Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter tours the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility in Groton, Conn., in May 2016.
In the News | June 16, 2018

Some experts question defense value of submarines

The Columbia-class is the updated classic ballistic-missile submarine, and, according to Owen Cote, “the single most important part of the nuclear triad. It’s the only weapons platform that can survive attack and destroy any target. The only bad thing about it is it’s expensive.”

Chinese visitors in Dandong look on as a train passes from North Korea to China on the Friendship Bridge. Beijing sees Pyongyang as holding a unique place in its foreign policy. Photo: Reuters
In the News | June 16, 2018

How China is using North Korea in its long game against America

Despite Pyongyang’s record of using diplomacy to manipulate major powers, analysts say Beijing may have few good options other than to throw its weight behind another round of denuclearisation talks to maintain ties with its communist neighbour and secure its regional influence.

Kim Jong-Un
In the News | June 14, 2018

Two guys walk into a summit in Singapore

From “fire and fury” to a “terrific relationship” in less than a year sound like a happy turn in the Trump-Kim dance around nukes and North Korea. Or is it? Chris Lydon interviews Jeanne Guillemin and other scholars for historical context.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.
In the News | June 13, 2018

CIS experts in national security and the Koreas discuss the Singapore summit

The Center's experts have been mentioned in media outlets around the globe, weighing in on the expectations and possible outcomes of the historic meeting of President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

News@E40 | June 11, 2018

Popular videos from our Starr Forum video archive

Check out some of our most watched event videos — it's a great way to stay informed on important issues.  Watch them anytime on our YouTube channel.

New AO for CIS, John Congdon
News@E40 | June 07, 2018

CIS welcomes new administrative officer

The Center is pleased to welcome John Congdon as its new administrative officer. He comes to MIT from the UMass Medical School, where he worked as the administrative manager in the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Celebrating a new MIT-Belgium partnership: (standing, l to r) Vincent Blondel, April Julich Perez, Molly Schneider, Cathy Culot, and Peter Lievens; (seated, l to r) Richard Lester and Luc Sels.
News@E40 | June 05, 2018

Unity makes strength: MIT expands ties with Belgium

A new partnership between MIT and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Flanders, Belgium, seeks to build bridges between researchers at both institutions, and between the Dutch and French-speaking regions of Belgium. 

In the News | June 04, 2018

Students spearhead “women working in security” conference

PhD candidates Sara Plana and Rachel Tecott spearheaded a major conference that was sponsored and hosted by CSIS and the Kissinger Center at SAIS.  The topic, the future of force, aims to be the first in a program series called the Future of Strategy Forum that features women doing important work in national and international security.

VCG/VCG | Getty Images A PLA Navy fleet including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, submarines, vessels and fighter jets take part in a review in the South China Sea last April.
In the News | June 01, 2018

As Trump talks trade and nukes, China quietly tightens its grip on the South China Sea

The US is trying to stop China from doing something its already doing, said Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and the Centers acting director. Thats harder than stopping it from doing something it hasnt done yet.

Khatuna Burkadze
News@E40 | May 31, 2018

A conversation about cybersecurity issues

Khatuna Burkadze has been a Fulbright scholar at the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) for the past academic year. While at MIT, she implemented a project on cybersecurity issues and shares about her work in the following interview.

U.S. Pacific Command head Admiral Harry Harris (L); General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2nd L); Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Admiral John Richardson (R) attend a change of command ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 30, 2018
In the News | May 30, 2018

US military renames largest area of operations

Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and the Centers acting director, says the name change to “Indo-Pacific Command” from “Pacific Command” is also likely intended to signal support for the US administrations “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.”

Trump leaves the room
In the News | May 30, 2018

Vipin Narang in the news

Nuclear strategy expert Vipin Narang spoke with several media outlets about President Trump's withdrawl from the Iran Deal and the implications it has on North Korea, speculating about the expectations both leaders have for the upcoming June 12th summit in Singapore between Kim and Trump.

precis spring 2018
News@E40 | May 29, 2018

Spring 2018 CIS newsletter

précis, the Center’s newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester. The spring 2018 issue is now available.

Vipin Narang
In the News | May 28, 2018

US-North Korea summit like Trump’s “reality tv-show finale”: Vipin Narang

The recent meeting of the two Korean leaders has boosted the prospects that the June 12 summit will go ahead. Vipin Narang featured on The World Today.

James E Baker speaking at Starr Forum: Artificial Intelligence and National Security Law
Starr Forum Report | May 25, 2018

Artificial intelligence and national security law: A dangerous nonchalance

James Baker, a Robert E Wilhelm Fellow at CIS and former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, spoke at a Starr Forum on artifical intelligence and national security law. His talk is featured here in print.

President Trump
In the News | May 18, 2018

Jim Walsh on Iran and North Korea

Jim Walsh, SSP senior research associate and foreign policy expert corrects Fox News host claiming the Iran deal must be bad because Iran wants to stay in By that definition, no deal would ever be good if the parties supported it. That's not how negotiations work.” Walsh also appeared on various media outlets to give his perspective on the latest with North Korea and President Trump.