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June 20, 2018

Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US

Zachary CohenCNN

The Economist may have said Kim Jong Won, Narang said, referring to a pun on the magazines cover about the summit, but it really should've been Xi Jinping winning.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter tours the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility in Groton, Conn., in May 2016.

In the News

June 16, 2018

Some experts question defense value of submarines

Dan FreedmanThe Hour

The Columbia-class is the updated classic ballistic-missile submarine, and, according to Owen Cote, “the single most important part of the nuclear triad. It’s the only weapons platform that can survive attack and destroy any target. The only bad thing about it is it’s expensive.”

Chinese visitors in Dandong look on as a train passes from North Korea to China on the Friendship Bridge. Beijing sees Pyongyang as holding a unique place in its foreign policy. Photo: Reuters

In the News

June 16, 2018

How China is using North Korea in its long game against America

Shi JiangtaoSouth China Morning Post

Despite Pyongyang’s record of using diplomacy to manipulate major powers, analysts say Beijing may have few good options other than to throw its weight behind another round of denuclearisation talks to maintain ties with its communist neighbour and secure its regional influence.

Kim Jong-Un

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June 14, 2018

Two guys walk into a summit in Singapore

Chris LydonRadio Open Source

From “fire and fury” to a “terrific relationship” in less than a year sound like a happy turn in the Trump-Kim dance around nukes and North Korea. Or is it? Chris Lydon interviews Jeanne Guillemin and other scholars for historical context.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

In the News

June 13, 2018

CIS experts in national security and the Koreas discuss the Singapore summit

The Center's experts have been mentioned in media outlets around the globe, weighing in on the expectations and possible outcomes of the historic meeting of President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

Kathleen Thelen

In the News

June 12, 2018

Gender gap without gender bias?

Colleen FlahertyInside Higher Ed

Kathleen Thelen's research inspires political science publishers to take a closer at publication gender bias. Study says editors of major political science journals demonstrate no systematic bias against female authors. Yet women authors remain underrepresented in the field. Why?

A man watches a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 11, 2018. Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim, including a plan for the leaders to kick things off by meeting with only their translators present, a U.S. official said.

In the News

June 11, 2018

Singapore summit preview

Meghna Chakrabarti and Jamie BolognaWBUR

It may take years to determine the success of the summit, but experts discuss what to watch for and what they expect to see out of the historic meeting.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore on June 10, 2018. Terence Tan /Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information via Getty Images

In the News

June 11, 2018

What to expect from President Trump’s first meeting with Kim Jong Un

Larry MantleAirTalk

It will be the first time a North Korean leader has met with a sitting US president, despite decades of tense relations. Experts in national security and the Koreas discuss expectations ahead of tonight’s summit.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS

In the News

June 11, 2018

Who has Kim Jong Un's 'nuclear button' in Pyongyang while he's away?

Josh SmithReuters

“Its command and control structure while Kim is traveling is unlikely to be robust enough for him to be able to reliably issue or stop launch sequences,” says Vipin Narang.  He said that was because North Korea was likely to have configured its nuclear forces to permit rapid authorization to launch in order to offset the risk of a first strike from the United States.

In the News

June 8, 2018

Despite good faith on Singapore meeting, discord remains between US, Japan


CIS Director Richard Samuels said: He (Trump) has given every reason for Tokyo to fear that Washington will compromise their security by cutting a deal that doesn't include short range missiles and that effectively acknowledges the DPRK as a nuclear weapons state. Abe has few cards to play to forestall that.

Yevgenia Nayberg

In the News

June 7, 2018

Why certain types of elections favor extreme candidates


The study, based on the research of Fotini Christia and several other social scientists, cannot say whether district or at-large elections are better, but it is clear that voting systems can influence who ends up in power.

In the News

June 4, 2018

Students spearhead “women working in security” conference

Ryan Evans, Usha Sahay, Sara Plana, Rachel Tecott, Alex Bick, Alice Friend, and Kathleen HicksWar on the Rocks

PhD candidates Sara Plana and Rachel Tecott spearheaded a major conference that was sponsored and hosted by CSIS and the Kissinger Center at SAIS.  The topic, the future of force, aims to be the first in a program series called the Future of Strategy Forum that features women doing important work in national and international security.

VCG/VCG | Getty Images A PLA Navy fleet including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, submarines, vessels and fighter jets take part in a review in the South China Sea last April.

In the News

June 1, 2018

As Trump talks trade and nukes, China quietly tightens its grip on the South China Sea

Clay DillowCNBC

The US is trying to stop China from doing something its already doing, said Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and the Centers acting director. Thats harder than stopping it from doing something it hasnt done yet.

In the News

May 31, 2018

What a Trump-Kim deal may look like, from good to bad to worse

David Tweed, Toluse Olorunnipa, and Justin Sink Bloomberg News

“It is costless for Kim to say I am not going to do nuclear or missiles tests for now because frankly they are a stage in their cycle where they don’t need to,” said Vipin Narang.

Trump leaves the room

In the News

May 30, 2018

Vipin Narang in the news

Nuclear strategy expert Vipin Narang spoke with several media outlets about President Trump's withdrawl from the Iran Deal and the implications it has on North Korea, speculating about the expectations both leaders have for the upcoming June 12th summit in Singapore between Kim and Trump.

U.S. Pacific Command head Admiral Harry Harris (L); General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2nd L); Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Admiral John Richardson (R) attend a change of command ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 30, 2018

In the News

May 30, 2018

US military renames largest area of operations

William GalloVOA

Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science and the Centers acting director, says the name change to “Indo-Pacific Command” from “Pacific Command” is also likely intended to signal support for the US administrations “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.”

Kim Trump

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May 28, 2018

US-North Korea summit like Trump’s “reality tv-show finale”: Vipin Narang

By Eleanor HallThe World Today

The recent meeting of the two Korean leaders has boosted the prospects that the June 12 summit will go ahead. Vipin Narang featured on The World Today.

  South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday for an unannounced discussion about their hopes for a U.S.-Korea summit. (South Korea Presidential Blue House)

In the News

May 27, 2018

US officials meet with North Koreans despite uncertainty surrounding Trump-Kim summit

Anna Fifield and Joby WarrickThe Washington Post

“This is a great step,” said Vipin Narang, noting that the summit preparation was best handled by experts behind the scenes rather than in public forums such as Twitter. “This is how progress is made, and the best chance to have a summit, and one that yields meaningful outcomes,” Narang said. 

President Trump

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May 18, 2018

Jim Walsh on Iran and North Korea

Jim Walsh, SSP senior research associate and foreign policy expert corrects Fox News host claiming the Iran deal must be bad because Iran wants to stay in By that definition, no deal would ever be good if the parties supported it. That's not how negotiations work.” Walsh also appeared on various media outlets to give his perspective on the latest with North Korea and President Trump.

Could the inevitable compromise at a Kim Jong-un summit could force a parting of the ways between Donald Trump and his third national security adviser? Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

In the News

May 17, 2018

Trump faces North Korea dilemma after Bolton infuriates Pyongyang

Julian Borger The Guardian

“The North Koreans were prepared to ignore a lot of what the administration said before the summit, but it was the victory lap before the race that has really set them off,” Vipin Narang said.