Mershon Center for International Security Studies
February 6, 2017
In This Issue
In the Media
John Mueller
Woody Hayes Senior Research Scientist

"Nation split over immigrant ban, danger posed by Muslims"
Columbus Dispatch
February 3, 2017

"How likely are foreign terrorists to kill Americans? The odds may surprise you"
San Francisco Chronicle
January 31, 2017

"Trump's Immigrant Ban Does Little To Address Foreign Terror Threats"
January 28, 2017

"Donald Trump says FBI investigating more people than ever for terrorism, but that's hard to prove"
Politifact Florida
January 27, 2017
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jonas Bunte
"Troops or Cash? Analyzing the Interdependencies Between Security and Financial Cooperation"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Jonas Bunte Jonas Bunte is assistant professor for public policy and political economy at University of Texas at Dallas. He is a political economist with a particular interest in the politics of finance. Bunte analyzes how distributional consequences of financial flows provide domestic actors the incentive for political action, and how domestic institutions shape this process. In this talk, Bunte will discuss how defense cooperation and economic cooperation are related. His research reveals that (1) defense and economic cooperation mutually increase the other, (2) countries that are highly active creditors in the loan network make for unattractive defense partners, (3) countries that borrow from the same creditors are more likely to cooperate in defense, and (4) governments tend to make loans to the same debtors as their defense partners. Read more and register at
Monday, February 13, 2017

Paul Staniland
"Armed Politics and the State in South Asia"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Paul Staniland Paul Staniland is assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, where he co-directs the Program on International Security Policy. His research interests are in civil war, international security, and ethnic politics, primarily in South Asia. 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. Read more and register at
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 counter the push toward populist nationalism by embedding markets in liberal democratically elected institutions. Read more and register at
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Other Events
Monday, February 6, 2017

"Reflections on the President's Executive Orders on Immigration"
4 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th St.
Sponsored by Moritz College of Law

Peter Shane Alan C. Michaels, dean of Moritz College of Law, will moderate as professors David S. Bloomfield, Ruth Colker, Mohamed S. Helal, and Peter Shane (left) will speak in a panel-style conversation on President Trump's recent executive orders on immigration. Bloomfield is an immigration law specialist. Helal is an international law scholar. Colker and Shane are scholars in constitutional law. The panel includes two Mershon affiliates: Helal, whose research sits at the intersection between public international law and international relations theory, and Shane, an authority on separation of powers who has organized conferences on cybersecurity and online democracy. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Richard Samuels
"Japan's Grand Strategy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance"
2:30 p.m., Mason Hall Rotunda, 250 W. Woodruff Ave.
Sponsored by East Asian Studies Center

Richard J. Samuels Richard Samuels is Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at MIT. His book Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia, was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book in international affairs. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the government of Japan in 2011. In this event, the 2017 Brad Richardson Memorial Lecture, Samuels will explore how changes in the regional security environment have interacted with changes in domestic Japanese politics to shape Japan's grand strategic choices. Read more
Other News
International scholarships available for graduate and professional students

The Office of International Affairs is seeking applications for two scholarships that support graduate and professional students in international research or travel. The deadline to apply for the Sonkin-Bergman-Wasserman Families' Scholarship and the Phyllis Krumm Scholarship is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The Sonkin-Bergman-Wasserman Families' Scholarship for International Understanding and Peace provides one or more awards for deserving graduate and professional students active in research or study that contributes to the pursuit of international understanding and peace. Students focused on international problems from any department or field are encouraged to apply.

The Phyllis Krumm Scholarship is awarded to graduate students for research or study in a European country or China. The scholarship is awarded for independent travel only, and preference is given to U.S. citizens, pursuing a career in diplomatic or other governmental international service. Students must demonstrate an appropriate background for research or study in a European country or mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan.
Taste of OSU to take place February 17

Taste of OSU is an Ohio State signature event that brings together more than 50 student organizations to provide a night of international food, cultural performances and exhibits to a crowd of about 4,000 attendees. This year, Taste of OSU will take place on February 17 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Entry is free and all are invited to attend. Tickets to purchase small samplings of international foods will cost only $1 each.
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