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précis Fall Issue Now Online

The latest issue of précis is now available. The main features include an interview with Frank Gavin, Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and professor of political science at MIT; an excerpt from the book Restraint by Barry Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and director of the MIT Security Studies Program; and an essay Exploiting U.S. Control of the Commons in a U.S.–China Conflict by Fiona Cunninghan, a PhD student in international relations and comparative politics.

MIT Alumnus Elected Governor of Pennsylvania

Tom Wolf, an alumnus of the MIT Department of Political Science, has been elected governor of Pennsylvania. He came to MIT in 1974 after studying Indian history in London and serving three years in the Peace Corps in Orissa. At MIT he was a student of Walter Dean Burnham in American political history and Myron Weiner in political demography. His doctoral dissertation won the E.E. Schattschneider Prize of the American Political Science Association for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of American politics. Notwithstanding his very promising prospects as an academic, governor-elect Wolf chose to return to his home town and expand the family business. From that base, he became one of southeastern Pennsylvania's most philanthropic business leaders. He has served on the department's visiting committee and is a charter member of the CIS advisory board. CIS director, Richard Samuels, was his class mate in the political Science PhD program, and celebrated governor elect Wolf's victory with their friends and families in York, Pennsylvania. Samuels remarked, "The citizens of Pennsylvania have made a splendid choice. They are fortunate to have so bright and dedicated a leader."

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