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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Fall 2019
Richard Samuels Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community

Richard Samuels is Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Center for International Studies. In Special Duty, he dissects the fascinating history of the intelligence community in Japan. Featured here is an excerpt from the preface of his book.

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Hala Aldosari precis Interview: Hala Aldosari

"When Mohammed bin Salman decided it was important to deliver on the economy by allowing certain women’s rights, this did not include all women’s rights," explains Hala Aldosari, Saudi scholar and activist, and the Center's Robert E Wilhelm Fellow.

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Firms and the state in Chinese overseas investment

PhD student John Minnich asks, "Do Chinese multinational enterprises, like their counterparts in the West or Japan and South Korea, base their investment decisions primarily on commercial interests, or do they invest abroad in order to advance Beijing’s political and strategic agenda?"

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Fall 209 Briefings Briefings

Nigerian journalist Shola Lawal on human rights and social justice; Understanding the global rise of populism; Saudi money in US horse racing; MIT economist Jonathan Gruber on academics engaging with policymakers; and Mina Pollmann on Special Duty.

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Fall 2019 Activities Activities

Starr Forums; Consuls general meeting; Human Rights & Technology fellows; Remembering Jeanne Guillemin and announcing the newly established Jeanne E Guillemin Fund; Kenneth Oye named member of NIH Research Advisory Committee; 1,000 plus MIT students, researchers to India in last two decades; and more.

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Fall 2019 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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