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 […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Middle East Conflicts-Any Prospects for Resolution?

In the last five years, the Middle East has experienced the “Arab Spring” revolutions and counter-revolutions, civil wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, ISIS’s conquests and terrorism, Russian intervention and American decline, the nuclear deal with Iran, and lack of progress in Palestinian-Israeli relations. What can be done to stabilize the region and create […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: On Building Walls and Bridges- The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Since the end of the 19th century,  U.S. and Mexico have enjoyed a strong relationship characterized by close diplomatic and economic ties along their nearly 2,000 mile shared border. Mexico and the U.S. are key partners when it comes to trade as well as immigration. The U.S. is Mexico’s top trade partner with more than […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Challenges of Study Abroad

The number of college students choosing to study abroad is increasing, according to The Institute for Higher Education. Proponents of study abroad programs cite their benefit to individual personal growth through exposure to different cultures, governments and languages, and the acquisition of skills needed in a changing global economy. Critics argue the cost of these […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Brazil- Corruption, Impeachment, and the Rio Olympics

The news coming out of Brazil recently challenges the truism that “there is no such thing as bad publicity.” On June 17, fewer than 50 days before the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro has declared a “state of public calamity” as the country struggles to prepare for the games. This Olympic-sized […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Human Trafficking

According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing global crime, the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved and one of the largest sources of income for organized crime. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, while the U.S. Department of State’s 2007 […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Panama Papers

The Panama Papers are one of the largest data leaks in history: 2.6 terabytes that include 11.5 million documents from the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. Contained within the unprecedented volume of files are a network that expose how some of the global political elite use offshore bank accounts and shell companies […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World

Over the course of a decade-long recession, Puerto Rico has amassed a public debt of $72 billion, a staggering amount that the unincorporated U.S. territory is in danger of defaulting on in May. What are the potential consequences of a debt default for Puerto Rico and the United States? Join The City Club of Cleveland, the […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: “Person of the Year” or Her Big Mistake?

Time Magazine lauded Angela Merkel, the Federal Chancellor of Germany, by naming her “Person of the Year.” In Germany, however, she provoked mixed feelings and some serious opposition within her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Can she regain control? Join us, the City Club of Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, the Northeast Ohio Consortium for […]

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Global Conversation: Education in the Digital Age

CCWA welcomes you to a casual networking and conversation about Education in the Digital Age with CCWA’s international visitors from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa. The international visitors are higher education professionals and in Cleveland to learn about current technological trends in education; assess how new technologies impact student learning; examine partnerships […]

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