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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.
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Peter Shane

When Mershon affiliate Peter Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, was called upon by Democrats to testify at Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court, the hearings were set to begin in just 12 days. Shane had even less time to prepare his testimony: His remarks were due two days in advance, and of course, he still had to teach.

Shane thought accessibility would be of paramount importance to his presentation. “I often say that the hardest things for me to teach are the things that I know the most about,” he said. “The senators themselves are quite sophisticated, but they’re also using the arguments that they hear from witnesses to shape the public narrative about what the nomination represents—either for it or against it. It’s not really helpful to them to have a kind of jargon-laden legal memorandum, they need something that’s more accessible than that.”

Shane ultimately honed his testimony around a central point: It’s a perilous time in American politics to create the most executive power-indulgent Supreme Court since World War II. In his view, Kavanaugh’s confirmation would do just that. Referring to Kavanaugh as an “extreme presidentialist,” Shane cautioned that his nomination to the Supreme Court could effectively undermine President Donald Trump’s accountability to the rule of law.

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