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Left to right: Joshua "Shiki" Shani, CEO of Lockheed Martin Israel; Deanna Rockefeller, Lockheed Martin Global Science and Technology Portfolio manager; and David Dolev, assistant director of MISTI and managing director of MISTI’s programs in Israel.  Image: Sivan Farag

In the News

April 18, 2019

MIT-Lockheed Martin Seed Fund launches


Collaboration between Lockheed Martin and MISTI will enable MIT faculty and students to collaborate, research, and intern in Israel, Germany, and beyond.

Clara Park ’14 SM ’17, a graduate research assistant at MIT’s Therapeutic Technology Design and Development Lab, is working with Assistant Professor Ellen Roche on a heart model to test and validate different implantable cardiac devices. Park presented her work at a recent workshop organized by Roche and Claire Conway from the National University of Ireland Galway. With support from the MISTI Global Seed Fund, Roche and Conway are giving students new opportunities to help tackle the world’s leading cause of

In the News

April 17, 2019

MIT faculty launch collaborations around the world


MISTI Global Seed Funds program awards another $2 million to researchers across the Institute.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes a flight drill by combat pilots at an undisclosed site in a photo released on April 16, 2019. (Korean Central News Agency)

In the News

April 17, 2019

North Korea test-fires new ‘tactical guided weapon,’ with Kim Jong Un there to observe

Victoria KimLos Angeles Times

“This seems to be a very calibrated and rational signaling attempt,” said Vipin Narang, a nuclear proliferation expert and political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Kim Jong Un is trying to remind both the U.S. and South Korea what the cost of walking away from diplomacy might be…. He’s loaded his gun, but he hasn’t fired.”

News Release

April 16, 2019

MIT Policy Lab launches EdX course on policy outreach

Dan Pomeroy | Policy Lab at the Center for International Studies

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

Vipin Narang

In the News

April 16, 2019

The North Korean nuclear crisis

Dan LindleyNotre Dame International Security Center

Vipin Narang is interviewed by the Notre Dame International Security Center in this podcast on North Korea's nuclear crisis.

Photo Credit: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo via Washington Examiner

Analysis + Opinion

April 14, 2019

Russia might regret the US drawdown in Syria

Carol R SaivetzLawfare

The Syrian conflict, while hardly over, is diminishing. The Syrian people clearly lost, but who—other than the barbarous Assad regime—won? 

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday. | BLOOMBERG

In the News

April 12, 2019

Trump says no to eased sanctions, but South Korea's Moon keeps nuclear talks with Kim alive

Jesse JohnsonThe Japan Times

Vipin Narang, a North Korea expert and professor of international relations at MIT, said this interpretation is possible, but noted that Trump’s “intuition is that a small deal cannot by definition be a ‘good deal’ ” for Trump the businessman. “My interpretation was more pessimistic than others perhaps — that he meant, ‘I’ve heard this suggestion about small step-by-step deals, but nah, I’m going to go big or go home and try to get all the nukes.’ At least for now,” Narang said.

Photo: Stew Milne

In the News

April 10, 2019

Cultivating collaboration and innovation between MIT and Denmark

MIT News

New MIT-Denmark program is poised to send its first students overseas for internships and research.

Joel Brenner

In the News

April 8, 2019

Increasing threats against mobile devices force HHS, others to rethink protections

Jason MillerFederal News Network

Joel Brenner said taking your phone, laptop or other device to China was dangerous and would end up with lost data and the real possibility of having your home network compromised. “We suggested they take stripped down devices, if you are taking a device at all,” Brenner said in a recent interview with Federal News Network. “That advice was widely adopted by many companies as well as the government. I think it’s good, but tough advice to follow.”

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at the public rally in Kolkata, India, on April 3. (Atul Loke/Getty Images)

In the News

April 4, 2019

Did India shoot down a Pakistani jet? US count says no.

Lara Seligman Foreign Policy

Although the news likely won’t sway Indian voters, Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, said the way the events have unfolded may affect India’s efforts to deter Pakistan in the future. “As details come out, it looks worse and worse for the Indians,” Narang said. “It looks increasingly like India failed to impose significant costs on Pakistan, but lost a plane and a helicopter of its own in the process.”