précis Magazine


précis, the MIT Center for International Studies magazine, features essays by our scholars, covers the wide range of Center activities, and tracks the accomplishments of our research community. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester.

If you have story ideas or would like to write an article, please contact the 2021-2022 graduate student editor Eyal Hanfling or editor Michelle English.

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Fall 2021 ∕  Winter 2022
Malick Ghachem On the constitutional void in Haiti

A foreign policy informed by the sense that self-governance and the pursuit of equality has been and remains a struggle in both Haiti and the United States may go some way towards bringing about a more nuanced and constructive approach to Haiti's political crisis. And it might also help us in the United States to think a little more forthrightly about our own need for constitutional reform.

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Kelly Greenhill précis Interview: Kelly M Greenhill

Kelly M Greenhill, PhD '04, joined CIS as director of the Seminar XXI Program—one of the most successful post-graduate education programs in the national security arena. She discusses her new role as director of the Seminar XXI, her current research and projects underway; and offers advice to students seeking careers in academia and policy-related fields.

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Aidan Milliff Surviving violence in Delhi: How control and predictability affect decision-making

During political violence around the world, ordinary people respond to chaos and danger in many different ways. For everyone who participates in a riot or mob, there is someone who has barricaded themselves in a closet. For every family that seeks refuge from insurgent violence or state terror in another neighborhood or state, another family tries to adapt to the danger and stay put.

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Ukrainian soldiers preparing for a mission Is an armed conflict imminent?

In recent weeks it has seemed increasingly possible that Russia will invade Ukraine. But why is this threat unfolding now, and what is likely to occur? An online panel of experts convened on January 28 and warned of significant reason for concern, while searching for factors that might prevent military action or limit its consequences.

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Students playing a wargame Wargaming revival at MITEyal Hanfling

MIT researchers have been developing the craft of wargaming since the late 1950s. Lincoln Bloomfield, a MIT professor, and other faculty affiliated with CIS were pioneers of modern wargaming technology. Today, CIS is again at the center of new developments in the methodology, pedagogy, and application of wargaming.

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People taking notes Briefings

A look at how countries go nuclear—and why some do not; Embarking upon a leadership journey; Can the world change course on climate?; Women’s rights and rising threats to press freedom worldwide; Networking on a global scale; What’s the next chapter in Afghanistan?

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Global world map Activities

MISTI launches career connections energy course; IAP contemporary military topics; Human rights and technology fellowships; Focus on Russia seminars offered as Starr Forums; Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics; Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar; SSP Wednesday Seminars.

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Compass pointed toward excellence End Notes

End Notes features the professional achievements of our scholars, students, and staff. This includes recent awards, speaking engagements, and publications.​

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