Mershon Center for International Security Studies
March 21, 2017
In This Issue
Theodora Dragostinova
Associate Professor of History

Theodora Dragostinova is this year's recipient of the Paul W. Brown Award for Teaching Excellence in History. Established by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University in 2010, the award recognizes teaching excellence by faculty members in the departments of English and History. Recipients are selected by the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in consultation with the respective chairs of the departments.
Department of Political Science
International Politics Program

U.S. News and World Report released new rankings showing 11 of Ohio State University's graduate programs ranked in the top 10 in a variety of categories for the 2018 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. The International Politics program in the Department of Political Science was ranked No. 7.
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences

"Race for Ohio's next Governor taking shape"
The New Paper
March 8, 2017

"Race for Ohio's next Governor taking shape"
WSYX-TV Columbus
March 2, 2017

"Trump's Speech Before Congress"
  WOSU-FM All Sides
March 1, 2017
John Carlarne
Peace Studies Coordinator
Steven Blalock
Program Coordinator 

"Peace-promoting organization finds niche in modern political, social climate"
The Lantern
March 15, 2017
Skyler Cranmer
Carter Phillips and Sue Henry Associate Professor of Political Science

"8 ways the National Science Foundation supports our troops"

"Nations That Are "Friends Of Friends" Are Less Likely To Go To War"
Huffington Post
March 8, 2017

"In war, it's not just your allies that matter-their allies matter too. And so do theirs."
Popular Science
March 7, 2017

"War less likely between nations that are "friends of friends""
Richard Gunther
Professor Emeritus of Political Science

"One way or another, Ohioans could vote on congressional redistricting"
Columbus Dispatch
March 11, 2017

"Congressional redistricting plan open for debate"
Akron Beacon Journal
March 2, 2017
David Stebenne
Professor of History and Law

"Donald Trump and Anti-Semitism"
Huffington Post
March 7, 2017
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tarak Barkawi
"Combat and Historiography in the Battle of Sangshak"
12 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Tarak Barkawi Tarak Barkawi is a reader in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He writes on the pivotal place of armed force in globalization, imperialism, and modernization, and on the neglected significance of war in social and political theory. His book on the Indian and British armies in World War II, Soldiers of Empire, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Barkawi was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mershon Center in 2006-07. In this talk, he will examine historiographical debates regarding the Battle of Sangshak, showing how history about war is shaped by those who experienced it. Read more and register at
Friday, March 24, 2017

James Morrow
"The Law of War and the Treatment of Prisoners of War during the World Wars"
12 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

James Morrow James Morrow is A.F.K. Organski Professor of World Politics at University of Michigan. His research pioneered the application of noncooperative game theory from economics to international politics. Morrow has written three books, Order within Anarchy; The Logic of Political Survival, coauthored with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith, Randolph M. Siverson; and G ame Theory for Political Scientists. In this talk, Morrow will discuss how different interpretations of the law led to varying treatment of prisoners during World War I and World War II, and lay out a general argument about how the law can aid warring parties in limiting violence during wartime. Read more and register at
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Susan Grayzel
"Did Women Have a Great War? Gender and the Global Conflict of 1914-1918"
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Susan Grayzel Susan Grayzel is professor of history at University of Mississippi. She is the author of Women's Identities at War: Gender, Motherhood, and Politics in Britain and France during the First World War (North Carolina, 1999), which won the British Council Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies; Women and the First World War (Longman, 2002); At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (Cambridge, 2012) and The First World War: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford St. Martins, 2012). In this talk, Grayzel will explore what the war meant to women by drawing upon a range of sources from visual and material evidence to government documents to women's own texts. Read more and register at
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

Forbidden Zones: The Great War
Performances at 
Ray Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive

Lesley Ferris A devised new work, conceived and directed by Lesley Ferris (left), co-directed by Jeanine Thompson, with the MFA actors and designers. During the centenary of the USA's 1917 entry into World War I, the Department of Theatre marks this occasion by creating a new work employing verbatim theatre. The source material is drawn from archives, contemporary documents, letters, memoirs, commissioned art, and popular music with a focus on Britain and France and their famous Somme Offensive, the largest battle on the Western Front. Supported with a grant from the Mershon Center. Read more at
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring COMPAS Conference
"On Global Inequality"
11th Floor, Thompson Library, 1501 Neil Ave., 1858 Neil Ave.

InequalityThe spring COMPAS conference will focus on understanding global inequality. It will begin by considering two basic questions facing proponents of global justice: how to measure well-being as a way of assessing global inequalities and whether rich nations have a duty to alleviate poverty around the globe. We will then consider the significance of global inequality in a variety of domains that raise serious moral concerns, including global governance, trade, migration, and LGBTQ rights. Because one of our aims is to explore how the causes and effects of different kinds of inequality interact with one another, the conference will bring together leading political scientists, sociologists, philosophers, economists, legal scholars, public health experts, and policy advocates who can effectively engage each other. Read more at
Mershon News
Forbidden Zones
Three students, (left to right) Caleb Naugle, Elizabeth Girvin and Kahla Tisdale, are part of the 17-strong acting ensemble in Forbidden Zones: The Great War. (Photo Matthew Hazard, Department of Theatre).

One hundred years ago, the United States entered World War I. This year the Department of Theatre, with support from the Mershon Center, is marking this occasion by creating a new work centering on this world conflict.

"Forbidden Zones: The Great War" draws from contemporary documents, letters, memoirs, poetry, commissioned art, and popular music, focusing on the Battle of the Somme, the largest battle on the Western Front.

Lesley Ferris
Lesley Ferris
The title "Forbidden Zones" is inspired by a memoir by American nurse Mary Borden, only recently considered one of the great texts of World War I. It refers to the name given by the French Army to the strip of land immediately behind the zone of fire where she was stationed for four years.

Performances of "Forbidden Zones" will take place at Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive, daily from Wednesday, March 29, through Sunday, April 9. For more information, contact the Ohio State Theatre ticket office at (614) 292-2295.

In addition to the performances, on Wednesday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m., Susan Grayzel, professor of history at University of Mississippi, will speak on "Did Women Have a Great War? Gender and the Global Conflict of 1914-1918," at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Read more and register at

Bruno Cabanes
Bruno Cabanes
Then on Thursday, March 30, Grayzel and Mershon affiliate Bruno Cabanes, Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, will be featured in "AfterWords: A Post-Performance Discussion" just after the 7:30 p.m. performance of "Forbidden Zones." Cabanes is the military history consultant for the production.

Finally, on Thursday, April 6, members of the "Forbidden Zones" cast will perform a live art project, " The Silent Soldiers Memorial," marking the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I, at 11 a.m. at Thompson Library, noon at Wexner Center for the Arts, and 2 p.m. on the Oval.

Each student will play an actual man or woman who took part in World War I, many of whom died as a result, silently handing out cards with name, rank, military unit, age, and date of death. Men from Ohio State who died in the war will be commemorated.

The Department of Theatre at Ohio State is known for developing and creating original new works. The collaborative team for "Forbidden Zones" worked on this project for more than a year researching material in Thompson Library and University Archives at Ohio State, at the Imperial War Museum in London, and at the British sector of the Battle of the Somme in Northern France.

"Forbidden Zones" was conceived by Mershon affiliate Lesley Ferris, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre, and co-directed by Ferris and Movement Theatre Specialist Jeanine Thompson. Read more and see production photos at
Other Events
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Taedong Lee
"Translocal Relations of Climate Change in East Asia"
12 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Sponsored by Institute for Korean Studies

Taedong Lee Taedong Lee is associate professor of political science and international relations at Yonsei University, Seoul. His areas of research include global and sub-national environmental politics and policy, NGO politics, international political economy and social network analysis. Lee recently published Global Cities and Climate Change: Translocal Relations of Environmental Governance (Routledge, 2015). In this talk, Lee examines why local governments become actively engaged in the issue of global climate change, and how global factors influence local governments' choices, policies, and interactions. Read more and register at
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Taedong Lee
"Across the Ocean: The Future of U.S.-China Policy"
6 p.m., Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.
Sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Society

Randy Schriver The Alexander Hamilton Society is hosting its second event of the term. We will be having former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Randy Schriver (left) and Wittenberg Professor of Political Science and East Asian Studies Yu Bin for a vigorous debate over the future of U.S.-China security and trade policy. As usual, AHS faculty adviser and military history professor Peter Mansoor will moderate. Free Wings Over and Coke products!   Read more and register
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Serena Zabin
"An Intimate History of the Boston Massacre"
4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall
Sponsored by Center for Historical Research

Serena ZabinThe 1770 Boston Massacre is one of the most famous events in American history, but in her forthcoming book Serena Zabin reveals that the massacre was the climax of months of conflict between occupying British troops, their families and local allies, and the larger Boston population. Occupied Boston was a small city where interwoven strands of politics, love, fear, and desire reshaped everything, including allegiance to Britain. Zabin is a professor of history at Carleton College. Her talk is part of the William Hammond Lecture Series. Zabin will also be part of an informal discussion about writing for a public audience on Friday, March 31, at 11:30 a.m. in 240 Page Hall. A light lunch will be available. Read more
Other News
Former NPR correspondent Anne Garrels to deliver keynote

Anne Garrels Author and former NPR correspondent, Anne Garrels, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Midwest Slavic Conference on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in 220 Sullivant Hall, 1831 N. High St. The conference is organized by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies and the Midwest Slavic Association. 

Over her 40-plus year career, Garrels has devoted much of her time to reporting on the former Soviet Union, Russia, and other countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Her book  Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia is based on Garrels' fieldwork in Chelyabinsk, Russia, over a period of 20 years, experiencing and noting firsthand the political, social, and cultural changes in Russia outside of the major metropolis of Moscow. 

She will also address the challenges of reporting on Russia. This keynote address is open to the public, and is free of charge. Please register with Garrels will be on hand before the keynote address for a book signing.
'Origins' examines a century of refugees

Origins has published its new article: " The Question of Refugees: Past and Present" by Peter Gatrell.

For many months tragic stories of refugees fleeing the Middle East and parts of Africa have dominated the headlines. The fight over the Trump administration's executive orders on immigration reminds us that the refugee crisis has certainly not gone away. Nor is it new. As historian Peter Gatrell charts this month, the 100 years between World War I and today's conflicts might well be called the century of refugees. Read the article 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.
Distance Education to hold town hall with Unizin

This Wednesday, March 22, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning will host a town hall discussion with Unizin leadership at 12:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Unizin is a partnership among 11 leading research institutions and one system member with a common goal of enhancing teaching and learning with digital technology and resources. This event is an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about Ohio State's involvement with the consortium, as well as the tools and services currently in development. Read more and register
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