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Jessica Stern, fellow at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, spoke at the Mershon Center today about her project "Perpetrators of Atrocities," in which she is conducting in-depth interviews with individuals who have been indicted or convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Stern is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror, named a best non-fiction book of 2010 by the The Washington Post, Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, selected by The New York Times as a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Her visit to the Mershon Center was organized by Mershon affiliate Peter Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair at Moritz College of Law.

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Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), visited the Mershon Center today to meet with university officials and speak to the Mershon faculty.

In a wide-ranging talk to the Mershon Center faculty, Mattis spoke about current events in the Middle East and South Asia from the perspective of CENTCOM. Faculty affiliates then had more than an hour to ask questions and speak with Mattis in a frank, candid exchange.

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Christopher Hill, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, spoke to Ohio State faculty and students at the Mershon Center today about "Trends in American Foreign Policy: What the Next Administration Will Face."

The event was the Mershon Center’s annual Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture and was organized by Mershon Affiliate Sean Kay, chair of International Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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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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