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Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), visited the Mershon Center today to meet with university officials and speak to the Mershon faculty.

In a wide-ranging talk to the Mershon Center faculty, Mattis spoke about current events in the Middle East and South Asia from the perspective of CENTCOM. Faculty affiliates then had more than an hour to ask questions and speak with Mattis in a frank, candid exchange.

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Christopher Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, spoke to Ohio State faculty and students at the Mershon Center today about "Trends in American Foreign Policy: What the Next Administration Will Face."

The event was the Mershon Center’s annual Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture and was organized by Mershon Affiliate Sean Kay, chair of International Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University, spoke to faculty and students at the Mershon Center today on "George F. Kennan: An American Life." The event was part of the center’s Diplomatic History Speaker Series organized by Robert McMahon, Ralph D. Mershon Professor of History.

Hailed as the "Dean of Cold War Historians" by The New York Times, Gaddis is a noted historian of the Cold War and grand strategy. He is the official biographer of the seminal 20th century statesman George F. Kennan, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2012.

Gaddis's visit was part of the Diplomatic History Speaker Series, organized by Robert McMahon.

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MoghadamValentine Moghadam, professor of sociology and director of the international affairs program at Northeastern University, spoke at the Mershon Center today on "Women and Gender after the Arab Spring: Promises and Perils of Democratization."

Moghadam’s current areas of research include globalization, transnational social movements and networks, economic citizenship, and gender and development in the Middle East and North Africa.  Her visit was organized by Mershon Center Director Craig Jenkins.

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