End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.
CIS is delighted to announce our new location at MIT Bldg E40-400; MIT's Global Council released two reports that will help frame MIT's international engagement strategy for years to come; The Center has joined together with the Watson Institute at Brown and the Weatherhead Center at Harvard to launch a new Inter-University Seminar on South Asian Politics; The Center brought the world-traveling exhibit, DARFUR/DARFUR, to MIT campus; Photojournalist Randy Hope Goodman shared her images and discussed her work, Iran: Images From Beneath a Chador; The Center is undertaking a year-long assessment of the UN’s mandate on women and security—namely, UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Under the leadership of Adm. William J. Fallon (USN-ret.) the Center has formed an advisory board of distinguished individuals to provide guidance in the coming years; MISTI launched the MIT-Brazil Program this fall to connect MIT students and faculty with research and innovation in Brazil; Firle Davies, a journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation, has been named the 2009-10 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow; the Center's Jerusalem 2050 Program seeks visions for a city of peace by mid-century—now; The Center's Audits of the Conventional Wisdom addressed the following topics this past semester.
précis Interview: JoAnn Carmin
JoAnn Carmin is associate professor of environmental policy and planning at the Department of Urban Studies at MIT. She also heads the Center's new Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability (PEGS). She discusses with precis the mission of PEGS, her work on climate change adaptation, and her future plans.
Japan's democratic party strives for normalcy
By Tobias Harris
Following the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States, Tokyo was rife with speculation... The Bush administration had been viewed by many Japanese elites as good for Japan... Many commentators recalled the Clinton administration's "Japan passing" and saw the appointment of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state as a sign that China would receive more attention than Japan.
Global financial crisis
By David A. Singer and Layna Mosley
The global financial crisis that began in 2007 is a once-in-a-lifetime event with wide-ranging consequences for government policymaking. The crisis has prompted much soul-searching among economists and financial experts who failed to anticipate it, or whose warnings were not taken seriously by regulators and investors.