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Vipin Narang

In the News

May 21, 2019

Iran stance is straight from Trump's North Korea playbook

Joshua BerlingerCNN

It seems very clear that at least the President's strategy is to ramp up the temperature with, and pressure on Iran, to get them to renegotiate the JCPOA, which he believes was flawed because it allowed Iran to have a (clearly regionally aggressive) foreign policy and some remnants of a defense capability (i.e. missiles) and sunset clauses on enrichment caps, said Vipin Narang.

Noelle Eckley Selin, Ph.D. Associate Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology Director, MIT Technology and Policy Program


May 21, 2019

Policy Lab's Noelle Selin testifys at hearing on “Undermining Mercury Protections: EPA Endangers Human Health and the Environment”

Noelle Selin, Policy Lab co-faculty director, testified at a hearing entitled, “Undermining Mercury Protections: EPA Endangers Human Health and the Environment.” The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held the hearing on May 21 to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal that says limiting mercury and other air toxics from coal and oil-fired power plants is not “appropriate and necessary” under the Clean Air Act.

Soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army 1st Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division prepare to provide Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen with a demonstration of their capablities during a visit to the unit in China on July 12, 2011. Mullen is on a three-day trip to the country meeting with counterparts and Chinese leaders. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

In the News

May 19, 2019

“Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy Since 1949” by M Taylor Fravel

Francis P SempaAsian Review of Books

In his new and informative book Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy Since 1949, Taylor Fravel, using Communist Party history sources that have only recently become available to outside scholars, reviews the evolution of China’s military strategy since the Communist Party seized power after defeating the Nationalists in the civil war, attempts to identify, explain and categorize the changes in military doctrine, and proposes a general theory of Chinese strategic change.

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, watching the National Army Day parade in Tehran last month.

In the News

May 17, 2019

To contain Iran, Trump’s newest line in the sand looks a lot like Obama’s

David E. SangerThe New York Times

“They were so committed to leaving the deal, because it had been negotiated by the Obama administration, that they did it without thinking through the predictable consequences,” said Vipin Narang. “The old agreement had flaws — many of them,” Mr. Narang said. “But by ripping it up, they opened up a Pandora’s box,” because so many in Iran also had chafed at the deal because of the nuclear production it gave away.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Aug. 12, 2015.

Analysis + Opinion

May 17, 2019

Time to pull US nuclear weapons out of Turkey

Harvey M SapolskyDefense One

Storing nuclear weapons close to trouble is a bad idea, and giving Ankara a shared finger on the nuclear trigger is rapidly losing its charm.

Dan Pomeroy; Chappell Lawson


May 16, 2019

MIT Policy Lab launches MITx course on policy outreach

Center for International StudiesMIT News

The new online course aims to help researchers engage with public policymakers.


May 16, 2019

CIS 2019 spring newsletter

précis, the MIT Center for International Studies newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. The spring 2019 issue is now available.

MIT building with columns


May 16, 2019

CIS congratulates the graduates

The Center congratulates the Class of 2019 from its Security Studies Program. Fiona Cunningham, Reid Pauly, and Ketian Zhang have graduated or are graduating in this commencement cycle.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leads the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, in this undated photo released in November 2018

Analysis + Opinion

May 16, 2019

Why North Korea is testing missiles again

Ankit Panda and Vipin NarangForeign Affairs

After 522 days without a ballistic missile test, North Korea is at it again. On May 4, two months after the failed Hanoi summit, Pyongyang fired a new type of solid-fuel short range ballistic missile and tested two separate multiple rocket launch systems.

Taylor Fravel


May 14, 2019

Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949

Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT. His new book, Active Defense, illuminates China's past and present military goals and how the nation sought to achieve them. Featured here is an excerpt from the book.