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.
Amb. Marc Grossman examines what the intertwined future of Afghanistan and Pakistan looks like after American withdrawal from Afghanistan, and shares his experiences from his time as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011-2012). Amb. Grossman is former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2001-2005), and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (1994-1997).
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 […]
President Obama recently announced the most sweeping change in U.S. policy toward Cuba since the 1961 embargo was imposed. Ted Piccone discusses the events that led to this historic change in U.S.-Cuban relations and the changes that have been taking place in Cuba over the recent years. Mr. Piccone is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
CCWA kicks off our 2014-15 season with a timely examination of the situation in the Middle East. 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 stop these extremists? Dr. James Zogby will discuss conditions in the region and prospects for success in destroying ISIS.
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 […]
The second year of CCWA’s marquee event — celebrating insight, engagement, and international action. The Global Impact Award recognizes an individual or organization whose actions have had positive impact in helping to create greater understanding and cooperation among people or countries around the world. Each year the council selects a Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker who […]
We’re proud to announce the venue and details for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. This year’s yearly gathering of the Council’s key stakeholders and supporters will take place at the Ariel International Center. For more information about this event, please see the event listing for the 2014 Annual Meeting.
With troubles in Europe’s East only to get worse after Sochi, Damon Wilson will focus on what’s happening on the frontiers of freedom in Europe and Eurasia, why this matters to the U.S., and what the U.S. strategy on Europe’s East should be. Damon Wilson is executive vice president of the Atlantic Council. His areas […]