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Teri Murphy

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies has a new peace studies coordinator on staff by way of Northern Ireland.

Teri Murphy was most recently deputy executive director at Corrymeela Peace Center, Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization. There she oversaw an analytic review of peacebuilding programming and facilitated development of a consensus-driven strategic plan; supervised 35 full-time staff and 25 volunteers; and managed a £1.5 million budget.

The experience positions her well for the peace studies coordinator role, which is split between the Mershon Center and the International Studies Program. For Mershon, Murphy will work with Christopher Gelpi, Chair in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, to develop, plan, execute and supervise peace-related programming and educational activities, including conferences and speaker panels; cultivate, expand and sustain collaborative partnerships with community organizations; and supervise peace-related student groups and activities.

Her activities will develop a bridge between the academic research fostered at the Mershon Center and the central Ohio community, both inside and outside Ohio State, interested in the promotion of peace at the local, national, and international levels.

Additionally, Murphy will teach three undergraduate courses each year for the International Studies Program’s Peace Studies minor. Along with the director of the International Studies Progam, she will shape the program in peace studies, developing courses that could eventually transform the minor into a major at Ohio State.

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Laura Madokoro

The 1949 Chinese Communist Revolution is a subject of inexhaustible historical interest, but the plight of millions of Chinese who fled China during this tumultuous period has been largely forgotten.

Laura Madokoro recovers the history of China’s 20th century refugees in Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2016), winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, given annually by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Madokoro will speak about "On Refuge: The Politics of Race and Humanitarianism" at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Mershon Center, 1501 Neil. Ave. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/madokorol

Focusing on humanitarian efforts to find new homes for Chinese displaced by civil strife, Madokoro points out a constellation of factors — entrenched bigotry in countries originally settled by white Europeans, the spread of human rights ideals, and the geopolitical pressures of the Cold War — which coalesced to shape domestic and international refugee policies that still hold sway today.

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Barbara Roth

Mershon graduate student affiliate Barbara Roth is one of five doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University to be awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office.

She will conduct research in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 12 months examining "Settlement Social Norms and Conflict Migration in Bosnia." Nationwide across all disciplines, only 90 Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships were awarded.

Roth won a 2018-19 student research grant from the Mershon Center. The abstract for her winning project is:

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Erik Nisbet

Olga Kamenchuk

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is a co-sponsor for "Diplomatic Dialogue: Public opinion and public diplomacy in international relations," a one-day conference to be held on October 11, 2018, at the Gorchakov Foundation in Moscow.

Organized by Mershon affiliates Erik Nisbet and Olga Kamenchuk, co-directors of the Mershon Center's Eurasian Security and Governance Program, the conference will bring together mixed panels composed of top international and Russian experts speaking about the intersections of public diplomacy, public opinion, and foreign policy in each country and their relevance to U.S.-Russia foreign relations.

Among the questions to be considered are:

  • What role does the public opinion play in shaping foreign policy?
  • What are the risks of knowledge gaps in international relations?
  • What are the current and future perspectives for U.S.-Russia relations?

Leading researchers and experts from George Washington University, Ohio State's Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), Institute of World Economy and International Relations (Russian Academy of Sciences), Russian State University for the Humanities, St. Petersburg State University, USC Center for Public Diplomacy, Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies, and other institutions will discuss these issues at the conference.

Date: October 11, 2018; 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Gorchakov Fund, Moscow, 105064 Yakovoapostolsky pereulok, 10 str. 1
Working languages: Russian, English. Simultaneous translation is provided.
Register here