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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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