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World Affairs

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

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

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"Who has the capacity for the most violence? The state. No one is better armed than the state." – Karen Beckwith, Ph.D.

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 with tenuous relations to the United States. Seen from Washington, fears of instability and unrest often outweigh commitment to beneficial change. At the same time, activists across regions struggle to fashion bonds of solidarity turning local injustices into global campaigns.

Taken together, it often feels as if the global communityisatthebrink of massive unrest. Is that true? What constitutes a revolution and a hope for a better world? What drives ordinary citizens to brave the risks of protest? When and why do political leaders decide to resist or reform? What happens when revolts fail - or when they succeed?

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 with Pete Moore, Ph.D., M. A. Hanna Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University, and Karen Beckwith, Ph.D., Flora Stone Mather Professor and Chair Department of Political Science, at Case Western University, on the global implications of the today's revolutions.

This conversation will be moderated by Carina Van Vliet, former Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.

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

Schedule: 7 p.m. Doors open
7:30 p.m. Event begins
8:45 p.m. Event ends

This event is free - no registration required.

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