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President Donald Trump steps into the northern side of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un looks on, in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ), June 30, 2019.

In the News

July 1, 2019

After Trump and Kim's handshake, what comes next in US-North Korean talks?: Analysis

Conor FinneganABC News

I have no problem with a stunt that jolts a comatose working level process, tweeted Vipin Narang, assistant professor at MIT, about the DMZ meeting. But this was picking up the fifteen yards we lost at Hanoi because of Trump's own hardened maximalist position. If that doesn't change, this is just theatrics.

Vipin Narang

In the News

July 1, 2019

Iran says it has exceeded uranium limits set in 2015 nuclear deal

Geoff BrumfielNPR

Vipin Narang says it appears almost inevitable that Iran will follow through and ramp up its nuclear program again, even as Washington warns it not to.  

Carol Saivetz and Jim Walsh on WGBH

In the News

July 1, 2019

Trump’s whirlwind weekend in Asia

Greater Boston StaffWGBH Greater Boston

Carol Saivetz and Jim Walsh, senior advisor and senior research associate, respectively, at MIT's Security Studies program, discuss President Trump’s weekend in Asia.

M Taylor Fravel

In the News

July 1, 2019

Taylor Fravel named director of the MIT Security Studies Program

Center for International StudiesMIT News

Taylor Fravel takes over as director of the MIT Security Studies Program (SSP). Barry Posen will continue his research and teaching responsibilities at MIT and continue leading SSP's Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellows Program.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone.

In the News

June 30, 2019

The media hands Trump a hollow victory on North Korea

Peter WadeRolling Stone

As MIT security studies professor Vipin Narang pointed out on Twitter, Trump and Kim’s talks stand exactly where they were 15 months ago. The only difference is this new photo op.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, left, and US President Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting on the southern side of the DMZ [Brendan Smialowski/AFP]

In the News

June 30, 2019

‘Amazing event’: North Korea lauds Trump-Kim meeting at border


Vipin Narang of MIT said the North was portraying Kim as being courted by Trump. Note very carefully the sequence of issues here, he said on Twitter. Easing tensions, ending inglorious relations, and then working on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula (again, not just North Korea). Kim is still not offering to unilaterally disarm.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam Feb. 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

In the News

June 28, 2019

Trump offers North Korea's Kim weekend meeting in demilitarized zone

Roberta Rampton, Joyce LeeReuters

“The fundamental problem - no working-level meetings and no basic change in at least the US negotiating position - means that any meeting right now is just pointless theater,” tweeted Vipin Narang, an MIT professor of political science.

Taylor Fravel

News Release

June 27, 2019

M Taylor Fravel named director of the MIT Security Studies Program

M Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, has been named director of the MIT Security Studies Program. Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of SSP since 2006, announced the leadership transition.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump

In the News

June 27, 2019

North Korea denies reports of behind-the-scenes talks with US in sharp rebuttal to South Korea's Moon

Joshua BerlingerCNN

Vipin Narang said it appears unlikely a summit is forthcoming. My expectations are low, and I think going forward it's best to keep them there he said, adding that it's more likely that developments will come from meetings between senior officials.

In this undated photo, an employee of Google diagnoses an overheated computer processor at the company's data center in The Dalles, Ore. Google uses these data centers to store email, photos, video, calendar entries and other information shared by its users. These centers also process the hundreds of millions of searches that Internet users make on Google each day. (Connie Zhou/AP/Google)

In the News

June 25, 2019

Is Boston a cloud security hub?

Tiziana Dearing and Jamie BolognaWBUR

Boston was chosen by Amazin to host the first conference on cloud security. But what is cloud security and why is Boston a leader in it? Joel Brenner weighs in.