Mershon Center for International Security Studies
February 15 , 2016
In This Issue
Janet Box-Steffensmeier
Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science
Box-Steffensmeier will receive the Outstanding Professional Achievement award from the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Women's Caucus. As part of this award, the MPSA will host a roundtable celebrating her important contributions to the discipline and the profession. She served as president-elect, president and immediate past-president of the MPSA, 2011-2013. Box-Steffensmeier is a member of the Mershon Center Oversight Committee.
In the Media
Paul Beck
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Sociology and Communication
"Young Cincinnati politicos make "bucket list" trip to NH primary to campaign for Kasich"
WCPO Cincinnati
February 11, 2016
David Stebenne
Professor of History
"Ohio's presidential drought, what caused it and what can end it"
Plain Dealer
February 11, 2016

"Clinton, Sanders and the changing face of the Democratic Party"
The Conversation
February 9, 2016

"Independents key for Kasich in New Hampshire"
Circleville Herald
February 5, 2016
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Mershon Events
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Noon, 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Mike Chinoy Mike Chinoy is senior fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California, and the author of Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis. He has served as a foreign correspondent for more than 30 years, including acting as CNN's senior Asia correspondent and as Beijing bureau chief. During that time he covered the 1989 events at Tiananmen Square, earning the CableACE, duPont and Peabody awards. He was also Hong Kong bureau chief for five years, and has visited North Korea 17 times.  His talk will examine the current and future issues that threaten to further destabilize this critical region. Read more and register at
Friday, February 19, 2016
3:30 p.m., 347 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall 

Cristina Bicchieri Cristina Bicchieri is the S.J.P. Harvie Chair of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, and professor of philosophy and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the director of the Behavioral Ethics Lab and the Penn Social Norms Consulting Group. Bicchieri works on social norms, their measurement and behavioral/field experiments on norm change, cooperation and fairness on social networks. Her most recent work looks at the role of trendsetters in social change, and how network structures facilitate or impair behavioral changes. Among her books are The Grammar of Society: the Nature and Dynamics of Social Norms (Cambridge, 2006) and Norms in the Wild: How to Diagnose, Measure and Change Social Norms (Oxford, 2016). Read more and register at
Monday, February 22, 2016
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Margaret Peters Margaret Peters is assistant professor of political science at Yale University. She is also a resident faculty fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and a faculty fellow at the Leitner Program in Comparative and International Political Economy and at the MacMillan Center.  Her research focuses broadly on international political economy with a special focus on the politics of migration.  This project seeks to advance our understanding of migration by explaining the onset of waves, as well as the informational or social dynamics that magnify and perpetuate a migration wave once it emerges, through a new survey of Syrian refugees and other migrants in Jordan, Turkey, and Greece. Read more and register at
Thursday, February 25, 2016
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Kelly Greenhill Kelly Greenhill is associate professor at Tufts University and chair of the Conflict, Security and Public Policy Working Group at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  She is author of Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion and Foreign Policy (Cornell); of Sex, Drugs and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict (Cornell, with P. Andreas) and The Use of Force, 8th ed (with R. Art). She is currently completing a cross-national study that explores why, when, and under what conditions, contested (or "extra-factual") sources of political information - such as rumors, conspiracy theories, and myths - materially influence the development and conduct of states' foreign and defense policies. Read more and register at
Friday-Sunday, February 26-28, 2016
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

The Nature of War: American Environments and World War II will examine American involvement in World War II through an environmental lens, focusing on how the war reshaped American landscapes, institutions, and environmental thinking, and how wartime developments helped shape the contours of postwar American environments and environmental thinking. It will also explore the ways in which American environmental endowments structured and delimited the U.S. war effort - that is, how nature and natural resources set the parameters for what is possible in total war. In exploring the case of World War II, the workshop will delve into broad questions of the relationships among environment, war, and security, both in the United States and globally. The aim is an edited volume that will be engaging enough for undergraduates and general readers but deep enough for scholars. Read more and register at
Monday, February 29, 2016
"Hearts, Minds, Voices: Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Formation of the 'Third World'"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Jason Parker Jason Parker, associate professor of history at Texas A&M, has research interests in U.S. foreign relations, decolonization and the Cold War, race and diplomacy, and Caribbean/inter-American affairs. He is the author of Brother's Keeper: The United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962 (Oxford, 2008) and of articles in Diplomatic History, Journal of African American History, and International History Review. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Mershon Center in 2007-08 researching U.S. Cold War public diplomacy in the Third World. In this talk, Parker will examine U.S. public diplomacy outside of Europe, and how the non-European world responded. Read more and register at
Thursday, March 3, 2016
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Vipin Narang Vipin Narang is Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of MIT's Security Studies Program. His first book, Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers, won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. In this talk, Narang will explore the strategies of proliferation available to states - hedging, sprinting, sheltered pursuit, and hiding - and develop a theory for which strategies are likely to be chosen. Read more and register at
Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, 2016
120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

The Cold War was not simply a bipolar political confrontation between the communist East and the capitalist West. Rather, there was a variety of multipolar interactions among the First, Second, and Third Worlds. Historians of eastern Europe have been at the forefront of redefining the nature of these interactions. The goal of Iron Curtain Crossings is to investigate the variety of ways in which eastern Europe emerged as an important international player, by promoting its own ideas of modernity, progress, humanism, culture, and everyday life. This workshop will bring together scholars to debate the meaning of the global Cold War as it unfolded in diverse settings between eastern Europe and the outside world. Read more and register at
Other Events
3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall, 154 N. Oval Mall
Sponsored by Department of Geography

Matthew Zook Matthew Zook is professor of geography at University of Kentucky. He studies how the geoweb is produced order to better understand where, when, and by whom geo-coded content is being created. As an economic geographer Zook also studies study how flows of material goods in the global economy are shaped by immaterial flows of information. His interest is in the range of ways in which material and virtual flows are intertwined: sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory, but always central to the evolution of spatial relations in the economy. In this talk, Zook will review the power-laden ways in which social media-derived data represent the cultures of cities as well as the potential problems in using these data for urban research and decision-making. Read more
Mershon News
Alixandria Davis
Alixandria Davis, then an undergraduate studying pre-law, spent a month last year traveling in Africa on a Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship.
Mershon Center offers grants for research, study abroad

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 graduate project summaries 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 22, 2016.
Taste of OSU 2016 offers international fare

The Office of International Affairs, more than 30 student organizations and the Student Life Dining Services' chefs are preparing an evening of international food, exhibits and cultural performances. Taste of OSU 2016 will take place Friday, February 19, at the Ohio Union, with food available 5-7 p.m. and performances 5-9 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets to purchase small samplings of international foods cost $1 each. Pre-sale tickets will be available Wednesday (2/17) 1-8 p.m. at the Ohio Union Info Desk.

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