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“Science is a way to connect with people around the world. There are no national boundaries; it's like a more unified network of people working on problems and discussing them,” says Associate Professor Jessika Trancik.  Image: Jared Charney


August 15, 2018

Shaping technology’s future

David L. ChandlerMIT News

With data-informed models, Jessika Trancik seeks ways to coax progress toward sustainable energy systems. Trancik is a co-faculty director of the Center’s International Policy Lab.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects Chunghung farm in Samjiyon County, North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), July 2018.

Analysis & Opinions

August 13, 2018

North Korea's nuclear program isn't going anywhere

Ankit Panda and Vipin NarangForeign Affairs

Although Trump is desperate to continue claiming that he “solved” the North Korean nuclear threat at Singapore, as many predicted, North Korea continues to expand its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals and has played its diplomatic hand brilliantly.

Warning: John Bolton

In the News

August 10, 2018

US frustration rises as North Korea turns down timeline to ditch its nuclear weapons

Nicola SmithIndependent.IE

Vipin Narang called Mr Pompeo's plan a delusional non-starter.  Writing on his Twitter account he said: If this is what Pompeo has asked for, its no wonder North Korea has called him a robber or gangster-like. And trying to literally take their nukes away distracts from other realistic objectives like caps.

Noelle Eckley Selin and Ken Oye


August 10, 2018

Selin and Oye win 2018 Martore Teaching Award

The Joseph A Martore Award for Excellence in Teaching in IDSS was awarded to two faculty members for 2018: Noelle Selin and Ken Oye. Oye is director of the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies.

German castle


August 7, 2018

MIT-Germany partners with Friedrich Alexander University

Lily KeyesMIT News

“As the MIT-Germany program grows, many new opportunities for collaborations will emerge, and create synergies between FAU and MIT, spanning the spectrum from teaching to cutting edge research,” says Markus Buehler, MIT-Germany faculty director and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


July 30, 2018

MIT-Japan goes full STEAM ahead

The MIT-Japan Program and Tohoku University's Science Angels recently held their second annual collaborative education program for children, appropriately titled Lets STEAM! The one-day event aims to encourage children — especially girls — to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The frontier and the gun are deeply encoded in the nation’s DNA, writes John Tirman. (Diana Feil/Unsplash)

Analysis & Opinions

July 27, 2018

The origins of America's gun obsession

John TirmanWBUR

John Tirman writes in an opinion piece that Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? “kinderguardian” ruse reveals the extent of America’s gun culture. It’s a wellspring from the earliest times of colonial America, nourishing the country’s entire history.

In the News

July 26, 2018

US anticipates North Korea will return remains of 55 service members, official says

Greg Palkot, Lukas MikelionisFOX News

The US is anticipating that North Korea will return the remains of some 55 American service members on Friday, which is the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War.

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is dismantling a rocket-launch facility. It could be because of President Donald Trump. Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

In the News

July 25, 2018

US-North Korea talks have been a disaster since Trump met with Kim Jong Un

Alex WardVox

SSP's Vipin Narang tells Vox it’s a good thing that Pyongyang is dismantling the rocket-launch facility. But it’s a positive step having less to do with North Korea’s missile-launching ability, and more to do with how it will make the Trump administration look.

Arba'een Pilgrimage - Iranian People- Shia Muslim. By Mostafameraji, from Wikimedia Commons

Analysis & Opinions

July 25, 2018

Authoritarian nostalgia among Iraqi youth

Marsin AlshamaryWar on the Rocks

PhD candidate Marsin Alshamary discusses the roots and repercussions.