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As the federal government shutdown dominated news headlines, attendees of State of the World 2019 were treated to an insiders’ view of the chaos in D.C. by some of the top names in political journalism. It was a riveting start to the second annual event of the Dorothea Green Lecture Series, hosted by the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, along with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and The American Interest.

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Green School students were among a group of FIU students whose drive to solve issues facing the Western Hemisphere was on full display during a recent Washington, D.C. fly-in.These students met with appointed and elected officials and presented solutions for the region's needs. During the trip, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center also released two reports and led a stakeholder discussion of the trends facing the region.

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According to the 2018 FIU Cuba Poll, the longest-running research project measuring Cuban-American public opinion, Cuban-Americans in Miami are now evenly split on support for the U.S. embargo of Cuba – a striking contrast to the 2016 poll, where only 37 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the policy. This is the first Cuba Poll conducted since the midterms and the first since President Donald J. Trump took office.

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For more than two decades, FIU has led the way in capturing the pulse of the Cuban-American community in South Florida with its Cuba Poll, the longest-running research project measuring political attitudes of Cuban-Americans. Since President Obama’s decision to reestablish relations with the island nation in 2014, much has changed in the tone of U.S.-Cuba relations, particularly under the administration of President Donald J. Trump. FIU researchers will present the 2018 Cuba Poll on Friday.

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To help build a global cybersecurity workforce ready to meet the challenges of the cyber world head-on, the Gordon Institute broke ground and, in partnership with the Organization of American States and the Argentine Ministry of Security, created and organized its first cybersecurity certificate training program specifically targeted for professionals outside of the U.S. and hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Students from FIU’s Spanish language program at Qingdao University placed second in a prestigious national contest in Beijing – the first time any university from Qingdao has earned an award at the event. The students – who are working toward a dual degree in Spanish – competed against 38 teams, ending just six points shy of the first place winner. The contest included a live performance in Spanish of an original script based on the hit TV show Friends.

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During a visit to FIU, Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Aimee Viana explored the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice's trailblazing Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program and its special focus on combining theory and practice - and helping students earn credits for their degrees while learning in the field.

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This Fall 2018 semester was one for the history books. From former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera officially beginning his appointment as a distinguished visiting scholar at LACC to faculty earning major grants for groundbreaking research projects and leading scholars visiting campus to partake in great conversations with our FIU community, the Green School has lots of news to share!

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What is one of the best ways to learn about politics and history in Latin America? Through, heavy metal music, of course. During the fall semester Nelson Varas-Diaz — professor of Global and Sociocultural Studies — introduced FIU’s first heavy metal music class and is proving that heavy metal music in the region unlocks a whole lot more about Latin America than you’d expect.

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Lesther Alemán, a 20-year-old student opposition leader in Nicaragua, recently visited FIU and joined a panel of faculty experts for a conversation about the crisis raging in his country.

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