Mershon Center for International Security Studies
April 17, 2018
In This Issue
In the Media
Rachel Bowen
Associate Professor of Political Science
"Costa Rica looks a little less exceptional after its heated election"
The Conversation
April 2, 2018
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Erik Nisbet
Associate Professor of Communication
"Did Fake News On Facebook Help Elect Trump? Here's What We Know"
April 11, 2018

"The Impact of Fake News on the 2016 Election"
April 6, 2018
Peter Hahn
Divisional Dean for Arts and Humanities
"Cards that allowed the US to play a winning hand"
The National
April 8, 2018
Peter Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law
"How Might Trump Remove Special Counsel in Russia Probe?"
U.S. News & World Report
April 9, 2018
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stephen Macekura
"Dethroning the Goddess of GNP: Environmentalism, International Development, and the Origins of Ecological Economics"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Stephen Macekura Stephen Macekura is a scholar of U.S. and international history who focuses on political economy, international development, U.S. foreign relations, and environmentalism. He is the author of Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global 'Sustainable Development' in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, 2015). The book analyzes how environmental NGOs struggled to implement environmental protection measures in the developing world in the 1950s and 1960s and then critiqued and reformed the development policies of the U.S. government, World Bank, and UN system in the 1970s and 1980s. At this event, Macekura will explore critiques of economic growth by revealing how reformers have challenged the ways in which the concept of "growth" has been defined, assessed, and measured. Read more and register at
Friday, April 20, 2018

Memorial for John Carlarne
4 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

John Carlarne The Mershon Center invites you to a lecture and discussion in honor of John Carlarne, his contributions to both the study and practice of peace making, and his contributions to the Peace Studies program at the Mershon Center and in central Ohio. We will listen to John's TEDxOhioStateUniversity talk on his experiences in in the war in Bosnia and their implications for peace building and reconstruction. Then we will discuss John's work and its impact on the central Ohio community. Please join us to honor our colleague. Refreshments will be available. Read more and register at
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Layna Mosley
"Global Supply Chains, Trade Agreements and Labor Rights: Evidence from Vietnam"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Layna Mosley Layna Mosley is professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the connections between the global economy and domestic policy outcomes. Some of her work examines the effect of multinational production on workers' rights in developing countries, as well as the ways in which U.S. trade policies might affect workers' rights abroad. Another stream of research focuses on the politics of sovereign debt, and on how professional investors evaluate and react to political institutions and government policy choices. This presentation will investigate how governments structure their borrowing portfolios: when taking on new debt, do governments seek to borrow from commercial banks, on the sovereign bond market, or from official creditors? Read more and register at
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

William Hitchcock
"The Age of Eisenhower: Strategic Patience and the Cold War in the 1950s"
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

William Hitchcock William Hitchcock is Randolph P. Compton Professor at the Miller Center at University of Virginia. His work and teaching focus on the international, diplomatic and military history of the 20th century, in particular the era of the world wars and the cold war. He is the author of The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe (Free Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a winner of the George Louis Beer Prize, and a Financial Times bestseller. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s. In this event, Hitchcock will discuss Eisenhower's grand strategy for waging the Cold War that can best be described as "strategic patience." Read more and register at
Mershon News
Mansoor, Cabanes win NEH grant for seminar on 'Voices of War'
Peter Mansoor
Peter Mansoor
Mershon affiliates Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History, and Bruno Cabanes, Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, are recipients of a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through a program called " Dialogues on the Experience of War."

The purpose of the grant is to train participants in a seminar next fall, several of whom will go on in the following spring to lead discussions among local veterans regarding the experience of war in different eras, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bruno Cabanes
Bruno Cabanes
In the seminar, a one-time course offering in Fall 2018 on "Voices of War," graduate and upper-level undergraduate students will examine the evolution of modern warfare and veterans' identities. Literature, films, and memoirs will provide valuable insights into the experiences of deployment, combat, and homecoming in conflicts ranging from the U.S. Civil War and World War I to more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

Follow-on seminars in Spring 2019 led by selected participants will leverage material from the Voices of War seminar to enable Ohio veterans from recent conflicts to share their war experiences with our graduate students, our faculty, and with one another. 

The seminar will be led by co-project directors Bruno Cabanes and Peter Mansoor along with Mershon affiliates Mark Grimsley and Jennifer Siegel. Classes will meet on Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 168 Dulles Hall, 230 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Other Events
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Steven David and John Quigley
"Israel and the United States: The Relationship and Its Future"
6 p.m., 014 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society

Steven DavidThe Alexander Hamilton Society at Ohio State is excited to announce our final debate event for the semester, "Israel and the US: The Relationship and Its Future." This event will discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship and what American policy should be going forward. This debate will feature Steven David (left), professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University, whose work focuses on security studies, politics of the developing world, and American foreign policy in the Middle East, debating with John Quigley, professor of international and comparative law at Ohio State, whose work focuses on international human rights and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The debate will be moderated by Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History at Ohio State. As always, free pizza and Coke products will be provided. Read more and register
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Jan-Werner Müller
"What is Populism? - Politics in the Age of Trump"
7 p.m., Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.
Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Human Values

Jan-Werner Muller Jan-Werner Müller is professor of politics at Princeton University. His research interests include the history of modern political thought, democratic theory, constitutionalism, religion and politics, and the normative dimensions of European integration. He is the author of Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth Century Europe (Yale, 2011),  Constitutional Patriotism (Princeton, 2007), A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought (Yale, 2003), and Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification and National Identity (Yale, 2000). In addition, he has edited German Ideologies since 1945: Studies in the Political Thought and Culture of the Bonn Republic (Palgrave, 2003) and Memory and Power in Post-War Europe: Studies in the Presence of the Past (Cambridge, 2002). 2016 saw the publication of What is Populism? which has been translated into more than 20 languages. Read more and register
Other News
'Origins' looks at history of nuclear nonproliferation

Origins has published a new piece: " Learning to Love the Nuclear Pariah: From China to North Korea" by Jonathan Hunt.

What happens when a hostile nation headed by an unpredictable leader acquires nuclear weapons? That's the question the world has been asking since Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un started trading puerile insults in 2017. But as historian Jonathan Hunt reminds us, world leaders faced exactly the same dilemma over 50 years ago when China, under Chairman Mao, developed its own nuclear arsenal. Those events demonstrate that the goal of nuclear non-proliferation has always been difficult to achieve.

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.
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