Mershon Center for International Security Studies
October 3 , 2016
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"First Presidential Debate Analysis"
All Sides with Ann Fisher
September 27, 2016

"Undecided voters react to first debate"
WSYX-TV Columbus
September 27, 2016

"Women in central Ohio suburbs in spotlight in presidential campaign"
Columbus Dispatch
September 30, 2016
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Mershon Events
Monday, October 3, 2016
4:30 p.m., 360 Journalism Building, 242 W. 18th Ave.
Co-Sponsored by School of Communication

Olga Kamenchuk Media and journalism are very important components of all elections, whether in the United States or abroad. However, the role they play and the rules that govern their influence vary widely from country to country. In many countries the media promotes free and democratic elections.  Yet in others the media is a tool of autocrats to maintain their power. This event features a panel of international media and election experts from the Comparative National Elections Project representing Russia, Mexico, Germany, Portugal and South Africa. Panelists include:
  • Thorsten Faas, professor of political science at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
  • Olga Kamenchuk (left), director of international studies at VCIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Center),  the leading opinion polling company in the post-Soviet area
  • Pedro Magalhaes, researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon
  • Robert Mattes, director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit at University of Cape Town
  • Alejandro Moreno, professor of political science at Mexico's Autonomous Technological Institute, and director of public opinion polls at Reforma newspaper. 
The discussion will be moderated by Mershon affiliate Erik Nisbet, associate professor of communication, political science, and environmental policy. Read more and register at
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thomas Lindemann
2 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Thomas Lindemann Thomas Lindemann is professor of political science at Ecole Polytechique (LinX Research Centre) and University of Versailles Saint-Quentin. During Fall 2016, he is a visiting professor at Columbia University. He is the author of six books and numerous articles published in leading international relations journals such as International Political Sociology, International Relations, and International Theory. He has contributed to introduction of the concept of recognition into the international relations discipline, with an emphasis on the antagonist and emotional aspects of the concept. His talk will show the limits of utilitarian models for the comprehension of war and humanitarian intervention and defend the idea that behind the concepts of interest are hidden logics of (non-)recognition between self and other. Read more and register at
Monday, October 17, 2016

Robert Ross
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Robert Ross Robert S. Ross is professor of political science at Boston College, associate at the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, and senior advisor of the Security Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on Chinese security policy, East Asian security, and U.S.-China relations. His recent publications include Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics; China's Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics, and New Directions in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy. In this talk, Ross will discuss how heightened pressure for the United States and China to expand their alliance commitments is undermining prospects for mutual restraint. Read more and register at
Monday, October 24, 2016

Ibrahim Sirkeci
1 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Ibrahim Sirkeci Ibrahim Sirkeci is Ria Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing and director of the Center for Transnational Studies at Regent's University London. Sirkeci is known for his extensive work on insecurity and human mobility as well as his conceptual work on culture of migration and conflict model. He coined the term "transnational mobile consumers" as he examined connected consumers and the role of mobility in consumer behavior within a transnational marketing context. His recent books include Turkish Migration Policy (2016), Conflict, Security and Mobility (2016), Transnational Marketing and Transnational Consumers (2013), Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond (2012), and Cultures of Migration (2011). He is a frequent speaker on migration, conflict, and integration. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Spotlight: Mershon-funded graduate student research

Gabriella Lloyd, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science
"Security-Building Through Peacekeeping? U.N. Peacekeeping and Police Reform in Post-Civil Conflict States"

Gabriella Lloyd Gabriella Lloyd's dissertation studies the problematic relationship between United Nations peacekeeping and political violence against civilians. Following the peacekeeping failures of Rwanda, Bosnia, Haiti, and Somalia in the early 1990's, the U.N. integrated new principles of Responsibility to Protect into peacekeeping, deploying new missions tasked with building human security in secure places.

Gabriella demonstrates that these new forms of peacekeeping often produce counter-productive results. As non-state actors, rebels are undeterred by many of the costs imposed by mandates, which primarily target the behavior of governments and their use of state institutions. Quite the contrary, she argues that these missions may actually increase victimization in order to gain the upper hand in conflict or negotiations.

Trisha Myers, Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, "Reform and Justice in the Middle East: Past and Present Discourses"

Trisha Myers Trisha Myers's research focuses on the Ottoman historical context of contemporary perceptions of justice in the Middle East. Specifically, she studies the genre of political literature called the nasihatname, or advice treatise. These works, written by statesmen and intellectuals from the 16th through the 18th centuries, arose from the need to explicate the nature of Ottoman statecraft and determine its duties and faults while also prescribing remedies to the empire's ills.

Trisha argues that such works of advice contributed to the more overtly reformist treatises developed in the 19th century, which employed the concept of justice in a different, more modern way. Trisha argues it is critical to trace the legacy of justice from the Ottoman nasihatname in order to make sense of contemporary discourses surrounding governance, reform, human rights, and democracy in the Middle East.

Last week Gabriella and Trisha presented their research to Mershon Center faculty. Read more
Other Events
Monday, October 3, 2016

"Economic Analysis of Key Presidential Election Issues"
6 p.m., 11th Floor, Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

There has been considerable rhetoric around key issues in the upcoming presidential election, but much less analysis of their potential economic impact. Join the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) for an evening conversation that will dig deeper into some of the election issues through a critical unbiased, non-partisan economic examination from leading economic experts. Among the speakers:
  • Mark Partridge, C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, will provide an overview of the economic agendas released by the candidates.
  • Ian Sheldon, Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy, will provide an assessment of the candidates' platforms on jobs and trade.
  • Joyce Chen, Development Economist, will discuss the effects of immigration on the domestic economy.
  • Jung Kim, Managing Director, Research and Business Intelligence, Columbus 2020, will offer an overview of the candidates' platforms from the lens of the potential impact on our region's economy.
Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. However, we kindly request that all participants register. Register here
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Facts and Values: How Does Science Inform Democracy?"
3 p.m., 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Human Values

Ellen Peters A crucial issue underlying public debates about sustainability concerns how scientific information is taken up by citizens and then represented within democratic deliberation. A series of influential studies in psychology have suggested that individuals' political commitments significantly affect how they process scientific findings and accommodate them within their belief systems. What exactly do these findings show and to what extent do they threaten the prospects for informed public deliberation about the challenges facing our democracy in the 21st century, including sustainability and climate change?

Ohio State is home to two of the world's leading researchers on these questions: Ellen Peters (left) and Michael Neblo. Peters is director of Ohio State's Decision Sciences Collaborative. In a series of significant articles, she has addressed a wide range of factors affecting complex decision-making processes, including the significance of numeracy and the role of emotions in our judgments. In his work, Neblo defends the possibility of effective democratic deliberation against theoretical and empirical challenges. He sets out his positive vision of deliberative democracy in his forthcoming book, Common Voices: Between the Theory and Practice of Deliberative DemocracyRead more
Thursday, October 13, 2016

John Brooke
"Climate Change, the Anthropocene and the Deep History of the Earth"

7 p.m., Columbus Museum of Art, The Forum, 480 E. Broad St.
Sponsored by the Clio Society

John BrookeWhat is the evidence for human-driven climate change in recent history, what is coming to be called the "Anthropocene"? How does this evidence compare with what we know about climate in the past, both in the more familiar epoch of human history proper, but also in prehistory, and the deep, geological history of the earth? John Brooke will provide a layman's overview, and briefly comment on the way forward for humanity. Brooke is Humanities Distinguished Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the Ohio State University. He is, most recently, the author of Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Read more
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CHINA Town Hall
"Local Connections, National Reflections"

6 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Institute for Chinese Studies

Jonathan Pollack China's rapid emergence as a global player and potential partner on many U.S. policy priorities has ensured that the Sino-American relationship will have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in both countries. To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is conducting the tenth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections. The program at The Ohio State University begins with a lecture by Jonathan Pollack (left) of the Brookings Institution, then a live webcast discussion featuring former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins. Pollack's latest book is No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security (Routledge, 2011). His current research, to be published as Endangered Order: Revisionism and Strategic Risk in Northeast Asia, focuses on the strategic ambitions and fears of the leaders of China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea, and their consequences for the future regional order. Read more
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Youjin Oh and Vanna Chan
"U.S.-South Korea: Economic and Political Relations"

11:30 a.m., Ross Auditorium, Franklin University, 201 S. Grant Ave.
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Vanna Chan In 2013, the United States and South Korea celebrated 60 years of allegiance. The relationship between the two nations is based on common values and interests of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. In 2012, the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed, with the goal of increasing exports by billions of dollars annually for both countries, in addition to creating new jobs. In recent years, the alliance has expanded into a comprehensive global partnership. South Korea is now the sixth-largest goods trading partner with the United States. Join us as we hear from two experts in Korean foreign policy and international relations. Vanna Chan (left) is the South Korea desk officer at the U.S. Department of State where she covers inter-Korean relations, Korean politics, human rights, and consular issues. Youjin Oh joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in August 2007 and was appointed as Second Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in 2015. Read more and register
Other News
2016 International Photography Competition

All students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and alumni at The Ohio State University are invited to submit their photos to the 2016 International Photography Competition. Entries will be accepted through October 10, 2016. 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 Cultural Exchange. There will also be People's Choice awards for the photos that receive the highest votes via the Facebook voting phase. Visit the Office of International Affairs website to learn more.
How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant

Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway Grant, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum. A light lunch will be provided.

Who: Ohio State graduate students
When: Tuesday, October 4, 12-1:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor, 18th Avenue Library
1501 Neil Avenue     |     Columbus, OH 43201     |     (614) 292-1681     |     Fax: (614) 292-2407