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Vipin Narang

In the News

February 27, 2019

India, Pakistan exchange fire

Ben WatsonDefense One

Cautions Vipin Narang of MIT: “Modi overshot the upper limit of what Pakistan would take by hitting in KPK and forced Pakistan’s hand. Neither side wants a war but with this spiraling neither side wants to back down. This is getting ugly quickly. Need off-ramps and now.”

Pakistani protesters shout anti-Indian slogans in Karachi on Feb. 23, a day after Indian authorities arrested dozens of Muslim leaders in raids across Kashmir and sent thousands of reinforcements to the troubled territory. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

Analysis + Opinion

February 25, 2019

After terrorist attack in Kashmir, will India seek vengeance or de-escalation?

Christopher ClaryThe Washington Post

On February 14, a suicide bomber in Kashmir drove his explosives-filled vehicle into a bus carrying members of India’s paramilitaries, killing over 40 and injuring dozens more. An Islamist terrorist group, Jaish-e-Muhammad—based in Pakistan though nominally banned by the Pakistani government—reportedly took credit for the attack.

President Donald Trump walks to board Air Force One for a trip to Vietnam to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Feb. 25, 2019, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

In the News

February 25, 2019

Trump heads to Hanoi for second summit with Kim

Steve HermanVoice of America

All it takes is Kim pretending to disarm and Trump pretending to believe him, says Vipin Narang. So long as Kim doesn't embarrass Trump publicly by testing a nuclear weapon or a ballistic missile, domestically Trump can keep rinsing and repeating. The advantage for Trump is that Kim's continued expansion of his nuclear weapons program is largely silent, and, at best, shows up on page 10.

Indian security forces inspect the remains of a vehicle following an attack in Kashmir on Feb. 14. Photographer: AFP via Getty Images

In the News

February 25, 2019

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan face off in renewed escalation

Iain Marlow and Kamran Haider Bloomberg

“The last time the Indian Air Force crossed the line of control intentionally and publicly to conduct air strikes was 1971,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, referring to the Indo-Pakistan war over Bangladesh.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un pose for the cameras at their first summit on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo: AFP/SAUL LOEB) Read more at

In the News

February 23, 2019

Trump's 'great chemistry' with Kim Jong Un put to test at summit

AFP/nhChannel News Asia

I think Trump is calculating that he can run out the clock at least until the end of his first term with this strategy, said Vipin Narang, a lot may depend on what Hanoi yields. The risk is if Kim decides this unilateral testing moratorium - because it's not in writing - no longer works for him. Then there is no diplomatic exit ramp.

Trump and Putin - Game theory? Photographer: Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe

Analysis + Opinion

February 23, 2019

Winning the nuclear game against Putin’s Russia

Tobin HarshawBloomberg

It’s a question of who would strike whom first, and who would enter the fray.  Interview with Vipin Narang on nuclear games and strategy, and the upcoming second meeting with President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.

Vipin Narang

In the News

February 22, 2019

Best/worst cases for Trump-Kim II

Ben WatsonDefense One

Previewing next week’s big event in Hanoi, MIT’s Vipin Narang tweeted “My reading of the last couple days’ news on the Hanoi summit is that we should expect, at best, modest progress on what are still exceedingly maximalist goals. The reverse approach—max progress on modest goals—would have been more realistic.”

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. KOREA SUMMIT PRESS POOL,MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

In the News

February 21, 2019

It’s clearer than ever that the US’s North Korea policy is in total chaos

Alex WardVox

“We are nowhere,” says MIT nuclear expert Vipin Narang. “Which is probably exactly where the North Koreans want us to be.”

A camp near the Syrian border at Suruç, Turkey.

In the News

February 20, 2019

Civilians evacuated from last ISIS-held village in Syria

Jeremy HobsonWBUR Here & Now

A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria Wednesday.  Jim Walsh discusses whether this signals the defeat of ISIS.

Sarah Williams

News Release

February 19, 2019

Urban transportation resource center for Latin American and Caribbean cities

Dan Pomeroy | International Policy Lab

The Resource Center, which will be run through a collaboration between World Resources Institute Mexico (WRI Mexico), Massachusetts Institute for Technology’s Civic Data Design Lab, and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, will support the development of open digital urban transport data for and with Latin American and Caribbean cities.