Mershon Center for International Security Studies
November 18, 2014
In This Issue
Daniel Sui
Social and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Professor of Geography
For being selected as a 2015 Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Sui will be affiliated with the Science and Technology Innovation Program and the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center. His primary research will be how to use crowd mapping and citizen science to better address environmental challenges in China.
Geoffrey Parker
Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History
His new biography of King Phillip II, Imprudent King: A New Life of Phillip II, published this week by Yale University Press, is the first biography to take advantage of a treasure trove of unidentified documents that Parker discovered in 2011 and authenticated in 2012. Parker is the world's leading authority on King Phillip II.
In the Media
Paul Beck
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Sociology and Communication
"Ohio's 2014 election turnout could be lowest in recent history"
November 5, 2014

"Ohio Green Party keeps ballot access thanks to Anita Rios' showing in gubernatorial race"
November 5, 2014 
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Chair in Military History
"Top Ten Origins: The Islamic State of Iraq and
al-Sham (ISIS)"
November 14, 2014
John Mueller
Senior Research Scientist
"Americans rally 'round Obama's war on Islamic State, but not Obama"
November 12, 2014
"James Risen's 'Pay Any Price'"
October 15, 2014
Marc Spindelman
Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law
"Court: No same-sex marriage in OH, KY"
November 6, 2014

"Attorneys pushing for quick appeal of same-sex marriage ruling"
November 8, 2014 
David Stebenne
Professor of History and Law
"Where does the term 'lame duck' come from?"
November 11, 2014
Herb Weisberg
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
"Are Democrats losing the Jews?"
November 13, 2014
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Comparative National Elections Project
Participants in the Comparative National Elections Project, led by Richard Gunther, professor emeritus of political science, met in Marrakesh last spring to discuss the fourth phase of the project.
Mershon Center offers grants, scholarships for faculty, students


Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds.


Faculty and student research grant applications must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. We are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development; strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil; relate to campus area studies centers and institutes; or address the university's Discovery Themes of health and wellness, energy and the environment, and food production and security.


The Mershon Center has also established the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship to support undergraduates whose professional training and career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit by studying in a foreign country. Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses, especially those deemed critical for national security. As many as 12 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded.


For more information, including application forms and instructions, please see the Grants section of the Mershon Center website at The deadline for all applications is Friday, January 30, 2014.

Other News
'Origins' examines 'China Dream' for past, future


Origins has published its new article: "China Dreams and the 'Road to Revival'," by Kirk Denton.


If the 20th century was "The American Century," then plenty of commentators have announced that the 21st century will belong to China. And just as the American Century was built around the myth of the "American Dream," Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has offered Chinese people the "China Dream." But as China expert Kirk Denton explores this month, the China Dream is not just a vision for the future, but a thorough re-writing of the Chinese past. The whole article can be found at


Also this month in Origins, don't miss various perspectives on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, featuring several Mershon Center affiliates:
  • Podcast on the subject 1989: The Year that Changed it All, with historians Nicholas Breyfogle and Theodora Dragostinova and Slavic Studies Professor Angela Brintlinger;
  • Milestones feature "'Remember, Remember the 7th of November,' The Fall of the Wall 25 Years On," by John Johnson;
  • Blog post on the memories of the Communist-Era in Empty Fountains: Communist-Era Monuments Revisited, by Theodora Dragostinova.

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.

Ohio State ranked in Top 15 for study abroad, international students


The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 10 nationally among doctoral institutions for the number of students studying abroad and is in the top 15 for its international student enrollment, according to a national report released today.


Ohio State ranks 7th among the nation's colleges and universities with 2,255 students studying abroad in 2012-13, a 31 percent increase over the previous year. Ohio State ranks 2nd in the nation for the number of students participating in short-term programs with 2,139 studying abroad for one to eight weeks during the academic year. Of those students studying on short-term programs, 447 were first and second year students.


Ohio State ranks 14th in the nation with 6,800 international students enrolled in 2013, an increase of five percent.


These findings were issued as part of the 2014 Open Doors Report, an annual survey published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Read more

Arts and Sciences to host Study Abroad Fair


The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, November 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of  Thompson Library.


During the fair, students can learn about the 2015 May session and summer term study abroad programs through the College of Arts and Sciences. They will also have the opportunity to talk to faculty resident directors and past study abroad participants about studying abroad. 


Some of the programs featured include:

  • Global May Mexico
  • Berlin, Then and Now
  • Environmental Sustainability in Costa Rica
  • Global May Budapet
  • Global May Uganda

Refreshments will be served.  For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Garett Heysel, assistant dean, College of Arts and Sciences, at

Outreach and Engagement seeks grant proposals


Information and application materials are now available for the 2015 Service-Learning, OSU CARES/OSU Extension and Engagement Impact Grants.


Proposals for the following grants are due Feb. 16, 2015:


Service-Learning/Undergraduate Studies - Total of $40,000 with a maximum individual award of $4,000 for course development with an emphasis on community partnership.


OSU CARES/OSU Extension - Total of $100,000 with a maximum individual award of $25,000 per partnership; provides Extension engagement opportunities across Ohio.


Engagement Impact Grant/Outreach and Engagement - Total of $200,000 with maximum individual award of $60,000 to support programs focusing on the scholarship of engagement across teaching and research.

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