Securing the Future in a Changing Middle East with Ambassador Ryan Crocker

Since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions, is the U.S. heading toward an inevitable war with Iran or is reconciliation possible? What are the workable policy options for the United States in the Middle East given the constant changing power dynamics? Will the Administration’s maximum pressure […]

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Exploring Russia’s Role in the Middle East

Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Anna Borshchevskaya is the Ira Weiner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where she focuses on Russia’s policy towards the Middle East. Borshchevskaya suggests that although many were surprised by Putin’s intervention in Syria, it was years in the making. Borshchevskaya will […]

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Deputy Governors’ Oversight and Advisory Capacity

In this IVLP program, a group of deputy governors from Afghanistan will explore connections between federal, state and local governments, and the principles of representative democracy. While in Cleveland, the program will focus on the major corruption case that occurred in Cuyahoga County in 2008 that involved County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and over 50 other […]

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Strengthening Local Government Financial Management

A group of seven financial and legal government officials from Iraq will be visiting Cleveland to address topic concerning ethical leadership, transparency, and accountability, and the best ways to efficiently manage public funds and budget at a local level. The visitors will have an opportunity to examine financial transparency best practices through workshops and meetings […]

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Episode 24: The New Afghanistan Policy: How New Is It and What’s It Worth?

Guest: Ambassador Ronald Neumann CCWA hosted former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and current President of the American Academy of Diplomacy Ronald E. Neumann for a discussion on U.S. policy on Afghanistan. In August 2017, the Trump Administration announced a policy shift increasing troops in Afghanistan and dropping the time limits of U.S. departure from the […]

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The New Afghanistan Policy: How New and What’s It Worth?

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Join CCWA as we host former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and current President of the American Academy of Diplomacy Ronald E. Neumann for a discussion on U.S. policy on Afghanistan. In August 2017, the Trump Administration announced a policy shift increasing troops in Afghanistan and […]

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Oman: An Island of Peace in the Middle East

Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  In a sea of conflict, Oman, the oldest independent state in the Arab world, is one of the most traditional countries in the region and one of the most peaceful. Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy, the Omani Ambassador to the United States, will join CCWA […]

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Women as Political and Community Leaders

Women in Cleveland have long been civil rights and equal rights leaders in a wide range of fields from law and civil society to politics and aviation. In order to explore the important contributions of today’s women in both the public and private sectors, IVLP participants from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and 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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Episode 19: Six Years Later: An Exploration into the Syrian Civil War

Guest: Faysal Itani  Faysal Itani, Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council,  joined CCWA for our first Foreign Policy Forum of the Fall 2017 season. After six years of armed conflict, 11 million refugees and internally displaced persons and almost 500,000 casualties in Syria, Itani explored what is […]

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