The U.S. and Africa: Vital Interests

Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Ambassador Bruce Wharton, former Ambassador to Zimbabwe, served as an officer in the Foreign Service from 1985 to 2017. His career includes assignments in Latin America, Africa, Washington, Europe, and Asia. Ambassador Wharton will join the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations to discuss the rise […]

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Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability

Visitors from 16 countries throughout Africa will travel to Northeast Ohio to observe the effectiveness of the business sector in creating jobs and alleviating global poverty. This project will examine the regulatory systems that allow entrepreneurs to flourish while identifying policies that may discourage such enterprises. Visitors will get to explore various business models, support […]

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Empowering Communities Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

International visitors from Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe will travel to Cleveland to review best practices for preventing domestic and sexual violence and strategies for ensuring victims’ rights. Meetings will focus on legal services for victims of domestic violence; improving accountability in Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) examinations; and encouraging good […]

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U.S. Best Practices in Promoting Business Development

Business leaders, entrepreneurs, startup promoters, and government and economic officials from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe will travel to the U.S. to examine entrepreneurship support programs and small business development at the federal, state, and local level. A program in Cleveland will expose visitors to effective startup incubators at local nonprofits and […]

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Cleveland International Film Festival: Burkinabè Rising

CCWA is excited to be a community partner for the Cleveland International Film Festival documentary Burkinabè Rising. Burkina Faso is a small landlocked country in West Africa whose literal name translates to “the land of upright men.” Despite the country’s history of political, social, and economic crisis, Burkina Faso is on the rise. The growth the […]

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Cleveland International Film Festival: Burkinabè Rising

CCWA is excited to be a community partner for the Cleveland International Film Festival documentary Burkinabè Rising. Burkina Faso is a small landlocked country in West Africa whose literal name translates to “the land of upright men.” Despite the country’s history of political, social, and economic crisis, Burkina Faso is on the rise. The growth the […]

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Happy Dog Takes on the World: Terrorism, Conflict, and Crises of Leadership in Africa

Please note: Happy Dog Takes on the World will be held the second Tuesday in December (not the first).  Much of the world is marred by conflict and crises of leadership and  Africa is no exception. After a contentious and violent election process that left dozens dead – and included the Supreme Court invalidating the […]

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Women as Political and Community Leaders

Women in Cleveland have long been civil rights and equal rights leaders in a wide range of fields from law and civil society to politics and aviation. In order to explore the important contributions of today’s women in both the public and private sectors, IVLP participants from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the […]

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Youth Empowerment and Basketball in Morocco

Join CCWA as we host Mr. Amine Zariat who will deliver a TED-style talk on his efforts to reach marginalized youth in Morocco. As an advocate for youth empowerment, Mr. Zariat will tell the story of how his organization, the Association TIBU Maroc, gave Moroccan youth the tools to improve their lives through sport. Mr. Zariat […]

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Africa’s Future and Why It’s Important to the U.S.

Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Ambassador Tibor Nagy currently is vice provost for international affairs at Texas Tech University and served as U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia from 1999 to 2002 and to Guinea from 1996 to 1999. Ambassador Nagy will explore how the next presidential administration will respond to the […]

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