Mershon Center for International Security Studies
November 27, 2018
In This Issue
Esther Gottlieb
Senior Adviser for International Affairs

Esther Gottlieb was elected to the Executive Committee of the Comparative and International Education Society, an international association with more than 5000 members and a professional journal from Chicago University Press. 
In the Media
Paul Beck
Academy Professor of Political Science
"Sherrod 2020? Ohio Senator Discusses Possible Presidential Bid"
Ohio Statehouse News Bureau
November 13, 2018

"Ohio Runs Red"
WOSU Public Media
November 8, 2018

"Midterm Election Reaction"
WOSU All Sides
November 7, 2018
Joan Cashin
Professor of History

"Looking at the Civil War With New Eyes"
The Epoch Times
November 9, 2018
John Mueller
Senior Research Scientist

"What happened to ISIL? An UpFront special"
November 23, 2018

"Federal Air Marshals accused of more than 200 gun mishaps"

November 19, 2018
Sarah Van Beurden
Associate Professor of African History

"A Museum Rethinks Its Mission"
The Wall Street Journal
November 9, 2018
About Mershon Memo
Mershon Memo is a weekly e-mail newsletter distributed by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, part of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Mershon Events
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
Mearsheimer video screencap

New video: Mearsheimer visits Mershon
On October 4, 2019, John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, visited the Mershon Center to speak about his latest book, The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities (Yale, 2018).

Before his talk, Mearsheimer sat down to discuss some of the themes of his book. Catch those highlights in a new video from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Mershon Center.

In The Great Delusion, Mearsheimer takes on the widespread belief in the West that the United States should spread liberal democracy across the world, foster an open international economy, and build institutions. This policy of remaking the world in America's image is supposed to protect human rights, promote peace, and make the world safe for democracy.

But Mearsheimer argues this is not what has happened. Instead, the United States has ended up as a highly militarized state fighting wars that undermine peace, harm human rights, and threaten liberal values at home.

In the book, Mearsheimer explains why liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, was doomed to fail. It makes far more sense, he maintains, for Washington to adopt a more restrained foreign policy based on a sound understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers abroad.

Thanks to the communications team at the College of Arts and Sciences for help in creating the Mearsheimer Visits Mershon video. Watch it here
Other Events
Friday, November 30, 2018

Louis Perez
"A Past to Look Forward To: The Cuban Revolution as History Foretold"
3 p.m., 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall
Sponsored by Center for Historical Research

Louis Perez Louis Perez is J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research interests are 19th and 20th century Caribbean history, with emphasis on Spanish-speaking Caribbean. His current research explores the character of society and gender in 19th century Cuba. He is the author of five books including Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution, 5th edition (Oxford, 2014). This event is part of CHR's series on "You say you want a Revolution? Revolutions in Historical Perspective." Read more
Other News
'Origins' examines history and spread of HIV/AIDS

Origins has published a new piece: " A Century of HIV" by Thomas F. McDow.

For Americans, HIV/AIDS was a phenomenon of the 1980s. That was when the epidemic first spread across the country; that was when activists galvanized to lobby for changes in the way medical treatments were developed and approved.

But as historian Thomas F. McDow describes this month, HIV/AIDS has a much longer history that goes back a century. And while AIDS was initially called "the gay cancer" in the United States, its spread around the world has much more to do with colonialism in Africa and the globalization of the economy in the 20th century.

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.
Register for the 2019 Community Engagement Conference

Registration is now open for Ohio State's 2nd Annual Community Engagement Conference, featuring keynote speaker Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland. 

Mary Robinson Faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to the conference for two days of insights and new connections that will expand your professional horizons. The theme for the conference, which takes place January 23-24, is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.

Register by December 7 for the early-bird price of $85. Special registration for students is just $30 for two days or $20 for one day.

Register and learn more at

Contact: Ben Lewis, or Jared Morrison,
Proposals now open for 2019 Ohio State Energy Partners Awards

Ohio State Energy Partners has announced the 2019 Annual OSEP Awards, as part of its continuing commitment to academic collaboration with the university. OSEP will contribute $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. Working with OSEP, the Energy Academic Collaboration Council will engage the Ohio State community in a request for proposals that help advance important priorities across the university while also promoting inter-college and community collaboration.

Priority will be given to proposals that align with one or more of the following focus areas:
  • Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • Income Equality
  • Nine Dimensions of Wellness
  • Addiction
  • Arts and Humanities
To be considered, proposals must be submitted by a current Ohio State student, faculty member, or staff member; cannot focus on coal or political advocacy; and must align with the University's Strategic Plan. Preference will be given to projects that engage the campus or broader community to promote internal and external collaboration. Funding levels range from $10,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded on a one-time basis.

The online Award Application Form and details for funding levels, proposal deadlines, requirements and submittal information are at
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