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Spring 2009 Issue

MIT-Harvard Gaza Symposium Co-Sponsored by CIS

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.

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Featured articles

Learning to Be Capitalists

By 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 Statecraft

By 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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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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Also included in the spring issue are:
  • MIT Scholars Offer Advice to President Obama
  • Roadmap and Rationale for U.S.-Iran Relations
  • Audits, précis Online Subscriptions
  • MISTI Awards Global Seed Funds
  • Cone Joins CIS as Research Associate
  • CIS Events
  • Endnotes (highlights CIS affiliates’ activities)
  • CIS Releases DVD: Mind, Hand, World

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