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February 2019

Preventing Conflict – The Role of Diplomacy and Development in Reducing Insecurity

The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violent conflict, trapping millions of innocent men, women and children in cycles of poverty and displacement. More than 550,000 people die from violence every year in places like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, while the annual humanitarian need globally has increased from $3.5 billion to over $20 billion since 2004. In 2016, only 2 percent of official development assistance to fragile countries was dedicated to conflict prevention. Yet, we know these programs…

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September 2020

State of the Middle East

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to welcome back distinguished author and professor of Government at Austin Community College, Roy E. Casagranda, PhD  for a discussion on the State of the Middle East. Attendees will obtain answers to these questions: What has three and of half years of Trump brought the Middle East? What does the Middle East look like post US-hegemony? How do Trump’s NATO positions impact the Middle East? Afghanistan-Iraq-Syria-Yemen, how has invasion and civil war…

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