Coming up at the Mershon Center
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, Virginia Tech
1 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Jerzy Nowak, professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech, is founding director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. In its first three years under Nowak's direction, the center has evolved as a hub for transdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. The center has three thematic areas that capture, focus, and leverage key strengths across the university and provide opportunities for partnerships with external entities: prevention of violence, peace studies, and global security. Nowak has been an impassioned facilitator in the creation and vision of the center as widower of Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, a French instructor who was lost on April 16, 2007. He will speak about his personal story and how the university can respond to violence in constructive ways. Read more
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Honorable Han Duk-soo
Korea and the United States in the 21st Century
3:30 p.m., Grand Lounge, Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive
The Honorable Han Duk-soo is Korean ambassador to the United States and former prime minister of the Republic of Korea.
During his distinguished career in government, Ambassador Han has made many contributions to the development and modernization of the Korean economy, including serving as minister of finance and economy, minister of government policy coordination, minister of trade, and senior secretary to the president for policy and planning. Deregulation, market opening and strengthening of the market economy have been the three pillars of his philosophy and framework for the economic policy of Korea.
For more information, see the event flyer (pdf).
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
CHINA Town Hall
Featuring Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies
and Jennifer Turner, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center
5:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 50 cities throughout the United States. The program will feature a webcast by Zbigniew Brzezinski, counselor and trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. From 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski was national security adviser to the president of the United States. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in normalizing U.S.-Chinese relations. Preceding the webcast will be a presentation by Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 12 years. Read more and register
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Jorge Bolanos Suarez
The Long-Term Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations
3 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Jorge Bolanos Suarez has served as head of the Cuban Interest Section in the United States since November 2007. He was a member of Castro's guerrilla army that overthrew the Batista government in 1959. Between 1959 and 1963, Bolanos was a member of the National Board of the Union of Banks and Insurances. In 1963 he was a country specialist in the Foreign Affairs Ministry. In 1964, Bolanos was staff director for the Foreign Affairs Ministry. He then served as First Secretary to the Cuban Embassy in London from 1965-1968. Between 1981 and 1986, Bolanos served as first vice minister of the Cuban Foreign Ministry. He has served as ambassador to Poland, Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico. Read more and register
Friday, November 18, 2011
Allan R. Millett
This is the Way a War Ends: Korea 1952-1954
Noon, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Allan R. Millett is director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History at the University of New Orleans since 2006, and the Raymond E. Mason Jr. Professor Emeritus of Military History at The Ohio State University. He specializes in the history of American military policy and 20th century wars and military institutions.In the past decade, Millett has become a specialist of international stature on the history of the Korean War. The first volume of Millett's Korean War trilogy, A House Burning: The War for Korea 1945-1950, was published by the University Press of Kansas in 2005. The second volume, The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North, was published in 2010. Millett will speak at the Mershon Center about the book's third volume, which covers 1952-54. Read more and register
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Do Terrorists Win? Rebels' Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes
3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
Page Fortna is an associate professor of political science and a member of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. She is author of Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents' Choices after Civil War (Princeton, 2008), and Peace Time: Cease-Fire Agreements and the Durability of Peace (Princeton, 2004). During her presentation, Fortna will compare the outcomes of civil wars to assess whether rebel groups that use terrorism fare better than those who eschew this tactic. She finds that while civil wars involving terrorism are harder to end than other wars, in those that do end, terrorist rebel groups fare nworse than non-terrorist groups. Terrorists do not win. Read more and register
Monday, November 14, 2011
Half the Sky: A National Perspective
4 p.m., Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom, 1739 N. High St.
Sponsored by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is the best-selling author of Half the Sky, a business executive, and a lecturer. Currently, she is a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique serving growth companies in the middle market, including companies founded and run by women. She is also president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy, and as of Fall 2011 will be a Senior Fellow at Yale University, co-teaching a course on global affairs with a specific focus on China's economic development and its global role. WuDunn is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe. Read more and register
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Honorable Fatih Yildiz
Guiding Principles of Turkish Foreign Policy in Global Perspective
3:30 p.m., Smith Seminar Room, Physics Research Building, 191 W. Woodruff Ave.
Sponsored by Department of History
The Honorable Fatih Yildiz has a strong background in foreign relations and civil service stretching back nearly two decades. He was appointed consul general of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago in September 2010. Prior to this position, Yildiz had been a part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1994. He began at the Department for Balkans as an attache and later at the Turkish Embassy in Sarajevo. He later served as second secretary and first secretary at the Cabinet of the Undersecretary for two years before serving as first secretary and counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., for four years. Most recently, he worked as director of the Department of Human Resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2008-10. To attend, contact Kristina Ward, email@example.com or 614-292-3001.
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Honorable Thomas Schnoell
The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads
4:30 p.m., US Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
Sponsored by AIESEC
The Honorable Thomas Schnoell is consul general of Austria, stationed in Chicago. He studied law at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, before entering the Austrian Diplomatic Service in January 1997. He graduated from the Ecole national d’administration. His previous professional posts include second seretary at the Austrian Embassy in Paris, first secretary at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the European Union in Brussels, and head of the Western Balkans unit at the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. Mr. Schnoell will discuss the ramification of the current debt and currency crises for the stability of the European Union and potential impact on the U.S. economy. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous events available for viewing
John Mearsheimer, Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, discusses "Grand Strategic Folly" on April 13, 2011, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
Mearsheimer discusses 'grand folly' in U.S. foreign policy
Watch a streaming video of John Mearsheimer speaking on "Grand Stragetic Folly" on April 13, 2011 at the Mershon Center. Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics. He is the author of Conventional Deterrence (Cornell, 1983), which won the Edgar S. Furniss, Jr., Book Award; The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, with Stephen M. Walt (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), which made the New York Times best seller list; and Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics (Oxford, 2011).
Visit the Event Recordings page for the full list of streaming videos from previous events sponsored by the Mershon Center. Note: Streaming videos recorded before Fall 2010 require RealPlayer. If you do not have RealPlayer, you can download it free.
Ohio State celebrates International Eductation Week
The week of November 14-18, 2011, marks the 12th annual celebration of International Education Week. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to promote a broader understanding of world cultures. Ohio State joins thousands of other institutions worldwide participating in events that bring an international perspective to college campuses.
You can find the complete schedule of events for International Education Week at Ohio State listed at http://oia.osu.edu/international-education-week.html
Mershon co-sponsors Undergraduate Research Forum
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Undergraduate Research Office will co-sponsor Recipe for Success: Basic Ingredients for Undergraduate Research, a symposium for undergraduates on Wednesday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m. in 100A Hale Center (MLK Jr. Lounge),
153 W. 12th Ave.
An interdisciplinary panel of Mershon affiliated faculty will discuss the basic ingredients of a good undergraduate research project. Panel members will cite examples of good undergraduate research projects and address such questions as:
- How do you develop good research questions?
- What types of methodologies should you use in your research?
- What foundation do you need to have before undertaking a research project? What theories and facts do you need to know? What classes do you need to take?
- How can undergraduates work with the Institutional Review Board?
- How can undergraduates make connections with faculty members?
Panelists include Irfan Nooruddin, associate professor of political science; Kendra McSweeney, associate professor of geography; and John Carlarne, peace studies coordinator at the Mershon Center.
This is one of the most successful undergraduate events sponsored by the Mershon Center every year, with more than 70 percent of respondents rating it as extremely valuable. Undergraduates can register by Monday, November 16, by sending an email to email@example.com with " RSVP:Recipe for Success" in the subject line.
ASEN extends deadline for conference abstracts
The Association for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) has extended the deadline to submit abstracts for its 22nd Annual Conference entitled "Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries."
The conference will take place from March 27-29, 2012, at the London School of Economics.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Rogers Brubaker, Miguel Centeno, Mary Fulbrook, Richard Jenkins, Michele Lamont and Wendy Pullan. There will also be workshops with Jon Fox, Michael Banton, Liam O'Dowd, James Anderson and Jennifer Todd.
Proposals are invited for papers focusing on the following themes:
- Partition, secession and irredentism
- The legality of boundaries and citizenship rules
- Boundary surveillance and enforcement
- Border controls, passports and identity documents
- Territorial and non-territorial sub-national claims
- Social and symbolic boundaries and everyday practices
- Symbolic boundaries and identity formation
- The mechanisms of boundary formation, transgression and change
- Interactions between physical and symbolic boundaries
Abstracts should be submitted online no later than November 18, 2011. To submit your 250-word abstract, please follow this link:
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