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 2011
précis Interview: Chappell Lawson

Chappell Lawson, associate professor of political science and member of CIS, was recently named director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). Among the topics discussed are his new role at MISTI and his recent service in Washington at US Customs and Border Protection.

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The Deaths of Others The deaths of others: the fate of civilians in America's warsBy John Tirman

John Tirman's most recent book, The Deaths of Others, published by Oxford University Press, is a trenchant and passionate work that explores the fate of civilians in America's wars. Featured in précis is an excerpt from the introduction.

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Claiming the stateBy Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner

India is a compelling context in which to examine questions of citizen access to the state and its resources. India is both the world's largest democracy and home to some of the deepest and most persistent poverty globally.

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The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, will be conferred upon MIT Political Scientist Richard J. Samuels; Abbas Maleki, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister (1988-1997), joined CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year; Jackee Budesta Batanda—a Ugandan journalist who has reported on the vicious acid attacks of women as "revenge crimes" and the targeted murders of albinos—has been selected as the 2011-2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow; Launch of the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative.

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Empowering the Teachers is a new project to enable outstanding young Nigerian faculty in science and engineering to collaborate with MIT faculty to develop new curriculum and teaching methods; Tobias Harris, a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and a member of SSP, is studying in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar during the 2011-12 academic year; The joint seminar on South Asian Politics featured four talks; MIT-France helps advance energy research; MISTI announces a new partnership with MEET (Middle East Education through Technology).

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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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