Mershon Center for International Security Studies
February 27, 2017
In This Issue
In the Media
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History

"From 'Dereliction of Duty' to Trump's White House"
Foreign Policy
February 20, 2017

"Trump appoints HR McMaster as national security adviser"
The Guardian
February 20, 2017

"Trump appoints Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster his new national security adviser"
USA Today
February 20, 2017

"Trump Taps General Who Doesn't Back Down"
Daily Beast
February 20, 2017
Ellen Peters
Professor of Psychology

"Cancer patients avoiding math impacts decision-making: Study"
United Press International
February 20, 2017

"Decision-Making Suffers When Cancer Patients Avoid Math"
Psych Central
February 21, 2017
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Mershon Events
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 remedy the push toward populist nationalism by embedding markets in democratically accountable institutions. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/snyderj
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 go.osu.edu/johnsont
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 conflict resolution that are making broad impacts on social entrepreneurship and peacebuilding in the local to global community. The conference is intended for educators, staff and administration in primary, secondary and higher education, as well as members of the business community, policymakers, 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 u.osu.edu/cre2017
Mershon News

The 11th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, with the theme "Tools for Preparing the Change Leaders of the Future: Social Enterprise, Innovation and Education," will take place Thursday, March 16, 2017, through Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Presentations will focus on innovations in conflict resolution that are making broad impacts on social entrepreneurship and peacebuilding in the local to global community.

Greg Van Kirk
Greg Van Kirk
Greg Van Kirk, leader of Ashoka Foundation's Start Empathy Initiative and co-founder and Social Entrepreneur Corps, will join his colleague Valentina Raman, co-founder of IMPACT Magazine and JournalUp, to present the first keynote address on "Shifting Minds and Hearts: How Ashoka is building a culture of empathy to create a world of changemakers." Ashoka Foundation helps social entrepreneurs pursue system-changing solutions that help correct entrenched global problems.
 
Achaleke Christian Leke, member of the Global Advocacy Team of the United Network of Young Peace Builders, will give the second keynote on "UN Security Resolution 2250: The Role of Youth in Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention and the Role of Youth Entrepreneurship." Leke is a youth civil society activist and peace advocate who has worked with more than 1 million young people on over 100 youth development and peace-building projects. He was named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year in 2016.

Valentina Raman
Valentina Raman
Conference workshops on March 16-17 will run along three main tracks:
  • Social enterprise, which applies methods and ideas from the business world to solve human problems such as poverty, lack of access to education, and environmental degradation.
  • Education, including workshops, training programs, and continuing education for all age groups in informal and community settings, with leaders in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and social enterprise.
  • Innovation, which will provide an opportunity for participants to showcase their own work, learn from others, and discuss unmet challenges by examining both new programs and effective evaluation.
Achaleke Christian Leke
Achaleke Christian Leke
Intensive trainings on March 18-19 include:
  • Transforming Relationships and Creating Concrete Community Change Through Sustained Dialogue
  • Dialogue Across Differences: Facilitator Training for Community Leaders
  • Developing Conflict Resolution Education Courses and Programs
  • Conflict Resolution Communication Skills Training
  • Alternatives to Violence Project: Transformative Learning for Resolving Conflicts
The Conflict Resolution Education conference is intended for educators, staff and administrators in primary, secondary and higher education, as well as members of the business community, policymakers, 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.

The 11th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education is hosted by the Peace Studies program at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, sponsored by 18 organizations and departments.
Other Events
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
Friday, March 10, 2017

Angie Plummer and Imram Malik
"Immigration, Islamophobia, and Security: Seeking a Balance"
11:30 a.m., The Boathouse at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St.
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Angie Plummer What is Islamophobia and what does its existence mean for our communities? How can we reconcile the current debate over immigration policy against the backdrop of our country's history as a nation of immigrants? How do we balance the need to protect a country's citizens from the threat of terrorism with the need to sustain an immigration program that keeps our economy healthy and that promotes values of diversity and openness? What explains the surge of xenophobia in the United States at particular times in our history? To help us put these critical topics into context, we welcome Angie Plummer (left), executive director of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS), a non-profit organization serving refugees and immigrants in Central Ohio, and Imran Malik executive president of the NOOR Islamic Center, which since 2006 has served the Muslim community of central Ohio and the community at large. Read more and register
Other News
Executive Order: Frequently Asked Questions

On January 27, 2017 an Executive Order was signed that has suspended entry into the United States for non-immigrants and immigrants who are nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The period of suspension is 90 days from the signing date and is still in effect.

The Office of International Affairs strongly cautions against travel outside the United States if you are a national of any of these countries and has provided answers to frequently asked questions regarding this Executive Order.

The FAQ document for J-1 visa holders is found here, and for H-1B visa holders and their dependents is found here.

These documents may help clarify information regarding the travel suspension. However, please seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney if you are from one of the seven countries listed in the Executive Order and are considering travel outside the United States.
Leadership research grant program taking applications

The Fisher Leadership Initiative at Fisher College of Business has announced a research grant program for the study of leadership. The Initiative plans to award $75,000 in grants for research that will be completed by the end of the 2017- 2018 academic year.
 
Proposals from outside Fisher are encouraged, as are proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries. Some examples of such topics include:
  • A study of the determinants of leadership effectiveness for OSU County Extension Directors
  • An evaluation of a leadership training program for health care providers
  • A study of how the personal qualities of student life leaders affects participation in student life programs
  • Research into how communication styles affect the electoral success of political leaders
  • Research into how community activist leaders can be trained to more effectively engage the community
  • How dentists, veterinarians, physicians, etc. can more effectively lead their practices or the teams with which they work.
More information about the Leadership Research Grant Program can be found  here  (pdf) Applications are due April 3, 2017, and may be submitted online at  go.osu.edu/leadershipresearchgrant .
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 iprgso@gmail.com. Read more
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