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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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Michael Horowitz, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the Furniss Book Award for The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics (Princeton University Press, 2010).

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.

The Diffusion of Military Power examines how the financial and organizational challenges of adopting new methods of fighting wars can influence the international balance of power. Horowitz argues that a state or actor wishing to adopt a military innovation must possess both the financial resources to buy or build the technology and the internal organizational capacity to accommodate any necessary changes in recruiting, training, or operations. How countries react to new innovations -- and to other actors that do or don't adopt them -- has profound implications for the global order and the likelihood of war.

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Christopher Gelpi, currently a professor of political science at Duke University, has been named the new Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. He begins the position in January 2013.

The Chair in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution enables The Ohio State University to pursue in-depth studies of nonviolent resolutions to conflict as well as other peace-related issues. It is a joint appointment between the Department of Political Science and the Mershon Center.

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Eight Ohio State faculty members including five affiliates of the Mershon Center, have received a $175,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to organize a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures. Mershon affiliates who collaborated on the grant are Theodora Dragostinova (History), Yana Hashamova (Slavic Studies), Pranav Jani (English), Scott Levi (History), and Mytheli Sreenivas (History). Others include Brian Joseph (Linguistics, Slavic), Jessie Labov (Slavic), and Andrea Sims (Slavic).

The grant collaborators will organize a year-long series of events in 2013-2014 focusing on the intersection of language, politics, and human expression in two geopolitically key regions of the world – the Balkans and South Asia. The unique yet similar interplay of language, nationalism, ideology, and religion with literature, film, and other forms of expression within each of these regions compels a comparative approach. The juxtaposition of the Balkans and South Asia will offer academics and policy-makers a transnational perspective on the relationships between culture and politics.

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