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 2016
precis Interview: Lourdes Melgar

Lourdes Melgar, a CIS Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow, is using her time at MIT to write a book about Mexico’s energy reform. As Mexico’s deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons, she played a leading role in designing and implementing Mexico’s all-comprehensive energy reform. Melgar also served as under secretary for electricity and has held various diplomatic positions. She received her PhD (’92) in political science from MIT.

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Kenneth Oye Trump's Victory: What Does It Mean for You?Kenneth Oye

On November 16, the Center hosted a Starr Forum on “Trump’s Victory: What Does It Mean for You?” Kenneth Oye, who holds a joint MIT appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Data Systems and Society, and directs the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies, moderated the discussion. Oye's talk, which touched on economic policy, foreign policy, and beyond, is featured here.

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Nosy Neighbors: Regional Interference in Great Power InterventionsMarsin Alshamary

If you ask an Iraqi what went wrong with the US-led military intervention, chances are they will blame their “bad neighbors.” Some will point to Iran for its infiltration of Shia political parties, others to Syria for allowing in a steady stream of foreign fighters, and still others will blame Turkey for meddling in Kurdish affairs.

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Precis template Briefings

Posen named Kissinger Chair at Kluge Center; Lourdes Melgar awarded Robert E. Wilhelm Fellowship; Human rights journalist joins CIS; George W. Rathjens, 90, Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

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precis template Activities

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics; The International Policy Lab issues second call for proposals; CIS-funded Working Groups; Myron Weiner Seminar on International Migration; Security Studies Wednesday Seminars; Starr Forums.

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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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