Mershon Center for International Security Studies
January 10, 2017
In This Issue
Peter Hahn
Divisional Dean, Arts and Humanities

Mershon affiliate Peter Hahn, divisional dean of arts and humanities and professor of history, recently published Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations with Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. The book, in its second edition, is an excellent access point for students, researchers and anyone wanting to know more about relations between the United States and Middle East.
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Politics in 2016"
Marilynn Brewer
Professor Emeritus of Psychology

"Understanding America's Moral Divides"
The Atlantic
December 14, 2016
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science

"A solution for fed-up voters"
Cincinnati Enquirer
December 18, 2016
Gerry Hudson
Mershon Associate

"U.S.-Russia Relations"
Peter Mansoor
Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History

"Foreign policy likely to mar Obama's legacy despite economy gains"
January 9, 2017
Margaret Newell
Professor of History

"Book Tells Story Of Native Americans Enslaved By Colonists"
November 21, 2016
John Mueller
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist

"Why it could be good for Trump to skip some intelligence briefings"
December 16, 2016

"Why Obama Won't Tell the Truth about Terrorism"
December 12, 2016
Dakota Rudesill
Assistant Professor of Law

"Now, it's Trump's turn to wrestle with classified information"
December 19, 2016
Peter Shane
Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law

"Could Barack Obama 'recess-appoint' Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court?"
December 29, 2016
David Stebenne
Professor of History and Law

"Presidential Cabinet Selection"
January 5, 2017

"What Gerrymandering Means For Social Conservatives' Agenda"
December 20, 2016

"How one political outsider picked a cabinet"
December 14, 2016
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Mershon Events
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Hon. Eric Fanning
"A National Security Conversation with the Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army"
5 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.

Eric Fanning The United States has been fortunate over its relatively short history to attract the best and the brightest to public service, providing America with its true competitive advantage: its people. But we cannot take this for granted. Changes in demographics, labor markets, the key drivers of the U.S. and global economies, and new technologies are forcing the Department of Defense, Army, and other military services to think creatively about how they more effectively attract the next generation of Americans to a life of public service. Eric Fanning, the 22nd Secretary of the Army, will share his story, discuss why students, faculty, and small business in the Columbus area could do more to contribute to our nation's security, and provide recommendations for how they should go about pursuing it. Read more and register at
Friday, January 13, 2017

Tommie Shelby
"Prisons of the Forgotten: King on Ghettos and Economic Justice"
3:30 p.m., 347 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall

Tommie Shelby King believed that racial injustice and economic injustice have always been linked in America. Tommie Shelby takes up the race-class nexus by considering King's analysis of ghetto poverty. Like Jim Crow segregation, ghetto conditions are a threat to dignity. But they are also incompatible with economic fairness and non-exploitative labor relations. Shelby discusses King's practical proposals for ending poverty in the United States and considers four principles of economic justice (each found in King's writings) that might justify these recommended remedies. He also takes up the question of what kind of egalitarian King was and whether he is best described as a socialist. Read more and register at
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jason W. Moore
"Work, Energy, and the Value of Nature: From Planetary Conquest to Epochal Crisis in the Capitalist World-Ecology"
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Jason W. Moore Jason W. Moore is associate professor of sociology at Binghamton University, and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He writes frequently on the history of capitalism in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, from the 16th century to the neoliberal era. His latest book is Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (Verso, 2015). In this lecture, Moore argues that rise of capitalism in the centuries after 1450 marked an environment-making revolution greater than any since the dawn of agriculture. Arguing that capitalism develops not only through economic process but by cultural and territorial conquests, Moore shows how the modern world was forged in a peculiar - and destructive - relation of work and energy. 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
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Danielle Fosler-Lussier
"The United States Information Agency and American Music Abroad"
5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge, 181 S. Oval Dr.
Sponsored by College of Arts and Sciences

Danielle Fosler-LussierIn the 1950s and '60s, the United States Information Agency shipped sound recordings and printed music all over the world. The USIA's music collections embodied an attractive portrait of America's ethnic and stylistic diversity: jazz, classical, folk, musical theater, and popular songs were well represented. This talk, given by Mershon affiliate  Danielle Fosler-Lussier of the School of Music as part of the 2016-17 Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture series, shows that the USIA's program not only documented American music as it was, but also offered incentives that meaningfully shaped its creation. Her research has been funded by several grants from the Mershon Center.  Read more and register
Thursday, January 19, 2017

"The Tumult of Terrorism: Counter-Terrorism at Home and Abroad"
6 p.m., Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society

Matthew KroenigThe Alexander Hamilton Society will be hosting a debate over the best policies with which to combat terrorism, whether it is home-grown, ISIS or al Qaeda-inspired, or ISIS/al Qaeda directly, at home or abroad. We will be featuring  Matthew Kroenig (left), associate professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and senior fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, and Jason Keiber, assistant professor history and political science at Otterbein University. Faculty advisor and Mershon affiliate Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Chair in Military History, will be moderating. As always, we will be serving FREE Coke and Wings over products.  Read more and register
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"The United States and the Middle East: Policy Challenges for the New Administration"
11:30 a.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr.
Sponsored by Columbus Council on World Affairs

Richard HerrmannHeadlines about the Middle East are part of our daily news cycle. There's political turnover, volatile oil prices, Islamic extremism, and a refugee crisis that affects the entire world. Join us as we explore current hot spots in the Middle East and U.S. policy implications for the new administration. Richard K. Herrmann, professor and chair of political science, concentrates on international relations, international security, and political psychology. He is also interim director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and has served as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Secretary of State's policy planning staff. Read more and register
Other News
'Origins' explores trade consensus, North Korea

Origins has published its new article: "Trade Wars: The Collapse of America's Free Trade Consensus" by Aaron Cavin.

Among the many surprising aspects of the recent presidential election was the extent to which anger with international trade agreements motivated voters. Bernie Sanders railed against free trade as he pursued the Democratic nomination, and Donald Trump's supporters seemed even angrier.  This rejection of the goal of tariff-free international movement of goods, however, represents a sharp departure from roughly eighty years of bi-partisan support for free trade. This month historian Aaron Cavin explains why that consensus seems to have fallen apart. Read the article at

Also, in Origins' most recent episode of the  History Talk podcast, hosts Brenna Miller and Jessica Blissit speak with three experts on North Korea: Mershon affiliate Mitchell Lerner, Deborah Solomon and Youngbae Hwang. Westerners tend to think of North Korea as an isolated "Hermit Kingdom" led by crazy dictators, but what is the view from inside Pyongyang? Listen as they discuss when and how North Korea got its nickname, debate its accuracy, and find out what's shaping North Korea's decisions.

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.
Academic Enrichment Research Grant applications open

The Office of International Affairs is seeking applications for its Academic Enrichment Grants, which supports 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 deadline to apply is February 6, 2017. For more information, please visit For questions, please contact
Funds available for faculty, staff and student engagement

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes faculty, staff, students and their public/private sector community partners to submit pre-proposals, which have the potential to catalyze, engaged, collaborative teaching and research activities benefiting the community and university. Grants up to $70,000 are available. Pre-proposals are due February 1, 2017. An information session will be held on Tuesday, January 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Research Commons and can be viewed online at Read more at For questions, contact
Staff Career Development Grant applications open

The Staff Career Development Grant awards up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups towards professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. The professional development grant, offered by the Office of Human Resources, in partnership with USAC, is a great way for individuals and groups to identify areas of interest for professional development and have the opportunity to apply for funding. Applications can be submitted through January 31, 2017. Visit for more information about professional development at Ohio State.
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