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April 2014

Globalizing Counterinsurgency and Policing in the Middle East

April 30, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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For more than a decade, wars on terror, popular events, and security crackdowns have dominated news from the Middle East. How does policing operate in such a context? What has become of counterinsurgency? And how do these tactics affect our own government? Happy Dog on Detroit Ave. plays host to this event, jointly-presented by NOCMES and the City Club. Contribute to the conservation as we hear from Laleh Khalili, a professor of Middle East Politics at the University of London's…

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June 2014

Making Sense of the Ukraine-Russia Crisis

June 3, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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 Oberlin College, and Andrew Barnes, Associate Professor of Political Science at Kent State University, to talk about the situation in Ukraine. Additional information on the…

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July 2014

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

July 1, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 University Tom Mueller Bueno, Brazilian citizen Moderator: Ida Lieszkovszky Hargitai, producer on 90.3 WCPN’s Sound of Ideas This is a new series presented by the…

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September 2014

The Ebola Epidemic

September 2, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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, as they discuss the economic, political and medical ramifications of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Discussion to be moderated by Dan Moulthrop, CEO of…

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October 2014

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

October 7, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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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, ISIS beheaded three Western captives, leading nearly 40 nations to commit to the fight  against the militants. How did ISIS come into power? What are…

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November 2014

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

November 4, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 Ebola epidemic in Africa. With all of this information at our fingertips, how do we know what issues to focus on? Are there stories the…

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December 2014

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

December 2, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 criminal organization," and is just one of the many gangs operating in Central American countries partially responsible for the vast influx of Central American migrants,…

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February 2015

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

February 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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 contested waters in the South China Sea, growing antagonism with Japan and, most recently in the news, the Hong Kong protests that took place in…

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March 2015

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

March 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 to each society's own stakes in a peaceful resolution, persistence of this conflict feeds instability in the Middle East and aggravates global public opinion. Join…

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April 2015

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

April 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 local communities, the disruption of the social fabric, and the violations of human and legal rights of local people. Join the Cleveland Council on World…

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May 2015

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The World Water Crisis

May 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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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 areas of the globe. Climate change is exacerbating this crisis as severe, prolonged droughts that dry up water supplies in arid regions and heavy rains…

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June 2015

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

June 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 since World War II. Current events involving the ocean-bound Rohingya from Burma, have brought to light the realities of conflict worldwide, the measures these individuals…

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July 2015

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

July 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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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 States and five other world powers in April promised to lessen Iran's international isolation and economic sanctions in exchange for the elimination of its means to…

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August 2015

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

August 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 25, 2015, followed by a major aftershock on May 12, 2015. More than 9,000 people were killed and 23,000 were injured. According to the United…

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September 2015

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

September 1, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 formally surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II. "None of us knew then,” war correspondent Theodore H. White later wrote in his memoirs, “that…

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October 2015

Happy Dog Takes on the World- Welcome to Havana: A New Era in U.S.-Cuba Relations

October 6, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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On October 19, 1960, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized an embargo on exports to socialist Cuba, setting in motion an uneasy political relation that lasted more than 50 years. Diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in January 1961. A travel ban and an expanded export ban went into effect in subsequent years. All this in an attempt to put pressure on  Fidel Castro and weaken his rule. Despite these efforts, Castro outlasted 10 U.S. presidents and was in power for more than…

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November 2015

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Crisis in Yemen

November 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Yemen is unique. It is one of the oldest societies in the world and the poorest Arab country. Popular commentary often ignores Yemen as peripheral to the Middle East’s dominate themes, but this misses much. Propelled by the Arab uprisings in 2011, Yemeni society peacefully mobilized protests and forced its long ruling president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down. Today, Yemen finds itself mired in a violent contest between northern rebel groups and Saudi and Emirati forces. For Yemeni society,…

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February 2016

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Challenges of the European Union in the 21st Century

February 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of 28 member-states. Created after World War II to foster economic cooperation, the EU has delivered nearly half a century of peace, stability, and prosperity to its more than 500 million citizens. Currently, the EU is facing historic challenges -  Russia's resurgence, the sovereign debt crisis and the euro, the refugee crisis, aftermath of the attacks in France, terrorism and Schengen, and the possible exit of Britain from the EU. These challenges are…

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Global Conversation: Education in the Digital Age

February 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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 between educational institutions and private business or philanthropic organizations; learn about teacher training and continuing education and how to work with new technologies and integrate…

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March 2016

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

March 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES),  and the Cleveland Warburg Chapter for the American Council on Germany for a discussion on Angela Merkel and the politics of…

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May 2016

Happy Dog Takes on the World

May 3, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 Cleveland Council on World Affairs, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) for a discussion on the Puerto…

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June 2016

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Panama Papers

June 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 to conceal wealth and avoid domestic taxes. What effects will this newfound knowledge have on the credibility of world leaders and the fight against corruption?…

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July 2016

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Human Trafficking

July 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 Trafficking in Person Report states 600,000-800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. These rates have only intensified around the world…

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August 2016

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

August 2, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 commitment comes at the time of prolonged financial crisis for Brazil that may see the country soon unable to fund basic public services. If the…

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September 2016

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

September 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 programs, which are often too high to appeal to first-generation college  students and minorities. There are also safety concerns as the threats posed by intolerance…

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October 2016

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

October 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 $531 billion exchanged between the two countries in 2015. In addition to goods, more than one million United States citizens currently live in Mexico while…

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November 2016

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Next President’s Foreign Policy Inbox

November 10, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Regardless of which candidate prevails on November 8, the next President of the United States (U.S.) will inherit a complicated international landscape and mounting global problems. The Syrian civil war shows no signs of ending, with a U.S. brokered cease-fire having recently failed and ISIS continuing attacks in the Middle East and around the globe. The United Kingdom will begin Brexit talks with the European Union in early 2017, testing the strength of both a key ally and stability of…

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December 2016

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

December 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 favorable conditions for multiple conflict resolution processes? Join us, the City Club, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES)…

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February 2017

Happy Dog Takes on the World: We the People-The Rising Tide of Global Populism

February 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 the politics of these movements and leaders differ, the underlying message about people fighting the status quo and opposing a corrupt elite – the underlying…

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March 2017

Happy Dog Takes on the World- Crossing Borders- The Role of Art in International Relations

March 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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What role does art play when it comes to international relations? The poet  W. H. Auden famously wrote “for poetry makes nothing happen” in his 1940 eulogy In Memory of W.B. Yeats. While no poem can be credited with stopping a war or brokering a treaty, the role of the arts is conceivably larger than we might imagine. By forming a conception of ourselves in an ever-changing world, the arts allow us to better define how we relate to and…

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April 2017

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

April 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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. Concerns continue to mount about Turkey’s move to autocracy and the subsequent ramifications for free speech and academic freedom. Join us, the City Club, Global…

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June 2017

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

June 6, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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 of his critics. Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall, and one of the first people to take a direct flight…

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July 2017

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Cyber Security

July 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 damaged by malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA). A Ukrainian tax software product turned virus, dubbed Petya, also crippled computers across Europe and…

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August 2017

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Space Law

August 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 provides the basis for international space law. Its focus is on preventing the weaponization of space - from restricting nations' ability to claim celestial resources to prohibiting the testing of weapons of mass destruction in space. This concern over the weaponization of space dates from the Cold War, the race to the moon, and President Reagan's proposed Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed "Star Wars." The laws of space still apply to the more than 1,300 active satellites currently orbiting the…

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October 2017

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

October 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 after the creation of Medicare: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.  Since the ACA was passed, the percent of Americans without health insurance has…

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November 2017

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

November 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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  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. Location: The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, 44102

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December 2017

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Terrorism, Conflict, and Crises of Leadership in Africa

December 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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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 initial election results - Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected President of Kenya. In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, who recently was removed as a World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador for…

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February 2018

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Venezuela- Corruption, Instability and Economic Crisis

February 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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 a result of corruption and economic shocks caused by its reliance on oil. A collapse in confidence in the traditional political parties led to the…

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March 2018

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Contentious Politics and the Global Implications of Revolt and Revolution

March 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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During the last decade, social opposition movements, revolts, and protests have swept across the globe. From Iran to Palestine and Ferguson to Venezuela, protestors have braved dire consequences to make their voices heard. Revolutionary grievances have included socio-economic concerns, demands for gender equality, and calls for justice and dignity. But genuine social revolutions are rare and change fitful. Here in the U.S., President Donald J. Trump’s tweets and unfiltered comments have angered world leaders and threatened diplomacy efforts in nations…

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April 2018

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Is Democracy Dying?

April 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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According to Freedom House, from 1973 to 2005, the number of democracies worldwide increased dramatically, however, over the past decade, the organization recorded a decline in global freedom. From India to Turkey and Russia, we've seen democracy give way to autocracy. The U.S. was not immune to this trend. For more the 200 years, Americans have held fast to the country's seemingly impenetrable democratic systems and institutions, in checks and balances, and separation of powers. However, in January 2017, The Economist…

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June 2018

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Intersection of Clean Energy and National Security

June 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Clean energy is big business in the U.S. and around the world. In the electricity sector, global investments in new renewable energy capacity are outstripping those for fossil fuel. Meanwhile, rapid advancements in energy storage and electric vehicles are transforming global markets. A recent report from the CNA Military Advisory Board noted that the accelerating trend to advanced energy “will give rise to economic challenges–and opportunities–for the U.S., our allies, and our adversaries.” Energy is also a key challenge for our military. Our…

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July 2018

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Korean Peace Process

July 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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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 North Korea compare to past peace efforts? Is there any reason to believe this Summit, and the resulting agreement, will lead to legitimate change in…

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August 2018

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

August 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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"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 rule of law through soft power tactics. But is Pax Americana coming to an end? Externally, the rise of authoritarianism, mass migration, the threat of…

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October 2018

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

October 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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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 Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and Temporary Protection Status (TPS), has created uncertainty for thousands of immigrants as well as organizations who work primarily in developing countries marred…

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November 2018

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Forecast Calls For… A Global Trade War?

November 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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In October, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its global growth forecast, as tensions between the United States and its trading partners continues to escalate. IMF predicts the global economy will increase 3.7 percent - down from an initial estimate in April of 3.9 percent - due to several potentially disruptive trade policies: the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (replacing NAFTA) awaiting congressional approval, new tariffs imposed on $200B worth of goods from China, and the pending the US-Europe Trade Deal. In addition, global corporate…

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February 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: How America Confronts Terror

February 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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For the past 17 years, much of American national security has been focused on preventing another terrorist attack. To that end, the United States has invested countless resources in battling ISIS, the Taliban, and other forms of extreme terrorism around the globe. In December, President Donald J. Trump announced he was pulling 2,000 American troops out of Syria and 7,000 American troops out of Afghanistan, signaling his belief that the war on terror has been won. These decisions were not supported by many military…

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March 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Future of Energy Kingdoms: Oil, Politics, and the Persian Gulf

March 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Oil has moved many countries in the Persian Gulf - namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates - from global obscurity to some of the richest, most technologically advanced nations on earth. But that transformation doesn't come without consequences, as outlined in in Jim Krane's new book Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf. In the book, Krane expounds on how the Middle East has also emerged as a leading voice in energy…

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April 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Why and How Americans Should Care About the War in Yemen

April 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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For the last three years Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries, has been devastated by a civil war that has killed nearly 10,000 people and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Propelled by the Arab uprisings in 2011, Yemeni society peacefully mobilized protests and forced its long ruling president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down. Today, Yemen finds itself mired in a violent contest between northern rebel groups and Saudi and Emirati forces. Horrific human rights abuses, as well…

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May 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Citizen Participation in the Judicial System in Japan & East Asia

May 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Systems that incorporate juries into the legal decision-making process can significantly impact a country’s political system, political culture, and society. Bodies of average citizens can function as powerful tools in educating, ensuring justice, and enhancing the judiciary’s credibility. They also provide a valuable civic engagement tool that enables self-governance and facilitates checks on individuals, industry, and government. As societies face rapid change and related challenges, many nations are searching for potential solutions. Many civic reformers view jury systems both as a…

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September 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Conflict Over Kashmir

September 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Earlier this month, the Indian government moved to revoke special status of Indian-controlled Kashmir, a long-contested region abutting Pakistan and China that constituted India’s only Muslim-majority state. Since that decision, Kashmir remains virtually cut off from the rest of the world, in lock down with a strong military presence and no access to phones, television, or the internet. The Indian government, despite facing global criticism for its decision, maintains the change was necessary to tackle terrorism, corruption, and separatism and…

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October 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: The Battle over Brexit and the Future of Europe

October 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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European observers are currently focused on the United Kingdom as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed to leading Britain out of the European Union (EU) on October 31 "with or without a deal." However, the great uncertainty surrounding British decisions is only one of many challenges confronting the six-decade-long European cooperation project. In addition to “Brexit,” the EU faces an unpredictable post-Merkel Germany, ongoing popular opposition to President Macron in France, Italian political turmoil over coalition-building, an unsettled separatist…

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November 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: Music as Political Diplomacy

November 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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While international affairs seem dominated by the high politics of official representatives and ambassadors, a great deal of transnational interaction happens at the levels of citizens and collectives. An increasingly popular form of cultural exchange and citizen diplomacy is expressed through music. What goes into these efforts? How do such exchanges shape the foreign artists as well as the American musicians? What is the future of this kind of advocacy and what are its limits? Panelists include:  Angelin Chang, DMA,…

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December 2019

Happy Dog Takes on the World: How We Fight and Why it Matters, Ethics in Foreign Military Operations Today

December 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Military ethics has primarily grabbed the public's attention thanks to Hollywood. Through movies such as the Caine Mutiny, Platoon, and A Few Good Men, audiences have shared in the dilemmas of men and women in uniform as they struggle to discern what is right and wrong, and then try to do the right thing. Through television, and now through social media, increasingly the real-world rights and wrongs of our military are brought into our living rooms or onto our phones…

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February 2020

Happy Dog Takes on the World: What’s Next for the U.S. and Iran?

February 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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On January 3, 2020, the United States carried out a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq which resulted in the death of nine people, including Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a powerful security and intelligence commander and longtime leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. On January, 8, 2020, Iran retaliated by firing missiles at two American bases in Iraq. While no Iraqi, American, or coalition causalities were reported, recent reports indicate several American troops were treated for concussion…

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