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November 20, 2019

SMA debate: Why shouldn’t South Korea pay more for its defense?

Doug BandowThe National Interest

Vipin Narang quoted: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Vipin Narang tweeted: “Nothing says I love you like a shakedown.”

Carol Saivetz, senior advisor at MIT’s Security Studies Program.

In the News

November 19, 2019

Greater Boston: Vindman testifies about Trump's Zelensky call and Volker revises his testimony

WGBH Greater Boston

Carol Saivetz, senior advisor at MIT’s Security Studies Program, joins Jim Braude on Greater Boston to discuss the latest developments with the impeachment hearings and recent testimony from top Ukraine expert Lt Col Alexander Vindman, Vice President Pence adviser Jennifer Williams, National Security Council official Tim Morrison, and former special Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker.

In the News

November 19, 2019

Lamborghini and MIT pave the way for the electric supercar of the future

MIT News

Serenella Sferza, MIT-Italy Program co-director, praises the MIT-Italy-Lamborghini partnership as a perfect example of how MISTI opens avenues for research and innovation that include meaningful student experiences.

Joel Brenner, former inspector general for the National Security Agency.

In the News

November 19, 2019

Impeachment spotlights vulnerability of acting federal watchdogs

Michaela RossBloomberg Government

Joel Brenner quoted: “We now have an administration that’s deeply hostile to the civil service in general and to anybody who can second guess anything that they might do, lawful or unlawful,” Brenner said. “So these are important positions, especially important to fill now.”

Jeanne Guillemin Meselson

News@E40

November 18, 2019

Jeanne Guillemin, sociologist of science and national security

The Center announces today that its longtime colleague Jeanne Guillemin Meselson passed away peacefully at her Cambridge home on November 15. In her memory, the family has requested gifts to be directed to the Jeanne E Guillemin Fund. The fund was created by Dr Guillemin for women scholars at MIT just several months ago.

In the News

November 18, 2019

Expanding education: From Africa to Cambridge and back again

Laura CarterMIT School of Science

For Mgcini "Keith" Phuthi ’19, spending a summer in Africa through MISTI's MIT Africa Program was more than a trip back to his home continent after graduation. It was an opportunity to directly impact national policy regarding education in the country of Sierra Leone.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his South Korean counterpart, Jeong Kyeong-doo, give a news conference in Bangkok on Sunday. | AP

In the News

November 17, 2019

Washington and Seoul postpone military drills in bid to boost stalled diplomacy with Pyongyang

Jesse JohnsonThe Japan Times

Vipin Narang quoted: “Kim may see this as weakness, a Trump desperate to get a deal,” he said. “That may lead him to harden his position or miscalculate, on the belief that Trump wants and needs the perception of a ‘win’ more than Kim does. So even if this increases the odds of a working-level meeting, it may decrease the odds of an actual deal.”

Research scientist and specialist in Asian security issues Eric Heginbotham

In the News

November 15, 2019

Heginbotham speaks about war games at inaugural Applied IR Speaker Series

Matthew McGovernThe Tufts Daily

Research scientist and specialist in Asian security issues Eric Heginbotham spoke at the Cheryl Chase Center in the first installment of the international relations (IR) department’s Applied IR Speaker Series. His talk was focused around wargaming and war simulation, which have developed into integral tools in modern warfare.

Saudi women wait with their forms to apply for new passports on Aug. 29 at the Immigration and Passports Center in the capital, Riyadh, with a sign on the right reading out the details of a royal decree allowing women, age 21 and older, to obtain passports for themselves and for children in their custody, without seeking the approval of their “guardians” — fathers, husbands or other male relatives. (Fayez Nureldine/Afp Via Getty Images)

In the News

November 12, 2019

Saudi Arabia listed feminism, atheism, and homosexuality as forms of extremism. Then they (sort of) took it back.

Miriam Berger The Washington Post

Hala Aldosari quoted: “It’s trying to reshape the regulations and laws inside Saudi Arabia in a way to control public movements,” she said. “The whole idea is trying to control the narrative, making sure that feminism is owned by the state or the agenda-setting power is in the hands of the leadership rather than the women’s activists."

News@E40

November 12, 2019

Human Rights & Technology Fellows announced for 2019-20

In its second year, the Human Rights & Technology Program has awarded seven research fellowships to MIT students, with a total of ten fellows, six undergraduate and four graduate students.

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