2007-08 Mershon News

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    Leading expert on Middle East to speak at Ohio State
    (2008-04-01) Becker, Cathy
    Recent changes in Islamist militancy and the future of the movement will be among the topics discussed by frequent commentator and Middle East expert Fawaz Gerges this week. Gerges, Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Arab and Muslim Politics at Sarah Lawrence College, will speak on "The Future of Islamist Militancy: A Theoretical and Historical Footnote" at noon on Thursday, April 3, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.
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    Former top legal advisor in Iraq to speak at Ohio State
    (2008-02-04) Becker, Cathy
    Marc Warren, former staff judge advocate for coalition forces in Iraq, will speak on "Legal Support in Wartime: Reflections of a Judge Advocate" on Monday, February 11, at noon at Saxbe Auditorium in the Moritz College of Law. Warren, now deputy chief counsel for operations at the Federal Aviation Administration, served as senior legal counsel to Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in Iraq in 2003-04.
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    Former CENTCOM commander to speak at Ohio State
    (2008-02-13) Becker, Cathy
    The rise of Islamic extremism, Iran’s development of nuclear power, the corrosive effects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the global reliance on oil are topics to be addressed by the former commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), in a lecture at Ohio State. Gen. John P. Abizaid will speak on “Strategic Challenges in the Middle East” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater, 1871 N. High St.
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    Mershon Center offers study abroad scholarship
    (2008-04-28) Becker, Cathy
    The Mershon Center for International Security Studies has established the Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship to support undergraduates who wish to enhance their educational experience by studying in a foreign country. Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses, especially those deemed critical for national security, such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi, and others. Priority will be given to students who are preparing for a career related to international security studies.
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    Former head of military commissions to speak at Ohio State
    (2008-02-25) Becker, Cathy
    Gen. John D. Altenburg, former Appointing Authority for Military Commissions, now a principal with the Washington, D.C., law office of Greenberg Traurig, was responsible for reviewing charges and evidence against people detained by the United States in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Altenburg was a singular force for modifying the original 2001 Presidential Military Order and Commission procedures to comply with contemporary military jurisprudential and international standards.
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    Former Iranian minister to speak on U.S.-Iran relations
    (2008-04-14) Becker, Cathy
    Current secretary-general of the Freedom Movement of Iran. Yazdi served as foreign minister in the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. He resigned in protest after the Ayatollah Khomeini endorsed the takeover of the U.S. Embassy by radicals. In recent trips to Washington, Yazdi advocated for democratic values, pluralism, and cooperation to guide the future of Iranian politics. He has said that the United States "needs to negotiate with Iran without preconditions" to resolve tensions and allow for Iran’s political development.
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    Security expert to speak on war in Afghanistan, Pakistan
    (2008-05-12) Becker, Cathy
    Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will speak on “The Changing Nature of the Afghan-Pakistan War” at noon on Wednesday, May 14, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. The Taliban has sharply expanded it support in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the United States and NATO must send in more troops to meet the threat, Cordesman argues. However, military action is not enough. The United States must provide aid for development as well as support to stabilize effective governments. We must also work with neighboring powers. The war can be won, Cordesman says, but not in the short term – it will likely take until 2012.
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    Chinese delegation to visit Columbus, explore investment opportunities in Ohio businesses
    (2007-12-03) Becker, Cathy
    Members of the China International Economic Trade and Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the most important arbitration institution in China, will visit Columbus on Dec. 6-8, 2007 to explore investment opportunities in Ohio businesses. This is the first time a delegation of this magnitude has visited the Midwest, and is the only visit of its kind this year. CIETAC, headquartered in Beijing, is the central point of resolution for business litigation and disputes in China. More than 700 cases are filed with the commission each year, and CIETAC is frequently sought by both domestic and international parties as the institution for dispute resolution because it is both efficient and cost-effective as an impartial and independent center for resolving economic and trade disputes through arbitration and mediation. CIETAC was set up more than 50 years ago under the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).
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    Environmental security expert to speak at Ohio State
    (2007-09-25) Becker, Cathy
    Growth, crisis and renewal of societies is the topic of a lecture by a leading expert in environmental security on Tuesday, October 2, at noon at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave., on the campus of The Ohio State University. Thomas Homer-Dixon, director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and professor of political science at the University of Toronto, will speak on “A Theory of Societal Collapse: Convergent Shocks, Thermodynamic Disequilibrium, and Brittleness.”
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    President of Brookings Institution to give annual Kruzel Lecture
    (2007-10-02) Becker, Cathy
    COLUMBUS -- Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, will give the annual Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Lecture at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave., on the campus of The Ohio State University. His topic is “Election of the Century: The American Presidency and the World.”
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    Ohio State selects Petraeus aide as military history chair
    (Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 2007-11-15) Becker, Cathy
    The Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Department of History at The Ohio State University are proud to announce that they have selected Col. Peter R. Mansoor as the next Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History.
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    Mershon Center welcomes Air Force commander
    (Ohio State University. Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 2007-09-27) Becker, Cathy
    “Strategy, Military Transformation, and the Role of Air Power” is the topic of a presentation by Major General R. Mike Worden at noon on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
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    Mueller honored for excellence in public opinion research
    (Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 2007-11-05) Becker, Cathy
    John Mueller, Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, has been named the recipient of the first Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research.