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Stephen Van Evera

In the News

September 12, 2019

Victim ideology part 1

Jay Talking podcast

Stephen Van Evera talks about how bad things happen when the powers the be employ victim ideology in this podcast.

Larisa Rudenko

Analysis + Opinion

September 12, 2019

What digital nerds and bio geeks have to worry about


Code is code, but because we're dealing with molecules—and sometimes actual forms of life—the risks can be much greater, explains Larisa Rudenko and her coauthor Bruce Schneier, in a recent CNN opinion piece.

The Economist reviews Richard Samuels

In the News

September 12, 2019

Japanese spies, once renowned, have fallen on hard times

The Economist features Richard Samuels new book, “Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community.” 

Jim Walsh

In the News

September 12, 2019

A look at US national security after Bolton's departure

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

President Trump abruptly canceled peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David and then fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, who opposed hosting the Taliban. Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about President Trump's latest decisions and what it might mean.

Russian submarine

In the News

September 6, 2019

The Russian Navy: A submarine powerhouse?

David AxeThe National Interest

Owen Cote quoted: “We shouldn’t be surprised if the Russians get some money together so that they can build some submarines like they were building at the end of the Cold War,” Cote said. “But what always happens with them, and what happened at the end of the Cold War too, is that they don’t really have the money.”

An image released by North Korea’s state news agency showing the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, celebrating what was purportedly the test-firing of a new rocket launcher last month.CreditCreditKorean Central News Agency

In the News

September 2, 2019

North Korea missile tests, ‘very standard’ to Trump, show signs of advancing arsenal

David E Sanger and William J BroadThe New York Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “Kim understands what he is doing. He likely thinks Trump can live with a nuclear North Korea as long as they don’t test ICBMs and nuclear weapons, which would humiliate Trump and take away the perception he has achieved of some kind of victory” with his diplomacy.

Shola Lawal

News Release

August 30, 2019

Nigerian journalist Shola Lawal joins the MIT Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies announces the selection of Nigerian journalist Shola Lawal as the 2019 International Women’s Media Foundation’s (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Lawal was selected from a field of 100 applicants spanning 43 countries. This unique fellowship, now in its 15th year, provides journalists with training and experience reporting on human rights and social justice issues.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, 2013. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

In the News

August 30, 2019

Is India “creatively reinterpreting” its no-first-use policy?

John KrzyzaniakBulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Quoted: India’s solution, Clary and Narang argue, has been to develop a “counterforce” capability that would give India the option to target Pakistan’s nuclear forces rather than its population centers.

M Taylor Fravel

In the News

August 30, 2019

M Taylor Fravel, Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy since 1949

Andrew S EricksonJournal of Chinese Political Science

Book review of M Taylor Fravel's latest book, Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy since 1949.

  India's defence minister Rajnath Singh (left) and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (right).Credit: Hindustan Times/Getty, Aamir Qureshi/Getty

In the News

August 29, 2019

India–Pakistan nuclear escalation: where could it lead?

Priyanka PullaNature

Vipin Narang quoted: For example, if India firms up the change in its no first use policy, Pakistan might take this as a signal that India could pre-emptively strike at Pakistani nuclear installations, says Narang. And that might, in turn, prompt Pakistan to use up all its nuclear weapons first. “And so, you get this destabilising dynamic where as soon as the crisis becomes nuclearized, there is an incentive for both sides to go first.”