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An Analyst's Review of 2014 Foreign Affairs

Allison Shelley
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From Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and the collapse of the Russian currency, to the ongoing crisis in the middle east, to the ebola outbreak in west Africa and independence votes in Scotland and Catalonia, it’s been a typically busy year on the foreign affairs scene. 

Secretary of State John Kerry has logged plenty of frequent flier miles, and other diplomats have been well-traveled as well. Lake Effect contributor Art Cyr doesn’t have to log quite as much mileage – he only has to make the trip up I-94 from Carthage College in Kenosha where he is a Professor of Political Economy and World Business and the Director of the A.W. Claussen Center for World Business. 

He’s done that through the year – and he recently joined Bonnie North in the studio with a recap of the year in foreign affairs, commenting on the ongoing ISIS threats, to Russia, and on the most recent event of new relations between the United States and Cuba.

"I do think with age and time and the end of the Cold War, earlier passions have faded...On both sides it was a very passionate and intense hatred, particularly during the Kennedy administration when things in many different ways seemed to get out of hand," Cyr says.

Audrey is a producer, host and reporter for Lake Effect. She is involved with every aspect of the show — from conducting interviews, editing audio, posting web stories and mixing the show together.
Arthur I. Cyr is Director of the Clausen Center for World Business and Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College in Kenosha. Previously he was President of the Chicago World Trade Center, the Vice President of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, a faculty member and executive at UCLA, and an executive at the Ford Foundation. His publications include the book After the Cold War - American Foreign Policy, Europe and Asia (Macmillan and NYU Press).
Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.