The Complicated Case of Iraq – An Inside Look into the Challenges of Democracy Building

What’s it like in Iraq today? How is it to live in the the Republic of Kurdistan and Erbil, thought by some to be the world’s longest continually inhabited city? Is democracy taking hold there as America considers continuing military withdrawal from the country?

Join us for a live discussion from Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq with Steve Driehaus.

Wednesday, April 21 @ 12PM (Noon) EST

Steve DriehausSteve Driehaus is Resident Senior Director in Iraq for the National Democratic Institute (NDI). He manages 16 Iraqi and other nationals who design and implement programs to support Iraqi democracy. NDI focuses on strengthening political parties, professionalizing offices and staff of Parliament Members, empowering women and youth to engage in the political process, and election monitoring.

Before joining NDI, Steve was President of Good Government Group, LLC, a consulting firm in the intersection of public policy, community engagement and economic development.  Steve was Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass, a regional initiative advocating on behalf of immigrants. Previously Steve served as Country Director for the Peace Corps in Morocco, after 4 ½ year service for Peace Corps Swaziland, and 2 years in Senegal after graduation from Miami. Steve is a former U.S. Congressman (2009-11) and an 8-year Ohio Representative.

When not overseas, Steve and his wife, Lucienne, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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A New Path Forward for U.S. Global Leadership in the 21st Century

Message to America: A United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) Town Hall with Secretary Robert M. Gates

Wednesday, July 15
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Robert M. Gates

As Secretary Bob Gates launches his new book – Exercise of Power – we invite you to join a conversation with the USGLC community and the former Secretary of Defense.

  • The interactive online town hall will dive in the Secretary’s new book and his views on how to lead America forward, including the importance of our civilian tools of global engagement.
  • RSVP is required for the Zoom event link and there will be time for audience Q&A with the Secretary, a member of USGLC’s National Advisory Council.
  • Signed and discounted copies of the book will be available for purchase for registered participants prior to the event.

Event sponsored by:

USGLC

U.S. Image Abroad: The Ongoing Case for the U.S. Peace Corps

An evening with Steve Driehaus
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

5:30-7 p.m. – Reception & Dinner
7:00-8:30 p.m. – Presentation and Discussion

Schiff Conference Center
Cintas Center at Xavier University

Steve Driehaus is a former Member of Congress and four term State Representative from Cincinnati. In addition to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal ’88-‘90, he spent six years as Country Director for Peace Corps in Swaziland and Morocco from 2011-2017.

Steve is currently the Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass, Cincinnati’s welcoming initiative for immigrants, and the Managing Partner of the Good Government Group.

Established in 1961, the Peace Corps has sent over 230,000 Volunteers to 141 countries around the world. There are currently 7,376 volunteers and trainees serving in 65 countries. While the foreign policy direction of the United States changes with each administration, Peace Corps remains a constant and integral presence in developing countries across the globe. Steve will discuss the relevance of the Peace Corps, 58 years in, and its ongoing contribution to US foreign policy.

Event Sponsored by:

World Affairs Council

FBI: The International Mission

An evening with Joseph M. Deters
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC)
Criminal Branch, Cincinnati

Thursday, February 28, 2019 – 5:30-6:15 p.m. – Reception
6:15 p.m. Dinner – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion

Schiff Conference Center
Cintas Center at Xavier University

Joseph M. Deters

Joseph M. Deters

In 2001 Special Agent Joseph Deters joined the FBI. From 2001-2008, he served in the Miami Field Office working on narcotics trafficking and as a member of the Latin American Extra-territorial Squad, focused on kidnapping, hostage taking and terrorism cases.

In 2008, he became Supervisory Special Agent to the National Gang Task Force including MS-13 and l8, at the Transnational Anti-Gang Unit in El Salvador. He was International Operations Division Legal Attaché overseeing all FBI operations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.

Additional posts include Supervisor of a Public Corruption Squad in Los Angeles and his current Cincinnati post. Before joining the FBI, Agent Deters was Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Puget Sound. His Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona.

Special Agent Deters will discuss the scope, diplomacy and relationships needed for successful FBI overseas operations through the 80 FBI field offices on foreign soil. His extensive work and experience in Latin America will offer a unique opportunity to understand the international dimension of U.S. anti-crime efforts.

Event sponsored by:

Xavier University - Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

World Affairs Council