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A photo of a man looking at a destroyed Hiroshima

In the News

August 6, 2020

Hiroshima's legacy 75 years later


WBUR's Here and New host Robin Young speaks with JIm Walsh about the first use of an atomic weapon and the state of nuclear weapons today.

This July 28, 2017 photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile being lauched at an undisclosed location in North Korea. STR/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES/GETTY

In the News

August 4, 2020

New North Korea ICBM report suggests Pyongyang can hit US with nukes

David BrennanNewsweek

Vipin Narang heavily quoted: Narang said the UN report should be read as "further evidence that North Korea is consolidating its nuclear weapons force, improving and augmenting it to improve survivability, retaliatory power, and penetration.  In other words, North Korea is making the technological improvements we would expect any other nuclear weapons power to make," he explained. "And that's precisely what they want us to acknowledge."

President Harry Truman reading reports of dropping the first atomic bomb

Analysis + Opinion

August 3, 2020

Why President Truman insisted on unconditional surrender

Richard SamuelsThe New York Times

Every August, newspapers are dotted with stories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, accompanied by a well-picked-over — but never resolved — debate over whether atomic bombs were needed to end the Asia-Pacific war on American terms. What is left to learn 75 years (and with so much spilled ink) later?

In the News

August 2, 2020

Putin's virus disinformation campaign against Americans

Fox News

Jim Walsh joins Arthel Neville on 'America's News HQ' to discuss the implications of Putin's virus disinformation campaign aimed at Americans.

Researcher along in library

Analysis + Opinion

July 30, 2020

Training the Covid-19 cohort: Adapting and preserving social science research

Fotini Christia, Chappell LawsonSocial Science Research Council

Fotini Christia and Chappell Lawson address changes in research and impacts of the pandemic on fieldwork. They trace the shifts in research focus that it has produced and find opportunities in newly broadened methodologies, but warn of the dangers of neglecting non-Covid research and the traditional fieldwork that still remain essential to social science.

Erik Lin-Greenberg Head Shot


July 27, 2020

Erik Lin-Greenberg joins MIT as assistant professor

Security Studies Program

The Center welcomes Erik Lin-Greenberg to MIT as assistant professor of political science and as the newest faculty member of the Security Studies Program. His research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation and use of force.

MIT graduate student Nicholas Rivera (middle) and two students from Professor Ido Kaminer's lab visit Masada National Park near the Dead Sea in Israel

In the News

July 27, 2020

Shining a light on the quantum world

Fernanda FerreiraMIT News

With funding from MISTI, physicists at MIT and in Israel collaborate to improve understanding and use of quantum light.

Chinese President Xi Jinping. File   | Photo Credit: AP

In the News

July 23, 2020

Xi’s obsession to look strong amid domestic discontent likely reasons for China’s rogue behaviour, say experts

PTI / The Hindu

Vipin Narang quoted: "It could be anything from opportunism to concerns about India completing the infrastructure projects such as the DS-DBO (Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie) road to concerns about international or domestic legitimacy, where Xi Jinping believes he cannot afford to look weak," he told PTI.

Taylor Fravel image from interview won Phuket News on China/India

In the News

July 18, 2020

China now trying to put ‘genie back in bottle’

Amit Shah's Aksai Chin Phuket News

China's foreign policy is at an inflection point even as India needs to come up with a new consensus on the border issue with Beijing, says China expert Taylor Fravel. 


George Floyd Mural

Analysis + Opinion

July 17, 2020

Unearthing the stories of yesterday's George Floyds

Melissa NoblesThe Boston Globe

When we call the victims' descendants to share our findings, they tell us 'I never thought I'd get this call.' The scars remain, and luckily, because we have found documents, so does proof. This opinion piece is written by Melissa Nobles and appeared first in the Boston Globe