Happy Dog Takes on the World: Is Democracy Dying?

According to Freedom House, from 1973 to 2005, the number of democracies worldwide increased dramatically, however, over the past decade, the organization recorded a decline in global freedom. From India to Turkey and Russia, we’ve seen democracy give way to autocracy. The U.S. was not immune to this trend. For more the 200 years, Americans have […]

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

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Join CCWA as we host 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 […]

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Oman: An Island of Peace in the Middle East

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  In a sea of conflict, Oman, the oldest independent state in the Arab world, is one of the most traditional countries in the region and one of the most peaceful. Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy, the Omani Ambassador to the United States, will join CCWA […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Contentious Politics and the Global Implications of Revolt and Revolution

During the last decade, social opposition movements, revolts, and protests have swept across the globe. From Iran to Palestine and Ferguson to Venezuela, protestors have braved dire consequences to make their voices heard. Revolutionary grievances have included socio-economic concerns, demands for gender equality, and calls for justice and dignity. But genuine social revolutions are rare […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Venezuela- Corruption, Instability and Economic Crisis

First colonized by Spain in 1522, Venezuela was one of the first Spanish-American territories to gain full independence in 1830. Throughout the next 150 years, under military and dictator rule, Venezuela became one of the world’s leading exporter of oil. Since 1958, the country has had a series of democratic governments but suffered significant political turmoil as […]

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The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: How Does This End?

 Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  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, will address where U.S. policy on […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Terrorism, Conflict, and Crises of Leadership in Africa

Please note: Happy Dog Takes on the World will be held the second Tuesday in December (not the first).  Much of the world is marred by conflict and crises of leadership and  Africa is no exception. After a contentious and violent election process that left dozens dead – and included the Supreme Court invalidating the […]

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The 2018 Global Economic Outlook

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  *Please note the new location. This program has been moved from the Union Club to the Drury Inn.  As 2017 comes to a close, Michael Weidokal, Executive Director of International Strategic Analysis in Luxembourg, will address the key economic, trade, investment, and geopolitical issues that […]

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Youth Empowerment and Basketball in Morocco

Join CCWA as we host Mr. Amine Zariat who will deliver a TED-style talk on his efforts to reach marginalized youth in Morocco. As an advocate for youth empowerment, Mr. Zariat will tell the story of how his organization, the Association TIBU Maroc, gave Moroccan youth the tools to improve their lives through sport. Mr. Zariat […]

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The Myth of China’s Might – And What it Means for America

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  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, will discuss the rise of China and its true economic might. With U.S. security concerns in Asia influenced by China’s […]

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