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 2009
précis Interview: Fotini Christia

Fotini Christia joined the MIT faculty in fall 2008 as assistant professor in political science. Her current work at MIT, how to achieve "success" in Afghanistan, and what Iranians think about Americans are among the topics she addresses.

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Learning to Be Capitalists book cover Learning to be capitalistsBy Annette Kim

Why have some countries transitioned to capitalism so rapidly? How did they change their economies so fundamentally when so many reform efforts in developing countries have been ineffective? The conundrum has grown the last two decades...with varying results.

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Thinking clearly about China's economic statecraftBy William Norris

One of the most important phenomena characterizing the international environment today is the rise of China. At $3.4 trillion, China's economy is the third largest in the world and continues to grow rapidly.

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MISTI Global Seed Funds Program selected its first recipients in spring 2009; CIS welcomes Devon Cone, who joined the Center in the fall as a research associate working closely with executive director and principal research scientist John Tirman; MIT scholars offer advice to President Obama; CIS releases DVD: "Mind, Hand, World"; The Center's publications, Audit of the Conventional Wisdom and its bi-annual newsletter précis, are now exclusively available online.

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The Gaza Symposium, jointly organized by MIT and Harvard, hosted a series of panels on the role of U.S. and international actors, as well as human rights and international humanitarian law in the wake of recent events in Gaza; Ambassador Burns spoke on foreign policy Challenges for Obama; Bustani Seminar examines Ahmadinejad’s legacy; CIS announces two new working groups to encourage collaboration across disciplines to tackle global issues; MISTI held its annual gala dinner to honor 360 plus students; Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (RET), gave a public talk on Afghanistan along with Professor Fotini Christia; Economist Martin Feldstein was the featured speaker at a Starr Forum; CIS announces new program at McKibben event.

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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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