Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Legacy of World War II, 70 Years Later

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the City Club of Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium of Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES), team up to bring you a panel discussion on hot global issues located at the Happy Dog in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Seventy years ago, on September 2, 1945, Japan […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: When Disaster Strikes, Who Really Pays?

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the City Club of Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium of Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES), team up to bring you a panel discussion on hot global issues located at the Happy Dog in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: What You Need to Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal

The City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium of Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES), team up to bring you a a panel discussion on hot global issues. This month we will explore the Iran nuclear deal. The “agreed framework” announced by Iran, the United […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Refugees- Living in a Sea of Rejection from the World

Join us for the first Tuesday of each month,  while we explore a pressing global issue at the Happy Dog in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of people living as refugees from war or persecution is at 13 million in 2014, the largest number […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The World Water Crisis

The United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an essential step towards improving living standards worldwide. Yet, more than one billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water, putting them at risk for waterborne diseases. Water is a local problem and is increasingly scarce in many […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Mining – Social and Environmental Impacts in Latin America

The price of gold and other precious metals in the global market has risen in recent years — but what is the real cost of these commodities at the place of extraction? This free discussion will touch on the environmental damage done by modern mining, as well as on the threats to the rights of […]

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Happy Dog Takes of the World: Israel and Palestine – Where Are Things Headed Now?

One of the world’s most important and persistent conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has undergone important shifts in recent years. The American-led peace process has officially failed. Last summer’s violence ended with few possibilities for a lasting resolution. Meanwhile, political trends within Israeli and Palestinian society point to future obstacles to a negotiated peace. In addition […]

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The Happy Dog Takes on the World: China and Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement

Our Happy Dog takes on the World series continues on March 3. On February 19, China will celebrate its New Year – the Year of the Goat – and say good-bye to the Year of the Horse, a year marked by a number of significant tensions. These included a dispute that escalated with Vietnam over […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Gang Violence in Central America and the Causes of the Immigration Wave

Gang violence is prolific in Central America. According to Joaquín Villalobos, 145,000 gang-related homicides have occurred in the last decade within seven Central American countries – the most in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.  MS-13 (short for Mara Salvatrucha), an El Salvadorian street gang notorious for violent acts against rival gangs and innocent bystanders alike, has been declared a “transnational […]

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The Happy Dog Takes on the World: How to Get Smarter about the World

The world isn’t quite as large as it used to be. Advances in technology and communication can bring people together like never before, oftentimes so they can serve as a catalyst for change. And with increasing news coverage, we are aware of civil unrest in the Middle East, the emerging threat of ISIS, and the […]

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