Last year, the United States (U.S.) and Cuba began restoring diplomatic ties and relaxing some trade and travel restrictions. It was a significant thaw in a relationship that has been frosty for more than 55 years. However, it is still a long way from a full scale lifting of the U.S.'s economic embargo on the island nation.
This past year, Engage Cuba has worked to build support for normalizing relations with Cuba both in D.C. and in important heartland states such as Ohio. A recent Atlantic Council poll, conducted by prominent GOP pollster Glen Bolger, found that a majority of Americans, including Ohioans from both parties, support lifting the trade embargo and travel restrictions and endorse the restoration of diplomatic relations. Engage Cuba representatives, their partners at the Atlantic Council, and Mr. Bolger will be joined by Ohio voices for a conversation about the implications of new Cuba policy.
Luke Albee, Senior Advisor, Engag...
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly 60 million people were considered refugees in 2014 - the highest level since 1945. More than half are children. Ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Myanmar, and Central America are responsible for the drastic increase in displaced people.
The United States (U.S.) is one of the world's top resettlement countries for refugees. In 2015, The Migration Policy Institute reported resettling nearly 70,000 refugees. But could - or should - we be doing more?
Join us for a conversation with Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, on the worldwide refugee crisis and how Americans can help.
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The American energy landscape has shifted over the past few years. Shale gas, natural gas, and domestic oil production – along with solar power and other renewable energies - have increased dramatically. These changes affect the current United State (U.S.) energy infrastructure.
In light of these changes, on April 21, 2015, the White House released the Quadrennial Energy Review (QESD), an examination of how to modernize the U.S. energy infrastructure. The report found our energy infrastructure to be outdated, making the nation vulnerable to the effects of climate change, terrorist attacks, and other threats. The cost to fix aging natural gas and oil pipelines, electrical grids, and railways is in the billions.
Join us for a conversation with D. Michael Langford, national president of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), on the vital role utility workers play in rebuilding our energy infrastructure for the 21st century.
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 significant as, over the decades, the EU has emerged as a powerful co-equal of the U.S. when it comes to regulating the global economy.
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 how the EU can face its 21st century challenges.
Elliot Posner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department ...
Well-intentioned efforts to improve the health of populations rarely succeed, usually because they have too little impact or reach too few people. Solving this problem requires thinking differently about health determinants and levers to change them.
As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from May 2009 to June 2014, Thomas Farley, MD, MPH advocated for innovative public policies, including making the city's parks and beaches smoke-free, prohibiting price discounting on cigarettes, raising the legal sales age of tobacco to 21, capping portion sizes of sugary drinks sold in restaurants, and restricting the burning of air-polluting dirty fuels to heat building.
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Farley, now CEO of The Public Good Projects, on opportunities to have a meaningful impact on the most important underlying causes of death in populations.
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