Mershon Center for International Security Studies
November 1 , 2016
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Provocative new ad attacks Trump on nuclear weapons"
WSYX-TV Columbus
October 26, 2016
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science

"Ohio incumbents are shoo-ins thanks to district maps"
Columbus Dispatch
October 24, 2016
John Mueller
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist

October 24, 2016
Geoffrey Parker
Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History

October 27, 2016
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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
Monday, November 14, 2016

Undergraduate Research Forum
"Recipe for Success: Basic Ingredients for Undergraduate Research"
5 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Please join a panel of Mershon Center affiliated faculty and the Undergraduate Research Office for an interdisciplinary discussion on the basic ingredients of a good undergraduate research project. Panel members will cite examples of good undergraduate research projects and address such questions as:
  • How do you develop good research questions?
  • What types of methodologies should you use in your research?
  • What foundation do you need to have before undertaking a research project? 
  • What theories and facts do you need to know? What classes do you need to take?
  • How can undergraduates work with the Institutional Review Board? How can undergraduates make connections with faculty members?
Read more and register at
Mershon News
Spotlight: Mershon-funded graduate student research

Timothy Leech, Ph.D. candidate in History
"Crossing the Rubicon: The Establishment of the Continental Army and the Decision to Seek Independence, 1774-1776"

Timothy LeechThe American Revolution has been considered from a wide variety of critical perspectives, but the institution-making process that originated the Continental Army remains largely unexamined. Previous scholarship focused on the causes of the Revolution, the political process of establishing civilian government of the new United States, the strategies and tactics employed in the War of Independence, the evolving process of state-formation (especially after 1787), and how various groups of people experienced this tumultuous alternation.

An understanding of the decision to establish the Continental Army as an institution for managing violence in the American Revolution contributes a new insight into the history of the United States. And it provides as useful case for comparison in consideration of other decision-making and institute-building processes during situations where the existence of a nation-state is in flux.

Carolyn Morgan, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science
"Fear and Loathing in the Fatherland: How Xenophobia Affects Immigrant Political Engagement"

Carolyn MorganThere is no question that anti-immigrant sentiment and racism have become centrally important issues in western European politics. Intensified debate on the issues surrounding immigration has coincided with growing anti-immigrant sentiment across Western Europe, manifested in increased support for radical right parties, as well as xenophobic tendencies among the general population.

Yet the consequences of heightened anti-immigrant sentiment remained unexamined. Most existing research focuses on the effects of immigration on support for radical right parties but few, if any, studies examine how anti-immigrant sentiment affects immigrants' democratic political engagement. Carolyn's research asks: How, and under what conditions, does anti-immigrant sentiment affect immigrants' political engagement?

Yesterday Timothy and Carolyn presented their research to Mershon Center faculty for feedback and suggestions. Read more
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.
Monday, November 7, 2016

"Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography"
4-6 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge, 181 S. Oval Dr.
Sponsored by Institute for Japanese Studies

Why did Showa Japan march to the Pacific War? What were the keys to Japan's policy failures? To shed light on these questions 70 years after the war, five panelists will offer the most up-to-date research findings using the recent historiography featured in Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan. The panelists will cover Japan's foreign policy, party politics, and public opinion in the early Showa period and place them in the broader context of modern history. The Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture/Japan Library has organized the U.S. tour of this panel discussion, and will have Fifteen Lectures on Showa Japan available during the reception. This event at Ohio State is hosted by the Institute for Japanese Studies and East Asian Studies Center. Read more
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

David Satcher
"Redefining the Path to Health Equity"
3:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.
Sponsored by Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture Program

David Satcher David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., is the second person in history to simultaneously hold the positions of U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health. In these dual roles, he encouraged public debate about the importance of a balanced healthcare system and a wide range of related topics, including mental health, suicide, cloning, sex education and AIDS. Serving under both President Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush, he led efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. Dr. Satcher earned a B.S. degree from Morehouse College and an M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Read more and register
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.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6 p.m., 348 Drinko Hall, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society

Robert Lieber The Alexander Hamilton Society will be hosting Robert Lieber (left), professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University and author of Retreat and its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order (Cambridge, 2016), and Wright State University Professor Liam Anderson for a debate over the future and necessity of the EU and its member states. AHS faculty advisor and military history professor Peter Mansoor will serve as the moderator for the debate. As usual, free wings and Coke products will be provided! Read more
Other News
International Education Week: November 14-18

The week of November 14-18, 2016, marks the 16th annual celebration of International Education Week. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to promote a broader understanding of world cultures. Ohio State joins thousands of other institutions worldwide participating in events that bring an international perspective to college campuses. Connect with IEW 2016 via Facebook and see the full schedule of events both on campus and online at the Office of International Affairs website.
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