Episode 46: Women and War: The Women Who Took on ISIS – and Won

Guest: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon  During this Foreign Policy Forum, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discussed The Daughters of Kobani, which tells the story of an unlikely fight in northeastern Syria in 2014, when an all-female militia faced off against ISIS. In general, women’s contributions to matters of war and peace, foreign policy, national security, and even combat […]

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Episode 45: Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Climate Change?

Guest: Molly Williamson Climate change is one area where politics, economics, and science come together to create an all-encompassing challenge that must be met by leaders worldwide. Unfortunately, it is clear that the causes, effects, and policies needed to counter climate change are a point of contention, as everything regarding climate change has become politically […]

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Episode 44: The United States and Iran: What Will the Next Four Years Hold?

Guest: Kelsey Davenport and Paul Pillar  The U.S.-Iran relationship is one the most pressing foreign policy challenges the Biden Administration will navigate in the coming years. CCWA was joined by Paul Pillar, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control […]

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Episode 43: Global Economic Outlook 2021

Guest: Nicolas Véron At the start of the new year, Nicolas Véron, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, spoke at CCWA’s inaugural Dr. Raj and Karen Aggarwal Forum on International Business. Véron addressed the continuing impact of the global pandemic on the world economy. In Q&A, he touched upon the outlook […]

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Episode 42: Crisis in the U.S.-China Relationship

Guest: Susan Thornton Susan Thornton, a retired senior U.S. diplomat with near 30 years of experience with the U.S. State Department and current Senior Fellow at Yale Law School, spoke in a virtual webinar for CCWA in November of 2020. Thornton addressed the changing U.S.-China relationship and what the future might look like. Throughout Q&A, […]

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Episode 41: Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election

Guest: Ambassador Nicholas Burns Ambassador Nicholas Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke in a virtual webinar for CCWA on October 26, 2020. Ambassador Burns discussed the role of foreign policy in the 2020 election and the changing role of […]

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Episode 40: Coronavirus in Conflict Zones

Guest: Jarrett Blanc Jarrett Blanc, a senior fellow in the Geoeconomics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spoke in a virtual webinar for CCWA in May of 2020. Jarrett Blanc is a returning guest of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. In a great discussion on COVID-19 and conflict zones, Blanc […]

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Episode 39: American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

Guest: Ambassador William Burns Ambassador William Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, spoke for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in March of 2020 about the importance of diplomacy and cooperation, as well as current international and domestic challenges. Ambassador Burns has over three decades of experience as an American diplomat and recently […]

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Episode 38: One Life Documentary and the Worldwide Plight of Refugees

CCWA moderated a conversation on the global refugee crisis with Akshay Shah, Producer of the One Life documentary, Patrick Kearns, Executive Director of Refugee Response, and Paul Frankmann, current teacher and former Humanitarian Law Trainer with the American Red Cross. Their perspectives highlighted the plight of refugees and the challenges for the International Community in […]

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Episode 37: Africa: Facts, Fiction, and Reality. Why Does It Matter to the U.S.?

Guest: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, joined us in February for an overview of economic growth, democratic trends, and new opportunity in Africa. Why does Africa matter for the United States? And where will the U.S.-Africa relationship be in the future?

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