Episode 7: Dealing with Putin’s Russia

Steven Pifer, former Ambassador to Ukraine, now serves as  Director of the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and is a Senior Fellow  at the Brookings Institute. Ambassador Pifer used his in-depth knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and U.S. foreign policy to examine what lies ahead in the U.S.’s relationship with Putin and the role of non-proliferation and arms control in this complicated relationship.


Episode 6: Iran and the U.S.: The Road to Peace

A former Iranian diplomat, Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Research Scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University and his research focuses on the Iranian nuclear program and U.S. diplomacy efforts with Tehran. Mousavian explored details of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the impact of reduced sanctions, and what lies ahead for future U.S.-Iran relations.


Episode 5: The U.S. and Cuba: Can the Best of Enemies Kiss and Make Up?

As the U.S. and Cuba forge a new path of diplomacy and cooperation, Ambassador (Ret.) Vicki Huddleston, Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999-2002 and a leading U.S. expert on U.S.-Cuban relations, explored what is next for this historically turbulent relationship. Examining the economic, social, and political implications, Huddleston spoke to what challenges await the U.S. as the doors to Cuba finally re-open.


Episode 4: The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform

Several years after the Arab Spring began, democracy remains elusive in the Middle East. The Arab Spring that resides in the popular imagination is one in which a wave of mass mobilization swept the broader Middle East, toppled dictators, and cleared the way for democracy. The reality is that few Arab countries have experienced anything of the sort.  Dr. Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations at Harvard University, explored why regime change took place in only four Arab countries and why democratic change has proved so elusive in the countries that made attempts.


CCWA Celebrates 70th Year of Hosting Model United Nations Conferences

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs will celebrate 70th year of hosting its Model United Nations conferences, starting with a celebration at its March 4-5, 2015 conference. At Model UN, local high school and middle school students represent countries in UN committees and discuss current global issues. CCWA’s Model UN program is one of the […]


Announcing 2014-15 Speaker Series

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 […]

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