Mershon Center for International Security Studies
February 6, 2018
In This Issue
Dorothy Noyes
Professor of English and Comparative Studies
In December 2017 Noyes visited the Institute of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, as part of a delegation from the American Folklore Society, which is celebrating the 10th year of its collaboration with the Folklore Society of China. She presented a paper, "The Ethics of Tradition: Responsibility and Possibility," at the International Seminar on Ethics and Intangible Cultural Heritage. 
In the Media
Paul Beck
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Randy Schweller
Professor of Political Science
"President Trump's State of the Union"
All Sides with Ann Fisher
January 31, 2018
Janet Box-Steffensmeier
Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science
"A few counties are responsible for the vast majority of executions. This explains why."
Washington Post
February 1, 2018
Thomas Wood
Assistant Professor of Political Science
"Maybe the science and psychology of "post-truth" can't explain this moment at all"
Nieman Lab
January 11, 2018
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Amr al-Azm, Alam Payind, Richard Herrmann
6 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies Center

Amr Al-AzmSoviets occupied Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 to prevent the country from collapsing. Currently Russia is treating Syria as a client state in similar ways. Afghanistan remains a struggling democracy, often falling into "failed state" category. The Syrian state is almost nonexistent in terms of functional central institutions. This symposium will dig deeper into the two countries' situations, answering such questions as: What are the similarities and differences with regard to the relationship with Russia? What role do regional rivalries (Iran and Saudi Arabia) or intervention (Turkey) play? The panel features Amr al-Azm (left), associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University; Alam Payind, director of the Middle East Studies Center at Ohio State University; and Richard Herrmann, professor and chair, Department of Political Science. Read more and register
Monday, February 12, 2018

Lori Fisler Damrosch
3:30 p.m., 250 Drinko Hall, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.

Lori Fisler Damrosch Lori Fisler Damrosch is Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School. Her principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations. Prior to joining the Law School, Damrosch served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State with responsibilities including European and Canadian affairs, international antitrust, aviation, and trade. In this event, Damrosch will present her research at the intersection of the international law and comparative constitutional law governing use of military force. Taking the multinational coalition against Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) as an illustration, she will discuss the national constitutional processes by which democratic states decide to participate in international military operations. Read more and register
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Maurizio Albahari
3:30 p.m., 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Maurizio Albahari Maurizio Albahari is associate professor of anthropology and in the Keough School of Global Affairs and University of Notre Dame. He is a social-cultural anthropologist who explores the tension between human existence and structures of power. Albahari has published extensively on the humanitarian, socio-cultural, legal, and geopolitical components of the ongoing refugee "crisis," as well as on forms of civic engagement and migrant integration. His current research traces participatory citizenship and trans-Mediterranean mobilization in the everyday life of maritime spaces, as well as of changing cities in Italy and in the region.  Albahari is the author of  Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World's Deadliest Border  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).  Read more and register
Mershon Research
 Mershon Center offers grants, scholarships

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.

Research Grants

Reed Kurtz
Reed Kurtz (Political Science) used his Mershon research grant to attend the COP 23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany, and interview key figures in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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 more about the types of projects funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and graduate project summaries in past Annual Reports.

Study Abroad

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

How to Apply

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 Wednesday, February 28, 2018Read more and see examples
Other Events
Valentine Moghadam
"Is the Future of Revolution Feminist?"
3 p.m.,  165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave Mall
Sponsored by Center for Historical Research

Valentine Moghadam Valentine Moghadam is professor of sociology and international affairs and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Northeastern University. Born in Tehran, she is a former section chief at UNESCO and the author Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (1993, 2003, 2013), Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005, winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award), and other path-breaking works on women and revolution in the Middle East.
Friday, February 9, 2018

Michael E. Mann
"A Return to the Madhouse: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump"
3:30 p.m.,  0180 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road
Sponsored by Department of Geography

Michael Mann Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He was a lead author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Mann has received a number of honors and awards not only for conducting science but also communicating effectively to public audiences about the reality and implications of Earth's currently warming situation. Mann is author of three books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, and most recently, The Madhouse Effect with editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.  Read more
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lawrence Wilkerson
"National Security in the Age of Trump"
7 p.m., James A. Griffin Student Center, 1216 Sunbury Road
Sponsored by Ohio Dominican University

Larry Wilkerson Lawrence Wilkerson is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He has served in numerous roles, including as chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State and associate director and member of that department's Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard Haass. Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army as both enlisted man and officer. His final assignments were as special assistant to then-Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell from 1989 to 1993, and as deputy director and director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College from 1993 to 1997. Wilkerson is a world-class national security expert known for rigorous, non-partisan analysis and clear expression of his views. Read more and register
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Apply now for Bringing Research to Policy Workshop

Are you interested in injecting your academic expertise more effectively into public policy debate, but unsure how? Join the Ohio Central Chapter of Scholars Strategy Network on Friday February 16, 2018, from noon-3 p.m. for the Bringing Research to Policy Workshop. This workshop seeks to engage a wide variety of scholarly disciplines at Ohio State University, and will feature external relations experts and faculty who are currently engaged in policy work.

Since the workshop will have space for only 30 participants, applicants will be notified by February 7 if they have secured a spot. Workshop activities will take place in room 110A in Frank W. Hale Jr., Black Cultural Center at 154 W. 12th Ave.

Apply here for the SSN Bringing Research to Policy Workshop on Friday February 16, 2018, from noon-3 p.m.
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