Mershon Center for International Security Studies
October 10 , 2016
In This Issue
Bruno Cabanes
Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History

Cabanes was awarded the American Historical Association's 2016 Paul Birdsall Prize in European Military and Strategic History for his book The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924, awarded biennially to honor a book in European military and strategic history since 1870. He will be recognized during a ceremony at the January 2019 AHA annual meeting in Chicago.
Dorothy Noyes
Professor of English and Comparative Studies

Noyes' latest book, Humble Theory: Folklore's Grasp on Social Life, has been published by Indiana University Press. The book's 15 collected essays show how folklore studies is foundational and persistent. Chapter 10 pays homage to former Mershon affiliate Alexander Stephan's work on the politics of international cultural transfer. The final chapter examines how minority languages and cultural practices are sustained in plural societies.
In the Media
David Stebenne
Professor of History and Law

"Two Groups of Christians Seem Likely to Decide This Presidential Election"
Huffington Post
October 5, 2016
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Mershon Events
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.
Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology and Institute for Population Research 

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
Monday, October 27-28, 2016

Thursday: Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Dr.
Friday: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road
Co-sponsored by Department of History and Society for Military History 

Sir Hew Strachan The Department of History, with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, will host a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. The event will include a keynote address Thursday evening by Sir Hew Strachan (left), the world's leading historian of the First World War. Strachan will discuss the killing fields of 1916, the year that witnessed horrendous fighting at Verdun and on the Somme. Friday's events feature experts addressing the military history of the war, the financing of the combatants, the human toll of the conflict, changes the war wrought to the law of war and the medical condition diagnosed at the time as "shell shock." In addition, Ohio State students in theatre and the arts will recite selections of World War I poetry and perhaps even share a period song. Read more and register at the event website
Mershon News
Vráblíková joins Mershon Center as visiting scholar

The Mershon Center has a new visiting scholar: Kateřina Vráblíková, a research fellow with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), who will be working on a project called "Protest, Hardship, and Democracy." 

Katerina Vrablikova The project deals with the role of socioeconomic hardship for people's participation at protest. It focuses on the interaction among individual-level deprivation, macro-structural socio-economic scarcity and politicization of the crisis that opens political space for mobilization of collective grievances. To examine these topics, Vráblíková will use repeated cross-sectional surveys across democratic countries over time and case-control protest surveys.

Vráblíková is author of What Kind of Democracy? Participation, Inclusiveness and Contestation (Routledge, 2017), which examines the role of democratic institutions and political culture for political activism. She also studies Europeanization of social movements and politics in new democracies of Eastern Central Europe. She has a Ph.D. from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.
Mershon staff members attend global leadership event

The Mershon Center was one of several organizations to host a table at the Networking Expo held in conjunction with a forum on "America's Global Leadership: What's at Stake for 2016." Sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the event featured a wide-ranging interview of former secretary of defense Robert Gates by past CNN correspondent Frank Sesno. Also speaking was Ohio Gov. John Kasich. See photos from the event.
Other Events
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, whose latest book is   No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security  (Routledge, 2011). Then a live webcast discussion will feature former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins. Kissinger will be answering questions about the U.S.-China relationship submitted online and through social media.  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
Thursday, October 20, 2016

"A Change Election: Perspectives on the 2016 Contests"
6:30 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Democracy Studies Program

Ohio State history, legal and political science scholars and election experts discuss issues and candidates that make up one of the most talked about campaign seasons. Panelists include:
  • Paula Baker, associate professor of history. The author of Curbing Campaign Cash, Baker is at work on a study of campaign finance and party organization.
  • Paul Beck, professor emeritus of political science. The author of Party Politics in America and Voting in Old and New Democracies, Beck is a commentator on political parties, voting behavior and public opinion.
  • David Stebenne, professor of history and law. The author of Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal and Modern Republican: Arthur Larson and the Eisenhower Years, Stebenne is a regular contributor to The Conversation, Huffington Post, New Republic, Salon and U.S. News and World Report.
  • Thomas Wood, assistant professor of political science and presidential campaign consultant in both the 2012 and 2016 contests. Wood studies political campaigns, and their effects on voters' attitudes and behavior.
Read more and register by October 13.
Other News
Sustainability Fund available for campus projects

The Ohio State University is committed to developing durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability and in evolving a culture of sustainability through collaborative teaching, pioneering research, comprehensive outreach, and innovative operations, practices, and policies.

To support this commitment, the Ohio State Sustainability Fund is available to faculty and staff members to provide funding for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus. Sustainability Fund projects must promote sustainability by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change, and/or directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Projects that create sustainability awareness, encourage behavioral changes, and promote outreach to the campus community and beyond are also desirable.

Projects eligible for Sustainability Fund awards must be led by a faculty or staff member and must contribute to sustainability; provide campus impact; not be covered by an existing university operating budget; and be used to seed, catalyze, or gap-fill funding on projects, rather than be the sole funding source.

Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost's Council on Sustainability webpage, under "Involvement." To apply for funding, complete the Sustainability Fund Application and send it to
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