Accountability and Combating Corruption

In the midst of an economic rejuvenation from its “Rust Belt” days and an ongoing political renaissance, Cleveland has strong resources focused on all aspects of governance, ranging from promoting efficiency and transparency to the role of media in engaging the citizenry. In light of recent events, promoting transparent public relations with law enforcement officials […]

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Trade and Finance: Latin America and the Global Economy

In support of the 2014 Summit of the Americas and its call for action, this project will examine the U.S. economic system and the domestic economic forces that influence U.S. trade policy and the policy making process itself. Participants from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela will explore trends and patterns […]

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Addressing the Needs of Underserved and At-Risk Youth

The economic and civic marginalization of youth populations poses challenges for societies and threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of nations. In support of the 2014 Summit of the Americas and its call for action on continuing and new challenges in the hemisphere, this project will focus on U.S. efforts to expand educational, social, and […]

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Energy Security and Climate Change Resilience

Growing trends towards a “green energy” economy influence how international cooperation, environmental technologies, and government policies will develop in future years. The Cleveland Council on World Affairs presents a project that will incorporate these themes to educate participants in U.S. energy policy formulation, facilitate conversations about U.S.-European energy policy concerns, and to discuss strategies for […]

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Strengthening Central Banking and National Finance in Iraq

The security crisis created by ISIL, the continuing political challenges to maintain a unified Iraq, and the drop in oil prices have all contributed to increased pressure on two vital pillars of the Iraqi economy: the Central Bank of Iraq and the Ministry of Finance. This project will introduce participants to the U.S. Federal Reserve […]

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The Contemporary U.S. Economy: Financial Markets, Trade, and Economic Development

Ohio’s recent boom in exports over the last five years embodies the U.S. government’s efforts to boost small businesses in the global economy. In 2013, Ohio exported a record-breaking $50.5 billion of finished goods, with the largest share coming from Greater Cleveland. Numerous small businesses benefit from legislation that increases their access to international markets, […]

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TTIP: Trade and Economic Development

In 2013, President Obama and leaders from the European Council and European Commission announced that the US and EU would begin negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. TTIP is a comprehensive trade agreement that seeks to strengthen trade and investment ties between the US and the EU, increase economic growth, promote […]

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Trade and Finance: Latin America and the Global Economy

Latin America and the United States are closely interlinked in terms of trade. As of August 2014, U.S. producers were exporting three times more to countries in Latin America than to China; similarly, Central America and South America purchase 50% more goods from the United States than the Chinese. Including Mexico, total trade in imports […]

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Regional Revitalization through Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This project, with 9 representatives from the Czech Republic, will focus on a broad and balanced range of perspectives for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the United States. The group will look at the “Cleveland Model” of how to foster innovation and creativity, commercialization of academic and scientific research, and the work of innovation centers (such […]

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Understanding North Korea: Politics, Economics and Nuclear Weapons

Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Terence Roehrig is a Professor of National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He will explore some of the uncertainties around North Korea, including the state of Kim Jong-un’s succession, […]

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