CCWA Kicks off Centennial Foreign Policy Forum Season with Presenting Sponsor Margaret W. Wong & Associates


CCWA Announces Its Centennial Foreign Policy Forum Season with presenting sponsor Margaret W. Wong & Associates

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) is proud to announce its 2023-2024 Centennial Foreign Policy Forum series with presenting sponsorship support from Margaret W. Wong & Associates. This year, our Foreign Policy Forums will explore the role of the U.S. in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment, and how global events and trends impact the United States. Margaret W. Wong & Associates is partnering with CCWA as our Season Sponsor to support our public speaker programs throughout the year.

“CCWA has been sparking conversations about global issues since our founding in 1923. Clevelanders are curious about the world around us and CCWA is proud engage our neighbors and fellow citizens in conversations about our role in the world and the impact of the world on our lives here in Cleveland. We are deeply grateful to Margaret W. Wong & Associates for supporting our local dialogue on these vital issues,” says Carina Van Vliet, CCWA’s Chief Executive Officer.

“It is my privilege and honor to be the presenting sponsor of CCWA’s Foreign Policy Forum series for this awesome centennial season and support our Cleveland Jewel,” says Margaret Wong, Founder and Managing Partner of Margaret W. Wong & Associates.

Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC is a law firm dedicated to providing high quality, efficient, and prompt services to both corporate and individual clients on issues regarding immigration to the United States. The firm is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

CCWA’s Foreign Policy Forum series kicks off on September 26, 2023, with a program entitled The Bin Laden Papers: Exposing the U.S. Misunderstanding of Terrorism, with Dr. Nelly Lahoud, a professor at the U.S. Army War College. Information about our fall Foreign Policy Forum programs is included below.

CCWA’s Fall 2023 Foreign Policy Forum series

SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 AT 5:30pm | The Union Club

The Bin Laden Papers: Exposing the US Misunderstanding of Terrorism

Nelly Lahoud, Associate Professor, Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College; Senior Fellow, New America's International Security program

Based on insights from her book, The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth about Al-Qaeda, Its Leader and His Family, Dr. Nelly Lahoud will discuss how the U.S. can gain an understanding of terrorism in order to effectively counter it.

November 29, 2023 at 5:30pm | The Union Club

The Global Economic and Geopolitical Outlook for 2024: More Uncertainty Ahead?

Michael Weidokal, Founder and Executive Director of International Strategic Analysis (ISI)

2024 appears likely to be another year of global economic and geopolitical instability. Join Michael Weidokal, the Founder and Executive Director of International Strategic Analysis, to learn how you can prepare for the changes ahead in 2024.


More programs will be announced during the season. Please visit our website for updated information throughout the season.


CCWA’s mission is to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy and public dialogue.

For inquiries and more information:

To register for our programs, visit CCWA online at or call (216) 781-3730.

CCWA members receive discounted pricing to CCWA events. For more information, please contact Jenni Carney, Senior Director of Development and Marketing at or (216) 255-9005.



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