Mershon Center for International Security Studies
April 24, 2018
In This Issue
Joan Cashin
Professor of History
Joan Cashin's new book, War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War, will be published by Cambridge University Press in August 2018. Supported in part by a grant from the Mershon Center, the book explores the struggle between armies and civilians over the human and material resources necessary to wage war.
In the Media
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History
"Syria Attack: Military expert says the purpose is to maintain deterrence"
WBNS-TV Columbus
April 14, 2018

"Airstrikes alarm local Syrian American couple"
Dayton Daily News
April 15, 2018
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Mershon Events
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
Mershon student accepted to Cambridge security program
Abigail McGowan
Abigail McGowan
Want to learn about state secrets, nuclear proliferation, cyber security, and terrorism from people who have lived and worked internationally in the field?

Then you might want to follow in the footsteps of Abigail McGowan, an employee at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the first Ohio State student accepted to the Cambridge Security Initiative's International Security and Intelligence Programme and Conference, to take place July 9 through August 3, 2018.

During this four-week summer program, McGowan will enjoy a unique opportunity to work with leading practitioners and academics from the security and intelligence communities in the riverside setting of Magdalene College at University of Cambridge.

"I'm an international studies major with a specialization in relations and diplomacy, so I thought this was a unique opportunity to learn about another specialization within international studies, that of security and intelligence," McGowan said.

Chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove, formerly head of MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, and convened by Michael Goodman and David Gioe, the International Security and Intelligence Programme will consider the claims of state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for regional security, and the security challenges of revolutions and governing diversity.

"I've always been interested in covert operations, so the opportunity to learn about intelligence in an academic sense really appealed to me," said McGowan, who will be supported by a Mershon Center study abroad scholarship.

Students will learn about the intelligence cycle, including the collection of intelligence, analysis of the product, and dissemination to customers. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque but still vital roles at the heart of the nation state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, but also its limitations, are major themes of the program.

McGowan hopes her experience at the International Security and Intelligence Programme will inform an honors thesis she plans to write when she comes back. Beyond that, she plans to attend graduate school and aspires to work as a civil service officer for the U.S. State Department.
Other Events
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
June 15 Summer Institute: Building Resilient Learners

The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy is hosting a June 15 Summer Institute that offers high-quality professional development for early childhood educators, administrators, social workers and clinicians who work with children at-risk from adverse childhood experiences. The Fawcett Center conference from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. features keynote speakers and breakout sessions that emphasize strategies to promote resilience in young children by fostering protective factors that can buffer the negative effects of poverty, stress, and trauma in early childhood. Teachers will be awarded 6 hours of Ohio Approved credit, social workers will receive up to 5 CEUs. Early Bird fee: $75. Read more and register
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