Announcing 2014-15 Speaker Series

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Heather Hodges, President and Ambassador-in-Residence and R. Henry Norweb Chair, announced the Cleveland Council on World Affairs’ 2014-15 Speaker Series Global Issues for Cleveland’s Global Citizens.  The series takes you on a journey through the Middle East, Africa,  Cuba, Pakistan,  Afghanistan and Latin America.

“CCWA presents timely topics and speakers to help citizens interpret current events and to provide insights that go beyond news headlines on issues and events happening around the world,” says Amb. Hodges. The series kicks off on September 23, 2013 with a program on the Threat of ISIS by Dr. James J. Zogby. With increasing international attention on ISIS (The Islamic State) and the U.S. response to the group, CCWA will offer conversation and analysis on the situation as news is breaking on the topic.

Global Issues for Cleveland’s Global Citizens promotes dialogue on pressing issues that shape history and invite local citizens to participate in global conversation on international issues. The series is part of CCWA’s 91st year of programs.

CCWA’s mission is to raise awareness on global issues and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy and public dialogue.

For tickets, visit CCWA online at www.ccwa.org or call (216) 781-3730. CCWA members receive discounted pricing to events and one free admission to a public speaker program of their choice. Contact CCWA’s office for more information about membership.

For more information about the 2014-15 season: Jenni Carney, Membership and Development Manager, (216) 255-9005 or jcarney@ccwa.org

DR. JAMES ZOGBY: THE THREAT OF ISIS

SEPT. 23, 2014 AT 5:30PM | THE UNION CLUB

Until recently, ISIS (the Islamic State) was an unknown entity.  Now ISIS is headline news and a greater threat to the world than Al-Qaida.  ISIS’ ambition is to establish an Islamic caliphate.  Can they be stopped?  What can the U.S. and our NATO allies do to deter these extremists?  Dr. James Zogby will discuss conditions in the region and prospects for defeating ISIS.

DAN T. MOORE: JOURNEY THROUGH AFRICA

OCT. 24, 2014 AT 7:00PM | THE HANGAR CLUB (24400 Cedar Road, Beachwood)

Join us for a journey through Africa with Dan T. Moore as he shares his insights on Africa and on the future of the continent, and tells the story of his motorcycle trip from Cape Town, South Africa, to Alexandria, Egypt, and nine additional countries in between. It took him nearly 70 days and he covered 16,000 km on this journey.

AMB. TED KATTOUF: THE CRISIS IN THE ARAB EAST AND THE LIMITS OF U.S. POWER

NOV. 5, 2014 AT 5:30 PM  |  THE UNION CLUB 

Ambassador Ted Kattouf is President and CEO of AMIDEAST, an American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa, and former Ambassador to United Arab Emirates and Syria.

 

TED PICCONE: A CHANGING CUBA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES

JANUARY 27, 2015 AT 5:30 PM |  THE UNION CLUB

Ted Piccone is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings Institution. His research is focused on global democracy and human rights policies, U.S.-Latin American relations, emerging powers, and multilateral affairs.

 

AMB. MARC GROSSMAN: WHAT NEXT IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN?

MARCH 10, 2015 AT 5:30 PM |  THE UNION CLUB

Amb. Grossman is the former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. Amb. Grossman will examine what the future of the region will look like after American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

 PETER SCHECHTER: LATIN AMERICA TODAY

APRIL 14, 2015 AT 5:30 PM |  THE UNION CLUB

Peter Schechter is Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. He will be discussing the trends transforming Latin America into a strong Western partner. Schechter is an international consultant who has advised many heads of state and business leaders around the globe. He is a sought-out voice on Latin American political issues.

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