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Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Negotiating with Tehran: Historic Achievement or Historic Mistake?
December 6, 2013
The response to the recent nuclear deal with Iran is mixed. The spectrum of opinions will undoubtedly multiply as the world watches in eager anticipation to what could potentially be — according to President Obama — “a new path toward a world that is more secure.” Will diplomacy work? Join the Council and two veteran Iran experts as we examine the challenges and opportunities surrounding these negotiations.
KQV Global Press Conference
In the Wake of the Arab Spring: What’s Next?
December 7, 2013
This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan; Creator of Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion. He will discuss "In the Wake of the Arab Spring: What’s Next?" with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.
KQV Global Press Conference
Learning from Abroad: Vocational Training Through Innovation and Cross-Cultural Exchange
December 8, 2013
This half-hour radio program will feature a German vocational training delegation. They will discuss "Learning from Abroad: Vocational Training Through Innovation and Cross-Cultural Exchange" with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.
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Women in Cuba: Emerging Trends and Lessons for U.S. Policy to the Region
March 19, 2013
Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh
This event has been canceled. For more information, please call Dan Law at 412-281-1259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ninety miles. This is the distance that separates the United States from Cuba. On clear days, one can see the shores of Cuba from the Florida Keys. So close, yet so far away... This expanse has been emblematic of the U.S.-Cuban relationship for decades. By far the largest Caribbean island both in geography and population, Cuba has been a flash point in American politics, and has left many divided on how to approach the Communist nation closest to the U.S. mainland.
With Raúl Castro’s recent announcement that he will resign at the end of his current term and the Cuban government’s efforts to introduce economic reform, it is well worth watching the developments in Cuba. Half of Cuba’s population of 11 million people are women — and they are gaining momentum as an important political voice. This month, the Center for Democracy in the Americas is releasing a report titled “Women’s Work: Gender Equality in Cuba and the Role of Women Building Cuba’s Future.” Join the Council and a leading Cuba expert to learn more about the influential island nation and those who shape it — as well as the economic, political, and social influencing not just Cuba but Latin America as a whole.
Sarah Stephens is the Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA), which she launched in 2006. A long-time human rights advocate, she began her work in the 1980s at El Rescate, a center for Central American refugees in Los Angeles, and then worked for the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee on human rights. She later founded and directed Artists for a Hate Free America, an entertainment industry-backed organization geared toward encouraging youth involvement in human rights and civil rights issues.
In her current capacity, Ms. Stephens works with U.S. policymakers, journalists, and others to change the debate on U.S. foreign policy toward the Western Hemisphere. She has led numerous delegations to Latin America on fact-finding and research missions. She has advocated for changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba before Congress, and at forums in the United States and in Latin America. Her commentary has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, Huffington Post, and the Havana Note.
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