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Charlotte Talks: Cold, Snow Put Focus On Homeless; Diplomat's View On Mideast And Foreign Service


Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

As the weather turns brutal again, what's being done to shelter the homeless? Mike Collins looks into that, then former ambassador Ryan Crocker discusses continued conflict in the Middle East and turmoil in the diplomatic corps.

Mecklenburg County's Shelter Policy

During our recent cold snap, in which temperatures fell into single digits at night, a Mecklenburg County commissioner criticized the county as not doing enough to get the homeless into shelters.

As a new wave of winter weather moves into the area, an emergency shelter was opened at the Grady Cole Center. County leaders were set to discuss the shelter policy Wednesday, but that meeting has been canceled.

Credit Diedra Laird/ The Charlotte Observer

We look at the steps that get the homeless out of the cold.


Rich Granger, deputy chief, Charlotte Fire Department; director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management

Ambassador Ryan Crocker and "Causes and Consequences" in the Middle East

Tension and conflict in the Middle East continue as they have for decades.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker

Almost no one has been more a part of US diplomatic relations in that region than Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who has been ambassador to Middle Eastern countries six times since the early 90’s, and as part of the foreign service in that region since the early 70’s.

Crocker visits Charlotte this week under the auspices of the World Affairs Council Charlotte, but before that, he joins Mike Collins, to talk about “causes and consequences” in the Middle East and the US involvement there, and his views about the future of the Foreign Service.


Ryan Crocker, diplomat in residence at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He’s been a US Ambassador to several Middle Eastern countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Event: Ambassador Crocker is in Charlotte to speak to the World Affairs Council Charlotte this week. Information about events related to his visit here.