Mershon Center for International Security Studies
April 17, 2019
In This Issue
Will Chou
Ph.D. Candidate in History
Will Chou has been awarded a Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship and a Lemelson Center Fellowship. Beginning this summer he will be affiliated with the National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Marina Duque
Former Mershon graduate student in Political Science
Marina Duque received the Best Article award from the Diplomacy section of the International Studies Association for her piece " Recognizing International Status: A Relational Approach," published in International Studies Quarterly.
In the Media
Skyler Cranmer
Carter Phillips and Sue Henry Associate Professor of Political Science
"Ohio State professors lead the way on treaty-ratification research"
The Lantern
March 27, 2019
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Paul Beck
Academy Professor of Political Science
Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor of Communication
"Inside the Russian effort to target Sanders supporters - and help elect Trump"
Washington Post
April 12, 2019
About Mershon Memo
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Mershon Events
Thursday, April 18, 2019

David Hooker
"Honoring Dissensus in Search of a Reconfigured 'We the People'"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

David Hooker David Hooker is associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding at University of Notre Dame and former assistant attorney general for the state of Georgia. His areas of expertise include post-conflict community building, environmental justice, public policy and social justice, multi-party conflicts, negotiation, and mediation. He will discuss concerns driving the rise of populism and decline of liberal democratic institutions, and propose strategies drawn from narrative practices. Read more and register at
Friday, April 19, 2019

Neta Crawford
"The Pentagon, Climate Change and War"
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Neta Crawford Neta Crawford is professor and chair of the political science at Boston University. Her most recent book is Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America's Post-9/11 Wars (Oxford, 2013). She is currently working on a new book, To Make Heaven Weep: Civilians and the American Way of War. She will discuss Department of Defense concerns about the potential for climate change to spark armed conflict and negatively impact U.S. military installations and operations. Read more and register at
Monday, April 22, 2019

Sabina Čehajić-Clancy
"Shared Perceptions of Morality as an Essential Dimension of Intergroup Reconciliation"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Sabina Cehajic-Clancy Sabina Čehajić-Clancy is associate professor of social and political psychology at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and a former dean of the Political Science and International Relations Department. Her research and work fit into four main categories: intergroup emotions, morality, intergroup contact and education policies. In this talk, she will present a new framework demonstrating the use of moral exemplars as a mechanism to (re)create positive and functional intergroup relations after violent conflicts such as wars, genocides and ethnic cleansing. Read more and register at
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Furniss Book Award Winner
Aisha Ahmad
"Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Aisha Ahmad Aisha Ahmad is assistant professor of political science at University of Toronto, director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at Munk School of Global Affairs, and chair of the board of directors of Women in International Security (WIIS)-Canada. She is the author of Jihad and Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power (Oxford, 2017), which won the Mershon Center's Furniss Award for the best new book in international and national security, and the 2018 Best Book in Comparative Politics Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association. In the book, Ahmad tracks the economic activities of jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, Mali, and Iraq, to uncover an unlikely actor: the local business community. Read more and register at
Featured News
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 CCWA International Awards Ceremony to be May 17
The Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA) is proud to announce that the 2019 International Company of the Year Award will be presented to CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, for their incredible global impacts and ties to the Columbus region. 

As a Mission Partner of CCWA, CAS, previously known as Chemical Abstracts Service, not only supports CCWA's mission to "increase global awareness in the Columbus region," but also helps the organization deliver on its mission-driven programs: the Global Scholars Diploma, the Global Fluency Training, among others. Learn more about CAS.

The ceremony brings together more than 600 business and civic leaders from 50 institutions on Friday, May 17, 2019, from Noon to 1 p.m. (11:30 a.m. registration) at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Past recipients of the award include the region's most dynamic players such as Columbus 2020, Cardinal Health, LBrands, Battelle, Honda, Nationwide, AEP, and more. 

The Council will also recognize more than 200 Global Scholars Diploma graduates from area high schools.  Read more and register
Other Events
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Future of Great Power Competition
Featuring Peter Mansoor and Richard Herrmann
6 p.m., 006 Psychology Building, 1835 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society at Ohio State

Richard Herrmann Join for a discussion of great power competition between global powers like Russia, China, and the United States. This discussion will feature Mershon affiliates  Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History and former executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus from 2007-08, and Richard Herrmann, professor and chair of the Political Science Department and member of Secretary of State James Baker's policy planning staff from 1989-91. Free pizza and Coke products will be provided beforehand. Read more and register
Other News
'Origins' looks at history of humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Origins has published a new piece: " Yemen: A Civil War Centuries in the Making" by Asher Orkaby.

The situation in Yemen has been described as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. And it has taken that human catastrophe for many people to become aware of the small country that hugs the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula. 

But as Asher Orkaby explains this month, the current conflict has deep roots in how Yemen emerged as a nation, its treatment under British rule, its role during the Cold War, and now as a proxy for tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The fractures within Yemen make this humanitarian crisis one of the most complex to solve.

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.
Registration open for teaching and learning conference

The Academy of Teaching will host its 13th annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Learning on Thursday, May 2, in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive.

This free event is for members of the Ohio State community to engage with innovative, interesting, and evidence-based ideas related to effective teaching and improving student learning.

This year's conference theme, Embracing Time and Change, reflects President Drake's strategic plan. As instructors, our educational environment is ever-changing. At Ohio State, technological, curricular, and demographic changes necessitate that we develop teaching strategies to best support our students' current needs. How do we get past the pain of change and even embrace it? How do we incorporate new ways of thinking into our teaching that provide optimal learning experiences for students within our present context?

Join us for breakout sessions led by Ohio State faculty, staff, and graduate students, as well as a keynote presentation by Assistant Vice Provost Shanna Jaggars. Read more and register
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