Mershon Center for International Security Studies
September 18, 2018
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences
"Latest Fundraising Numbers In Gubernatorial Race"
WCBE-FM Columbus
September 10, 2018
Mohamed Helal
Assistant Professor of Law
"The Crisis of World Order and the Missing Voice of International Law"
Opinio Juris
September 6, 2018
Mitchell Lerner
Associate Professor of History
"Where the US Went Wrong on North Korea"
The Diplomat
September 6, 2018
Benjamin McKean
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"How socialism became the talk of the midterms"
September 11, 2018
Ellen Peters
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
"Graphic images on cigarette warnings stick with smokers"
Ohio State Media Relations
September 5, 2018
Peter Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law
"Witness In Kavanaugh Hearings Wants To See Documents That Expanded Executive Power"
WBUR-FM Boston
September 4, 2018

"OSU professor objects to Kavanaugh's views on presidential power"
Columbus Dispatch
September 7, 2018
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Mershon Events
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Aila Matanock
"Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Aila Matanock Aila Matanock, assistant professor of political science at University of California-Berkeley, will speak about her 2017 book, Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation (Cambridge). It won the 2018 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize and was a runner up for the 2018 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize. In Electing Peace, Matanock presents a theory that explains the causes and consequences of civil conflict settlements that enable the combatant sides to participate as political parties in post-conflict elections. Matanock finds that these provisions are associated with an increase in the chance that peace will endure, potentially contributing to a global decline in civil conflict. Read more and register at
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Meir Elran
"The Israeli Power Paradox"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Meir Elran Meir Elran is senior research fellow and head of the Homeland Security Program and co-head of the Society-Military Program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Elran served in the Israel Defense Forces as a career officer for 24 years in senior command and staff positions, primarily in the Military Intelligence Directorate. His last post was deputy director of Military Intelligence (1987-1989). Elran's lecture will strive to explain why Israel, the strongest power in the Middle East, is facing difficulties in managing the continuous conflicts with much weaker adversaries such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Read more and register at
Thursday, October 4, 2018

John Mearsheimer
"The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

John Mearsheimer John Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics more generally. He is the author of six books including Conventional Deterrence (1983), which won the Edgar S. Furniss Jr. Book Award; The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001, 2014), which won the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize; The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (with Stephen M. Walt, 2007), which made the New York Times bestseller list; and Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics (2011). In this event, based on his new book, The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities, Mearsheimer will explain why liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, was doomed to fail. Read more and register at
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Annette Becker
"Messengers of the Disaster: Raphael Lemkin, Jan Karski and Genocides"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Annette Becker Annette Becker is a professor at University of Paris-Nanterre and honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is deputy director of the International Research Center of the Historial de la Grande Guerre [Museum of the Great War]. She has published widely on World War I, its commemoration, return of the soldiers, humanitarian aspect and trauma, and now focuses on the cultural aspects of the wars and links between the two World Wars. She will discuss her latest book Messagers du désastre, Raphaël Lemkin, Jan Karski et les génocides (Fayard, 2018), a history of the concept of genocide: the perpetrators, the victims, and the "messengers" who try to warn, to see, to speak. Read more and register at
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Carol Graham
"Unequal Hopes, Lives, and Lifespans in the U.S.A.: Insights from the New Science of Well-Being"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Carol Graham Carol Graham is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, College Park Professor at University of Maryland, and senior scientist at Gallup. Her most recent books include Happiness for All? Unequal Lives and Hopes in Pursuit of the American Dream (Princeton, 2017), The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being (Brookings, 2011), and Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford, 2009). At this event, Graham will discuss how well-being metrics can be used to identify and monitor trends in life satisfaction and hope, and in desperation and misery. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Kwak joins Mershon Center as postdoctoral researcher
Joonghyun Kwak
Joonghuyn Kwak
Joonghyun Kwak is joining the Mershon Center for International Security Studies as a postdoctoral researcher working with J. Craig Jenkins, Academy Professor of Sociology, on the Survey Data Recycling project. His primary mission is to develop analysis of data quality to assess the added value of international survey harmonization.

The Survey Data Recycling project is building a public access online database that harmonizes into comparable measures the major social, demographic and political variables from over 3,500 international surveys covering 24 major survey programs for over 142 countries covering 1966-2016.

A major product will be metadata measuring survey quality and a set of online analytic tools for evaluating, visualizing and managing these data. The project will create a Handbook for Survey Harmonization as well as research articles assessing the value-added from international survey harmonization.

Kwak's research interests are in the areas of globalization, social stratification and inequality, comparative sociology, and quantitative methods. His dissertation examined the effects of the Great Recession on public attitudes toward three dimensions of economic globalization: immigrants, international trade, and foreign capital investment.

He is a co-author with Michael Wallace of "The Impact of the Great Recession on Perceived Immigrant Threat: A Cross-National Study of 22 Countries" ( Societies, 2018) and "Bad Jobs in a Troubled Economy: The Impact of the Great Recession in America's Major Metropolitan Areas" ( Research in the Sociology of Work, 2017).

Kwak has a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from Sogang University in South Korea and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut.
Other Events
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

D.J. Patil
"Big Data, and How It Can Solve the World's Most Pressing Problems "
3:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts
Sponsored by Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture

D.J. Patil D.J. Patil is perhaps the most influential data scientist in the world. Having been appointed by President Obama as the very first U.S. chief data scientist, he was tasked with making the largest organization in history -- the U.S. federal government -- a data-driven enterprise. He helped establish new health care programs including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot, new criminal justice reforms including the Data-Driven Justice and Police Data Initiatives that cover more than 94 million Americans, and led the policy efforts related to national data. In the private sector, he led the product teams at RelateIQ which was acquired by Salesforce, was founding board member for Crisis Text Line which works to use new technologies to provide on demand mental and crisis support, and was a member of the venture firm Greylock Partners.  Read more and register
Friday, September 21, 2018

Elizabeth Anderson
"The Great Reversal: How Neoliberalism turned the Economic Aspirations of Liberalism Upside Down "
4 p.m., U.S. Bank Theater, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Human Values

Elizabeth Anderson Elizabeth Anderson is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Earlier this summer she was named a Progress Medal Laureate by the Society for Progress. Her research focuses on democratic theory, equality in political philosophy and American law, racial integration, the ethical limits of markets, theories of value and rational choice (alternatives to consequentialism and economic theories of rational choice), the philosophies of John Stuart Mill and John Dewey, social epistemology, and feminist epistemology and philosophy of science. Anderson is currently working on the history of egalitarianism, with a special focus on the social epistemology of moral learning, taking the history of abolitionism as a central case study. Read more and register
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Olena Nikolayenko 
"Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe "
3 p.m., 160 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road
Sponsored by Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Olena NikolayenkoJoin the Center for Slavic and East European Studies for a lecture by political scientist Olena Nikolayenko (Fordham University) about her most recent book Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe. Her book looks at and compares non-violent youth movements that emerged in the early 2000s against authoritarian governments in Serbia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine. Nikolayenko argues that the movements' tactics and state countermoves explain, in no small degree, divergent social movement outcomes. Her argument is based on data gathered from interviews participants, public opinion polls, government publications, NGO reports, and newspaper articles.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Wang Zheng
"A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the Early People's Republic of China "
3 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall, 230 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Sponsored by Center for Historical Research

Wang Zheng Wang Zheng presents the hidden history of the socialist state feminists who maneuvered behind the scenes in the Chinese Communist Party to promote women's liberation. Her research focuses on the tenacious struggles of these CCP women who joined the revolution in the early 1920s and 1930s and became part of the state power holders after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Investigating their visions, strategies, triumphs and failures, the lecture engenders the high politics of the CCP and raises fundamental questions about male dominance in movements that aim to pursue social justice. This event is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center and the Institute for Chinese Studies.
Other News
2018 International Photography Competition

All students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and alumni of The Ohio State University are invited to submit their photos to the 2018 International Photography Competition. Entries will be accepted through October 8. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your original photographs from around the world. In addition to honoring the Best in Show, first, second and third place winners will be selected in the following categories: People, Places, and Arts and Culture. There will also be People's Choice awards for the photos that receive the highest votes via the Facebook voting phase. Read more:
Connect and Collaborate funding available for faculty, staff and students

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes OSU-community teams to develop and grow meaningful partnerships that catalyze engaged teaching, research, and service programs with measurable and sustainable benefits to the community while advancing the strategic and scholarly goals of the university. Grants up to $70,000 are available. Letters of intent are due Tuesday, October 2. An information session was held Thursday, September 13, and can be viewed on Carmen Connect. Read more at
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