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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Spring 2013
précis Interview: Cindy Williams, principal research scientist, security studies program, MIT

Cindy Williams, principal research scientist at the Security Studies Program, discusses with précis the budget deficit, including military spending, DOD personnel costs, sequestration, and President Obama's recently proposed budget.

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Cyberpolitics in International Relations Cyberpolitics in international relationsBy Nazli Choucri

Nazli Choucri, professor of political science, describes in her book that cyberspace is "a venue of unprecedented opportunity, a source of vulnerability, a disturbance in the familiar international order, and a venue of potential threat to national security."

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Graham Denyer Willis The right to kill?By Graham Denyer Willis

Across political and social thinking, the idea that the state has the right to kill its own citizens is rarely contested. From Hobbes to Weber and Mbembe, it is explicit or implied that states decide the conditions under which citizens can, and indeed should, die in order to preserve sovereignty.

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The bombing heard round the world?; China and Japan remain miles apart on uninhabited isles; Sharon Stanton Russell, 68, died peacefully on February 27, 2013, after a prolonged illness; MIT political scientist examines Japanese stasis after nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.

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"National Security in a Time of Austerity," was the the seminar for senior congressional and executive branch staff held April 3-5, 2013, and hosted for the first time by SSP; A total of 97 faculty international research projects have received $1.99 million in funding from the 2012-2013 MISTI Global Seed Funds competition; The Center announced sixteen recipients of its summer study grants; Elizabeth Wood has been recognized for writing one of the top ten most read articles in Slavic journals for the year 2012; Rebecca Ochoa, from CIS Headquarters, received an Infinite Mile Award from SHASS; CIS audits UAV drone use.

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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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