Mershon Center for International Security Studies
April 18, 2017
In This Issue
Yana Hashamova
Chair, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures

Yana Hashamova has been named associate researcher of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (Institute of Culture and Memory). Established in 1938, the academy is the supreme national institution for science and the arts, housed in an 18th-century baroque palace in the historical center of Ljubljana, recognizing scientists and artists elected as members for outstanding achievements.
In the Media
Christopher Gelpi
Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

"U.S. Missile Strike on Syria"
WOSU-FM All Sides
April 11, 2017
Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor of Communication

"The Heat: The Referendum in Turkey"
CGTN America
April 14, 2017
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Mershon Events
Friday, April 21, 2017 - Saturday, April 22, 2017

War, Media and the Public
Organized by Christopher Gelpi
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Christopher GelpiThe public's ability to form attitudes and opinions that guide decisions to use military force is among the most important duties of citizens of democratic nations. Yet most voters have virtually no direct exposure to warfare. Americans receive essentially all of their information about war through the lens of the national media. Media norms and practices about the coverage of war have changed dramatically over the past century, ranging from the "yellow journalism" of the turn of the 20th century, through the "golden age" of television journalism of towering figures like Walter Cronkite, to the splintered and partisan media environment of the internet. In this conference we will explore the evolution of these media norms and practices as well as their impact on how the public thinks and feels about war. Read more and register at
Friday, April 28, 2017 - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Military Frontiers: A Graduate Student Symposium
Organized by Mason Watson and Max von Bargen
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Gary Sheffield This year's Military Frontiers conference showcases the scholarship of 12 graduate students who study topics relating to the management of force and power in international affairs. The conference is interdisciplinary; the presenters represent a range of academic fields, and their research is based in a variety of methodologies. By bringing together up-and-coming scholars working on similar topics, the conference aims to promote communication and cooperation across academic disciplines. Gary Sheffield, professor of war studies at University of Wolverhamption, will give the keynote address on "How The West Won World War I." Read more and register at
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Friday, May 12, 2017

Democracy, the State and Protest
Organized by J. Craig Jenkins, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

J. Craig JenkinsThe conference and workshop brings together scholars representing different approaches to the studies of protest behavior and democracy. Invited speakers will present their work on issues related to various aspects of the relationship between protest and democracy, with an emphasis on measurement and methodology. The one-day conference will be followed by a workshop-style panel discussion with the presenters, focused on the different methods, their opportunities and limitations, aimed at providing graduate students and junior scholars with an overview of the methodological repertoire in this research area. This event is organized with the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Two Mershon affiliates named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Last week the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of 228 new members, including some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders.

Janet Box-Steffensmeier
Janet Box-Steffensmeier
Among them were two Mershon faculty affiliates: Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and professor of sociology, and Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History.

Box-Steffensmeier's work focuses on political methodology and American politics. She is one of the top political methodologists working on event history, time series analysis and network modeling and is known for incorporating heterogeneity into analyses of political dynamics. She has made lasting contributions to our understanding of the evolution of political behavior and political institutions through the development of new methods, data and theory. Her work has extensive support from the National Science Foundation.

Geoffrey Parker
Geoffrey Parker
Parker, considered one of his generation's most influential historians, has authored, edited or co-edited 39 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters focusing on the social, political and military history of Europe between 1500 and 1650, with special reference to Spain and its empire. He is the author of several seminal books, including The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (Cambridge, 1988) and Global Crisis: War, Climate, and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Yale, 2013).

"I am particularly thrilled by this honor because I'm one of three Ohio State University members in the Class of 2017 -- all of them from the College of Arts and Sciences," Parker said. 

The third Ohio State faculty member elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year was Russell H. Fazio, Harold E. Burtt Professor of Psychology. This brings the total membership from Ohio State to 18.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing - and opportunities available to - the nation and the world.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Read more at
Other Events
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Richard Florida
"The New Urban Crisis"
2:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.
Sponsored by Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture Program

Richard Florida Richard Florida is author of the best-selling The Rise of the Creative Class and a former Ohio State faculty member. In his upcoming book, The New Urban Crisis, Florida argues that as the middle class continues to shrink, our cities are becoming small areas of privilege surrounded by vast swaths of disadvantage. His talk comes as Ohio State -- a founding member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities -- is re-examining how it can best address the needs of Columbus. The event will feature a panel of mayors including Andrew J. Ginther of Columbus, Lydia Mihalik of Findlay, and Jay Williams of Youngstown.  Read more and register
Thursday, April 20, 2017

"To Befriend The Bear? The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations"
6 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th St.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society

Jakub Grygiel The Alexander Hamilton Society is pleased to be featuring Jakub Grygiel (left), senior fellow-in-residence at the Center for European Policy Analysis and George H. W. Bush Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and Randall Schweller, professor of political science and a Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow at The Ohio State University. Our distinguished guests will have an exciting debate about the future of U.S.-Russia relations in the Trump Administration. As usual, AHS faculty adviser and Ohio State military history professor Peter Mansoor will serve as our moderator. Read more and register
Friday, April 14, 2017

Hon. Lori Esposito Murray
"Russia, Putin and the World Order"
11:30 a.m., Location TBD
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Lori Esposito MurrayThe Columbus Council on World Affairs invites you to join a dialogue about the current state of play in Russia, what we can expect from Russian President Vladimir Putin in his dealings with the United States and its allies, as well as possible scenarios for a changed world order. Lori Esposito Murray is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She was special advisor to the president on the Chemical Weapons Convention during the Clinton Administration. She is also the former assistant director for multilateral affairs of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the U.S. State Department. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Murray coordinated the democracy programs for Russia and the newly independent states at the International Republican Institute in Washington, DC. She also participated as an election observer in Russia during the election of Boris Yeltsin as president. Read more and register
Other News
Fulbright Week takes place April 17-21

The Office of International Affairs, Graduate School, and Undergraduate Fellowship Office have combined their efforts to plan a week full of events acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients; hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses; and informing faculty, undergraduate and graduate students about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate in any of the Fulbright Week sessions held during the week of April 17 - 21, 2017. For the full schedule of activities please see the  Fulbright Week  web page.
Celebrate Earth Month at Ohio State

Earth Month at Ohio State continues throughout April, and the following events focus our attention on promoting sustainability and protecting our environment:
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