Mershon Center for International Security Studies
April 18 , 2016
In This Issue
Hollie Nyseth Brehm
Assistant Professor of Sociology
John Carlarne
Peace Studies Coordinator

Hollie Nyseth Brehm and John Carlarne gave two of the headline presentations at TEDx Ohio State University, held March 5, 2016, to a sold-out Mershon Auditorium. This year's theme was "Reconstructing Reality." 

Nyseth Brehm, who has received Mershon Center grants for her research on the genocide in Rwanda, spoke on " Eradicating Genocide is Our Responsibility." Carlarne, a member of Peace Brigades International, spoke on " Meaninglessness: A User's Guide," about his experience in the genocide in Bosnia.
John Mueller
Senior Research Scientist
Mark Stewart
Visiting Scholar

John Mueller and Mark Stewart appeared on C-SPAN to discuss their book Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2015), which examines the costs and efficacy of federal and local counterterrorism efforts.
Margaret Newell
Professor of History
Margaret Newell's book,  Brethren By Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2016), has received the James A. Rawley Prize, given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the United States. 
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Mershon Events
Monday, April 18, 2016
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Farah Godrej Farah Godrej is associate professor of political science at University of California-Riverside.  Her areas of research and teaching include Indian political thought, Gandhi's political thought, cosmopolitanism, globalization, comparative political theory, and environmental political thought. Godrej is author of Cosmopolitan Political Thought: Method, Practice, Discipline (Oxford, 2011).  Her new work explores the intersection between politics and materiality, focusing on the role of the body in ancient and contemporary Indian traditions of thought. In this talk, Godrej will explore intersections between Gandhi's thought and contemporary food politics. Read more and register at
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Jeremi Suri Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has a joint appointment as a professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Suri is the author and editor of eight books on international history, national security, and foreign relations. He has published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Historical Review, Diplomatic History, International Security, and Journal of Cold War Studies. He also writes frequently for major newspapers and magazines. Suri will discuss how national security studies as a discipline has shaped U.S. global engagement for the past 70 years, and how it might influence the next generation of American thinkers, citizens, students, and policy makers. Read more and register at
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Julia Gray Julia Gray is associate professor of political science at University of Pennsylvania, specializing in international political economy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, and Review of International Organizations. Her book, The Company You Keep: International Organization and Sovereign Risk in Emerging Markets, is currently under contract at Cambridge University Press. Gray will discuss her latest research on international organizations, which finds that even  ineffective IOs can serve patronage functions for their member states. Read more and register at
Conference Announcement
10th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

Building Stronger Communities Through Peace, Justice, and Security
June 8-13, 2016, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Read more and register:

Special for Ohio State students: $35 per day if you register by April 29.

Conflict Resolution Education Select from 14 pre-conference intensive trainings (June 8-9), 58 workshops (78 presenters) and five keynotes (June 10-11), and/or participate in the Seminar for Colleges and Universities Developing and Enhancing their Peace and Conflict Studies Programs (June 12-13)

Hosted by The Ohio State University Mershon Center for International Security Studies - Peace Studies Program, Center for Slavic and Eastern European Studies, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Department of Political Science and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

Wednesday-Thursday, June 8-9, 2016 - Pre-Conference Trainings
  • Conflict Resolution and Multifaith Dialogue in Prison Settings - Horizon Prison Initiative
  • Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation - Two-Day Core- Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities
  • Transforming Relationships and Creating Concrete Community Change through Sustained Dialogue: A Training for College and University Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Students - Sustained Dialogue Institute
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - Full-Day Pre-Conference Training
  • Restorative Practices in Schools - The Community Conferencing Center
  • Peace Literacy: A New Paradigm in Human Understanding - Nuclear Age Peace Resource Center and Sinclair Community College
  • When Students Misbehave: How Using Insight Skills Can Help You Deescalate Conflict and Make Targeted and Supportive Disciplinary Decisions, K-12 - George Mason University
  • The Practice of Peacekeeping: Unarmed Civilian Protection Monitors - Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • Developing Effective Peace Education Programs: Policy, Theory and Practice - Nansen Dialogue Centre (Montenegro), Department of Education and Training, Victoria (Australia), Women in Alternative Action Program (Cameroon), West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (Ghana)
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Full-Day Pre-Conference Training
  • Conflict Management and Peacebuilding as a Classroom Management Tool - Antioch University
  • Integrating Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Concepts into College and University Courses - George Mason University and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
  • Mediation as a Second Language® (MSL®) Teaching Integrated Courses in ESL and Conflict Management for International and First Generation Students - UC Berkeley
  • Trauma Informed Peacebuilding: Integrating into Program Design - Mediators Beyond Borders
  • Developing Effective Peace Education Programs: Good Practices and Education Tools from Asia - Seisen University (Japan), Miriam College (Philippines)
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Peace Education - Integration and Development Center, NGO (Ukraine)
Friday-Saturday, June 10-11 - Main Conference
Select from five keynotes and 58 (90-minute) workshops.  Complete listing is on the conference website at

Sunday-Monday, June 12-13, 2016 - Seminar for Colleges and Universities Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs

Who Participates: Faculty, staff, and administrators who are working to enhance and/or develop their peace and conflict studies programs

Focus: Teams from Colleges/Universities will develop action plans during the event as they focus on one or more of the three tracks:
  • Capacity Building and Sustainability of Programs
  • Course Development/Integration
  • Supplemental Programming
Call for submissions to present or participate in College/University Seminar: Deadline April 29


Costs: As The Ohio State University is hosting the conference, Ohio State students can register for the pre-conference trainings (June 8-9) and the main conference (June 10-11) for $35 per day. To receive the special discount codes, please send a copy of your valid student ID to and register before April 29. Find regular prices may on the conference website at

Questions: Please check the conference website at, call  216-952-5609 or email the conference coordinator at
Other Events
Monday, April 18, 2016

Jane Hathaway
7:30 p.m., Whetstone Library, 3909 High St.

Jane HathawayJane Hathaway is professor of history at The Ohio State University, specializing in the Ottoman Empire before 1800, with a particular focus on the Arab provinces. Her current research project is a book-length study of the office of Chief Harem Eunuch of the Ottoman Empire. This talk will address the historical origins of key "radical" - or, more appropriately, puritanical or revivalist - movements in Sunni Islam. The focus will be on two main strands of Sunni revivalism: Wahhabism, which originated in the mid-18th century, and the Muslim Brotherhood, which originated in the early 20th century. Discussion will include a number of groups in the news in recent years, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Richard Nephew, Richard Herrmann
11:30 a.m., WOSU @ COSI, 333 W. Broad St.
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Jessica Tuchman Mathews On July 14, 2015 the United States and five other nations (the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany) reached with Iran the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a 159-page historic agreement designed under American leadership to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Will this deal achieve that U.S. objective and will it serve America's broader interests in the turbulent Middle East? What are the strengths, and what are the concerns the United States has with this intensely negotiated agreement. Join us as we discuss these questions with Jessica Tuchman Mathews (left), distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Richard Nephew, program director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University; and Richard Herrmann, interim director at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Read more and register
12:30 p.m., 115 Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Ave.
Co-sponsored by Global Water Institute

Christine MoeChristine Moe is Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation in Rollins School of Public Health and director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. Her research focuses on the environmental transmission of infectious agents, in particular foodborne and waterborne diseases. She will discuss universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care facilities as part of Sustainable Development Goal 6, including results from recent assessments in Honduras, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda and Cambodia. Read more and register at
6 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Co-sponsored by Global Water Institute

Aysegul Kibaroglu Aysegul Kibaroglu is professor of political science and international relations at MEF University in Istanbul, and founding member of the Euphrates-Tigris Initiative for Cooperation. She is currently a visiting professor at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas-Austin. As a world expert on Turkish water policy issues and the history of cooperation across political boundaries in the Euphrates-Tigris region, Kibaroglu is the keynote speaker for the two-day Euphrates-Tigris Water Issues Workshop, which aims to uncover the intersections between technical and traditional knowledge bases, and address the misunderstanding that arise due to conflicting epistemic perspectives. Read more and register at
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Michael Mazza and Ji Young Choi
6:30 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society | OSU Chapter

Michael Mazza The Alexander Hamilton Society is pleased to announce its third and final event of the spring semester, "No Small Threat: Examining the Hermit Kingdom," on the evening of Thursday, April 21. We will be featuring Michael Mazza (left), research fellow in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and Ji Young Choi, professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University and Mershon Center visiting scholar, for a discussion and debate of the national security threat that North Korea poses, its recent provocative actions, and what U.S. policy towards the DPRK should be. Our faculty advisor, history professor, Peter Mansoor, will serve as the moderator for the debate. As always, we will be providing free chicken wings courtesy of Wings Over and free Coke products. Read more and register
Other News
Empowering our students' bold visions for social change

Ohio State students have powerful ideas for making our world a better place and the ambition to transform ideas into action. The new President's Prize is the highest recognition Ohio State bestows on exceptional students committed to social change, providing two graduating seniors the crucial connections and financial support they need to advance innovative ideas for change in their first year after graduation. Information sessions on the application process will be held throughout April. Read more and apply
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