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 South Koreans walk past replicas of North Korean and South Korean missiles on February 28, 2019 in Seoul. North Korea tested a short-range missile on May 3, 2019. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

In the News

May 6, 2019

North Korea tested a missile over the weekend. The Trump admin flubbed the response.

Alex WardVox

“Even if internally the US administration accepted that the missile-testing moratorium applied only narrowly to ICBMs, as Kim has publicly stated, don’t say it,” Narang told me. “At least stick with the vague language of ‘long-range missiles’ to cover the weapons that threaten our forces and allies in the region.”  “The question will be whether this test was a one-off or whether it becomes a concerted effort to gradually escalate the range of missile tests through the end of the year to see how much Trump actually loves Kim,” he continued.

Kim observes tests of different weapons systems in North Korea on May 4 in this photo released by KCNA. Source: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

In the News

May 5, 2019

North Korea weapons test may have included ballistic missile

Jihye LeeBloomberg

“Kim Jong Un may be starting his ‘push-the-line’ strategy, gradually seeing how much Trump will turn a blind eye to,” said Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT and a member of its security studies program. “Not good.”

R David Edelman


May 3, 2019

précis Interview: R David Edelman

"Public policy that happens in a vacuum, without any engagement with thought leadership and academia, is usually devoid of history, context, and evidence," explains R David Edelman, director of the MIT Project on Technology, the Economy, & National Security. Policy implications of technological change and his forthcoming book on the international dimensions of cybersecurity are among the topics in this interview.

 FILE - A screen shows a news program reporting in Tokyo about North Korea's missile firing from Wonsan, center, June 8, 2017.

In the News

May 3, 2019

Seoul: North Korea tests short-range projectiles

William GalloVOA News

Testing a short-range ballistic missile “might skirt the line” on that moratorium, says Vipin Narang, a nuclear expert and professor at MIT. “Kim has stated (the moratorium) only applies to ICBMs, while the U.S. believes it applies more broadly,” Narang says. “It’s enough to signal slightly greater concern but giving the U.S. an out if it wants to, to dismiss it as not a violation of the moratorium.”

 The Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard warned that if the Mueller report had found that the president had colluded with Russia, it could have led to civil war. Photograph: Loren Elliott/Reuters

In the News

May 2, 2019

Robots, war, climate: is apocalyptic rhetoric dangerous for Democratic candidates?

Josh WoodThe Guardian

Vipin Narang, a professor of political science and a nuclear proliferation expert at MIT, says that in contrast with Gabbard’s statements, the US and the world faced a much greater threat of nuclear catastrophe during the cold war. “We probably have more flash points [today], but we traded a smaller risk of a world-ending event for maybe a larger chance of nuclear use,” he said.

SSP logo


May 1, 2019

SSP Congressional Meeting

On April 17-19, the Security Studies Program hosted its fifth biennial Senior Congressional and Executive Branch Staff Seminar, titled “Regions and Rivals: American Strategy In A Time Of Uncertainty.”

Hala Al-Dosari

News Release

April 30, 2019

Saudi scholar and activist Hala Al-Dosari joins CIS as the Robert E Wilhelm Fellow

Hala Al-Dosari, a Saudi scholar and activist in women’s rights in Arab societies, violence against women, and the “guardianship” system in Saudi Arabia, joins the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) as its Robert E Wilhelm Fellow.

 Modi addresses the nation on March 27 about destroying a low-orbiting satellite. Photographer: Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images

In the News

April 27, 2019

India slips further behind China during first five years of Modi

Iain MarlowBloomberg

Even Modi’s announcement of the anti-satellite missile test will be mostly useless against China, according to Vipin Narang, an MIT associate political science professor. “Not only does China have more satellites that India would likely have to kill, but China may have an advantage in killing Indian satellites,” Narang said.

Active Defense book by Taylor Fravel

In the News

April 24, 2019

“Active Defense” by Taylor Fravel

Princeton University Press

Taylor Fravel's newly released book illuminates the nation’s past and present military goals and how China sought to achieve them, and offers a rich set of cases for deepening the study of change in military organizations.

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.