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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

  • WAGING PEACE

    Mershon panel held September 9, 2014, explores non-violent approaches to resolving international conflict.

  • VIEW EVENT ARCHIVES

    The Mershon Center has a video archive of almost 500 events dating back to 2002.

  • CLIMATE SECURITY INITIATIVE

    Mershon Center, Byrd Polar Research Center join forces to launch new initiative on climate change

  • PEACE CONFERENCE 2014

    Members of the student Peace Studies Society organized a conference and awards ceremony at the Mershon Center.

  • 2013 KRUZEL LECTURE

    Aaron Friedberg gave the 2013 Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture on "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia," on November 15, 2013.

  • 2012 ELECTION CONFERENCE

    Panelists at The Confirming U.S. Presidential Election of 2012 conference, held October 11-12, 2013.

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Joshua Kertzer

Joshua Kertzer (PhD, political science, 2013) was awarded a 2014 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, the nation’s highest honor for doctoral dissertations. Kertzer’s dissertation, “Resolve in International Politics,” was selected from 71 nominees representing 25 disciplines in the social sciences. He was presented the award on December 4 during the CGS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Kertzer’s dissertation, which was supported by a grant from the Mershon Center, examines the concept of resolve, which is a commonly used but insufficiently understood independent variable in international relations.

He describes resolve as “an interaction between situational stakes and dispositional traits,” and uses a range of different methods to explain why certain types of actors are more sensitive to the costs of fighting, while others are more sensitive to the costs of backing down. Kertzer’s faculty advisor was Richard Herrmann, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and former director of the Mershon Center.

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Daniel Sui

Study shows limits of 'liberation technology' in advancing change

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The serious air pollution problem in China has attracted the attention of online activists who want the government to take action, but their advocacy has had only limited success, a new study has revealed.

Instead, much of the online conversation has been co-opted by corporations wanting to sell masks, filters and other products and by government officials advancing its own environmental narrative, the study finds.

Researchers at The Ohio State University analyzed about 250,000 posts on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo (similar to Twitter) that discussed the pollution problem in the country.

They concluded that online activists did force the Chinese government to take some actions to tackle the pollution problem. But they also found that business and government dominated much of the conversation and used it to their own advantage.

"Social media has been touted as a 'liberation technology' for citizens, but we found the story wasn’t so straightforward in China," said Daniel Sui, co-author of the study and professor of geography at Ohio State. "Along with the positive gains brought by social media, there were negatives.

Sui conducted the study with Samuel Kay and Bo Zhao, both graduate students at Ohio State at the time of the study. Their findings appear online (article available here) in the journal The Professional Geographer.

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Geoffrey Parker

Prolific scholar Geoffrey Parker has done it again.

Parker — Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, Distinguished University Professor, and Mershon Center affiliate — has another landmark book hitting the shelves this week.

Parker’s new biography of King Phillip II, Imprudent King: A New Life of Phillip II, published by Yale University Press, is the first biography to take advantage of a treasure trove of unidentified documents that Parker discovered in 2011 and authenticated in 2012. Parker is the world’s leading authority on King Phillip II.

The advance "buzz" for Imprudent King promises it may equal if not exceed the triumphs of his last book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Castrophe In the Seventeenth Century.

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Daniel Sui

Mershon affiliate Daniel Sui, professor and chair of the Department of Geography, has been selected as a 2015 Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Sui will be affiliated with the Science and Technology Innovation Program and the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center. His primary research will be how to use crowd mapping and citizen science to better address environmental challenges in China.

Morgan Liu

Mershon affiliate Morgan Liu, associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has won this year's Central Eurasian Studies Society Book of the Year Award for his research monograph, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).

Liu received the award at the society’s annual conference, held Oct. 24-26 at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies. The awards committee considers publications in history and humanities one year and social sciences the next, so Liu's competition included an impressive list of publications from both 2012 and 2013.

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