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 2022-2023 CCFR Memberships are now available!

Our 2022-2023 CCFR season will offer a series of eight exciting programs that will explore the different regions of the world and key global trends. We are currently planning to host our 2022-2023 CCFR season programs in-person and have updated our COVID-19 policy for the new season (please see below). We offer three different membership levels. The Chargé d’Affaires membership plan offers our members a flexible way to experience CCFR. This level will offer our members all core membership benefits. Our members will pay $70 for each dinner they will attend. The Ambassador level membership gives our members access to all our programs – all eight dinners are included in the Ambassador level membership. The Under 35 membership offers young professionals an opportunity to join at a reduced rate.  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 2022-2023 CCFR Season

An Uneasy Ambiguity: A New Path for U.S. – China Relations
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 5:45 PM  | The Union Club
Ivan Kanapathy is the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 2018 to 2021 he served on the White House’s National Security Council staff as director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia and deputy senior director for Asian affairs. 

Why America’s Army Can’t Win America’s Wars: Ukraine, Afghanistan, and the Future of Conflict
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 5:45 PM  | The Union Club
John Nagl is Associate Professor of Warfighting Studies at the Army War College. A West Point graduate and retired Armor officer, he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in International Relations. His doctoral dissertation was published as “Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam.”

Nigeria: What is At Stake for Africa’s Largest Economy Facing Challenging 2023 Elections? 
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 5:45 PM | The Union Club
Oge Onubogu is senior program officer for Africa Programs at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) where she leads programming in Nigeria. In this position, she provides leadership, strategic management, and oversees the design and implementation of projects to promote inclusion and community security by partnering with policymakers, civic leaders, and organizations in Nigeria.


Coming Soon: The remaining topics this season will include analysis of the results of the Brazilian presidential elections, the shifting world order, global food security, the war in Ukraine, and the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia. Speakers and dates will be announced soon. 

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


COVID policy for CCFR programs

In light of the ongoing evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our members, speakers, and staff remain a priority for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

We ask that all CCFR members agree to maintain vigilance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • Refraining from attending CCFR dinners if you are experiencing symptoms, feeling unwell or have had recent contact with an infected person.
  • Maintaining a vaccination and booster schedule appropriate for your own risk level and health implications.
  • Continuing to follow local health authorities’ guidelines in an evolving environment.
  • Agreeing to comply with requests, such as masking if necessary, made by CCWA staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • When inviting a guest to attend a CCFR dinner, informing their guests of these agreements and confirming their intent to follow them.
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