Mershon Center for International Security Studies
February 12, 2019
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Academy Professor of Political Science
Randy Schweller
Professor of Political Science

"The State of the Union" 
WOSU-FM All Sides
February 6, 2019
John Casterline
Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies
"Rise in size of African families may be tied to less schooling"
February 4, 2019
Eleanor Paynter
Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Studies
"Europe's refugee crisis explains why border walls don't stop migration"
The Conversation
January 31, 2019
About Mershon Memo
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Mershon Events
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

John Horne
"War as Revolution, 1904-1923"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

John Horne John Horne is professor emeritus of modern European history at Trinity College Dublin and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author and editor of a number of books and over 100 chapters and articles, many relating to the Great War. Among his latest publications are (ed.) A Companion to World War One (Oxford, Blackwell-Wiley, 2010); (ed.) Vers la guerre totale: le tournant de 1914-1915 (Tallandier, 2010); and with Robert Gerwarth, War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War (Oxford, 2012). In this talk, he will ask whether World War I was really a large-scale revolution. Read more and register at
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Aaron James
"Modern Money and Sovereign Obligations"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Aaron James Aaron James, professor of philosophy at University of California-Irvine, works on rationalism and the foundations of moral and practical judgment, with a focus on constructivism (what it is, how it might explain objectivity, and whether it could provide a foundational theory). He is author of Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy (Oxford, 2012), and is planning a book on the morality and political economy of distribution for a world of increasing ecological scarcity and lower growth rates (at least in the advanced world). In this talk, James will discuss the potential consequences of Modern Money Theory (MMT) for trade partner countries. Read more and register at
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ludivine Bantigny
"1968: General strike, practices and hope"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Ludivine Bantigny Ludivine Bantigny is assistant professor of history at University of Rouen Normandy. In recent years, her research has been devoted to the 1968 event and the various mobilizations that followed (feminisms, "sexual revolution", political cultures). She is the author of 1968, de grands soirs en petits matins (Seuil, 2018); La France à l'heure du monde. De 1981 à nos jours (Seuil, 2013, 2019); and «Prolétaires de tous les pays, qui lave vos chaussettes ?». Le genre de l'engagement dans les années 1968 (PUR, 2017, with Fanny Bugnon and Fanny Gallot). In this talk she will discuss the projects that were forged by the protagonists of the social and political movement in 1968. Read more and register at
Friday, February 22, 2019

Erik Voeten
"Are liberal international institutions responsive to backlash? Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Erik Voeten Erik Voeten is the Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in World Affairs at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department. He has completed research on the United Nations, the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and broader issues of international law and cooperation. He is also editor of the academic journal International Organization. In this event, Voeten will discuss evidence that the European Court of Human Rights is responding to backlash from consolidated liberal democracies. Read more and register at
Friday, February 22, 2019

Sally Haslanger
"Ideology, Cultural Logics, and Sites of Resistance"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Sally Haslanger Sally Haslanger is a professor of linguistics and philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has published on topics in metaphysics, epistemology and feminist theory, with a recent emphasis on accounts of the social construction of race and gender. In this event, Haslanger will argue that laws and institutions depend on social meanings embedded in a system of power relations, internalizing an ideology that distorts, obscures, and occludes important facts and results in a failure to recognize the interests of subordinated groups. Read more and register at
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Raphaëlle Branche
"Ending the French-Algerian war? Amnesty laws and the tensions of memory in France, from 1962"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Raphaëlle Branche Professor of modern and contemporary history at the University of Rouen, Raphaëlle Branche has worked extensively on colonial violence, focusing on French Algeria. She examines issues of illegal violence such as rape, torture, summary executions mainly from the point of view of the perpetrators. She has also addressed more specifically the issue of prisoners during the French-Algerian war (1954-1962) and acts of violence committed by the Algerian civilians and combatants during the war of independence as well as during the 1871 uprising. In this event, Branche will discuss amnesty laws passed in the 1960s to quell violence. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Mershon Center seeks two postdoctoral fellows
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University invites applications to fill two postdoctoral fellowship positions for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Applications are welcomed from scholars who have completed their Ph.D. since June 30, 2013, or who expect to complete their degree by June 30, 2019. The term of appointment is July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Successful applicants may apply for a one-year renewal of the fellowship.
Tarak Barkawi
Tarak Barkawi, now at London School of Economics and Political Science, spoke at the Mershon Center on March 23, 2017. He was a postdoctoral fellow in 2006-07.

The Mershon postdoctoral fellowships support research on national security in a global context. We understand international security from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci.

Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived. We especially welcome applications from scholars whose work explicitly integrates knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Fellows at the Mershon Center will pursue their own research and participate in the activities of the Center. Each fellow receives a stipend of $48,000, a $2,000 research fund, office space at the Mershon Center, and health insurance.

Please find more information and application instructions on the Postdoctoral Fellows page under Grants on the Mershon Center website. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by March 1, 2019.
Other Events
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Brenden Wood
"Civilian Control in Carceral Space"
11:30 a.m., 100 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road
Sponsored by Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Brenden Wood Graduate student Brenden Wood will discuss his thesis research on accountability between Russian civil society and the federal government in regard to prison reform. The talk will focus on the Russian Civic Chamber, an institution meant to function as an intermediary between the federal government and civil society, but criticized as being ineffective due to its lack of constitutional authority and the fact that its members are in part appointed directly by the Kremlin. Wood will demonstrate that prison activism in the Chamber is not completely debilitated or controlled, but rather that the Chamber is able to exercise a relatively high degree of autonomy. As a result, an active prison rights community is operating within civil society in spite of the growing limitations. Read more
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Syrian Civil War: American Policy in Syria
Featuring Michael Singh and Randall Schweller
6 p.m., 006 Psychology Building, 1835 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society at Ohio State

Michael SinghThe Alexander Hamilton Society at Ohio State is pleased to announce our first public event of the semester! Join us for an expert-led debate featuring Michael Singh (left), Lane-Swig Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Randall Schweller of the Ohio State Political Science Department. Mershon Center Director Christopher Gelpi will moderate. Audience members will have the chance to ask these experts questions during a 30 minute Q and A at the end of the event. Free pizza and Coke products will be provided beforehand. Further details on the speakers as well the event's time and place can be found below. We hope to see you there! Read more and register
Friday, February 15, 2019

COMPAS Conference
The Pleasures and Perils of Personal Technology
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Film/Video Theater
Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.
Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Human Values

Personal Tech Event Image How many times have we heard someone in the tech industry proclaim that their new product is "revolutionary" or "disruptive"? Radical upheaval in the ways we live and communicate is now so frequent that it doesn't even strike us as unusual. Yet the original iPhone came out only a decade ago, in the same year that Netflix started streaming. Facebook and YouTube came into existence just a few years before that. On the timeline of human history this all happened mere moments ago, and as technology becomes more and more rapidly integrated into our everyday lives, we would do well to take a step back and contemplate exactly what is happening. This conference is part of the 2018-19 Technology COMPAS program investigating the many ways in which our lives have been changed by our technological creations. Read more and register
Other News
Origins D-Day video
'Origins' offers video Top 10 for 70th anniversary of D-Day

The Normandy Invasion (June 6, 1944) was the supreme joint effort of the Western Allies in Europe in World War II and remains today one of the best known campaigns of the war.

To mark the 70th anniversary, Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective has created a video than offers 10 of the most important things to know about the invasion.

Code named Operation Overlord, it was a battle marked by its courage, meticulous planning and logistics, and audacious amphibious approach. It was also in many ways inevitable. Following Germany's conquest of France in 1940 and declaration of war on the United States in 1941, a confrontation somewhere on the shores of Northern Europe became a waiting game, with only the date and location left to be answered.

Written by Greg Hope and narrated by Nicholas B. Breyfogle, the video is available on the Origins website or on YouTube.
Taste of OSU
Find international food, cultural exhibits and performances at Taste of OSU on February 15

Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event that provides an exciting evening of international cuisine, cultural exhibits and vibrant performances presented by 44 student organizations to a crowd of 4,000 attendees. Taste of OSU 2019 will take place on Friday, February 15, from 5-8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

The event is free and open to the public. To sample the array of international dishes prepared by the student organizations, attendees must purchase $1 tickets. Food tickets will be available for purchase with BuckIDs from February 4-14 at the Office of International Affairs in Enarson Classroom Building and February 11-14 at the Ohio Union. On February 15, tickets will be available for purchase at the Ohio Union with cash or BuckID.

Each organization that will serve international cuisine, exhibit a cultural display or perform a dance or activity will incorporate the distinct flavors and characteristics of the countries their students represent.
Workshop shows how to find funding opportunities

Want to learn strategies for finding funding opportunities and creating custom funding alerts relevant to your research? Join Jeff Agnoli from the Office of Research for this interactive workshop, where you will learn more about using the SPIN funding opportunities database and accessing other funding and grant writing resources available to researchers at Ohio State. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets for hands-on participation. Read more and register

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Tuesday, February 19, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

This event will be livestreamed. To join remotely, visit
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