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 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.

End Notes Fall 2018


December 10, 2018

End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

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.



December 6, 2018

Van Evera revisits World War I

One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, the Allied Powers and Germany signed an armistice bringing to an end World War I. Stephen Van Evera, Ford International Professor of Political Science and an expert on the causes of war, revisits the Great War and discusses key insights for today one century after its bitter end. 

Fall 2018 Briefings


December 5, 2018


Populism: A case-by-case study; Reducing gun violence; New conversations with MIT students about identity while abroad.

Fall 2018 Activities


December 5, 2018


Human Rights & Technology Fellowship Program; MIT-Japan goes full STEAM ahead; Journalist Una Hajdari joins CIS; Starr Forums; SSP Wednesday Seminars;  and more.

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

Starr Forum Report

December 1, 2018

Populism, a case-by-case study

Never before have discussions about populism been more central in the debates in our societies, and never before have they drawn more interest from academics and brought attention to those who have studied the phenomenon over the years.