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December 26, 2018

Russia says Israeli missile strikes near Damascus threatened two civilian flights

Peter O'DowdWBUR Here & Now

WBUR’s Peter O'Dowd speaks with Here & Now security analyst Jim Walsh.

 Kim Jong-un inspects an intercontinental ballistic missile in 2017 Credit: HOGP/AP

In the News

December 21, 2018

North Korea warns it will not give up nuclear weapons until US removes 'threat'

Nicola SmithThe Telegraph

“It has always said this. Some people wanted to delude themselves into believing otherwise. But North Korea is nothing if not consistent,” tweeted Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT. 

Vipin Narang

In the News

December 21, 2018

Narang sees a future with nuclear North

Kim Dong-HyeonKorea JoongAng Daily

Vipin Narang is a fixture in the American media whenever the issue of North Korea’s denuclearization is discussed. For the first time, Narang answered questions for a Korean media outlet. Excerpts from the interview are featured here.

Best articles of 2018

In the News

December 21, 2018

Posen's "Illiberal Hegemony" among Foreign Affairs' Best of 2018

Foreign Affairs

Barry Posen's "The Rise of Illiberal Hegemony" article is on Foreign Affairs' The Best of Print 2018 list for best articles they have published this year.


 In this Oct. 26, 2018, photo Ali AlAhmed poses for a photograph in his office in Washington. Hackers are impersonating reporters in a bid to intercept the communications of the prominent Saudi opposition figure in Washington. An Associated Press review of malicious emails sent to AlAhmed shows he was approached by hackers masquerading as a BBC reporter and as Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

In the News

December 11, 2018

Khashoggi’s friends, other foreigners, are being watched. The US can do little about it

Tim Johnson and Stuart LeavenworthMiami Herald

“Persons in the United States are legally and effectively protected against unlawful surveillance by American government at every level, but are not legally or effectively protected from surveillance … by foreign governments or persons. Intuitively, this is a peculiar state of affairs,” said Joel Brenner, a former senior counsel at the NSA.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media availability with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at the State Department on May 11, 2018, in Washington.

In the News

December 7, 2018

Trump moving ahead with second Kim summit despite working-level frustrations

Conor FinneganABC News

But it's not technically a violation of the declaration Trump and Kim signed at the Singapore summit because North Korea "never said it would" disarm, as Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, tweeted Wednesday.

North Korea

In the News

December 5, 2018

North Korea: secret missile site revealed in new satellite images

The Guardian

“North Korea isn’t disarming. It never said it would,” Vipin Narang wrote on Twitter. “[Trump] has to be well aware of these developments. He just doesn’t care. Kim pretends to disarm and Trump pretends to believe him. That’ll get everyone to halftime.”

In the News

December 4, 2018

Russia isn't complying with an arms control treaty--so the US is threatening to rip it up

Alex WardVox

“Punching out isn’t going to bring them into compliance, and now lets them justify a buildup even more while painting us as the bad guys,” said Vipin Narang, who is quoted in this piece.


The S-400 can destroy the Nasr nuclear missiles of Pakistan. In Picture: Nasr 1 being fired.

In the News

December 3, 2018

Has Pakistan bought Chinese SH-15 Howitzer for its 'miniaturized' nuclear shells?

Nagesh NarayanaInternational Business Times

Vipin Narang was quoted as saying, I should clarify one thing: I have no doubt SPD would love a nuclear artillery shell—it's literally in its DNA—but we are talking about a warhead 1/8th size of Nasr and that's not easy without a test. So I'm very skeptical they have one ... yet.

Sana Aiyar, an associate professor of history at MIT

In the News

November 29, 2018

Populism: a case-by-case study

Una HajdariMIT News

MIT Starr Forum panel discusses extreme forms of populism that have endangered basic civil liberties and spawned intolerant rhetoric.

In the News

November 21, 2018

A US attempt to keep AI out of China’s hands could actually help China

Karen HaoMIT Technology Review

David Edelman, director of MIT’s Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security, worries that if the restrictions are mishandled, they could cause serious “collateral damage” for US businesses. 

In the News

November 13, 2018

Satellite images reveal hidden North Korean missile bases

Zachary CohenCNN

Vipin Narang told CNN that Kim's actions do not amount to "deception since he said on New Year's Day that North Korea would mass-produce and deploy its missiles that it already tested. There has been no agreement or discussion remotely that detailed --- even on nuclear systems, and many of these are short range conventional missiles which North Korea has never said were on the table."

In the News

November 13, 2018

Insulting veterans and allies


President Trump is getting a lot of criticism for scrapping a planned visit to Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day. It's the second time in three days that he has canceled plans to honor US soldiers.

In the News

November 1, 2018

Novelist Min Jin Lee makes the case for understanding through fiction

Peter DizikesMIT News

Renowned author Min Jin Lee made a vigorous case for literature as an essential means for understanding complex cultures around the globe, during a Starr Forum event.

In the News

October 17, 2018

Endorsement meetings at the Globe ahead of the 2018 midterms

Una Hajdari IWMF

With the mid-terms being around the corner, the Boston Globe editorial board organized meetings with people running for various offices to help decide Globe endorsements, and this year's Neuffer fellow, Una Hajdari, comments on the process.

President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, during a signing ceremony on Sentosa Island, Singapore, in June.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

In the News

October 12, 2018

North Korea weaponizes its deal with Trump to tangle talks

Choe Sang-HunThe New York Times

Mr. Kim “has mastered the art of milking a single cosmetic concession for months,” Vipin Narang, said on Twitter this week. “Brilliantly selling the same horse twice.”

Google's unpopular social network is finally finding itself in the spotlight-- but for all the wrong reasons. David Edelman, MIT's Director of the Project on Technology, the Economy and National Security speaks with News Stream

In the News

October 10, 2018

Google+ to close after report of user data exposure


Google's unpopular social network is finally finding itself in the spotlightbut for all the wrong reasons. David Edelman speaks with CNN’s News Stream.

Daniel Slim/Getty Images

In the News

October 10, 2018

US weapons systems are easy cyberattack targets, new report finds

Emily DreyfussWired

“I will say that the GAO can be prone to cyber hyperbole, but unless their sampling or methodology were way off or deliberately misleading, DOD has a very grave problem on its hands,” says R David Edelman.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US and North Korea are in “complete agreement” ahead of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean ...

In the News

October 9, 2018

Pompeo hails 'significant' North Korea progress; experts skeptical

ReutersThe New York Times

The real takeaway from this Punggye-ri pledge is that Kim has mastered the art of milking a single cosmetic concession for months to burn clock, Vipin Narang said on Twitter.

Kim Jong Un met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang on Sunday.

In the News

October 8, 2018

Experts dismiss North Korea's latest concession to US

Alexander SmithNBC News

Kim and his officials are instead trying to buy time so they can make progress on other fronts…Inviting inspectors to an old testing site is an example of this calculus, according to Vipin Narang.