Mershon Center for International Security Studies
November 13, 2018
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Academy Professor of Political Science
"Turnout key factor as candidates make final push to woo voters"
Dayton Daily News
November 4, 2018

"Discounts and deals being offered to get voters to the polls "
Columbus Dispatch
November 3, 2018

"Aftab Pureval Campaign Cleared From Finance Fog, But Will it Matter?"
Roll Call
November 2, 2018

"Women don't like Trump - and that's bad news for this Ohio Republican"
November 2, 2018
Bruno Cabanes
Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History
"En 1918, « des centaines de milliers » de réfugiés chassés de chez eux"
Le Monde
November 11, 2018
John Mueller
Senior Research Scientist

"A Determined Man: World War I, Hitler, and the Unlikely March to World War II"
War on the Rocks
November 11, 2018

"What Happened to the Islamic State Foreign Fighters That Had Returned to Europe?"
National Interest
November 5, 2018
About Mershon Memo
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Mershon Events
Friday, November 16, 2018

Geoff Sayre-McCord
"Hume's Robust Theory of Practical Reason"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Geoff Sayre-McCord Geoffrey Sayre-McCord is Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1985. He is also director of UNC's Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program and director of the international Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society. Sayre-McCord has published extensively on metaethics, moral theory, epistemology, and the history of moral philosophy. In this event, Sayre-McCord will discuss debates over the philosophy of David Hume, arguing Hume is neither a skeptic of practical reason nor an instrumentalist, but more nuanced than either interpretation. Read more and register at
Friday-Saturday, November 30-December 1, 2018

Societies Under Stress: Welfare and Penal Policies amid Rising Insecurity
Organized by Sarah Brooks
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Sarah Brooks Societies Under Stress: Welfare and Penal Policies amid Rising Insecurity is an interdisciplinary conference that aims at advancing collaborative research on the relationship between social welfare and penal policies across nations. It will bring together scholars from around the globe and from different disciplinary backgrounds -- mainly political science, sociology and criminology or law -- to ask: What are the causal links between crime control and social welfare policies? What are the ideological, political, social and historical foundations of these programs within and across nations? Read more and register at
Monday, December 3, 2018

Zachary Matusheski
"Reassessing Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Korean War"
12:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Co-sponsored by Institute for Korean Studies

Zachary Matusheski Zachary Matusheski is the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency Post-Doctoral Historian in Residence in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. His research centers on the ways the Korean War and other Cold War era conflicts in East Asia shaped American military, political, and cultural history. His current book project examines Dwight D. Eisenhower's first term. It focuses on how the President's perceptions of East Asia shaped his foreign policy reforms.This talk will analyze the last months of the armistice negotiations and how Eisenhower's experience during this early part of his presidency shaped his defense policy. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Dylan DeWitt
Dylan DeWitt (seated left), graduate student in political science, used a 2017-18 Mershon Center grant for an intensive Indonesian language training program at Universitas Ngurah Rai. 

Ohio State among top 50 global universities
The Ohio State University is one of the world's top 50 global universities, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2019 Best Global Universities rankings released today. The rankings compare 1,250 universities in 75 countries based on academic research and overall reputation.

Ohio State received a global score of 74/100 and is tied for 46th with Boston University and the University of Munich. The methodology to determine the rankings used 13 different factors - each weighted separately - to measure global research performance. The highest weighted indicators included global and regional research reputation and the number and percentage of publications among the 10% most cited.

This year, U.S. News also included rankings by country, region and subject. Fields including agricultural sciences, chemistry, clinical medicine, computer science, mathematics and physics, and arts and humanities were measured using a different set of criteria based on the academic research performance and reputation of the institution. Ohio State is ranked 17th in space science and 26th in physics.

Ohio State has been recognized for its global reach in other recent national rankings. The university is currently ranked second as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, 5th for the number of students who study abroad and 17th for the number of international students enrolled. In 2016 Ohio State was one of four finalists for the Association for Public Land Grant Universities' Global Learning, Research and Engagement Award and was the recipient of the NAFSA 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
Other Events
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2018 Midterm Election Analysis
Reception 5 p.m., Program 6 p.m.
Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road
Sponsored by WOSU Public Media and John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Paul Beck Mike Thompson, WOSU Public Media's Chief Content Director for News and Public Affairs and host of WOSU TV's Columbus on the Record, will discuss the results of the 2018 midterm elections and where we go from here. Guests include Mershon affiliate Paul Beck (left), Academy Professor of Political Science, and Whitney Smith, CEO, W.T. Smith Consulting. Enjoy complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks in the theater lobby prior to the program. Read more and register
Friday, November 16, 2018

COMPAS Conference: Geoengineering
11th Floor Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall
Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Human Values

Can we use technology to mitigate the harms of climate change? What are the moral implications of altering large scale systems that we don't completely understand? Does anyone have the political jurisdiction to make decisions about actions that might affect everyone on Earth? Speakers include Steven Brown (CEHV, Ohio State);  Doug MacMartin (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell); Jeffrey M. Bielicki (Energy Sustainability Research Laboratory, Ohio State); Stephen Gardiner (Philosophy, University of Washington); David Morrow (Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University); Emma Saunders-Hastings (Political Science, Ohio State); Wil Burns (Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University); Holly Buck (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA); Cinnamon Carlarne (Law, Ohio State). Read more and register
Other News
'Origins' examines 100th anniversary of end of WWI

Origins has published a new piece: " The End of World War I?" by Julie Powell.

One hundred years ago, the guns on the Western Front went silent and World War I drew to a close. But as Julie Powell explores on the armistice's centennial, the war lived on for those who faced continued violence, demobilization, veteran rehabilitation, and, most of all, for the millions who had to be mourned.

About Origins: Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective is a monthly ad-free magazine that features top scholars on today's most pressing topics. Published by The Ohio State History Department, its authors include National Book Award winners and world-renowned scholars. You can also explore reviews of popular history books on the Origins website as well as the new monthly feature Milestones.
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