personal diplomacy

David E Sanger and Choe Sang-HunThe New York Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “Trump has told himself this was a win, and so has Kim,” said Vipin Narang. “Trump keeps repeating, ‘There wasn’t a war.’” “For Kim Jong-un it was also a win because he is able to take the air out of the maximum pressure campaign” to crush the country economically, he said, “while he is still expanding his missile and nuclear force.”

Indo_China border

Analysis + Opinion

June 9, 2020

Tension high, altitude higher: Logistical and physiological constraints on the Indo-Chinese border

Aidan MilliffWar on the Rocks

Are India and China on the path to war in the Himalayas? Or will recent tensions over their disputed border fade into history like dozens of other standoffs that were resolved diplomatically? Aidan Milliff explores the issues in a recent War on the Rocks essay.

In the News

June 5, 2020

Fingers, boots, and lines: Understanding the 2020 India-China border tensions

Ankit PandaThe Diplomat

The Diplomat’s Asia Geopolitics podcast host Ankit Panda speaks to M Taylor Fravel, the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about the ongoing India-China tensions along the Line of Actual Control.

Screenshot of Taylor Fravel speaking during TV interview

In the News

June 5, 2020

Pan-India News 18 poll on India-China standoff: Here’s what it means according to experts

Parikshit LuthraCNBC-TV18

CNBC-TV18’s Parikshit Luthra is joined by M Taylor Fravel, director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kanwal Sibal, former secretary, and Jayant Dasgupta, former Indian ambassador to WTO, to discuss about India-China relations and border skirmishes.

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In the News

June 4, 2020

Mattis calls out clearing protesters outside White House 'abuse of executive authority'

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis has called the decision to clear peaceful protesters from outside the White House this week an "abuse of executive authority." Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about the incident.

Man in military uniform with AI

Analysis + Opinion

June 2, 2020

Integrating emerging technology in multinational military operations: The case of artificial intelligence

Erik Lin-GreenbergTexas National Security Review

Last fall, Perry World House hosted a two-day colloquium titled "How Emerging Technologies Are Rewiring the Global Order." The essays in this roundtable emerged from a panel on how emerging technologies like AI are changing international politics. Featured here is one of the essays by Erik Lin-Greenberg, who joins MIT this fall as an assistant professor of political science at MIT.

The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Manila Bay in 2018.Credit...Bullit Marquez/Associated Press

In the News

June 2, 2020

Philippines backs off threat to terminate military pact with US

Jason GutierrezThe New York Times

M Taylor Fravel quoted: “In light of China’s continued assertion of its historic rights in Vietnamese and Malaysian waters over the last year, Manila may have concluded that its previous rapprochement with Beijing would not protect Philippine interests,” said M Taylor Fravel, a political-science professor who is director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Indian schoolgirl wears a face mask of Chinese President Xi Jinping

Analysis + Opinion

June 2, 2020

Why are China and India skirmishing at their border? Here’s 4 things to know.

M Taylor FravelThe Washington Post

Here’s what we know— and don’t know—about China’s recent actions in this long-standing territorial dispute. 

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