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

"The silver lining is that we've gone four months and haven't gone to war or had an economic collapse." Michael Scharf, J.D.
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A Panel Discussion

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 from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. While there, he expressed enthusiasm for negotiating a long-elusive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. In Brussels, the President also appears to be well on his way to shifting the priorities of NATO allies closer to his own by concentrating more on terrorism and defense spending payment obligations.


What are the global ramifications of Trump’s trip? How much of a foreign policy shift is the United States (US) experiencing under President Trump?

Join us, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Global Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) for a free discussion on the changing landscape of U.S. foreign policy.

Panelists include:

Kathryn Lavelle, Ph.D., Ellen and Dixon Long Professor in World Affairs, Case Western Reserve University

Michael Scharf, J.D., Dean and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Joseph C. Hostetler - BakerHostetler Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Milena Sterio, J.D., Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

This conversation will be moderated by WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer.


Location: The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, 44102


This series is presented with the generous support of an anonymous donor.


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  • Wayne Mesker

    See you there As the founder / co- promoter of next year's first annual Rock Against Oppression event scheduled for Feb.18,2018 in memory of the 2011 Libyan revolution that ended Gadaffi's evil reign,I'm extremely interested in how US Foreign Policy will address the plight of oppressed peoples around the world. The Rock Against Oppression idea was formed during the recent screening of Matthew Millan's documentary Stronger Than Bullets at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March & also has the support of Apo W Bazidi & Goran Zaneti whose film Resistance Is Life shone a light on Kurdish resistance to ISIL in the town of Kobane as seen through the eyes of an 8 yr. old village girl. I also was recently able to connect with a group of local Venezuelan activists - Ohio For Venezuela ( you can find them on Facebook ) protesting the oppressive situation occurring in their homeland .