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John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University, spoke to faculty and students at the Mershon Center today on "George F. Kennan: An American Life." The event was part of the center’s Diplomatic History Speaker Series organized by Robert McMahon, Ralph D. Mershon Professor of History.

Hailed as the "Dean of Cold War Historians" by The New York Times, Gaddis is a noted historian of the Cold War and grand strategy. He is the official biographer of the seminal 20th century statesman George F. Kennan, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2012.

Gaddis's visit was part of the Diplomatic History Speaker Series, organized by Robert McMahon.

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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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