Mershon Center for International Security Studies
February 20, 2017
In This Issue
Kevin McClatchy
Assistant Professor of Theatre

Mershon affiliate Kevin McClatchy will be a featured speaker at TEDx Ohio State University on Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio Union. The theme of the event is "Precipice." In 2015 McClatchy was organizer, with Janet Parrott, of the Responsibility, Morality, and Costs of War symposium, which blended performing and visual arts with leading research to explore the costs of war.
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Is John Kasich still a force in Ohio politics?"
Dayton Daily News
February 3, 2017
Christopher Gelpi
Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

"Donald Trump wants to change U.S. nuclear policy. Most Americans aren't persuaded."
Washington Post
February 10, 2017
Gerry Hudson
Mershon Associate

"U.S. and Russian Relations"
WOSU-FM All Sides
February 8, 2017
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History

"With Flynn Out, Who Will Trump Pick To Be National Security Adviser?"
NPR Morning Edition
February 15, 2017
John Mueller
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist

"Assuaging Trump: Fear-mongering and the Times"
CATO Institute
February 17, 2017
Dakota Rudesill
Assistant Professor of Law

"Ohio restaurant owner relieved that White House called machete attack 'terrorism'"
Associated Press
February 7, 2017
David Stebenne
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist

"Donald Trump, the Johnson Amendment, and Church-State Relations"
Huffington Post
February 6, 2017
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jack Snyder
"Illiberal Modernity and National Populism in the BRICS and the West"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Jack Snyder Jack Snyder is Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations at Columbia University. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, co-authored with Edward D. Mansfield; From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition; The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914; and Religion and International Relations Theory. In this presentation, Snyder will discuss how democracies can counter the push toward populist nationalism by embedding markets in liberal democratically elected institutions. Read more and register at
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tana Johnson
"Permeation of Global Governance by Pressure Groups"
12 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Tana Johnson Tana Johnson is assistant professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. Her book Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance (Oxford University Press, 2014) shows that in a variety of policy areas, global governance structures are getting harder for national governments to control -- not only because the quantity and staffing of international organizations has mushroomed, but also because the people working in these organizations try to insulate any new organizations against governments' interference. In this presentation, Johnson will discuss which types of NGOs have the most input at the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations. Read more and register at
Thursday, March 16 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
"Tools for Preparing the Change Leaders of the Future:
Social Enterprise, Innovation and Education"
Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
Co-sponsored by Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

Conflict Resolution Education logo The International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) 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 is intended for primary, secondary and higher education students, faculty, staff and administrators, members of the business community, policy makers at all levels, researchers, non-profit leaders, media groups, philanthropists, and anyone wishing to make positive change in their communities. Participants will exchange best practices, evaluation methodology, creation of policy implementation structures, consideration of obstacles to success, and new and innovative use of training, resources and technology. Read more and register at
Mershon News

Rachel Armstrong in Spain
Rachel Armstrong toured the Alcázar de Toledo: Museo del Ejército (Army Museum) to learn about Spanish military history for her dissertation, "Slipping Through Our Fingers," which aims to identify the factors that make Spain an attractive operational headquarters, residence, or target for terrorists.

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, and food production and security.

In recent years the center has funded several dozen faculty and graduate student research projects with grants for travel, seminars, conferences, interviews, experiments, surveys, library costs, and more. To learn about the types of projects being funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and in past Annual Reports.

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. Scholarship amounts typically range from $2,000 to $3,000.

Application forms and instructions for all Mershon Center grants and scholarships can be found in the Grants section of the Mershon Center website. The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017 .
Other Events
Friday, February 24, 2017

Daniel C.K. Chow
"Why China Established the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank"
4 p.m., 115 Mendenhall Lab, 125 S. Oval Mall
Sponsored by Institute for Chinese Studies

Daniel Chow Daniel C.K. Chow is Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law at Moritz College of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of international trade law, international business transactions, international intellectual property, and the law of China. At this event, Chow will discuss how China set up the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank as a rival to the U.S.-dominated World Bank and how China is challenging the leading role of the United States in international trade. The lecture will discuss the history of the World Bank and how China perceives that it was subject to shoddy treatment by the United States in the governance of the World Bank; and why China felt compelled to establish an alternative. Read more
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Steve Liang
"Smart Citizens for Smart Cities - Opportunities and Challenges of Building Open Smart Cities and Internet of Things"
12 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall
Sponsored by Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Steve Liang Steve Liang is a researcher, teacher and entrepreneur. An associate professor at the University of Calgary and director of the GeoSensorWeb Laboratory, Steve's goal is to disrupt the silos of the Internet of Things and to empower anyone to build connected applications by using the information generated from the world around them. In this talk, Liang will present the opportunities and challenges of building smart cities with the Internet of Things, a future in which everyday objects or devices can sense their environment, collect information, and communicate and interact with each other. Read more
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Matt Goldish
"Magic & Witchcraft at the Dawn of Modernity: Why Then & What Now?"
7 p.m., The Forum, Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
Sponsored by CLIO Society

Matt Goldish We may think of magic and witchcraft beliefs as relics of some bygone dark age. In this discussion we will learn that magical ideas flourished with particular success precisely at the dawn of modern times. We will also see that the European and American witch hunts did not occur in the middle ages but precisely during the scientific revolution. Why might that have been the case? And why should we still be paying close attention to occult mentalities in our own time? Matt Goldish is the Samuel M. and Esther Melton Chair in Jewish History. He is author of  Jewish Questions: Responsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period  (Princeton, 2008);  The Sabbatean Prophets  (Harvard, 2004); and  Judaism in the Theology of Sir Isaac Newton  (Kluwer, 1998).   Read more
Other News
'Origins' examines social history of zoos

Origins has published its new article: "What's All Happening at the Zoo?" by Dan Vandersommers.

According to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, there are over 10,000 zoos around the world and each year they attract millions of visitors. But as historian Dan Vandersommers discusses this month, zoos have long been much more than simply places to spend a fun afternoon. Looking at how zoos have changed over the last two centuries can tell us as much about the humans who visit as about the animals on display.

About Origins: Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective is a monthly ad-free magazine that features top scholars on today's most pressing topics. Published by The Ohio State History Department, its authors include National Book Award winners and world-renowned scholars. You can also explore reviews of popular history books on the Origins website as well as the new monthly feature Milestones.
Explore datasets in the social sciences on March 2

Join the Institute of Population Research Graduate Student Organization for a workshop on "Exploring Datasets in the Social Sciences" on Thursday, March 2, from 1-2:30 p.m. in 038 Townshend Hall to learn about three major sources of population data. The workshop features experts to talk about the Demographic and Health Surveys, U.S. Census products, and National Longitudinal Surveys. Questions or comments? Email Read more
Register Today for Pelotonia 17

Registration is open for Pelotonia 17! This grassroots movement began in 2009 with one goal: end cancer. Since then, Pelotonia has donated 100% of every dollar raised-over $130 million to date-to support cancer research at Ohio State. We invite you to join Team Buckeye, the Ohio State group of Pelotonia participants, as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer. Riders are at the heart of the Pelotonia movement. They will be fundraising and cycling on routes of between 25 and 180 miles on Aug. 5-6. Virtual riders fundraise and build the Pelotonia community without getting on a bicycle. Volunteers are essential to Pelotonia's operations and help promote the Pelotonia spirit throughout the weekend of the event. Register today as a volunteer, virtual rider or rider at
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