International Dialogue for Our Local Community

Foreign Policy Forums


CCWA’s Foreign Policy Forums bring national subject matter experts, government officials, and diplomats to Cleveland to explore relevant and timely geopolitical topics. These public programs are held September to May and are open to CCWA members as well as the general public. Members receive reduced pricing on tickets; students attend for free thanks to the Dr. and Mrs Wael and Sawssan Khoury fund.

Join us to learn about world affairs, explore key issues, and engage in dialogue with guest speakers. Our audience includes internationally curious individuals, business leaders, community leaders from around Northeast Ohio, students, and educators. Topics range from U.S. foreign policy to world economics, humanitarian crises, and current global issues of geopolitical importance. Upcoming events are listed below – for additional updates on future Foreign Policy Forums, subscribe to our e-mail newsletter.



For the latest events and upcoming Foreign Policy Forums, be sure to check our Calendar section.

Dr. Ajay Chhibber, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council

India: The Emerging Geopolitical and Economic Power — Prospects and Challenges
Details & Registration

Dr. Jennifer Sciubba, author of 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World

Global Population: Sorting Fact from Fiction
Details & Registration

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.


Having returned to Cleveland after living overseas, CCWA has been a wonderful resource for me to find the internationally minded folks in the Cleveland business community. I can count on CCWA to bring compelling speakers from leading institutions to discuss hot-button topics in international affairs. The organization was instrumental in helping me connect with fascinating and diverse people in the area — CCWA really does connect Cleveland to the world.

Ben Gebhardt


Global Impact Awards

CCWA's Global Impact Award recognizes an individual or organization whose leadership has led to greater global understanding and cooperation. This annual event includes dinner, a program, and the Brooks Emeny Distinguished Lecture, delivered by our honoree.

Details about this year's event will be available soon. For more information or general inquiries about the Global Impact Awards, please contact Jenni Carney at jcarney@ccwa.org.


Contribute to Global Connections


For a century, the CCWA has brought diverse perspectives on issues of international import to Cleveland. Much of our programming is made possible by the the support of our members and the generosity of our donors. Will you help us continue to create global connections?