Mershon Center for International Security Studies
February 13, 2018
In This Issue
Wendy Hesford
Professor of English
Peter Hahn
Divisional Dean, Arts& Humanities
Wendy Hesford, professor of English, has been named faculty director of the Humanities and the Arts' first focus area - Human Dimensions of Global Challenges. She will oversee the program in consultation with Peter Hahn, the theme's lead dean. The first priority area is global mobility and migration. The H&A Discovery Theme was established in 2015 to revitalize the humanities and the arts at Ohio State and to demonstrate their ability to contribute to our understanding and solving of real-world problems. 
In the Media
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
"Ohio's proposed gerrymandering fix is not perfect, but big step"
February 7, 2018

"Ohio Lawmakers Actually Reach A Bipartisan Deal To Try To Stop Gerrymandering"
Huffington Post
February 7, 2018

"Ohio congressional districts could see big changes under ballot issue"
Columbus Dispatch
February 11, 2018
Kendra McSweeney
Professor of Geography
"Trumping Colombia's peace: U.S. drug war threatens fragile accord, forests"
February 5, 2018
David Stebenne
Professor of History and Law
"'Unprecedented': 9 historians on why Trump's war with the FBI is so stunning"
February 1, 2018
Thomas Wood
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"A new working paper might explain why teleprompter Trump comes off as 'presidential'"
February 7, 2018
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Maurizio Albahari
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Maurizio Albahari Maurizio Albahari is associate professor of anthropology and in the Keough School of Global Affairs and University of Notre Dame. He is a social-cultural anthropologist who explores the tension between human existence and structures of power. Albahari has published extensively on the humanitarian, socio-cultural, legal, and geopolitical components of the ongoing refugee "crisis," as well as on forms of civic engagement and migrant integration. His current research traces participatory citizenship and trans-Mediterranean mobilization in the everyday life of maritime spaces, as well as of changing cities in Italy and in the region.  Albahari is the author of  Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World's Deadliest Border  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).  Read more and register
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Max Boot
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Max Boot Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the "world's leading authorities on armed conflict" by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a national-security columnist for the Washington Post. Boot has served as an adviser to U.S. commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign in 2007-08, a defense policy adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign in 2011-12, and the head of the Counter-Terrorism Working Group for Marco Rubio's campaign in 2015-16. Boot will be speaking about his latest book, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, published in January 2018. Read more and register at
Mershon Research
Sangbeom Yoo joins Mershon as visiting scholar

The Mershon Center has a new visiting scholar starting in January 2018: Sangbeom Yoo, associate professor in the Department of Security Policy and director of the Office of Research Planning at the Research Institute for National Security Affairs at Korean National Defense University.

Sangbeom Yoo Sangbeom Yoo is author of "The Trump Administration's Foreign Policy toward the Asia Pacific Region" (RINSA Forum, 2017); "The Pattern of North Korea's Local Military Provocations" ( Korean Journal of International Studies, 2017); and Prediction of Three Major Security Threats on the Korean Peninsula 2017 (co-authored) (RINSA, 2016).

During his time at the Mershon Center, Sangbeom Yoo will conduct research for "Threat Perception and Alliance Robustness," which is about how the degree of people's perception toward threat is related to the perception of the alliance coherence. He will also work on his book project on the concept of dilemma -- for example, security, prisoner, or rebel dilemma -- and types of solutions.

Sangbeom Yoo has a bachelors in chemistry from Korea Military Academy (1994), a master's in international relations from Korea National Defense University (2005), and a doctorate in political science from State University of New York at Binghamton (2012).
Other Events
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lawrence Wilkerson
"National Security in the Age of Trump"
7 p.m., James A. Griffin Student Center, 1216 Sunbury Road
Sponsored by Ohio Dominican University

Larry Wilkerson Lawrence Wilkerson is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He has served in numerous roles, including as chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State and associate director and member of that department's Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass. Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army as both enlisted man and officer. His final assignments were as special assistant to then-Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell from 1989 to 1993, and as deputy director and director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College from 1993 to 1997. Wilkerson is a world-class national security expert known for rigorous, non-partisan analysis and clear expression of his views. Read more and register
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ian Brzezinski and Sean Kay
"Trump and the Future of NATO"
6 p.m., 014 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society

Ian Brzezinski"Trump and the Future of NATO" will feature an insightful debate on the future of NATO in the Trump era by two leading scholars in the field of international security and American foreign policy. Sean Kay, professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University and an associate of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, will be joined by Ian Brzezinski (left), resident senior fellow of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He brings more than two decades of experience in U.S. national security matters, having served in senior policy positions in the Department of Defense and Congress. He currently leads the Brzezinski Group, which provides strategic insight and advice to government and commercial clients. Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Chair in Military History, will moderate. Read more and register
Monday, February 26, 2018

Takeo Hoshi
"Has Abenomics Revived the Japanese Economy? Comparative Macroeconomic Perspectives with the U.S. Economy"
2 p.m., Mason Hall Rotunda, 250 W. Woodruff Ave.
Sponsored by Institute for Japanese Studies

Takeo Hoshi Takeo Hoshi is director of the Japan Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the Henri and Tomoe Takahashi senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and professor of finance at the Graduate School of Business, all at Stanford University. Hoshi is the 2005 recipient of the Nakahara Prize that the Japan Economic Association awards to its most promising and productive members for their research in economics. Hoshi will review Japan's economic growth slowdown and deflation in the 1990s and the 2000s and ask whether the economic policy of the current Abe administration has succeeded in pulling Japan out of economic stagnation. He will also illustrate the relevance of Japan's experience to the economies of the U.S. and Europe. Read more
Other News
Register for Conflict Resolution Education conference 

Registration is open for the 12th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE). The CRE conference is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

Presentations will focus on innovations in the field that are making broad impacts in local, state, national and international communities. The conference will take place at Case Western Reserve University from May 22-26, 2018. This year's theme is "Bridging the Divide in Polarized Societies."

For registration information and costs, please visit

A special one-day seminar will focus on developing and enhancing peace and conflict studies programs. The seminar is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators to build capacity in their peace and conflict resolution programs. A call for proposals is open until March 15, 2018, for professionals in the field and who wish to present their work.
Taste of OSU features food, cultural performances

Taste of OSU Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event hosted by the Office of International Affairs, along with more than 40 Ohio State student organizations and Student Life's Dining Services chefs, who come together to prepare an evening of international food, exhibits and cultural performances. This year, Taste of OSU will take place on Friday, February 16, from 5 - 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

Students participating in the event will showcase and embrace flavors and characteristics of their home countries represented by their organization.

Entry to the event is free! Tickets to purchase small samplings of international foods will cost only $1 each. Food tickets will be on sale on the day of the event (cash or BuckID) and will also be available for pre-sale starting on Monday, February 12, 7 a.m. at the front desk in the Ohio Union (BuckID only). 

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Apply for University Engagement Recognition Awards

On behalf of the university, the Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life and Undergraduate Education recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards will be given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. A total of $17,500 will be awarded. Applications are due February 28, 2018.

To submit an application:
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