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Eric K. Fanning

Eric K. Fanning, the 22nd secretary of the Army, will visit The Ohio State University this week to discuss how changes in demographics, labor markets, and technologies are forcing the Department of Defense, Army, and other military services to think creatively about attracting the next generation of Americans to a life of public service.

Fanning will share his story, discuss why students, faculty, and small business in the Columbus area could do more to contribute to our nation’s security, and provide recommendations for how they should go about pursuing it.

The conversation will be moderated by Zachary Mears, assistant vice president for national security programs and research at Ohio State.

What: A National Security Conversation with the Honorable Eric K. Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army

When: 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Where: Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210

Parking: Ohio Union North Parking Garage, 1780 College Road, or Gateway E Parking Garage, 75 E. 11th Ave.

For more: Visit http://go.osu.edu/fanninge

Esther Gottlieb

Rudy Hightower

A Mershon graduate student affiliate and faculty affiliate are among the 26 Americans to receive grants from the International Research and Exchanges (IREX) Board for study and travel in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rudy Hightower, doctoral candidate in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and Esther Gottlieb, Ph.D., senior advisor in the Office of International Affairs, have received Reciprocal Exchange Awards as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The grants are made available through the U.S. Department of State and IREX.

The Reciprocal Exchange Awards allow American professionals to travel to sub-Saharan Africa to collaborate on projects with Mandela Washington Fellows who participated in the program. Through these projects, Americans and young African leaders form lasting partnerships and increase mutual understanding across the United States and Africa. Ohio State hosted a cohort of Mandela Fellows – 25 young professionals from 17 different countries in Africa – in June 2016 to participate in a six-week Public Management Institute coordinated by the Glenn College and the Center for African Studies.

The Reciprocal Exchange component awards up to $5,000 to each American to help fund ongoing projects between 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows and American professionals. Fellows met the Americans through site visits, networking, internships, and other parts of the six-week Academic and Leadership Institutes in the U.S. during the Fellowship.

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Rachel Armstrong traveled in Spain to do research for her dissertation

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.

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 about the types of projects being funded, please see faculty project summaries on the Mershon Center website under Research and graduate project summaries in past Annual Reports.

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Sarah Brooks speaks at Risk Institute

Whether an organization is a multinational player or just starting to explore expansion into the global market, political risk cannot be ignored or underestimated. Political risk is taking on new forms, both real and perceived, and may be at its highest level since the Cold War.

In order to succeed, companies must elevate their awareness of inherent challenges of everything from political violence to currency inconvertibility.

On November 15, The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business welcomed dozens of area and regional professionals to Navigating Political Risk in Uncertain Times (part of this year’s Risk Series) — an executive education session that explored effective ways to manage political risk and gain insight on how to navigate the landscape and find potential for competitive advantage.

Speakers at the symposium included Mershon affiliates Sarah Brooks, associate professor of political science, speaking on "Political Risk: Challenges and Opportunities in Overseas Development," and Richard Herrmann, interim director and chair of policital science, on "Forecasting Political Risk."

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