Happy Dog Takes on the World: Stories from the Border- DACA, TPS, and the Future of Immigration

Immigration and asylum are becoming two of the largest – and most controversial – issues worldwide. Political upheaval, displacement crises, changes in border security, and increases in nationalistic viewpoints have limited mobility for those escaping conflict, persecution, and seeking a better life.In the U.S., the Trump administration’s commitment to ending two programs, the Deferred Action for […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The End of Pax Americana?

“Pax Americana” commonly refers to the decades of relative peace experienced amongst the world’s most powerful nations after World War II. This peace is often attributed to the United States’ stability, economic strength, and preponderance of power – and, arguably, its position as a moral center, dedicated to preserving freedom, democracy, human rights, and the […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Korean Peace Process

During a summit on June 12, 2018, President Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-Un, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK), signed an agreement pledging to “build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula” including complete denuclearization and the recovery of POW/MIA remains. How does this current agreement between U.S. and […]

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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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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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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Putting the U.S. War on Terror in Historical and Global Context

  Join us, the City Club, Global Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) as WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer talks with Lisa Hajjar, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara, on the history of torture and how its ramifications affect U.S. politics, both nationally and globally. […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: What Can the U.S. Learn from Healthcare Models around the World

Compared to other rich democracies, the U.S. spends much more of its national wealth on healthcare, has among the lowest life expectancy statistics, and is the only nation with large portions of its citizens uninsured. Yet, crafting major legislation to improve conditions is very difficult.  Democrats worked for more than four decades to pass the first major expansion […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Cyber Security

The frequency of cyber attacks across the globe has increased significantly in recent years. Investigations into Russian efforts to influence the recent U.S. presidential election are still ongoing and similar hackings occurred during France’s last election cycle. Within the past couple of months, computer systems stretching from Britain’s public health system to Russia’s Interior Ministry were […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: A New U.S. Foreign Policy– ISIS, Middle East Peace and Trump’s Trip Abroad

President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad can, in many measures, be judged a success, largely avoiding the controversies that loom over his administration in Washington. His swift condemnation of the terror attack in Manchester during his press conference with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and speech on terrorism in Saudi Arabia won praise even from some […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Free Speech and Censorship in Turkey

The past decade has seen Turkey veer from the path of a democracy to authoritarian consolidations of power under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Beginning with the police crackdown on protests over the razing of Gezi Park in 2013 and, mostly recently the jailing of thousands of academics, judges and journalists after a failed coup attempt in July of 2016. […]

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