Happy Dog Takes on the World: We the People-The Rising Tide of Global Populism

From the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States to Britain’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union to the ascendance of the nationalist Front National in France, people that feel economically left behind and/or culturally under threat are increasingly turning to “populist” leaders as a voice for their frustrations. While […]


Civil Society Activism: A Project for Mozambique

Creating a healthy multicultural city requires civic engagement to promote ethics, civil rights, and tolerance. That is why the Cleveland Council on World Affairs is proud to welcome visitors from Mozambique for a program entitled “Civil Society Activism” in early November. This program will focus on expanding civil society, promoting democracy, and advancing an engaged […]


Grassroots Democracy and Citizen Participation: A Project for Venezuela

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs will be welcoming visitors from Venezuela for a program entitled “Grassroots Democracy and Citizen Participation” in early October. This program will focus on how organizations, individuals, and candidates prepare for and execute campaigns on a grassroots level. The visitors will learn about civic engagement, outreach, and mobilization within the […]


Community Event: Is Islam Compatible with Freedom?

Join the City Club for a conversation with Mustafa Akyol on the relationship between Islam and freedom. According to Pew Research Center, Islam is expected to surpass Christianity as the most common religion worldwide by 2050. According to Pew’s projections, Islam will grow by 73 percent while Christianity will grow by 35 percent — resulting in […]


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.


Local Governance in the U.S.

Seven Indonesian visitors will be in Cleveland to study our city and county governments and learn about various grassroots initiatives to promote democratic government processes. While here, they will focus particularly on accountability and transparency in government and how fiscal responsibility helps ensure governments uphold these standards. Visitors will meet with a South Euclid councilman […]

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