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.

If you have story ideas or would like to write an article, please contact the 2022-2023 graduate student editor Samuel Leiter or editor Michelle English.

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Fall 2022 ∕  Winter 2023
Saddam Hussein statue toppling The Iraq invasion: Twenty years later

The 20th anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq is on March 20, 2023. Codenamed  "Operation Iraqi Freedom" by the George W Bush administration, the goal was to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, topple Saddam Hussein, and re-make Iraq into a democracy. Two decades later, US troops are still on Iraqi soil and that nation is ravaged by challenges, including a threat of civil war last August. Center scholars weigh in on the history that led to the US invasion, lessons learned on state-building, and provide commentary on Iraq's future.

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Ken Oye précis Interview: Kenneth Oye

Kenneth Oye discusses interdisciplinary work on emerging technologies and the global economic lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. Oye directs the Center's Program on Emerging Technologies and holds faculty appointments in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and in the School of Engineering at MIT.

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Tingxuan (Diana) Zhu Give but also take: China’s Covid-19 vaccine aid

As countries prepare themselves for a post-pandemic world, case studies like China’s vaccine aid should help us better understand the new normal of cooperation and competition in public health and beyond, explains Tingxuan (Diana) Zhu, a PhD student in the Department of Political Science. 

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Students taking notes Briefings

Pouya Alimagham on the protest movement in Iran; Brazilian human rights journalist joins CIS; Energy, war, and the crisis in Ukraine; New MIT internships expand research opportunities in Africa

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Global world map Activities

MIT-Eurasia and MIT-Ukraine Programs; Academic engagement in public policy; Starr Forums; SSP Wednesday Seminars; Exhibit showcases South Asia and MIT connections; Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar; Celebrating the life of John Tirman; MIT-Korea Program; Military fellows offer courses during IAP

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Compass pointing toward Excellence 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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