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US President Joe Biden on his first full day in office has proposed a five-year extension of the New START nuclear treaty with Russia MANDEL NGAN AFP

In the News

January 21, 2021

Biden seeks five more years for last Russia nuclear pact but no 'reset'

AFP News

Vipin Narang quoted: “The only opponents are those who seek an unlimited arms race. Glad to see the Biden administration dispensing with reckless games of chicken with global security on Day One,” tweeted Vipin Narang. He said the Biden administration can still find other ways to pressure Russia over its concerns on so-called tactical nuclear weapons — which Moscow could deploy in hot conflicts close to home, as opposed to strategic weapons that mostly target the United States. “This buys the sundae without precluding future sprinkles,” Narang said.

Erik Lin-Greenberg

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January 21, 2021

precis Interview: Erik Lin-Greenberg

Erik Lin-Greenberg joined MIT in fall of 2020 as assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. He returns to MIT after receiving his PhD from Columbia University, and his MS and BS in political science from MIT. In this interview, he describes what it's like to be back at MIT, his research on emerging military technology, war gaming, and the role of food in international politics.

President-elect Biden taking the oath of president

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January 21, 2021

What’s next? Challenges ahead for President Biden

We look towards the future of America during a presidential transition that culminated in a constitutional crisis. President Biden will be flooded with advice as he leads our nation during what many argue is among the darkest chapters in our democracy’s history. Here we offer fresh ideas on a range of foreign policy issues, emotions in politics, and our nation’s persistent racism. The advice is offered by our scholars, and draws on their deep knowledge and experience.

Globe with interactivity lines

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January 21, 2021

Activities

Experiencing the culture from afar; Starr Forums explore both domestic and global issues; SSP Wednesday Seminars; Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration; Eight students receive Human Rights and Technology Program fellowships; Twenty years of cultivating tech entrepreneurs; IAP activities; Faculty seed projects.

A man watches a television screen showing news footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 8th Congress of the ruling Workers' Party, held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 6. Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

In the News

January 21, 2021

North Korea’s new sub missile is first step toward a new ICBM

Morten Soendergaard LarsenForeign Policy

Vipin Narang quoted: “It’s just not survivable against the United States. In any crisis or conflict, I can only imagine that the US Navy or the [South Korean navy] would be there just blanketing the entire coast. I can’t imagine anything is going to survive,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

World Bank headquarters

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January 20, 2021

A World Bank refresh

As the Biden-Harris administration re-introduces America to the world stage, it may discover the greatest opportunity for global leadership lies not in rapprochement with jilted bodies like the World Trade Organization or World Health Organization ... but in reinvigorating a different “world” institution: The World Bank. Steven Koltai, research affiliate of CIS and senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, explains.

Cybersecurity illustration

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January 20, 2021

Defining success and mapping the road ahead for public-private partnership and critical infrastructure cybersecurity

With talk of cyber Pearl Harbors or digital 9/11s, some of the attention paid to critical infrastructure cybersecurity might border on alarmism, but there is real reason for concern, writes Sean Atkins, a PhD candidate in security studies and international relations. He summarizes a recent CIS event aimed at defining "long term success" for government-industry partnership to secure the critical functions that US national and economic security relies on. 

People at meeting taking notes

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January 19, 2021

Briefings

Seminar XXI finds opportunity in virtual programming; The sound of a global MIT; Democracy in distress?; MISTI pilots conversations in energy; Chappell Lawson on US security policy; Donald Blackmer, professor emeritus and longtime leader at MIT, dies at 91.

Compass pointing north labelled as excellence

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January 19, 2021

End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

Screenshot of CNN video with person carrying the bags containing the US Nuclear Football

In the News

January 19, 2021

How Trump will hand off the 'nuclear football' to Biden

Zachary CohenCNN

Vipin Narang quoted: “The easiest way to think about it is there is a seamless cutover as to which ‘biscuit’ is valid at noon Wednesday,” according to Vipin Narang, a nuclear policy expert and professor at MIT. “Biden's biscuit would not be valid at 11:59 am, and Trump's would not be valid at 12:01 pm.”

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