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No MovieFilm aficionados may have seen the movie "No" which opened at the Drexel this week. "No" is a Chilean film that dramatizes the 1988 plebiscite that brought the Pinochet dictatorship to an end. It has been nominated for an Academy Award and received other honors including a Cannes Film Festival award.

What you probably don't know is that the film is based on research done for a Mershon Center-sponsored book Democracy and the Media (Cambridge University Press, 2000), edited by Mershon affiliates Richard Gunther and Anthony Mughan.

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Mershon affiliate Amy Cohen has been selected as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year. This extremely competitive program provides a one-year fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and supports outstanding research projects in a variety of disciplines.

Less than five percent of applicants are accepted. Past Radcliffe Fellows have included Pulitzer Prize winners, Tony Award winners, leading physicists, future MacArthur fellows, and a future U.S. senator.

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Global CrisisFaculty members at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies have always been among the most productive at The Ohio State University. In 2010-12, they published 30 books, edited 10 issues of academic journals, and authored 365 articles, chapters, essays, and reports.

Among the books are Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Yale, forthcoming) by Geoffrey Parker. In this book, Parker traces a series of revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides, and government collapses to changing weather patterns from 1618 to the late 1680s. The crisis, which killed perhaps one-third of the world’s human population, has implications for today: Are we adequately prepared -- or even preparing -- for the catastrophes that climate change brings?

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David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, visited the Mershon Center today to speak with Ohio State faculty and students as well as bestow the first Undergraduate Peace Award on two students.

In his talk“Winning Without War: Human Security Strategies for the 21st Century,” Cortright argued that the principles of nonviolence and human security offer realistic options for addressing contemporary security challenges and are superior to "old war" strategies for enhancing peace and promoting international cooperation.

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