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Africa: Facts, Fiction and Reality- Why Does it Matter to the United States?

February 04, 2020

The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas.

Please note this Forum is now on February 4, 2020. It was previously scheduled for March of 2020. 

Africa’s economic and political landscape is rapidly changing, and 7 of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world are now found in sub-Saharan Africa. Overall, Africa is a continent of great opportunity, but it faces unique and difficult challenges, including extreme poverty and high rates of terrorism and insurgency. Join the Cleveland Council on World Affairs as we host a Foreign Policy Forum with Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield for a discussion of Africa’s future and it’s importance for U.S. security and economic interests. Why should Africa be a priority for U.S. policymakers?


Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield (ret.) is a former American diplomat who served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs from 2013 to 2017. She is currently Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, D.C.






5:30 PM Reception

6:00 PM Program begins

6:45 PM Q&A

7:15 PM Program concludes

Admission: Non-Members $25; Members $15; Students $5

Location: The Union Club, Wedgwood Room. 1211 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Registration has closed – this event is SOLD OUT. 


Parking at the Union Club is $10 (cash only) for valet service. Additional parking options include other lots in the downtown area and street parking, if parking restrictions are not in place. Car services, such as Uber and Lyft, are always an option. CCWA also encourages walking, biking, or public transportation, including the RTA.



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