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 2019
Taylor Fravel Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949

Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program at MIT. His new book, Active Defense, illuminates China's past and present military goals and how the nation sought to achieve them. Featured here is an excerpt from the book.

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R David Edelman précis Interview: R David Edelman

"Public policy that happens in a vacuum, without any engagement with thought leadership and academia, is usually devoid of history, context, and evidence," explains R David Edelman, director of the MIT Project on Technology, the Economy, & National Security. Policy implications of technological change and his forthcoming book on the international dimensions of cybersecurity are among the topics in this interview.

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PhD student Kacie Miura on the domestic roots of Chinese assertiveness

As US-China relations have deteriorated, it has become all too easy to attribute China's foreign policy behavior to hostile or revisionist intentions. Doing so, however, risks exacerbating spiral dynamics that cut to the core of the security dilemma between the two states.

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Learning to study a painful past; Saudi scholar and activist Hala Aldosari joins CIS as the Robert E Wilhelm Fellow; MIT Policy Lab launches EdX course on policy outreach; Sarah Williams on mapping urban transport.

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SSP congressional meeting; 2019 summer study grants; Faculty launch collaborations around the world; MISTI team receives SHASS award; Starr Forums; Focus on Russia; and more.

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End Notes 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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