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1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States

May 2014

Living in Putin’s Neighborhood

May 21, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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With troubles in Europe's East only to get worse after Sochi, Damon Wilson will focus on what's happening on the frontiers of freedom in Europe and Eurasia, and why this matters to the U.S.

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September 2014

The Threat of ISIS

September 23, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED - PLEASE PAY AT THE DOOR.  CCWA kicks off our 2014-15 season with a timely examination of the situation in the Middle East. Until recently, ISIS (the Islamic State) was an unknown entity.  Now ISIS is headline news and a greater threat to the world than Al-Qaida.  ISIS' ambition is to establish an Islamic caliphate.  Can they be stopped?  What can the U.S. and our NATO allies do to stop these extremists?  Dr.…

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November 2014

The Crisis in the Arab East and the Limits of U.S. Power

November 5, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Online registration for this event has closed. The United States has been the dominant external power in the Mideast/North Africa region since the end of WWII. The recent turmoil in the region should be a cautionary and humbling example of the limits of U.S. power and influence amid the ethnic and religious strife of states with artificial borders and age-old animosities.  Yet, the U.S. can’t afford to abandon certain regional responsibilities.What is the right balance of involvement for the U.S.…

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January 2015

Unauthorized Humanitarian Intervention: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

January 20, 2015
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Michael Scharf is an Interim Dean at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Previously, Scharf served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies. He is frequently cited in media around the world and assisted in the training of the judges in Iraq's Saddam Hussein trial. Scharf is the host of "Talking Foreign Policy" on WCPN 90.3 FM. He serves as Managing Director of the Public…

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A Changing Cuba and Its Implications for the United States

January 27, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States

Online registration for this event has closed. President Obama recently announced what officials call the most sweeping change in U.S. policy toward Cuba since the 1961 embargo was imposed. Ted Piccone will discuss the events that led to this historic change in U.S.-Cuban relations and the changes that have been taking place in Cuba over the recent years. Mr. Piccone is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings…

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March 2015

What’s Next in Afghanistan and Pakistan

March 10, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States

To register for this event, CLICK HERE. Ambassador Marc Grossman will examine what the future of the region looks like after American withdrawal from Afghanistan. Amb. Grossman is the former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011-2012), former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2001-2005), and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (1994-1997). To register, click here or call our office at (216) 781-3730. Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception with cash bar 6:00 PM Program begins 6:45 PM Q&A 7:15…

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April 2015

Taking the Curve: Navigating the New Latin America

April 14, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Latin America has transformed over the past decade, catapulting the region into an unprecedented era of innovation and opportunity. As the middle class rises and places new demands on governments and economies, Peter Schechter will discuss the developments that will define Latin America for years to come, the challenges that remain despite the progress, and the openings for the United States to engage the region like never before. Peter Schechter is Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at…

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May 2015

Civil Society and Rights Activism in China

May 4, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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China is undergoing radical social, economic and legal change on a daily basis. Three of its leading activists will discuss the current human rights situation in China, based on their collective decades of experience. Lu Jun, Yu Fangqiang and Zhou Dan will explore the spaces available for activism in contemporary China, and offer their predictions for the future developments of civil society in the Xi Jinping era. This event if free to the public, but registrations are requested. To register,…

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The European Union and the United States in 2015 – A German Perspective on Political and Economic Challenges

May 6, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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As the European Union’s largest creditor country, Germany has gained a significant role within the EU, both politically and economically. Consul General Herbert Quelle will be discussing Germany's leadership role in the European Union, and EU's relations with the U.S. Herbert Quelle is currently Germany's Consul General in Chicago in charge of the Midwest region. Previously, he was Consul General in Boston (2013-2014) and Germany's Ambassador to Baku (2010-2013). To register, click here or call our office at (216) 781-3730. Schedule: 5:30…

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September 2015

The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform

September 30, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Several years after the Arab Spring began, democracy remains elusive in the Middle East. The Arab Spring that resides in the popular imagination is one in which a wave of mass mobilization swept the broader Middle East, toppled dictators, and cleared the way for democracy. The reality is that few Arab countries have experienced anything of the sort.  Dr. Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations at…

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November 2015

The Outlook for the Global Economy in 2016

November 10, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. The global economy continues to struggle to generate pre-crisis levels of growth. Geopolitical risks are an increasing threat to the global economy. At the same time, exporters and investors are finding it increasingly difficult to find high-level growth markets. Michael Weidokal, Executive Director of International Strategic Analysis in Luxembourg, will explore what this means for the U.S. and other countries around the world in 2016. For more information about…

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The U.S. & Cuba: Can the Best of Enemies Kiss and Make Up?

November 17, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum    As the U.S. and Cuba forge a new path of diplomacy and cooperation, Ambassador (Ret.) Vicki Huddleston, Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999-2002 and a leading U.S. expert on U.S.-Cuban relations, will explore what is next for this historically turbulent relationship. Examining the economic, social, and political implications, Huddleston will speak to what challenges await the U.S. as the doors to Cuba finally re-open.  …

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January 2016

The U.S.-Canada Relationship After the Canadian Elections

January 12, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Christopher Sandrolini is the Director of Canadian Affairs at the U.S. State Department and he will explore the U.S.’s relationship with Canada after the recent election, how Canada became and remains our largest trading partner, and the critical economic partnership that has resulted. For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here to visit our CCFR page.

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Iran & The U.S.: The Road to Peace

January 26, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Dr. Seyed Mousavian is in route to Cleveland, and the event will proceed as scheduled. See you at the Union Club at 5:30! A former Iranian diplomat, Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian is a Research Scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University and his research focuses on the Iranian nuclear program and U.S. diplomacy efforts with Tehran. Mousavian will  explore details of the Iran Nuclear Deal,…

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February 2016

Dealing with Putin’s Russia

February 2, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: Election 2016: A Foreign Policy Forum  Steven Pifer, former Ambassador to Ukraine, now serves as  Director of the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and is a Senior Fellow  at the Brookings Institute. Ambassador Pifer will use his in-depth knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and U.S. foreign policy to examine what lies ahead in the U.S.’s relationship with Putin and the role of non-proliferation and arms control in this complicated relationship. Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception with cash…

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Brazil Beyond the Headlines: Looking at the Hard Choices Ahead

February 23, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Andrea Murta is the Associate Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at The Atlantic Center and she will lead a discussion on Brazil Beyond the Headlines: Looking at the Hard Choices Ahead. For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here to visit our CCFR page.

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March 2016

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

March 8, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, and has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy and strategic issues. Dr. Hill will lead a discussion on what lies ahead for the U.S.…

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The Strategic Future of the U.S. Army

March 21, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Our future Army will face challenges beyond conventional thinking and General David G. Perkins will share how recruiting the brightest minds as U.S. soldiers will help the Army succeed in a complex international stage. Perkins, a four star general, will explore the role the U.S. Army plays in evolving U.S. foreign policy strategies,  planning the future under budget constraints, and how it impacts U.S. national security. General David G. Perkins…

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EU – U.S. Free Trade & The Future of World Trade

March 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs, British Consulate-General and the European Union Delegation to the USA Presents: Together the EU and U.S. account for almost half of the world GDP and a third of global trade. The U.S. exports $500 billion each year to the EU, and an ambitious Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal could increase U.S. exports to the EU by 37% and create 750,000 new  U.S. jobs. This panel discussion will explore TTIP and the impact…

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April 2016

The Future of Europe: EU Ambassador to the U.S. David O’Sullivan

April 5, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Whether it is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the historic nuclear deal with Iran, or climate change negotiations, the European Union and the United States are increasingly called upon to demonstrate global leadership. EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan will join us to discuss the future of Europe, current U.S.-EU relations, and the policy positions that will have the most impact in the coming month. Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception with cash bar 6:00 PM Program begins 6:45 PM Q&A 7:15…

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Venezuela: The Erstwhile Ally

April 12, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Philip C. French retired as a senior career diplomat after 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. A former Director of Andean Affairs and Deputy Chief of Mission in Caracas, Mr. French will address the growing unrest in Venezuela and mistrust of the Maduro government, the country’s economic decline and the U.S.’s continued sticky relationship with the country. How…

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May 2016

How the West Can Win

May 4, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. Ambassador Volker serves as Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, DC. For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here to visit our CCFR page.

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June 2016

Choices Ahead: Exploring the Future of the Iran Deal

June 15, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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As the U.S. prepares to elect a new president, our panel will explore the status of the highly controversial Iran Deal and what its future holds with a new administration coming into the White House.  What are the common misconceptions of the Iran Deal and how has the deal impacted U.S. foreign policy strategy in the broader Middle East? Panel members  include, Ambassador Frank Wisner, former U.S. Ambassador to India, Zambia, & Egypt, Gary Sick, former National Security Council Member…

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September 2016

Economic and Financial Threats: Making Smart Sanctions Smarter

September 20, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Rick Newcomb has considerable international experience dealing with target governments, front-line states, like-minded allies, multilateral organizations including the United Nations and the European Union, financial and business communities worldwide, and others who are responsible for compliance with asset controls and economic sanctions and embargo programs. Join us for our season opener, where Newcomb will address the need to make smart sanctions work smarter to derive the most economic leverage…

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Venezuela and Colombia: Tough Realities and Continuing Challenges for U.S. Diplomacy

September 27, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Ambassador John F. Maisto is a 33-year former career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, who served as Ambassador to Venezuela (1997-2000), Nicaragua (1993-1996), and the Organization of American States (2003-2006). Join CCWA for our season opener as Ambassador Maisto explores the very distinct challenges facing both Venezuela and Colombia. Economic struggles and political discontent plague Venezuela and Colombia is nearing the end of a 52-year war between the Colombian…

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October 2016

Why Japan Matters to the United States- A Panel Discussion

October 18, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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As the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election draws near, our panel will explore the importance of U.S. engagement in Asia with a focus on Japan, U.S. security and economic interests in Japan and Asia, and why Japan matters to the U.S. and Ohio. Panelists include Marcus Noland, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington, and Dr. Fukuo Hashimoto, President and Chief Scientist of Advanced Finishing Technology Ltd.. The discussion will…

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November 2016

Spotlight on Turkey

November 14, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Sinan Ciddi is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown and is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. Ciddi will explore the current political atmosphere in Turkey following the attempted coup in July 2016 and Turkey's relations with the EU, the U.S., the Arab world, and beyond. Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception with cash bar 6:00…

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December 2016

The 2017 Global Economic and Risk Outlook

December 13, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Can the global economy accelerate after five years of stagnation? What will be the global impact of the 2016 U.S. election? Will the economic struggles of China and other emerging markets continue in 2017? Michael Weidokal, Executive Director of International Strategic Analysis in Luxembourg, will explore the answer to these questions and what lies ahead for the global economy in 2017. This event will be held in the Main…

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January 2017

The Arctic and Climate Change

January 24, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. More extreme weather patterns plague the earth and temperatures and sea levels continue to rise. As the Arctic sea ice decreases rapidly, our global society is faced with climate change trends that must be addressed. Rear Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy (Retired) is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, and the President and CEO of the Ocean Leadership Consortium. He will address the…

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February 2017

Where Do We Go From Here: The Future of Global Trade

February 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Under the new administration, U.S. trade deals are on the chopping block. Ambassador Earl “Anthony” Wayne will explore the future of global trade and will explain what he views as unfair and inaccurate criticism of U.S. trade deals. Wayne served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 2011 to 2015, where he focused on promoting U.S. commercial interests and growing trade between the two nations. In addition, Wayne was Ambassador to…

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The Future of U.S. and North Korea Relationship

February 21, 2017 @ 5:45 am - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Evans J.R. Revere is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies.  He is also a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he advises U.S. clients with a special focus on Korea, Japan, and China. With a robust diplomatic career in Asia with a focus in Korea, Revere will speak on the challenges of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, security concerns…

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March 2017

Gulliver’s Troubles Revisited: A Perspective on the Future of the Middle East

March 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is a well-known scholar on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Miller served in the State Department for more than two decades as a senior advisor on the Middle East. Miller will discuss what lies ahead for the future of the U.S.’s involvement in a volatile Middle East as uncertainty…

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Reimagining Relations with the Middle East

March 28, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is a senior fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Ambassador Freeman will join us to discuss the current state of affairs in the Middle East with a special focus on Saudi Arabia. Longstanding American partnerships in the Middle East –…

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April 2017

The Paris Climate Agreement: What Now?

April 13, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  The Paris Climate Agreement, signed in December 2015, is the strongest and most ambitious global pact on climate and carbon emission standards ever reached. Susan Biniaz, a lead U.S. negotiator on the agreement, will join CCWA to discuss what lies ahead for the U.S. commitments to combating climate change. Biniaz has been in the legal adviser’s office at the State Department since 1984 and she has been the principal lawyer on…

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

April 19, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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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 need for a successful government policy promoting public-private partnerships and proactive development programs. For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here…

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May 2017

Europe and NATO

May 9, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Constanze Stelzenmüller is the inaugural Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. Stelzenmüller will explore the future of the EU in a post-Brexit world and NATO’s role in the security of Europe. This lecture is in honor of Kenyon C. Bolton with support from The Payne Fund. For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here to visit…

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Britain, Brexit, and the U.S.

May 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  The United Kingdom is grappling with its vote to leave the European Union, the world's most powerful international economic and political union. Ambassador Charles Ries, Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation, will join CCWA to discuss the future and stability of the European Union and the status of the vital transatlantic relationship between the United Kingdom and the U.S. Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception 6:00 PM Program begins 6:45 PM…

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September 2017

Beyond ISIS: Addressing Terrorism at Home and Abroad

September 12, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Abigail R. Esman, an award-winning journalist, columnist and author based in New York and The Netherlands, will kick off our 79th season with a discussion on terrorism. In the search to understand what drives Islamic terrorists and to develop strategies to protect ourselves against attacks, experts have so far failed to examine the complex and crucial relations between terrorism and domestic abuse. Yet examining the analogies between domestic battery and…

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October 2017

Community Event: Phi Beta Kappa hosts Nicholas Kristof

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Nicholas Kristof, Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, New York Times Op Ed columnist, author and CNN contributor, will speak at Phi Beta Kappa Anniversary event. Mark your calendar and plan to join ΦBK at the UNION CLUB on Thursday, October 12, 2017 to help mark the 70th anniversary of the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa. Proceeds from the event will go entirely to support recognition and scholarships for local high school students as they embark on their college careers.…

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The Merkel Regime – Germany After the Election

October 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger is the Foreign Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany's leading daily newspaper. Frankenberger will join CCFR a month after the 2017 German federal election. Will Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats come out victorious allowing Germany to fend off the rise of populism and continue to be looked to as the new leader of the western world? Location: The Union Club, Main Dining Room For more information about…

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Future of U.S.-Cuba Policy

October 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Obama era Cuba policy rollbacks had begun to thaw relations with the island nation when the Trump Administration reversed some but not all of the re-opening to Cuba. Now with the mysterious health attacks against U.S. diplomats and the expulsion of Cuban diplomats from the U.S., tensions are escalating between the two countries. Join CCWA as we host Ambassador Charles Shapiro, former U.S. Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, for a discussion…

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November 2017

The Myth of China’s Might – And What it Means for America

November 8, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Jeremy R. Haft, a 20 year veteran of the China market, adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and CEO of SafeSource Trading, an export trading firm, will discuss the rise of China and its true economic might. With U.S. security concerns in Asia influenced by China's economic power, Haft will address whether or not China is truly a rising global economic powerhouse.   Haft will argue that out of date economic…

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Understanding Cyber Security: Why We Shouldn’t Divorce Cyber Security from Physical Security

November 14, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. As cyber attacks remain on the rise, the need to understand cyber security and how to mitigate cyber warfare has become increasingly critical for economic and national security interests worldwide. Scott Stewart, Vice President of Tactical Analysis for Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm, will discuss why we cannot divorce cyber security from physical security and why espionage must remain a part of the equation. Location: The Union Club, Wedgewood Room For…

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January 2018

Anatomy of Corruption: The Case of Brazil

January 16, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only.  Over recent years, investigators in Brazil have uncovered unprecedented levels of corruption involving Brazil’s political and business elite. Andrea Murta, Director, Business US, for JOTA, a Brazilian law publication, and a journalist by training will explore the latest in Brazil’s battle against corruption, why corruption seems to persist in Latin America’s largest country and what lies ahead for Brazil's election in 2018. Location: The Union Club, Ballroom For more information about…

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February 2018

Japan-U.S. Relations in a Changing World

February 1, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Professor Naoyuki Agawa, former Japanese Minister for Public Affairs and current Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, will join CCFR to discuss U.S.-Japan relations. Professor Agawa will survey the shifting global order and argue that close Japan-U.S. cooperation in security, economy, trade and investment is the key to a secure Asia-Pacific region. . Location: The Union Club, Wedgewood Room For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here…

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March 2018

China’s Growing Role in the World Economy

March 6, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Launched in 2013, China’s Belt and Road Project is funding infrastructure throughout the developing world and building new alliances. David Dollar, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will explore this immense project, what it means for China’s economic future and what options the U.S. has in managing China’s rise. Location: The Union Club, Wedgewood Room For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here to visit our CCFR page.

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Oman: An Island of Peace in the Middle East

March 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  In a sea of conflict, Oman, the oldest independent state in the Arab world, is one of the most traditional countries in the region and one of the most peaceful. Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy, the Omani Ambassador to the United States, will join CCWA to explore U.S.-Oman relations and Oman’s strategic position in the Middle East. Speaker: Ambassador Hunaina al-Mughairy Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception 6:00 PM Program begins 6:45…

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The New Afghanistan Policy: How New and What’s It Worth?

March 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Forum  Join CCWA as we host former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and current President of the American Academy of Diplomacy Ronald E. Neumann for a discussion on U.S. policy on Afghanistan. In August 2017, the Trump Administration announced a policy shift increasing troops in Afghanistan and dropping the time limits of U.S. departure from the region. Is this really a new policy or just doubling down on 16 years of war…

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April 2018

Religion and Politics in North Africa: Emerging Trends and Implications for U.S. Policy

April 24, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Dr. Sarah J. Feuer, an expert on politics and religion in North Africa, is a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Feuer will explore what the future holds for Tunisia, Morocco and other North African countries as they fight extremist fighting, social unrest, and political instability. Location: The Union Club, Wedgewood Room For more information about CCFR membership options and to join, click here to visit our CCFR…

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May 2018

A New “Type” of War: Russian Warfare in the 21st Century

May 15, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Michael Petersen is the founding director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute (RMSI) and an Associate Professor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the United States Naval War College, where his research focuses on high-intensity conventional warfare. Petersen will round out our CCFR season with a discussion on U.S.-Russia relations with a focus on Russia’s maritime and military activities. Location: The Union Club, Wedgewood Room For more information about…

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NAFTA: North American Competitiveness is Job #1‎

May 21, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs Presents: A Foreign Policy Breakfast  Join CCWA as we host the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of International Trade for a presentation on the future of the North American Free Trade  Agreement (NAFTA). From the outset of the talks on the modernization of NAFTA, Canada’s approach has been to propose ideas and solutions that will benefit businesses and workers in all three countries. Technology, business and society have evolved in North America over the past…

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September 2018

Where Do We Go From Here: The Future of U.S.-Iran Relations

September 12, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Jarrett Blanc, former U.S. State Department Deputy Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation, will kick off our 80th season with a discussion on the Iran Nuclear Deal. With Middle East security, economic considerations, and various international relationships on the line, Blanc will explore the United States’ decision to leave the agreement, the status of the fractured deal, and what it all means for the future of global security. Location: The Union…

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October 2018

At a Crossroads: Insight Into the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

October 9, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Richard Miles is the Director of the U.S.-Mexico Futures Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Following the election of the Mexican populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president, and with increasing tensions along the U.S.-Mexico border, Miles will join CCFR to discuss what lies ahead for the currently strained U.S.-Mexico relationship. Location: The Union Club, Main Dining Room Online registration for this event has closed. For more information…

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400 Years of Dutch-American and Transatlantic Relations

October 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Join CCWA as we host Ambassador Henne Schuwer, the Dutch Ambassador to the United States, for an exciting discussion of America's lasting relationship with the Netherlands.  Ambassador Schuwer will be addressing the historic ties between the United States and the Netherlands and our long-time partnership through NATO. Additionally, the Ambassador will discuss present day options for cooperation between the United States and the Netherlands, focusing on water management, innovation, agriculture, and cultural ties. Schedule: 5:30 PM Reception 6:00 PM Program…

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November 2018

Global Health Challenges in 2018

November 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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The Cleveland Council on World Affairs is pleased to host Dr. Nizar Zein, Chairman and Medical Director of Global Patient Services at the Cleveland Clinic, for a Foreign Policy Forum on the topic of global health. Dr. Zein will explore today's top challenges in global health care and international medicine. Additionally, Dr. Zein will pay particular attention to the potential role that the U.S. health care system can play in leading positive transformation abroad, as well as providing medical care…

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China- America’s Generational Challenge

November 27, 2018 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States

Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Roy Kamphausen is the Senior Vice President for Research at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and, in April of 2018, Roy was appointed to be a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Given the changing relationship between the United States and China, Roy will discuss the significance of U.S. policy to China, the challenges that face the U.S. in this realm, and the appropriate response…

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January 2019

Exploring Russia’s Role in the Middle East

January 16, 2019 @ 5:45 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Anna Borshchevskaya is the Ira Weiner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where she focuses on Russia's policy towards the Middle East. Borshchevskaya suggests that although many were surprised by Putin's intervention in Syria, it was years in the making. Borshchevskaya will discuss Russia's strategic goals across the Middle East, including Putin's relations with Iran, Israel, Egypt, and North Africa. Online registration for this event has closed.…

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Securing the Future in a Changing Middle East with Ambassador Ryan Crocker

January 23, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions, is the U.S. heading toward an inevitable war with Iran or is reconciliation possible? What are the workable policy options for the United States in the Middle East given the constant changing power dynamics? Will the Administration's maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime advance America's national security or further destabilize the region? Ambassador Ryan Crocker, a statesman whose distinguished diplomatic career spanned four…

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February 2019

America Alone: The Consequences of an America First Foreign Policy

February 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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The United States' leadership has drastically changed over the past two years: the United States has abandoned the Paris Climate Accords, the Iran nuclear deal, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership to name a few major changes. President Trump's first two years in office have sent the message that America is no longer interested in supporting our traditional allies and friends. Instead, U.S. policy is to put America first whenever possible. James Lindsay, the Senior Vice…

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March 2019

NAFTA 2.0 and the Future of American Trade Policy

March 12, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Geoffrey Gertz, fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings, will join us to discuss the current United States trade agenda and the the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). How will NAFTA 2.0 effect the United States economy and our trade partners? Gertz will address this question as well as possibilities for future United States trade agreements and the politics of trade policy. Location: The Union Club, Wedgwood Room…

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Brexit, Transatlantic Relations, and the Future of NATO

March 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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With deadlines fast approaching, and negotiations still ongoing, the fates of Brexit and the European Union remain very uncertain. Cathryn Cluver Ashbrook, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the  Harvard Kennedy School, will address the future of transatlantic relations and NATO in light of Brexit and regional  political shifts. In what ways will Brexit affect Europe's future? How will Brexit change U.S.-European relations? Cathryn Cluver Ashbrook is the…

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April 2019

The U.S. and Africa: Vital Interests

April 9, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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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 of terrorism across Africa, the United States' current presence on the continent, and AFRICOM's mission. How can the United States be involved in Africa in a…

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May 2019

Strengthening America’s Arctic Policy at Home and Abroad

May 7, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Dr. Walter Berbrick is the founding director of the Arctic Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College and an associate professor in the War Gaming Department. At the U.S. Naval War College, he leads research on joint and naval warfare, national security, and strategy in the Arctic. Previously, Dr. Berbrick was a senior advisor at the Department of State, and served more than 10 years in the U.S. Navy.…

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Redefining National Security: Preparing for Future Foreign Policy Challenges

May 15, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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From climate change to infectious disease and cyber security, global trends are increasingly shaping American security interests both at home and abroad. Additionally, the rise of identity based extremism and the forever wars that America has engaged in post 9/11 continue to threaten our national security and foreign policy. These issues are just some of those outside of the umbrella of "traditional security" that impact United States national security. It can be argued that national security extends well beyond protecting…

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September 2019

The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Addressing North Korea and a Changing World

September 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, is currently the President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America. Ambassador Stephens will start our Foreign Policy Forum season with a discussion of the dynamic alliance between the United States and South Korea confronted with new and evolving challenges. Crucially, the alliance is now tasked with maintaining military preparedness against North Korea while simultaneously pursuing diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. This, however, comes amid…

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Turkey, a U.S. Ally Adrift: Is a Reversal Possible?

September 18, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. In recent years, Turkey has drifted away from its traditional Western allies and problems have developed in U.S.-Turkey relations, as Turkish leadership has become increasingly anti-Western. What are the prospects for Turkey's re-democratization? How can Turkish relations with the West, including the U.S., improve? Dr. Kirişci, senior fellow at Brookings, will join us to answer these key questions and more. Dr. Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director…

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October 2019

Venezuela: How We Got Here, and What’s Next?

October 16, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Venezuela's rapid economic and political collapse shocked many onlookers and has led to massive street protests and uprisings. Today, a power struggle continues between Venezuelan President Maduro and opposition leader, Guaido. Dany Bahar, fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, will join us to discuss the catastrophe in Venezuela, the state of the economy and unrest within the nation, and how the international community should…

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Back to (Merely) Bad: The Future of U.S. Policy Towards Iran

October 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas. Over the last few months, the imposition of sanctions, maritime and drone incidents, and escalating rhetoric between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran have led onlookers to fear a possible conflict in the Middle East. Beyond these recent events, the U.S.-Iran relationship is a complicated one with a vast history that merits deeper understanding. The Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action) also warrants…

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November 2019

The New Silk Road: U.S. Strategic Interests in the Caspian Sea Region

November 13, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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The Caspian Sea region with its abundant energy resources has enormous strategic importance for the United States. Ambassador Richard Hoagland, U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2008-2011), U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan (2003-2006), U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Pakistan (2011- 2013), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs (2013-2015), will join us for a discussion of the importance of the Caspian Sea region. Ambassador Hoagland will provide an overview of dynamics in the Caspian region, including a look…

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January 2020

Taiwan and the U.S.:What Does the Future Hold?

January 15, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. On January 11, citizens will go to the polls in Taiwan to vote in one of the most consequential presidential elections in Taiwan's history. The biggest difference between the two major candidates - in fact, the biggest election issue in general - is their China policy. While the incumbent candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, has increasingly spoken about the dangers that China poses to Taiwan, her opponent, Han Kuo-yu, favors closer ties…

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Trade, Politics, and the Global Economic Outlook in 2020

January 22, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas. Global growth slowed considerably over the last three quarters of 2018 and into 2019, and rising trade and global tensions have increased uncertainty in both the global trading system and in international cooperation in general. In an overall economic outlook published in November of 2019, it was projected that world economic growth would be at a decade low in 2020. Join us in January as we host Marcus…

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February 2020

Africa: Facts, Fiction and Reality- Why Does it Matter to the United States?

February 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas. Please note this Forum is now on February 4, 2020. It was previously scheduled for March of 2020.  Africa's economic and political landscape is rapidly changing, and 7 of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world are now found in sub-Saharan Africa. Overall, Africa is a continent of great opportunity, but it faces unique and difficult challenges, including extreme poverty and high rates of terrorism and insurgency.…

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India’s Rise as an Economic and Military Power

February 12, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 8:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. India will become the world's most populous nation within the next five years. Within ten to fifteen years, India will become the world's third largest economy. As a result, much of the world continues to wonder when India will take a larger place on the global stage. In particular, the United States has long sought a deeper relationship with India, as the U.S. continually seeks new partners to face emerging…

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March 2020

How We Win: Defeating the Extremist Threat

March 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations events are for CCFR members only. Despite the ongoing war on terror and the billions of dollars spent in the United States' attempts to defeat terrorist organizations, the global threat of extremist groups remains. This threat undermines U.S. efforts abroad and has a negative impact on the stability of many regions. How can governments around the world shift their policies to reduce extremist violence and stop the spread of terrorist movements? Join us on March 4,…

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American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

March 11, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas. With more than three decades of experience as an American diplomat, Ambassador Burns played a significant role in the most important diplomatic events of his time- including the end of the Cold War, post-Cold War relations between the United States and Russia, the changing international landscape post-9/11, and the nuclear talks with Iran. The Ambassador's experience reminds us of the importance of diplomacy and cooperation, especially in times…

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April 2020

The Global Challenge of Climate Change and The Role of China

April 20, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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Event canceled due to COVID-19.  The 2019-2020 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas. Climate change is a global challenge that surpasses borders, impacts our entire world and affects every country. With changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and higher rates of extreme weather events, climate change continues to disrupt lives and communities, as well as negatively impact economies. As we celebrate Earth Day this year, join the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Barbara Finamore, Senior Strategist…

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September 2021

Afghanistan’s Lessons for a More Sustainable Foreign Policy

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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After two decades of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan, America's longest war is ending with a dramatically unplanned evacuation of civilian personnel, U.S. citizens, and some vulnerable Afghans ahead of the September 11 deadline set for the formal withdrawal of U.S. forces. The rapid take-over of Kabul by the Taliban has prompted debate about the future of Afghanistan, the impact of U.S. policy decisions, and the moral responsibility that America bears following its decades of intervention. What lessons can the United…

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