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 2020
President-elect Biden taking the oath of president What’s next? Challenges ahead for President Biden

We look towards the future of America during a presidential transition that culminated in a constitutional crisis. President Biden will be flooded with advice as he leads our nation during what many argue is among the darkest chapters in our democracy’s history. Here we offer fresh ideas on a range of foreign policy issues, emotions in politics, and our nation’s persistent racism. The advice is offered by our scholars, and draws on their deep knowledge and experience.

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Erik Lin-Greenberg precis Interview: Erik Lin-Greenberg

Erik Lin-Greenberg joined MIT in fall of 2020 as assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. He returns to MIT after receiving his PhD from Columbia University, and his MS and BS in political science from MIT. In this interview, he describes what it's like to be back at MIT, his research on emerging military technology, war gaming, and the role of food in international politics.

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Cybersecurity illustration Defining success and mapping the road ahead for public-private partnership and critical infrastructure cybersecurity

With talk of cyber Pearl Harbors or digital 9/11s, some of the attention paid to critical infrastructure cybersecurity might border on alarmism, but there is real reason for concern, writes Sean Atkins, a PhD candidate in security studies and international relations. He summarizes a recent CIS event aimed at defining "long term success" for government-industry partnership to secure the critical functions that US national and economic security relies on. 

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World Bank headquarters A World Bank refresh

As the Biden-Harris administration re-introduces America to the world stage, it may discover the greatest opportunity for global leadership lies not in rapprochement with jilted bodies like the World Trade Organization or World Health Organization ... but in reinvigorating a different “world” institution: The World Bank. Steven Koltai, research affiliate of CIS and senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, explains.

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People at meeting taking notes Briefings

Seminar XXI finds opportunity in virtual programming; The sound of a global MIT; Democracy in distress?; MISTI pilots conversations in energy; Chappell Lawson on US security policy; Donald Blackmer, professor emeritus and longtime leader at MIT, dies at 91.

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Globe with interactivity lines Activities

Experiencing the culture from afar; Starr Forums explore both domestic and global issues; SSP Wednesday Seminars; Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration; Eight students receive Human Rights and Technology Program fellowships; Twenty years of cultivating tech entrepreneurs; IAP activities; Faculty seed projects.

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Compass pointing north labelled as 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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