Please join Mershon Center Senior Faculty Fellows Peter Mansoor and Dakota Rudesill for a discussion of civil-military relations and the 2020 elections. The discussion will include the role, if any, the military might play in the event of a contested election or widespread civil violence. Reading materials will be sent out to registered attendees in advance.
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Col. Peter Mansoor, U.S. Army (Retired), is the Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University, a joint appointment between the Department of History and the Mershon Center. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service in Iraq as the executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the period of the surge in 2007-08. He has written a history of this experience, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (Yale University Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History in 2013.
Read more about Mansoor here.
Dakota Rudesill joined the faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and became an affiliate of the Mershon Center in 2013.
Rudesill is a scholar and practitioner of legislation and national security law and policy. At Moritz, he teaches Legislation and National Security Law & Process. He also co-directs the Washington, D.C., Summer Program and the Legislation Clinic and will teach Cyber Law.
Read more about Rudesill here.
The American Foreign and Military Policy research cluster is an initiative of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. The cluster focuses on the study of U.S. foreign relations, U.S. defense policy, and international relations, diplomacy, and war as they affect US foreign policy and military affairs in contemporary and historical contexts. The cluster examines these elements of power from both American and foreign viewpoints in order to understand both the domestic drivers of policy and the impact of other nations on it. The cluster examines foreign and military affairs holistically, along with all elements of power – diplomatic, economic, military, informational, financial, intelligence, cultural, and legal – that have an impact on them.