Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research on national security in a global context. The Mershon Center is a unit of The College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. The director of the center reports to the associate provost for international affairs and a provost-appointed Oversight Committee.
The Mershon Center is proud to support three endowed positions in national security, military history, and peace studies. The Center is also actively pursuing multidisciplinary research in several key initiatives in areas such as climate, peace studies, and democratization.
Mission and History
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.
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.