KQV Global Press Conference
Reflecting on the Arab Spring: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
February 1, 2015
This half-hour radio program will feature Dr. Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. He will discuss "Reflecting on the Arab Spring: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East” with host Council President, Dr. Steven E. Sokol.
Special Seminar and Video Conference
The Life of a Diplomat
February 2, 2015
During this special seminar, Ambassador Hill will highlight his newest book, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, and reflect on the opportunities, challenges, success, and failures he faced during his career. Following Ambassador Hill’s remarks, students will have the opportunity to ask questions during a moderated discussion.
Public Policy Discussion and Luncheon
Reflections on a Life in Diplomacy
February 2, 2015
Join the Council for a discussion with a highly regarded former career diplomat and four-time ambassador as he reflects on his career and offers insights concerning today’s foreign policy challenges and opportunities.
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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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