Mershon Center for International Security Studies
March 24 , 2015
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences
March 19, 2015
John Mueller
Senior Research Scientist
The Canberra Times,
with Mark Stewart 
March 2, 2015
Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor of Communication
"Our partisan brains: exploring the psychology behind denying science"
with Kelly Garrett
March 12, 2015
Peter Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law
"Judge Hanen's Misconceptions and the Legality of Deferred Action"
March 16, 2015

"Boehner Joins Call for Outside Look at Clinton E-Mail Server"
March 17, 2015

Oded Shenkar
Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management 
"World Insight 03/05/2015 China economy"
March 6, 2015
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Mershon Events
Friday, March 27, 2015

Paul Chamberlin
"The Cold War's Killing Fields"
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Paul Chamberlin Paul Chamberlin is associate professor of history at University of Kentucky. His first book was The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War World (Oxford, 2012). He is currently working on a history of the Cold War in the Third World under contract with HarperCollins. He earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has held fellowships at Yale University and Williams College. Chamberlin will examine the darker side of the superpower struggle: a vast, bloody conflict fought to prevent nuclear war, mark out the boundaries of the American and Soviet empires, and decide the fate of societies throughout the developing world. Read more and register at
Monday, March 30, 2015

Student Peace Awards
"Practices and Strategies of Nonviolence"
3 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Peace Studies Society logo The Student Peace Awards were initiated in 2013 by the Peace Studies Society student organization at The Ohio State University as a means of recognizing significant contributions by students to peace and justice. The 2015 Student Peace Awards will be part of a half-day long celebratory conference intended to educate the OSU community about peace. The focus of this year's conference will be "Practices and Strategies of Nonviolence." Participants include Jennifer Battonis, interim vice president of the Sustained Dialogue Institute in Washington, D.C.; Mark Chupp, assistant professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University; and Danielle Poe, professor of philosophy at University of Dayton. In addition to workshops and panel discussions, the Peace Studies Society will present an award and scholarship to an Ohio State student committed to peace activism in his or her community. Read more and register at
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Future of the Military: The Makeup, Size, and Role of the U.S. Military Going Forward
6:30 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Presented by Alexander Hamilton Society | OSU Chapter

Thomas DonnellyCome learn about the future of the U.S. military.  How will spending cuts affect it? How will new advances in technology change it?  This event will feature defense and security policy analyst Thomas Donnelly (left), co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at American Enterprise Institute, and coauthor with Frederick W. Kagan of Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields (2010); and Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History at Ohio State, and author most recently of Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (2014).  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Michael Hechter
"Legitimating Alien Rule"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Michael Hechter is Foundation Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University, and professor of sociology at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of numerous books, including Internal Colonialism: The Celtic Fringe in British National Development, 1536-1966 (1975; 1999); Principles of Group Solidarity (1987); Containing Nationalism (2000), and Alien Rule (2013). In this talk, Hechter suggests that alien rule can become legitimate to the extent that it provides governance that is both effective and fair. Examples include alien rulers in states (the Republic of Genoa, 19th and 20th century China, and modern Iraq), colonies (Taiwan and Korea under Japanese rule), and occupation regimes, as well as organizations such as universities, corporations, and step-families. Read more and register at
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Panel: A New Cold War?
"Politics, Policies, and Consequences"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in early 2014, the crisis in Ukraine persists as fighting between the army and pro-Russian separatist rebels continues. The European Union and United States have responded by announcing new sanctions against Russia and negotiating a ceasefire, which was violated just five days after its inception. The outcome of the conflict remains to be seen, though the issues at hand, including economic trade and arms control difficulties, are reminiscent of former conflicts between Russia and the West. This calls to question, should this recent collapse in relations be considered "a New Cold War"? This panel discussion will feature Richard Herrmann (left), chair of Political Science; Mershon associate Gerry Hudson; and Dakota Rudesill, assistant professor of law. Read more and register at
Friday, April 10, 2015

Henry Nau
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Henry Nau is professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. He directs (since 2013 co-directs) the U.S.-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program, semiannual meetings between members of the U.S. Congress, Japanese Diet, and Korean National Assembly. His latest book is Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan (Princeton, 2013). From January 1981 to July 1983, Nau served on President Reagan's National Security Council as senior staff member responsible for international economic affairs. Among other duties, he was the White House sherpa for the annual G-7 Economic Summits at Ottawa (1981), Versailles (1982), and Williamsburg (1983) and a special summit with developing countries at Cancun, Mexico (1982). Read more and register at
Featured News
Mershon event archives
Mershon Center events live on through recorded archives


Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds about 50 speaker events and conferences that reach more than 3,000 attendees from across Ohio State and the Central Ohio community.

Besides attending an event in person, you may also be able to view it on streaming video and podcast, provided the speaker has given permission to record the event. Over the past 10 years, the Mershon Center has built a library of almost 500 event recordings, which are available in two areas:

  • Events from Fall 2008 forward are available under Events on the Mershon Center website at You can browse by month using the dropdown menu to the left on the Events page, or search for a speaker name or keyword in the website search function.
  • All past events are available in the Mershon Center community of the Knowledge Bank, an online university archive. You can browse the Events section of the community or search by name or keyword at You can also access the Knowledge Bank by clicking on the link in the footer of every page on the Mershon Center website.

The Mershon Center event recordings drastically increase the number of people in the center's audience every year. In 2012-13, for example, almost 6,000 people in 31 countries watched almost 14,000 streaming videos and downloaded almost 80,000 podcasts of Mershon events.

Other Events
Friday, March 27, 2015

I/S Journal Symposium
"The Future of Internet Regulation"
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Presented by Moritz College of Law

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the midst of an "open networks" rule making process. So far, it has drawn more than 1.1 million public comments. Why? Because the Internet is the central communications medium of our time. It presents unprecedented opportunities and challenges in virtually every domain of social, economic, political, and cultural life. How governments respond to this issue will have enormous impacts.


Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, will present the opening policy keynote at "The Future of Internet Regulation," a public symposium hosted by I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. Following Chairman Wheeler's speech, panels of distinguished academics will discuss such critical issues as net neutrality, Internet freedom, and the future of Internet governance. The day will conclude with a lecture by William Dutton, formerly the founding director of the Oxford Internet Institute. 


Admission is free, and lunch will be provided to advance registrants. Read more and register

Other News
'Origins' examines historical debate over police violence


Origins has published its new article: "From Harlem to Ferguson: LBJ's War on Crime and America's Prison Crisis," by Michael Flamm.


The recent and tragic deaths of young black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri; Staten Island, New York; and suburban Dayton, Ohio, have forced a national conversation about the relationship between policing and race in the United States. This month historian Michael Flamm roots our current debate over police violence, racial discrimination, and mass incarceration in the "War on Crime" declared by President Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago this year. The whole article can be found at


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.

Fulbright-Hays competition now open for grant support


The Office of International Affairs is seeking applicants for the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. These grants provide support for advanced graduate students studying modern foreign languages and area studies. 


All doctoral degree candidates proposing full-time dissertation research abroad on topics that develop research knowledge and capabilities in world areas not commonly taught in U.S. institutions must apply to the Office of International Affairs by Friday, April 17


Grants support field research of six to 12 months in duration. Eligibility is restricted to students who possess the requisite language skills for the dissertation project, and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 


To learn more about the application process, contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser at or visit

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