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.

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Fall 2009
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. 

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Global financial crisisBy 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.

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Japan's democratic party strives for normalcyBy 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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