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 2015
précis Interview: Joel Brenner

Joel Brenner, former inspector general and senior counsel at the National Security Agency (NSA), joined CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow. He discusses his work in law and public service, his interest in technology and policy, and what he is doing at CIS.

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Nuclear strategy in the modern eraBy Vipin Narang

Largely forgotten in the scholarly and policy obsession with the Cold War and with nuclear acquisition is the fact that regional powers have chosen different nuclear strategies. These differences matter greatly to their ability to deter conflict...why might states select one over the others?

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Ketian Zhang 'Patriots' with different characteristics: deconstructing the Chinese anti–Japan protests in 2012By Ketian Zhang

In contrast to the conventional wisdom that treats the Chinese as if they were a unified, equally nationalistic group, my research finds that Chinese citizens participated in anti–Japan protests for drastically different reasons—many of which had little to do with Chinese nationalism.

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Shivshankar Menon, a former national security advisor of India, was a Robert E. Wilhelm fellow at CIS; Culture clash: new book Dream Chasers explores fierce debates over immigration; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan visited MIT as part of his weeklong trip to the US; 3 Questions: Kenneth Oye on regulating drugs.

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David Dolev, assistant director of MISTI and managing director of MIT-Israel, was honored with the Excellence Award for Advancing Inclusion and Global Perspectives; The Center hosted three seminars for the Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration; Serenella Sferza, co-director of the MIT-Italy Program, received a SHASS Infinite Mile award this year in the "Great Ideas" category; The Center launched a lecture series honoring the late human-rights activist Hrant Dink; The Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, among them MIT's Fotini Christia.

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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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