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The mission of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context.
The center does this by fostering research in three areas of focus:
• The use of force and diplomacy.
• The ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security.
• The institutions that manage violent conflict.
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
African History / Studies
American History / Studies
Asian American History / Studies
Asian History / Studies
Atlantic History / Studies
Black History / Studies
British History / Studies
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
Demographic History / Studies
Diplomacy and International Relations
Early Modern History and Period Studies
East Asian History / Studies
Economic History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
European History / Studies
French History / Studies
German History / Studies
Government and Public Service
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
Immigration History / Studies
Islamic History / Studies
Japanese History / Studies
Jewish History / Studies
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies
Law and Legal History
Middle East History / Studies
Nationalism History / Studies
Native American History / Studies
Political History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Social History / Studies
South Asian History / Studies
Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
World History / Studies
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is the fulfillment of a bequest by Col. Ralph D. Mershon to The Ohio State University for the exploration of matters pertaining to national security. The Mershon Center is also supported by community gifts and grant money.
Mershon was a man of action in public life. He organized the American engineers for service in World War I and led a public effort to create the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He was also an inventor who held a number of patents for his work in electrical engineering. Mershon died February 14, 1952, and is buried in Zanesville, Ohio.
The Mershon Center encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects within the university and with other institutions around the world. It supports research by both individual faculty members and multidisciplinary teams.
The center also organizes conferences, symposia, and workshops that bring together scholars, government officials, and business leaders from around the world to discuss the latest research in national and international security affairs. Finally, it hosts visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows, and supports student research.