CCWA Announces New CEO Carina Van Vliet

Carina Van Vliet has been named the Cleveland Council on World Affairs’ new Chief Executive Officer. She will assume her position on January 2, 2019. Carina has most recently been a Regional Manager for Business Development and Communications at Jones Day. After moving to Cleveland in 2014, she served as a Senior Advisor to the […]

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Episode 26: The Global Impact Award 2018

Guest: Senator George J. Mitchell The 2018 Global Impact Award honored Senator George Mitchell for his distinguished career as a peacemaker in Northern Ireland and his work as a U.S. Senator. Senator Mitchell received CCWA’s Global Impact Award and delivered the Brooks Emeny Distinguished Lecture. The Global Impact Award from the Cleveland Council on World […]

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In Memoriam: Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of CCWA’s CEO, Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy. Maura passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 8. The entire CCWA family mourns this loss. On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to Maura’s family. Maura was an inspiring civic leader, energetic and […]

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Episode 25: NAFTA- North American Competitiveness is Job #1‎

Guest: The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne From the outset of the talks on the modernization of NAFTA, Canada’s approach has been to propose ideas and solutions that will benefit businesses and workers in all three countries. Technology, business, and society have evolved in North America over the past 24 years, and that needs to be reflected […]

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Episode 24: The New Afghanistan Policy: How New Is It and What’s It Worth?

Guest: Ambassador Ronald Neumann CCWA hosted former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and current President of the American Academy of Diplomacy Ronald E. Neumann for a discussion on U.S. policy on Afghanistan. In August 2017, the Trump Administration announced a policy shift increasing troops in Afghanistan and dropping the time limits of U.S. departure from the […]

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Episode 23: The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: How Does This End?

Guest: Evans J.R. Revere As North Korea is inching closer to becoming a nuclear-armed regime, the world braces for one of the world’s gravest security threats. Evans J.R. Revere, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies, addressed where U.S. policy on North Korea is heading. Will the U.S. accept […]

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Episode 22: The 2018 Global Economic Outlook

Guest: Michael Weidokal  As 2017 comes to a close, Michael Weidokal, Executive Director of International Strategic Analysis in Luxembourg, addressed the key economic, trade, investment, and geopolitical issues that will shape the global economy in 2018. Weidokal also explored the predictions of improved economic growth in 2018 contrasted against uncertainty in the West and increasing […]

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Episode 21: The Myth of China’s Might- And What It Means for America

Guest: Jeremy R. Haft Jeremy R. Haft, a 20 year veteran of the China market, adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and CEO of SafeSource Trading, an export trading firm, discussed the rise of China and its true economic might. With U.S. security concerns in Asia influenced by China’s economic power, Haft addressed whether or not […]

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Episode 20: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Future of U.S.-Cuba Policy

Guest: Ambassador Charles Shapiro  Obama era Cuba policy rollbacks had begun to thaw relations with the island nation when the Trump Administration reversed some but not all of the re-opening to Cuba. Now with the mysterious health attacks against U.S. diplomats and the expulsion of Cuban diplomats from the U.S., tensions are escalating between the […]

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Episode 19: Six Years Later: An Exploration into the Syrian Civil War

Guest: Faysal Itani  Faysal Itani, Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council,  joined CCWA for our first Foreign Policy Forum of the Fall 2017 season. After six years of armed conflict, 11 million refugees and internally displaced persons and almost 500,000 casualties in Syria, Itani explored what is […]

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