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Craig Jenkins

What do you get when you combine the efforts of the Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency?

You get the Global Resilience Partnership, a campaign to foster alliances and drive innovation by creating opportunities for scale, impact, and sustainability in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia – areas where new ideas and approaches can help countries and communities prepare for, adapt to, and recover in the face of chronic shocks and stresses.

This year, the partnership selected “Climate Change Challenges and Community Adaption in Coastal Bangladesh,” organized by J. Craig Jenkins, past director of the Mershon Center, and C.K. Shum, professor in the School of Earth Sciences, as one of 17 projects in its Global Resilience Challenge. The project was chosen out of a field of more than 500 applicants.

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Jacob Shapiro

How do terrorist groups control their members? Do the tools groups use to monitor their operatives and enforce discipline create security vulnerabilities that governments can exploit?

Jacob N. Shapiro, associate professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, answers these questions and more in The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations (Princeton University Press, 2013), winner of the Mershon Center’s Edgar S. Furniss Book Award.

The winning author receives a cash grant and is invited to speak about the book at Mershon Center. Shapiro will speak at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015.  Read more and register at go.osu.edu/shapiroj.

The Furniss Award commemorates the founding director of the Mershon Center, Edgar S. Furniss, and is given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. Previous winners include John Mearsheimer, Barry Posen, and Stephen Walt.

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Paul Beck

Richard Gunther

Democratization has been a consistent theme of activities at the Mershon Center, whether through events or research. The showcase project in this initiative, long supported by the center, is the Comparative National Elections Project (CNEP), one of the largest and longest-running projects of its kind in the world.

This month the Mershon Center began housing the project's website at https://u.osu.edu/cnep/

Co-directed by Mershon affiliates Richard Gunther and Paul Beck, CNEP is a partnership among scholars who have conducted election surveys across the democratic world. Founded in the late 1980s, it now includes 41 surveys from 1990 to 2015 in 24 different countries on five continents, with multiple election surveys in 11 countries. CNEP-based surveys are projected in up to eight future elections.

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Peter Hahn

Mershon affiliate Peter Hahn, professor and chair of the Department of History, has been named divisional dean of the Arts and Humanities effective July 1, according to an announcement from David Manderscheid, executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Hahn has chaired the History Department since 2006.  Under his leadership, several important initiatives and programs have been strengthened or established that benefit students, undergraduate and graduate; increase outreach to alumni, friends and the public; and attract, retain and support top scholars.

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