Coming up at the Mershon Center
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
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
American National Security since 9/11
5:30 p.m., Ross Auditorium, Alumni Hall, Franklin University, 301 E. Rich St.
Sponsored by the Columbus Council on World Affairs
U.S. national security priorities were expanded after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to include waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, tightening border security, pursuing cyberthreats, halting nuclear proliferation and attempting to snuff out homegrown terrorism. How has the U.S. national security agenda evolved since 9/11? In what ways will this agenda shape the American way of life in the future? Join us as we explore the answer to this and other questions with Sean Kay, professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University. Kay specializes in international politics, international security, international organizations, and U.S. foreign and defense policy. He is an associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C. Read more and register
Previous events available for viewing
M. Taylor Fravel spoke on "Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy" on January 25, 2011, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
Fravel traces evolution of China's military strategy
Watch a streaming video of M. Taylor Fravel, Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, speaking on "Explaining the Evolution of China's Military Strategy" on January 25, 2011. Fravel studies international relations, with a focus on international security, China and East Asia. His current projects examine the evolution of China's military strategy since 1949 and the relationship between material capabilities and political influence in China's rise as a great power.
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.
Mershon Center offers faculty, student research grants
Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grant funds. Grants may be used for a variety of purposes including travel, research, seminars, conferences, interviews, experiments, workshops and more.
Applications must be for projects related to one of our focus areas within the study of national security in a global context: use of force and diplomacy; ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security; and institutions that manage violent conflict. We are also interested in projects related to Ohio State’s global gateways in China, India, and Brazil, as well as policy issues in biosecurity and cybersecurity.
For more information, including an application form and instructions, please see http://mershoncenter.osu.edu/grants/grants/grants.htm. The deadline is January 27, 2012.
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