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Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy since 1949 by M. Taylor Fravel

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April 3, 2019

What we are reading today: Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy since 1949 by M. Taylor Fravel

Arab News

Active Defense offers the first systematic look at China’s military strategy from the mid-20th century to today.

Mission Shakti: Students celebrate DRDO's ASAT anti-satellite missile test.

In the News

April 2, 2019

To NASA's mission Shakti rebuke, ex-defence research chief's rebuttal

Pallava Bagla NDTV

Speaking to NDTV, Vipin Narang, a professor of political science and a specialist on strategic studies at MIT in Boston, US added, Let's be clear there is only a 1 per cent risk of debris hitting the International Space Station, as as the NASA chief says there has been a 44 per cent increase in the risk of the ISS being hit by space junk created by the Indian A-SAT test, even then the risk goes up to a mere 1.44 per cent.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, waits for the start of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Virginia Mayo/AP)

In the News

April 1, 2019

NATO at 70: Is it time to overhaul one of America's oldest alliances?

Meghna ChakrabartiWBUR

Barry Posen says President Trump might be right — and that it’s time to rethink one of America’s oldest international alliances.

 Doan Thi Huong is escorted by Malaysian police out of the high court in Shah Alam on 1 April. Photograph: AFP Contributor#AFP/AFP/Getty Images

In the News

April 1, 2019

How North Korea got away with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam

Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Benjamin HaasThe Guardian

“The reason to do it publicly is to leave a calling card, to show the world that Kim Jong-un is not afraid to use a weapon of mass destruction at a crowded international airport,” said Vipin Narang, a politics professor at MIT.

Illustra­tion by Terry Tidwell

In the News

March 28, 2019

Scholar as detective

Andrew EricksonAmerican University Magazine

A gambler pulling the lever of a slot machine is not that different from a researcher elbow-deep in archival material, says Joseph Torigian (MIT ’16).

  Experts believe the target of Wednesday's anti-satellite test was India's Microsat-R, which is shown here launching in January. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

In the News

March 27, 2019

India claims successful test of anti-satellite weapon

Geoff BrumfielNPR

Testing a missile capable of hitting a satellite is a hop, skip and a jump away from a ballistic missile defense test, Narang says.

“India has no intention to threaten anyone,” said Narendra Modi, the country's prime minister, during a successful anti-satellite demonstration Wednesday. Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto/Getty Images

In the News

March 27, 2019

India’s anti-satellite test wasn’t really about satellites

Daniel OberhausWired

Narang says, India’s anti-satellite test is difficult to make sense of because it is “both more dependent on satellites than Pakistan and it’s also less capable in a relative sense than China.”“If Pakistan starts hitting Indian satellites, India can knock out Pakistan’s very few satellites,” notes Narang.

@RepMalinowski asks SecPompeo about NorthKorea, Kim Jong Un and Otto Warmbier.

In the News

March 27, 2019

Mike Pompeo again refuses to blame Kim Jong Un for Otto Warmbier’s death

Nick VisserHuffington Post

“The administration is trying to square the circle between holding the regime responsible for its treatment of Otto Warmbier, but not criticize Kim directly — who they are trying to keep from testing a satellite launch vehicle, or worse, and to keep the diplomatic process from completely imploding,” Vipin Narang, an associate professor at MIT, told HuffPost.

Reid Pauly

In the News

March 26, 2019

Wargames and the sources of nuclear restraint

Reid B.C. PaulyHarvard Belfer Center

Reid Pauly explains how declassified records of wargames played by US policymakers can reveal why nuclear weapons have not been used since 1945.

Thirteen students participate in the inaugural run of MIT-India 3.008 Humanistic Co-Design in the Developing World.

In the News

March 25, 2019

Co-designing assistive technologies in India

Madeline SmithMIT News

MIT students connect with premier Indian institutes, hospitals, and students to collaborate on “humanistic” assistive design.