Mershon Center for International Security Studies
January 9, 2018
In This Issue
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences
"The Trump Administration in 2018"
All Sides with Ann Fisher
January 2, 2018

"Richard Cordray officially announces run for governor, promises to run 'the Ohio way'"
December 5, 2017
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Columbus Dispatch
January 4, 2018
Mitchell Lerner
Associate Professor of History
"To change North Korea, choose soft power instead"
January 5, 2018
Kendra McSweeney
Professor of Geography
"Want to limit migration? We can start by supporting democracy in Honduras."
Washington Post
December 5, 2017
John Mueller
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist
"Things are getting better - so why are we all so gloomy?"
January 5, 2018

"Exaggerated Alarm and Destructive Excursions: Anti-Proliferation Policy and The Case of North Korea"
World Financial Review
December 1, 2017
Dakota Rudesill
Assistant Professor of Law
"First Use and Nuclear Command"
All Sides with Ann Fisher
November 30, 2017
Peter Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law
"Yes, Donald Trump Can Obstruct Justice"
Washington Monthly
December 15, 2017
Thomas Wood
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"Racism is alive and well, but it's not why Trump is president"
Washington Examiner
December 26, 2017
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gadi Baltiansky
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Gadi Baltiansky Gadi Baltiansky is director general of the Geneva Initiative in Israel, an NGO that promotes a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians through diplomatic, political, educational and public tools. Previously he served as a member of the official Israeli negotiation team with Syria and the Palestinians in 1999, and as a non-official advisor to the negotiating teams in 2007-08 and 2014-15. He also served as press secretary for the Israeli prime minister, advisor to the foreign minister, and press counselor at the embassy in Washington. At this event, Baltiansky will discuss steps to reach a breakthrough in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the role of the United States. Read more and register at
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mohammed Dajani
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Mohammed Dajani Mohammed Dajani is professor of political science, and worked as head of libraries and founding director of the American Studies Graduate Program at Al-Quds University (2002-2014). He is author of numerous books in English and Arabic including: Holocaust Human Agony: Is there a way out of violence? (2009), Wasatia: The Spirit of Islam (2009), Jerusalem from the Lens of Wasatia (2010); Dajani Glossary of Islamic Terms (2015). Teaching Moderation and Reconciliation in Midst of Conflict (2015). Dajani made headlines in spring 2014 when he led 27 Palestinian university students to visit Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Krakow to teach them about the Holocaust. His courage and dedication cost the professor his job at al-Quds University and compromised his personal safety. At this event, Dajani will argue that peace between Israeli and Palestinians is attainable. Read more and register at
Monday, January 29, 2018

The United States and East Asia Under President Trump
12:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

David KangDonald Trump's election to the presidency unsettled many areas of American foreign policy, but few more than the nation's relationship with East Asia. The list of serious issues that have emerged from East Asia over the past year is long and diverse: North Korea's nuclear program; the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative; America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the controversies over the THAAD missile system; questions related to cybersecurity, tariff policy, and human rights; territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas; and much more. This workshop will offer a one-year retrospective on U.S.-East Asian relations, with presentations by David Kang (left), professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California; Mitchell Lerner, associate professor of history and director of the Institute for Korean Studies at The Ohio State University; James Matray, professor of history at California State University, Chico; Jennifer Miller, assistant professor of history at Dartmouth College; and Meredith Oyen, associate professor of history at University of Baltimore-Maryland County. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Mershon Center offers faculty, student grants, scholarships

Reed Kurtz
Political science graduate student Reed Kurtz used a Mershon grant to travel to Bonn, Germany, for the COP 23 climate summit.
Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds.

Applications for Faculty Research and Seed Grants and Graduate Student Research Grants must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. We are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development; strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil; relate to campus area studies centers and institutes; or address the university's Discovery Themes of health and wellness, energy and the environment, food production and security, and the humanities and arts.

Lucia Colicchio
Undergraduate Lucia Colicchio used a Mershon scholarship for the Canadian Parliament Internship.
The Mershon Center has also established International Security Scholarships for Undergraduate Theses and Study Abroad to support undergraduates whose professional career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit doing research for an undergraduate thesis or studying in a foreign country. Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary review committee that will make recommendations to the director of the Mershon Center. 

The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Read more and see examples of previous grant and scholarship winners at
Other Events
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Joan Ruff
11:30 a.m., 
Boat House at Confluence Park, 
679 W. Spring St
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Joan Ruff In June 2017, a comprehensive report released by AARP, The Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report, examines the preparedness of 12 countries around the world for facing the challenges of growth in populations aged sixty and over. This report focused on four key sectors: 1) Community and Infrastructure, 2) Productive Opportunity, 3) Healthcare and Wellness, and 4) Technological Engagement. On each of these, the report assessed countries as leaders, movers, or laggards; the report cites the United States as a leader on only one of the four sectors (technological engagement). Joan Ruff, J.D., is board chair for AARP. Read more and register
Friday, January 26, 2018

COMPAS Conference
8:45 a.m., 11th Floor, Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall
Sponsored by Center for Ethics and Human Values

COMPAS ReligionWhat role does religion play in the formation and preservation of national identity? What should we do when religious pluralism threatens the integrity of the political community? Are transnational religious commitments compatible with national political ones?  Read more

8:45 - 9 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks

9 - 11:45 a.m. - Sessions 1 and 2: Islam and the liberal state
9 - 10:30 a.m. : Presentations and Moderated Discussion
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.: Audience Q and A

Mustafa Akyol (Freedom Project, Wellesley College)
Zareena Grewal (American Studies and Religious Studies, Yale University)
Shadi Hamid (Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution)

Amna Akbar (Law, Ohio State University)

1:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Session 3: Religion and American national identity

Sam Haselby (Aeon Magazine)
Tisa Wenger (Divinity School, Yale University)

Korie Edwards (Sociology, Ohio State University)
Other News
OIA seeks applications for academic enrichment grants

The Office of International Affairs is seeking applications for its Academic Enrichment Grants, which support activities with lasting impact across the globe. The grant competition is open to faculty, graduate and undergraduates whose applications focus on research projects that address global issues, connect discipline-specific research to programs in diverse cultural settings, explores the languages, cultures, arts, social sciences and area studies and/or promotes active collaborations with institutional partners. The competition will award grants between $500 and $8,000. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 9, 2018.

The grants are sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, Office of Research and Office of Undergraduate Education. For more information and to access the online application, please visit:

Apply for a staff career development grant

Staff have an opportunity to further their growth and development through the Staff Career Development Grant, offered by the Office of Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee. Eligible staff can apply for a Staff Career Development Grant of up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups. Grants can be used for professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications are being accepted until Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For questions, contact
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