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Kim Jong-un health fears as mysterious spot appears (Image: KCTV)

In the News

August 3, 2021

Kim Jong-un health fears: Mystery spot and bandage appear on back of NK leader's head

Steven BrownExpress

Quoted: Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, added that "if [the sudden weight loss] is due to a health condition though, the jockeying for his succession may already be happening behind the scenes, and that volatility could be trouble for the outside world" if he were to pass away.

Apekshya Prasai is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. Drawing on original data collected through fieldwork in Nepal and secondary data from across South Asia, her dissertation analyzes the processes that trigger women’s inclusion in rebel organizations and examines how women themselves influence these processes.

In the News

July 30, 2021

Apekshya Prasai receives 2021 Jeanne Guillemin Prize

Michelle EnglishMIT News

The award, supporting women pursuing doctorates in security studies, will help the PhD candidate investigate the dynamics of women’s participation in conflict.

Chinese engineers erected an inflatable dome over the construction site of an underground missile silo, left, to hide the work below. Support facilities and temporary storage for construction equipment are seen at right.Credit...Planet Labs Inc.

In the News

July 28, 2021

A 2nd new nuclear missile base for China, and many questions about strategy

The New York Times

Quoted: “Just because you build the silos doesn’t mean you have to fill them all with missiles," said Vipin Narang. "They can move them around.”

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Analysis + Opinion

July 26, 2021

Public-private partnerships key to providing high-quality broadband to all

Steven KoltaiThe Hill

"Billions for broadband" are about to pour out of Washington. That sounds good, but it is not aligned with the reality faced by many individual states, counties and towns. In rural – as well as some poor urban – areas, the "business model" for private ISPs “prevents” them from offering service.

The passenger side door of a US Customs and Border Protection vehicle in the dessert

Analysis + Opinion

July 24, 2021

Want to fix the Border Patrol? Don't carbon-copy the playbook to reform police

Josh Kussman and Chappell LawsonAZ Central

The Border Patrol needs reform, but it can't be a rigid, top-down approach. Here are 4 ways to make changes happen - and make them last according to Chappell Lawson.

Haiti's acting prime minister Claude Joseph

Analysis + Opinion

July 21, 2021

How the US could really help Haiti

Malick GhachemAmericas Quarterly

What are the options for American policy makers to help Haiti? Military intervention or an international protectorate are out of the question on both moral and practical grounds. It is also difficult to envision Washington’s promised security assistance as more than temporary and limited. 

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July 14, 2021

2020 + 2021 Infinite Mile Award celebration

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) hosted a virtual event to celebrate MIT SHASS staff who received the Infinite Mile Award. The Center’s former system administrator Faith Basaga along with MISTI program directors Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar and Alicia Goldstein Raun were among the recipients. Others represented fields across the School, including: the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Global and J-PAL North America); Economics; Global Languages; Literature; Music and Theater Arts.

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In the News

July 12, 2021

China is building over 100 missile silos in the desert—Is it playing a nuclear “shell game”?

Sebastien RoblinNational Interest

Quoted: Vipin Narang's comments on Twitter were referenced in this article, including: “China seeking survivability to try to escape the pressure of America's first strike advantage is unsurprising and unalarming… We pursue counterforce and Ballistic Missile Defense precisely to put pressure on our adversaries, but some then somehow act surprised when Moscow, Beijing, and Pyongyang take the bait. Using their reaction to justify even more buildup is just a recipe for the spiral model, on your dime."

Professor Lindley Winslow and undergraduate students from the Department of Physics work on a Global Seed Funds project with collaborators from Tohoku University.

In the News

July 8, 2021

Global collaboration surges post-pandemic

MIT News

MIT is a focal point for the type of collaborative problem-solving that makes an impact around the world ... This “MIT mindset,” however, is not just limited to campus, as evidenced by the plethora of faculty collaboration with institutions across the globe, and MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) continues to make many of these research partnerships possible.

Pope Francis delivers Sunday prayers from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on July 4. (Vatican Media/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis + Opinion

July 7, 2021

Politicians aren’t usually saints. But Pope Francis just put one on the path to sainthood.

Emma Campbell-MohnThe Washington Post, Monkey Cage

Is the pope endorsing the European Union? Emma Campbell-Mohn, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science and the Security Studies Program, explains in a recent essay in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage