Mershon Center for International Security Studies
October 25 , 2016
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Crucial undecided voters mull over big decision during third debate"
WCMH-TV Columbus
October 19, 2016
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science

"Ohio's 16 Congressional incumbents appear to have smooth sailing"
Massillon Independent
October 21, 2016
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History

"In Mosul, the battle is for more than territory"
October 18, 2016

"Advance On Mosul Continues As Aid Groups Brace For Civilian Casualties"
October 18, 2016
John Mueller
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist

"US Foreign Policy is a 'Strong Motivating Force' Behind Domestic Terrorism"
October 13, 2016
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Mershon Events
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mahbuba Nasreen and Md Mizanur Rahman
3:30 p.m., E100 Smith Laboratory, 201 W. 19th Ave.

Mahbuba NasreenBangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Some impacts have already been observed: irregular monsoon and very little rainfall in dry period; increased frequency, intensity and recurrence of cyclones; crop damage due to floods; crop failure due to drought; and salinity intrusion along the coast. The most alarming prediction is that more than 25 million people will become climate refugees and food insecure only due to sea level rise. In this event, Mahbuba Nasreen (left), professor of sociology at University of Dhaka, and Mizanur Rahman, project director of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 Formulation Project for the Ministry of Planning, will discuss climate change resilience and adaptation in Bangladesh. Read more and register at
Thursday-Friday, October 27-28, 2016

Thursday: Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Dr.
Friday: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road
Co-sponsored by Department of History and Society for Military History 

Sir Hew Strachan The Department of History, with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, will host a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. The event will include a keynote address Thursday evening by Sir Hew Strachan (left), the world's leading historian of the First World War. Strachan will discuss the killing fields of 1916, the year that witnessed horrendous fighting at Verdun and on the Somme. Friday's events feature experts addressing the military history of the war, the financing of the combatants, the human toll of the conflict, changes the war wrought to the law of war and the medical condition diagnosed at the time as "shell shock." In addition, Ohio State students in theatre and the arts will recite selections of World War I poetry and perhaps even share a period song. Read more and register at the event website
Friday, November 4, 2016

David Kang
"The U.S. Pivot and Regional Security in Northeast Asia"
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Institute for Korean Studies

David Kang David Kang is professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and Marshall School of Business. He is also director of USC Korean Studies Institute and director of the USC Center for International Studies. Kang's latest book is East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Columbia, 2010). He is also author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia, 2007), Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge, 2002), and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies, with Victor Cha (Columbia, 2003). In this event, Kang will explain why East Asia actually more peaceful than the conventional wisdom might suggest. Read more and register at
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Stephanie Rickard
"Ruling the Market: Economic Geography, Electoral Institutions, and Redistribution"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Stephanie Rickard Stephanie Rickard is associate professor at London School of Economics. She studies international trade. Currently, she is researching non-tariff barriers to foreign trade, including state subsidies and discriminatory public procurement practices. She is a member of the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society and the editorial board of the journal International Organization. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to discuss various events in the global economy, including the leadership contest at the World Trade Organization. In this event, Rickard will discuss why politicians redistribute more in some democracies than others in the context of particularistic economic policies, which selectively assist small groups of citizens at the expense of many. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Video from fall Inequality conference now available

Richard Wilkinson
Richard Wilkinson, professor emeritus of social epidemiology at University of Nottingham, gave the keynote address at the fall conference on inequality, held September 22-23 at Thompson Library.

On September 22-23, the Center for Ethics and Human Values presented "When Do Inequalities Matter?", the fall conference in its yearlong campus conversation on inequality sponsored in part by the Mershon Center.

Recordings from the conference are now available at

The conference focused on four intersecting policy issues at the heard of debates about inequality today:
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Neighborhoods and Social Inequality
  • Health Disparities
  • Economic Inequality and Democracy
These issues raise important questions about poverty and opportunity, individual well-being and institutional justice, and the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship. They also cause us to reflect on the social and political effects of class, race, gender, and other factors. 

Richard Wilkinson gave the keynote lecture on themes related to his bestselling book, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (Bloomsbury, 2011), co-authored with Kate Pickett.

This is the fourth year for the Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society, or COMPAS, program, organized by CEHV. Previous years have explored the topics of sustainability, privacy, and immigration..
Other Events
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7 p.m., Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High Street
Sponsored by Environmental Humanities

You've heard of the Jurassic, Cambrian, Pleistocene, Holocene. Now a group of world-renowned scholars is debating whether to declare a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene. Mankind has so changed Earth, they state, that we've created our own geological layer. In our film, key members of the group, for the first time on camera, tell the story of the Anthropocene - from the Time of Fire to today's Great Acceleration and beyond. And ask ... how will our story end? And should it make us laugh or cry? Stay after the screening for a live Q and A with director Stephen Bradshaw.   Read more
Friday, November 4, 2016

"NSA Bulk Metadata Collection: Evaluating Privacy Through the Lens of Contextual Integrity"
12-3:30 p.m., 352 Drinko Hall, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.

NSA Bulk Metadata Collection
In May 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor employee with the National Security Agency (NSA), provided journalists with unauthorized access to extensive details of NSA warrantless domestic surveillance programs that had started during the George W. Bush Administration. One previously secret program, started in 2006, involved the bulk collection of telephone metadata. Such information includes the numbers at which phone calls originate and terminate, identity of the communications devices involved, telephone lines used, and time and duration of each call. The NSA defended its practice in part on the ground that because the agency was not intercepting the actual contents of each phone call, the gathering of metadata allegedly posed no threat to privacy.

NSA Bulk Metadata Collection: Evaluating Privacy Through the Lens of Contextual Integrity is a mini-conference designed to evaluate the NSA's argument. The centerpiece will be the presentation of a forthcoming paper by Paula H. Kift, a doctoral candidate in New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and Helen F. Nissenbaum, professor in the departments of Media, Culture, and Communication and Computer Science and director of NYU's Information Law Institute. They use the theory of "contextual integrity" to argue that the bulk collection of telephone metadata does violate reasonable expectations of privacy and offer a legal framework for assessing such initiatives. Following a lunch hour presentation by Kift and Nissenbaum, two panels will comment on the implications of their analysis for privacy policy, national security, and the First Amendment.

The program is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to advance registrants. Read more and register

Co-sponsored by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society and the Moritz College of Law Program on Data and Governance, with support from the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Uri Bar-Joseph
"Intelligence Failures"
4:30 p.m., Bayley Auditorium, Kuss Science Center
Wittenberg University, Springfield

Uri Bar-Joseph Uri Bar-Joseph (Ph.D. in Political Science, Stanford, 1990) is a professor of international relations at Haifa University in Israel. A leading scholar on intelligence history and foreign policy decision making in the world, he is the author of six books, including The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel (HarperCollins 2016, now being turned into a Hollywood movie); and Intelligence Failure and Success: A Comparative Study (Oxford 2017, forthcoming). In addition, he has published more than 80 book chapters and refereed journal articles in leading academic and policy journals such as Foreign Affairs, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Political Psychology, Journal of Strategic Studies, Political Science Quarterly, and Armed Forces and Society. Co-sponsored by Wittenberg University Political Science, International Studies, Russian and Central Eurasian Studies, East Asian Studies, American International Association, and Faculty Endowment Fund Board.
Other News
Seeking volunteers for Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

The Ohio State University will host one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 24, in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The annual event estimates 1,600 guests will attend, including the students, faculty and staff, along with their families, who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Joining them will be many volunteers throughout the university community to assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner on actual Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed for two shifts from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The deadline to register is Monday, November 2. Read more and register
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