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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Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Origins of ISIS and its Place in Political Islam

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has emerged as the most  terrifying and brutal of extreme jihadist groups in the Middle East. It  controls hundreds of square miles, all the way from Syria’s  Mediterranean coast to the south of Baghdad in an attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate or state. In recent weeks, […]

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The Ebola Epidemic

We are currently in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The World Health Organization anticipates nearly 20,000 people will be infected before the outbreak ends. Join Steven Gordon, M.D., Chairman of Infectious Disease at Cleveland Clinic, and Chris Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University, […]

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The Costs of the Cup: FIFA, Brazil and the Big Questions in International Sports

Join us the first Tuesday of each month to tackle current issues at a world affairs happy hour at the Happy Dog. This month, join special guests that will discuss the politics behind the World Cup. Featured Speakers: Otto Orf, former goalkeeper of the Cleveland Crunch (1989-2004) Jose Sola, Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State […]

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Making Sense of the Ukraine-Russia Crisis

The Inaugural event in a new joint series — Happy Dog Takes on the World — presented by the Council on World Affairs and the City Club of Cleveland. Join special guest experts on Russia and Ukraine, including Professor Stephen Crowley, Chair of the Russian & East European Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies departments at […]

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