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 The CIA has long been concerned biological threats, including the use of anthrax bacteria, seen above.   © Reuters

In the News

October 3, 2018

China and the new frontier of biosecurity threats

Henny SenderNikkei Asian Review

Kenneth Oye, director of the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies said that it is possible for even helpful advances to be used in bad ways. It will be difficult to check the potential for malevolent misuse of advanced biotechnologies, he said.

General Michael Hayden took questions from the audience and from Joel Brenner (right), who was a former senior counsel at the NSA and head of U.S. counterintelligence under the director of National Intelligence. Brenner is a research affiliate of the MIT Center for International Studies and CSAIL’s Internet Policy Research Initiative.  Photo: Laura Kerwin/Center for International Studies

In the News

October 3, 2018

An assault on American intelligence

Una HajdariMIT News

In MIT visit, former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden describes current difficulties faced by society and US intelligence services.

  Troops from North and South Korea begin removing some land mines along their heavily fortified border, the South's defense ministry says, in a pact to reduce tension and build trust on the divided peninsula. (Reuters)

In the News

October 3, 2018

As Pompeo heads for Pyongyang, North Korea appears to raise its demands

Simon Denyer The Washingon Post

The US argues to keep sanctions until North Korea denuclearizes.  North Korea disagrees. Vipin Narang said the comments “really [put] a little bit of cold water” on the hope that North Korea might provide a list of its nuclear and missile sites in return for an end-of-war declaration.

Barry Posen

In the News

September 29, 2018

Safety nightmares of US nuclear weapons

Farooq AwanDaily Times

According to Barry Posen, the US has its guns pointed at aspiring nuclear weapons states in a way that makes them feel less secure. “I worry not about nuclear weapons in the hands of states, but nuclear weapons that are not in the hands of states…”

In the News

September 27, 2018

What is the point of a forever war in Iraq?

Bonnie KristianThe National Interest

“Odd indeed to repudiate the product of democracy at home to pursue a futile quest to achieve it in a divided and violent society abroad,” said Barry Posen.

U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers secure a landing zone near Al Tanf in southern Syria. The garrison there, at the border of Iraq, is one of many dotting Syria that presents a challenge for the U.S. presence in the country. (Army)

In the News

September 26, 2018

The White House just revealed massive mission creep in Syria. Here's why.

Kyle Rempfer and Todd South Military Times

“Never give up a sales pitch that's working,” said Barry Posen, director of the Security Studies Program at the MIT Center for International Studies.

Army Gen. Robert Abrams

In the News

September 25, 2018

First UN Mil-Mil talks with North Korea in 11 years; what they mean

Colin Clark and Paul McLearyBreaking Defense

Vipin Narang, noted the importance of the communications between North Korea and the UN command. “The mil-mil line is really great, a far cry from last year’s high temperature,” he said, cautioning that Kim Jong Un didn’t start behaving this well until he “declared his nuclear deterrent force ‘complete’ and then embarked on the charm offensive. He’s been driving the train, and everyone else is trying to hang on or trying not to get run over!”

President Trump speaks to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 19,

In the News

September 25, 2018

Trump strikes softer North Korea tone at UN, after 'Rocket Man' speech a year ago

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

President Trump used his address at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning to assert American sovereignty, and speak on North Korea. Here & Now speaks with security analyst Jim Walsh about whether the meeting might lead to more talks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) gesture as they watch the large-scale gymnastic and artistic performance at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on 19 September, 2018, after their summit. (Pyeongyang Press Corps / AFP Photo)

In the News

September 20, 2018

Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site

AFPThe Asean Post

Kim is playing this brilliantly: verify that I dismantle a single site that I no longer need anyway while I mass-produce the missiles the site helped me develop,Vipin Narang of MIT said.

  The Sohae Satellite Launching Station was the site of North Korea's first successful space launch in 2012. The North now says it will dismantle the facility. David Guttenfelder/AP

In the News

September 19, 2018

Experts are underwhelmed by North Korea's promise to dismantle missile site

Geoff BrumfielNPR

Narang says, North Korea is widely believed to be building up its nuclear arsenal: They claim they're already mass-producing the ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons that they've already tested.

Leaders of two Koreas parade through Pyongyang ahead of nuclear talks | Reuters

In the News

September 18, 2018

North, South Korean leaders meeting

Lisa MullinsWBUR Here & Now

The leaders of North and South Korea met for the third time to try to revive the stalled nuclear talks.  Jim Walsh discusses whether the meeting might lead to more talks between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un upon arrival in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sept. 18. (Pyongyang Press Corps)

In the News

September 18, 2018

Summit may be the grand theater Kim needs to show his people

The Associated PressThe New York Times

Vipin Narang said Kims efforts this week fit into his new strategic line. Nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles are quietly being mass-produced but Kim wont flaunt them. All attention and focus is on economic development.

In the News

September 17, 2018

Korean summit: can Moon and Kim deliver Trump a nuclear win, or is it all talk?

John PowerSouth China Morning Post

“Our alliance dynamics are complicated by the fact that South Korea, and President Moon in particular, may prefer a less robust US-South Korea alliance in order to normalise relations with North Korea…,” said Vipin Narang.

 Soldiers march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang in 2017 Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

In the News

September 6, 2018

North Korea turns 70: all eyes on missile displays at upcoming military parade

Benjamin Haas The Guardian

Vipin Narang said that for Sunday’s procession “the most provocative move would be for Kim to parade new nuclear capable systems that we have not seen before. The signal in this case would be: ‘not only did I say I’m not unilaterally disarming, but I’ve even got some new toys in the works.’”  But he added it was unlikely Kim would want to be so aggressive while their talks with the US continue.

In the News

September 5, 2018

South Korean officials and Kim Jong Un; Pompeo in Pakistan

WBUR Here & Now

A South Korean presidential delegation met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and conveyed a personal letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan at a time when relations have sunk to a new low. Jim Walsh speaks about these and other issues.

Chief of the national security office at Seoul's presidential Blue House Chung Eui-yong meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Presidential Blue House /via REUTERS

In the News

September 5, 2018

North Korea's Kim sets denuclearization time line, prompting thanks from Trump

Hyonhee Shin, Susan HeaveyReuters

“Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering faith in President Trump.’ Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!” Trump wrote. “Kim just owns Trump. He knows his mark,” said Vipin Narang, in a message on Twitter.

President Trump

In the News

August 30, 2018

Trump is blaming China for North Korea impasse, but real fault may lie closer to home

Simon DenyerThe Washingon Post

Vipin Narang quoted on North Korea, “This was exactly the risk of Trump freelancing in Singapore: making promises to Kim Jong Un (and earlier Kim Yong Chol) that the Administration could not and would not deliver on. Things may quickly heat back up, and this one is squarely on Trump.”

Trump with Kim (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

In the News

August 24, 2018

Donald Trump sorrowfully cancels another North Korea meeting

Uri FriedmanThe Atlantic

Vipin Narang comments on the canceled North Korea meeting in The Atlantic, “I’m much more skeptical this time because last time Kim wanted the summit just as badly,” Narang observed on Friday. “This time he’s in a much stronger position.”

South Korean Lee Su-nam shows a selection of ageing family photos and his brother’s high school diploma. Photograph: Benjamin Haas

In the News

August 19, 2018

South Korean family prepares for what might be a last reunion

Benjamin HaasThe Guardian

 “These may look like small goodwill gestures, but they are an important part of the trust-building process which North Korea has signalled it values,” said Vipin Narang.

Warning: John Bolton

In the News

August 10, 2018

US frustration rises as North Korea turns down timeline to ditch its nuclear weapons

Nicola SmithIndependent.IE

Vipin Narang called Mr Pompeo's plan a delusional non-starter.  Writing on his Twitter account he said: If this is what Pompeo has asked for, its no wonder North Korea has called him a robber or gangster-like. And trying to literally take their nukes away distracts from other realistic objectives like caps.