Mershon Center for International Security Studies

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The Mershon Center is an academic think tank at the Ohio State University in the United States. The institution was founded in 1952 when Colonel Ralph D. Mershon left funds to the university for the establishment of a research institution dedicated to research in the fields of international relations and security.

The Mershon Center houses scholars from a variety of fields. There are doctoral candidates, post-docs, visiting fellows, military fellows, and permanent faculty, whether assigned to the Mershon Center directly or one of Ohio State's other departments. There are endowed positions named the Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair in National Security Studies, currently occupied by John Mueller, and the Peace Studies Chair, currently occupied by Christopher Gelpi.


  • Donald Alexander Downs & Ilia Murtazashvili (2012) Arms and the University, pp 400–4, Cambridge University Press ISBN 9780521192323 .
  • Gene Martin Lyons & Louis Morton (1965) Schools for Strategy: Education and Research in National Security, pp 171–80, Praeger.

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