Episode 17: Gulliver’s Troubles Revisited: A Perspective on the Future of the Middle East

Guest: Aaron David Miller  Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is a well-known scholar on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Miller served in the State Department for more than two decades as a senior advisor on the Middle East. Miller […]

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Episode 16: Mexico: A Strategic Ally of the United States

Guest: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne Ambassador Wayne joined CCWA to discussed the strategic importance of the United States’ relations with Mexico. Wayne served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 2011 to 2015, where he focused on promoting U.S. commercial interests and growing trade between the two nations. In addition, Wayne was Ambassador to Argentina from […]

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Episode 15: Spotlight on Turkey

Guest: Dr. Sinan Ciddi Sinan Ciddi is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown and is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. Ciddi explored the current political atmosphere in Turkey following the attempted coup in July 2016 and Turkey’s relations with […]

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Episode 13: U.S. Cyber Security and Intelligence

Guest: Jennifer Sims Jennifer Sims is a consultant on intelligence and homeland security for private corporations and the U.S. government, a member of the Senior Advisory Group to the Director of National Intelligence, as well as Senior Fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Sims explored the complex world of U.S. cyber security, intelligence […]

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Episode 14: Global Impact Award 2016

Guest: Secretary James A. Baker III The 2016 Global Impact Award honored former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III for his decades of work in international relations and his dedication to global dialogue. Secretary Baker was our Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker and the recipient of the Global Impact Award.

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Episode 12: Venezuela and Colombia: Tough Realities and Continuing Challenges for U.S. Diplomacy

Guest: Ambassador John Maisto Ambassador Maisto explored the very distinct challenges facing both Venezuela and Colombia. Economic struggles and political discontent plague Venezuela and Colombia is nearing the end of a 52-year war between the Colombian state and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). As the fragile FARC peace deal rests in the hands […]

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Episode 11: Choices Ahead: Exploring the Future of the Iran Deal

Guests: Ambassador Frank Wisner, Gary Sick, and Professor Joshua Stacher As the U.S. prepares to elect a new president, our panel explored the status of the highly controversial Iran Deal and what its future holds with a new administration coming into the White House.  What are the common misconceptions of the Iran Deal and how has […]

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Episode 10: Jennifer Clinton

  Guest: Jennifer Clinton, President Global Ties, U.S. Jennifer Clinton joined us to discuss Citizen Diplomacy and the role of exchanges in building diplomacy and democracy. Clinton is the President of Global Ties U.S. and has devoted her career to the fields of international education and business because of a deep passion for bridging cultures, people, and […]

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In Memoriam: Michael G. Meissner, Chairman of CCWA Board

With great sadness, we remember Michael Meissner, Chairman of the CCWA Board, who passed away unexpectedly on May 16, 2016. At this time our thoughts are with Mike’s family. We will miss Mike and remember him with great fondness.  Michael’s relationship with the Cleveland Council on World Affairs started when he was a high school student […]

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Episode 9: EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan

Guest: EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan  Whether it is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the historic nuclear deal with Iran, or climate change negotiations, the European Union and the United States are increasingly called upon to demonstrate global leadership. EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan joined us to discuss the future of Europe, current U.S.-EU relations, […]

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