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Kateřina Vráblíková

The Mershon Center has a new visiting scholar: Kateřina Vráblíková, a research fellow with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), who will be working on a project called "Protest, Hardship, and Democracy."

The project deals with the role of socioeconomic hardship for people's participation at protest. It focuses on the interaction among individual-level deprivation, macro-structural socio-economic scarcity and politicization of the crisis that opens political space for mobilization of collective grievances. To examine these topics, Vráblíková will use repeated cross-sectional surveys across democratic countries over time and case-control protest surveys.

Vráblíková is author of What Kind of Democracy? Participation, Inclusiveness and Contestation (Routledge, 2017), which examines the role of democratic institutions and political culture for political activism. She also studies Europeanization of social movements and politics in new democracies of Eastern Central Europe. She has a Ph.D. from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.

Sir Hew Strachan

The Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, will host a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. “The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016” will be presented on the Ohio State campus on Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 28. Most events are free and open to all.

Ohio State was chosen by the commission to host the event “because of the strength of our military history program, which is among the best if not the best in the United States,” explained Peter Mansoor, colonel, U.S. Army (retired), who is the Gen. Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History. "The symposium is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our program to the local community and through webcasting to the general public and school audiences."

The event will include a keynote address Thursday evening by Sir Hew Strachan (right), the world’s leading historian of the First World War. Strachan will discuss the killing fields of 1916, the year that witnessed horrendous fighting at Verdun and on the Somme.

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The Ohio State University seeks a director for the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. The center is the intellectual center on campus for the study of national and international security in a global context. It brings together top faculty from across campus and beyond to promote multi-disciplinary collaboration, high quality scholarship, and public outreach that addresses the questions central to security studies, broadly defined. Ohio State's Office of International Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences sponsor this position jointly. The director will be expected to pursue an active research agenda and to carry a half-time teaching load in his or her department.

Qualifications: The Mershon Director must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have a record of successful publication and teaching that justifies appointment at the rank of full professor. Experiences in governmental, inter-governmental, and/or non-governmental institutions and agencies dealing with security issues are desirable, as is significant experience of international engagement and collaboration generally. Applicants should have a track record of academic leadership including grant seeking and institution building.

Application Instructions: More information about the position including an application form and instructions can be found at Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8055. All applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter briefly (1-2 pages) explaining why they are interested in the position and describing their vision of international security studies going forward. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but those received by October 24, 2016, will receive priority consideration. Inquiries may be directed to Richard Herrmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last week almost 250 people attended a lively debate on the foreign policies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, organized by the Ohio State chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society at Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law.

"Trump vs. Clinton: What 2016 Means for the World" featured Nick Dowling, president of IDS International, speaking in support of Clinton, and Randy Schweller, professor of political science, speaking in support of Donald Trump. Moderating the debate was AHS faculty adviser Peter Mansoor, Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History. Mansoor and Schweller are affiliates of the Mershon Center.

The debate was lively and engaging, with presentations from Dowling and Schweller and lots of questions from students. Martin Lopez, president of the AHS Ohio State chapter, opened and closed the event. You can see a slideshow of photos from the debate (sound included) below.