Mershon Center for International Security Studies
March 21 , 2016
In This Issue
Marcus Kurtz
Professor  of Political Science

Marcus Kurtz was selected as Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellow for 2016 in recognition of his scholarship. His most recent book, Latin American State Building in Comparative Perspective: Social Foundations of Institutional Order (Cambridge, 2013), has been described as a "landmark contribution to the study of state building in Latin America." In 2014-15, he received a grant from the Mershon Center for "Property Rights, Political Conflict, and Economic Development."
In the Media:
Ohio Primary 2016
The Ohio State University
Ohio Democratic Town Hall, held at Mershon Auditorium
CNN and TV One
March 13, 2016

Bernie Sanders Town Hall,
held at Thompson Library
March 14, 2016
Paul Beck
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Sociology and Communication

"Why do people vote for candidates after they've dropped out of the race?"
Plain Dealer
March 18, 2016

"The Voters Only Trump Can Reach"
The Atlantic
March 17, 2016

"Democratic Party hierarchy flexes its muscle in Franklin County primary"
Columbus Dispatch
March 17, 2016

"Trump, Clinton Continue March Toward Nominations"
Voice of America
March 16, 2016

"Possible roles for Ohio after Tuesday's primary"
WBNS Columbus
March 16, 2016

"Big Primary Wins Propel Trump, Clinton Towards November Clash"
Global Post
March 16, 2016

"Clinton vs Trump general election looms as the two front-runners dominate results"
The Telegraph
March 16, 2016

"Ohio Primary Results"
WOSU All Sides
March 16, 2016 

"What to watch in tonight's primary results"
AM New York
March 15, 2016

"Kasich urges Ohioans to reject Trump's 'toxic environment'"
PBS NewsHour
March 14, 2016

"Why Ohio Is Make-or-Break for the Republican Race"
ABC News
March 14, 2016

"Campaign 2016: a slug fest like no other"
Agence France-Presse
March 14, 2016

"How Ohio's Hugely Popular Governor Kasich Could End Up Losing His State to Trump"
March 14, 2016

"Why Ohio Is Make-or-Break For The Republican Race"
WBAL Baltimore
March 14, 2016

"Meyer endorses Kasich for president"
ABC6 Columbus
March 10, 2016

"Why Sanders Could Repeat His Big Michigan Upset In Ohio"
Talking Points Memo
March 10, 2016

"Can Kasich win Ohio? Your guess is as good as an expert's: 'Nothing is sticking to the formula'"
WCPO Cincinnati
March 9, 2016

"Will your vote in Ohio's GOP presidential primary be meaningful? What you need to know"
Plain Dealer
March 7, 2016

"Rapid-fire votes to test remaining Republican candidates"
Washington Times
March 1, 2016
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History
"Ohio State professor and former Petraeus aide signs anti-Trump letter"
Columbus Dispatch
March 3, 2016
David Stebenne
Professor of History and Law
"Contested convention could be Kasich's only path to nomination"
ABC6 Columbus
March 16, 2016

"The last time an outsider like Trump crashed the GOP? 1940"
The Conversation
March 15, 2016

"Presidential Hopefuls: John Kasich"
In the Media
John Mueller
Senior Research Scientist
"Experts: What's going on with Islamic terrorism and why it's so hard to stop"
WJLA Washington
March 11, 2016
Gleb Tsipursky
Assistant Professor of History
"Opinion: Wounded Warrior Flap Should Spur 'Effective' Giving"
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Mershon Events
Thursday, March 24, 2016
12:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Daniel Chow Daniel C.K. Chow is Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law at The Ohio State University 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. In this talk, Chow will discuss the challenge posed by the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which China opened in January, to the U.S.-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The AIIB represents not only a rival to the World Bank and IMF but a challenge to the way the United States has conducted international trade for the past 70 years. The rise of the AIIB could be the first indication that China will displace the United States as the final arbiter of the rules of international trade in the 21st century. Read more and register at
Monday, March 28, 2016
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Keren Yarhi-Milo Keren Yarhi-Milo is assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. Her research and teaching focus on international relations and foreign policy, with a specialization in international security, including foreign policy decision-making, interstate communication and crisis bargaining, intelligence, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Yarhi-Milo's book Knowing The Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence Organizations, and Assessments of Intentions in International Relations (Princeton, 2014) explores how and why civilian leaders and intelligence organizations select and interpret an adversary's signals of intentions differently. It is winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. Read more and register at
Monday, April 4, 2016
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Paul Staniland Paul Staniland is assistant professor of political science at University of Chicago, where he co-directs the Program on International Security Policy. His current book project and related articles examine organizational cohesion and fragmentation in insurgent groups. In this talk, Staniland will offer a new theory of how states evaluate armed groups, arguing that ideological perception and instrumental incentives combine to assign groups to six different political roles. These roles, ranging from mortal enemies to business partners to undesirable, determine the strategies that governments pursue and the orders they seek to construct. Comparative evidence from South and Southeast Asia illustrates how regimes perceive armed groups that emerge. Read more and register at
Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2016
Organized by Allan Silverman, Ellen Peters, and Christopher Gelpi
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Paul Slovic The Mershon Center for International Security Studies in collaboration with the Decision Sciences Collaborative at The Ohio State University present the first annual conference on Risk and Security. The goal of the conference is to explore both qualitative and quantitative issues in risk and security, especially issues concerning decision making under uncertainty. Speakers include James H. Baker, U.S. Department of Defense; Vicki Bier, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lara Buchak, University of California-Berkeley; Scott de Marchi, Duke University; Robert Jervis, Columbia University; Baruch Fischhoff, Carnegie Mellon University; Rose McDermott, Brown University; Paul Slovic (shown), University of Oregon and Decision Research; Mark Stewart, University of Newcastle, Australia; and Troy S. Thomas, National Security Council. Read more and register at
Mershon News
Parker named fellow by Royal Society of Edinburgh

Mershon affiliate Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor, is no stranger in the arena of the world's top awards and honors, among them the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences' Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for History in 2012 - his discipline's Nobel Prize.

Geoffrey Parker Parker's latest honor, his election as corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has special resonance because he taught at St Andrews from 1972 to 1986. "It was a particular pleasure and honor to learn that the Royal Society of Edinburgh has decided to elect me a Corresponding Fellow this year because I shall return to St Andrews this spring as a Carnegie Centennial Professor, one of three appointed for 2016," he said.

Created in 1783 by Royal Charter for "the advancement of learning and useful knowledge," the Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland's National Academy of Science and Letters. New fellows, elected to the RSE through a rigorous five-stage nomination process, include the full spectrum of disciplines, giving it a multidisciplinary perspective that is unique among national academies.

Parker is in exceptional company. Past society presidents include Sir Walter Scott, Lord Kelvin and Sir Michael Atiyah. Each year's list of new inductees is both international and impressive - including Ohio State's only other RSE fellow, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Chemistry James Cowan (2014).

Parker studies the social, political and military history of Europe between 1500 and 1650, with special reference to Spain and its empire. He is author, editor, or co-editor of 37 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Parker's most recent book, Global Crisis: War, Climate, and Catastrophe in the 17th Century (Yale University Press, 2013), concerns the climatically induced crisis that created acute political, economic, intellectual and social upheaval all round the globe, causing the premature death of around one-third of the human population. Although not the first such worldwide crisis, it is both the most recent and the only one for which plentiful records survive.

Parker's best-known book is The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800, first published by Cambridge University Press in 1988 and winner of two book prizes. An expanded edition came out in 2002, with Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish translations.

Other Events
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

David Quammen
4:30 p.m., East Ballroom, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. 
Sponsored by Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program

Zika, Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. With the advent of international air travel, the viruses that spill over can now spread more quickly and over a larger area than ever before. Go along with David Quammen on an astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and face the terrifying question: What might the next big one be? Quammen is an author and journalist whose book Spillover (2012), a work on the science, history, and human impacts of emerging diseases was short-listed for eight national and international awards and won three. More recently he published Ebola (2014) and The Chimp and the River (2015). Read more and register
Noon, Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Moritz College of Law

Ned Foley In his new book, Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States, election law expert and Ohio State Professor of Law Ned Foley (left) presents a sweeping history of election controversies in the United States, tracing how their evolution generated legal precedents that ultimately transformed how we determine who wins and who loses. Foley, with Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of history, The Ohio State University, and Gary Gerstle, professor of American history, University of Cambridge, will discuss some of the country's closest, most bitterly disputed contests, including the Bush-Gore election, and why the American election system has been -- and remains -- ineffective in deciding the tightest races in a way that all sides will agree is fair. Read more and register
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Robin BrooksRobin S. Brooks is Davis Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University for 2015-16. A Foreign Service officer with the State Department since 2004, Brooks has served as human dimension officer at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, refugee resettlement officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, and chief of staff to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has also worked in the State Department Operations Center and at the U.S. embassies in Moscow and Sofia. She will discuss how, by prioritizing competition with Russia over bilateral relations with Eastern European countries, the United States damaged both its own national interests and those of its Eastern European partners. Read more and register at
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Giuseppe James Raviola
11:30 a.m., WOSU @ COSI, 333 W. Broad St.

Giuseppe James Raviola It is estimated that more than 1 billion people have experienced some form of extreme violence, ethnic conflict, torture, rape, terrorism, or starvation, as well as being victims of natural disasters. The plight of refugees fleeing their homeland or a person living in a war-ravaged community, plus the millions of others who suffer from mental illness are often overlooked as significant components of our world's health priorities. Dr. Giuseppe James Raviola has studied and written on child and adolescent mental health concerns, and the mental health and well-being of health care workers. He works to integrate mental health services into the care provided at Partners In Health sites, supporting local team leaders in Haiti, Rwanda and elsewhere. Read more and register
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mary Habeck and Richard Herrmann
6 p.m., Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.

The Alexander Hamilton Society at The Ohio State University is pleased to announce its second event of the spring semester. We will be hosting two esteemed scholars: Mary Habeck (left) of the American Enterprise Institute, and Richard Herrmann, chair of Ohio State's Political Science Department, for an illuminating discussion of Russia's foreign policy moves, e.g. in Ukraine and Syria, and how the U.S. should and is responding. It is likely to be hosted in the Saxbe Auditorium, and we will have free Coke products and Wings Over chicken wings as usual. Read more and register
Other News
'Origins' examines role of NATO in post-Cold War World

Origins has published its new article: " NATO's New Order: The Alliance After the Cold War," by Mershon graduate student affiliate Mark J. Rice.

When the Soviet Union dissolved and became the Russian Federation at the end of 1991, the Cold War came to an end. Many wondered whether the North Atlantic Treaty Organization --NATO -- had any purpose in a post-Cold War world. 

Yet NATO not only continues today but is expanding. As historian Mark Rice reminds us, NATO's mission has from the very beginning been as much political as military. Now, 25 years later, with Russian leader Vladimir Putin taking an increasingly aggressive attitude toward the West, are both roles as urgent as ever? The whole article can be found at

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.
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