Mershon Center for International Security Studies
April 3, 2019
In This Issue
In the Media
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
"The bad? Ohio gerrymandering is among nation's worst. The good? It should get better"
Columbus Dispatch
March 22, 2019
Benjamin McKean
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"Populism, economic anxiety go hand and hand"
Delaware Gazette
April 2, 2019
Peter Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law
"Why Americans should hope the Mueller report is not definitive"
March 22, 2019
About Mershon Memo
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Mershon Events
Friday-Saturday, March April 5-6, 2019

13th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
"Preparing Tomorrow's Peacebuilders: Career Paths in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution"
Friday: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Saturday: Graves Hall, 333 W. 10th Ave.

CRE 2019 The 13th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) is an opportunity for individuals to explore the wide array of local and global career opportunities in the field of conflict and peace. The conference will include:
  • Skills development workshops
  • Career and internship fair
  • Opportunities to develop and practice elevator speech for a job
  • Resume review by academics and professionals in the field
  • Sessions for faculty, staff and administrators on how to enhance programs to better connect and prepare students for the wide variety of careers in the field
  • Sessions for employers to help enhance their internship opportunities to better support their organization's needs and student learning
  • Quality design of service learning specifically for peace and conflict resolution programs
  • And more!
The conference is intended for secondary and higher education students, faculty, staff and administrators, members of the business community, non-profit leaders, media groups, philanthropists, and anyone wishing to make positive change in their communities. Read more and register at
Friday, April 5, 2019

Linas Linkevicius
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania
12:40 p.m., Page Hall Policy Forum, 1810 College Ave.

 Linas Linkevicius Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, will be in the United States for meetings to mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He is coming to Ohio State to speak with Americans about the future of NATO and its importance to American and transatlantic security. The minister also will discuss Lithuania's perspective on increasing hybrid security threats from Russia, including military activities, disinformation and cybersecurity attacks. Linkevicius is an engaging, frank speaker and will deliver brief remarks before answering questions. He will be joined by Rolandas Krisciunas, Lithuania's ambassador to the United States.
Friday-Saturday, March April 12-13, 2019

Military Frontiers: A Graduate Student Symposium
Organized by Max von Bargen and Seth Myers
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Hal BrandsThis year's Military Frontiers conference showcases the scholarship of 12 graduate students, all of whom study topics relating to the management of force and power in international affairs. The conference is interdisciplinary; the presenters represent a range of academic fields, and their research is based in a variety of methodologies. While all the papers to be presented share certain common themes, the subjects of the presentations are quite diverse. These include the public impact of memoirs published by intelligence officers, data governance in the European Union, and fear and rumors in the United States during World War I. Keynote address by Hal Brands (left), Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Read more and register at
Monday, April 8, 2019

Tarak Barkawi
"History and Theory in the Archives of Battle"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Tarak Barkawi Tarak Barkawi is professor of international relations at London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a scholar of war and empire. He uses interdisciplinary approaches to imperial and military archives to re-imagine relations between war, armed forces and society in modern times. This talk uses battle to explore some of the relations between war and knowledge about war. Read more and register at
Monday, April 15, 2019

Jennifer Erickson
"Reputation, Public Opinion, and U.S. Nuclear Non-Use in the Cold War"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Jennifer Erickson Jennifer Erickson is associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College. Her research interests include conventional and nuclear weapons, sanctions and arms embargoes, and the laws and norms of war. Her book, Dangerous Trade: Conventional Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation (Columbia, 2015), explains states' commitment to and compliance with new humanitarian arms export initiatives. Her current book project explores the historical and contemporary cases of new weapons technologies and the creation of new laws and norms of war. In this event, she will discuss the "nuclear taboo." Read more and register at
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Cullen Hendrix
"Armed Conflict and Fisheries in the Lake Victoria Basin: A Coupled Natural-Human Systems Approach"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Cullen Hendrix Cullen Hendrix is director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and associate professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. With Idean Salehyan, he created and maintains the Social Conflict Analysis Database. At the Korbel School, he leads the Environment, Food and Conflict (ENFOCO) Lab, which leverages collaborations between physical and social scientists and policymakers to produce scholarship and analysis on issues at the intersection of the environment, food security, and conflict. In this event, he will discuss how natural resource exploitation and food security are linked to conflict through a study of conflict in Uganda and fisheries in Lake Victoria. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Conflict resolution conference explores career opportunities
The 13th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) is an opportunity to explore the wide array of local and global career opportunities in the field of conflict and peace.

CRE 2017 The event takes place Friday, April 5, 2019, at Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, and Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Graves Hall, 333 W. 10th Ave.

Highlights of the conference include a keynote panel on "Local and Global Opportunities for Careers in the Field of Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution," which will provide an overview of the skills and experience needed to work in this diverse field and options for volunteering, internships and jobs.

A Young Leaders Panel will include young people who have careers in the field of peace and conflict resolution. They will share lessons learned and tips for other young people interested in being leaders in their field, including what education is helpful, experience, as well as internships and skills that helped them achieve their positions.

The conference will also include a Career, Internship, and Education Fair, featuring more than 30 organizations ranging from governmental to non-governmental organizations locally and globally that offer internships, volunteer, career opportunities, and educational opportunities for students whose skill and knowledge sets are rooted in peace and conflict studies.

See the full conference program at
Other Events
Friday, April 12, 2019

Gil Joseph
"Border Crossings and the Remaking of Latin American Cold War Studies: Transnational approaches to Revolution and Counterrevolution"
3 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall, 230 Annie & John Glenn Ave.
Sponsored by Center for Historical Research

Gil Joseph Gilbert Joseph is Farnam Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University and recently served as president of the Latin American Studies Association. Joseph has published 17 books on Latin American revolutions and social movements and U.S.-Latin American relations, including Revolution from Without: Yucatán, Mexico, and the United States, 1880-1924 (Cambridge, 1982) and Mexico's Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late 19th Century (Duke, 2013). This event is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University Center for Latin American Studies.
Other News
Event examines access and inclusion in digital world

Broadening Our Digital World: Balancing Inclusion and Innovation
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 3:15 p.m.
Blackwell Inn and Pfhal Conference Center
Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Human Values

Broadening our Digital World Whether at school, work, or play we are spending time in the digital world. Websites, apps, and social media have become an integral part of our culture. Nevertheless, for people with disabilities, it can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to obtain independent, timely, and seamless access to this digital world. What would it take to improve access for those who are currently excluded?

Universal Design offers a set of principles for equity but not a blueprint for building our digital world. Standards, like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), provides landmarks but they are neither a map or an operational plan for getting there.
  • What does access and inclusion mean in the digital world?
  • Why is access important?
  • Is there a business case for digital access?
  • Where do we find the resources for access?
  • How do we get there?
  • Who is responsible?
Join Eve Hill, co-lead for inclusivity and Tom Sikora, director of accessibility at Workday, for a dialogue exploring the meaning and value of digital inclusion as well as the pragmatics of how to move toward that goal.

A moderated discussion and audience questions will identify the parameters for a thoughtful, balanced, sustainable approach; describe the commitment and the resources necessary to ensure seamless access; and begin to answer the question, How do we get there?
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