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 2020
Pouya Alimagham and his book Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings

Pouya Alimagham is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a focus on Iran, Iraq, and the Levant. In Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings, he harnesses the wider history of Iran and the Middle East to highlight how activists contested the Islamic Republic's legitimacy to its very core.

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Anat Biletzki precis Interview: Anat Biletzki

Anat Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University, a research affiliate at CIS, and founding co-director of its Human Rights and Technology Fellowship Program. In this interview, she describes the work of the human rights and technology program and her book, Philosophy of Human Rights: A Systematic Introduction.

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Battle in Iraq The cult of the persuasive: The organizational origins of US strategy in military assistance

PhD candidate Rachel Tecott explains in her essay that "as long as the White House and the Congress continue to grant the military the autonomy and the resources to perpetuate military assistance projects without serious evaluation...the cult of the persuasive is likely to persist, and US military assistance projects are likely to fail."

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Image of people at meeting taking notes Briefings

Experts rethink national security in the era of pandemics; Robert Art retires as director of Seminar XXI; Sara Plana receives Jeanne Guillemin Prize; Yukio Okamoto, distinguished diplomat and fellow, felled by Covid-19; Africa takes on Covid-19; and Pandemic insights from iGEM conference.

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Spring 2020 activities Activities

Starr Forums explore topics through the lens of Covid-19; Africa and India take on Covid-19; Summer Study Grants; SSP Wednesday Seminars; International Migration Seminar Series; SHASS Infinite Miles Awards; the Policy Lab at CIS completes fifth call for proposals with record turnout. 

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Trophy with 2020 medal hanging on it 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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