Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations


Informed discussions, candid dialogue and personal interaction with top experts and diplomats make the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations (CCFR) the right forum for those passionate about world affairs. The intimate dinner and dialogue format provides a rare opportunity to have in-depth, off-the-record discussions with nationally-known experts on the key events and trends that are shaping the lives and futures of people around the globe. Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations topics are nuanced and our speakers offer unique perspectives from their own experiences. Participation is exclusive to members and their guests. 

Member Benefits Include:

    • Networking with other internationally-minded professionals in Cleveland
    • The opportunity to invite a guest or spouse to attend events
    • A complimentary annual subscription to the quarterly Foreign Affairs magazine, with the choice of receiving the publication in print, digitally, or both
    • A one-year subscription to DailyChatter, an insightful guide to notable world news, delivered to your email inbox every weekday morning
    • An individual membership in the Cleveland Council on World Affairs
    • Complimentary valet parking at the Union Club for CCFR events

The 2020-2021 CCFR Memberships are now available!

We are still assessing the impact that COVID-19 will have on our programs during the 2020-2021 season. We are committed to organizing our series of eight exciting CCFR programs; whether we host them virtually or in-person will depend on the evolving context. Membership in CCFR supports the planning and implementation of these programs, as well as our ability to continually distinguish the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations in the community as uniquely dedicated to deepening our knowledge of international affairs.  

Our membership structure for CCFR has essentially stayed the same for the coming year. The Chargé d’Affaires membership plan offers our members the most affordable way to experience CCFR. This level will offer our members access to all virtual programs, and all other membership benefits. If we are able to resume in-person programming during the upcoming season, our members will pay $65 for each dinner they will attend. The Ambassador level membership gives our members the option to support the Council financially during this challenging time. If we are able to resume in-person programming during the upcoming season, all dinner programs are included in the Ambassador level membership. For more information about membership benefits at each level, please see the membership descriptions below. 

Please contact Jenni Carney ( with any questions regarding CCFR membership. 


The 2020-2021 CCFR Season Preview:

Randolph Bell and Anders Åslund: The Geopolitics of Energy: A Look at Russia and Saudi Arabia’s Role
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 6:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Karen Donfried: Germany and America’s Changing Relationship
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 6:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Cynthia Arnson: Security Challenges and Prospects for Peace in Colombia
Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Ambassador Reuben Brigety: Emerging Powers in Sub-Saharan Africa
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 6:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Celina Realuyo: Countering Global Terrorist Funding and Illicit Networks
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 6:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Thomas Countryman: Nuclear Proliferation Risks and Concerns 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 6:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

Rear Admiral Paul Becker: Grand Strategy in the Asia-Pacific 
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 6:00 PM, Zoom Webinar

For a look at the past five years of CCFR programming and our Committee’s recent history, please click here.

The remaining 2020-2021 season schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

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