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précis, the MIT Center for International Studies newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester.

If you have story ideas or would like to write an article, please contact the 2017-2018 graduate student editor Marsin Rahim Alshamary or staff editor Michelle English.

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Spring 2011
précis Interview: David Miliband

Rt Hon David Miliband MP joined CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow in Residence from April 11 through April 15, 2011. Miliband was the Foreign Secretary for the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010 and is an alumnus of the Department of Political Science at MIT.
Among the topics discussed in the interview are: the reasons he came back to MIT; suggestions about how academics might better bridge the gap between research and political action; and the key elements of his vision for the future of Afghanistan.

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CIS turns 60: an interview with three directors

In recognition of the Center's 60th anniversary, précis discussed the evolution of CIS with three of its directors: Richard Samuels (2000 to present); Kenneth Oye (1992 to 2000); and Eugene Skolnikoff (1972 to 1987).

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Why do violent substate conflicts spread?By Nathan Black

The recent collapse of the authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt—and the wave of anti-authoritarian protests in numerous other Arab countries—has reacquainted scholars and policymakers with a long-known truth: Unrest in one country sometimes spreads to another.

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Briefings

Rt Hon David Miliband MP and Hans-Georg Eichler joined CIS as a Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow; Sanam Anderlini becomes CIS Senior Fellow; At a Starr Forum on March 16, MIT experts addressed Japan's nuclear past, present, and future from a political and engineering perspective; CIS members responded to the death of Osama Bin Laden in various formats.

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Activities

The Center participated in the MIT 150 Open House; 46 international faculty research collaborations will receive more than $900,000 from the 2010-2011 MISTI Global Seed Funds competition; senior faculty and researchers from CIS and DUSP's CoLab are building an initiative to promote sustainable economic development of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Basin; The Brazil-MIT Forum/Conferência Brasil-MIT inaugural meeting was held at MIT; The Myron Weiner Seminar Series on International Migration hosted two talks.

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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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