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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices and conduct independent research to bring clar...Show More
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1:01:44 | May 7th

Food transcends beyond the plate, creating both pleasure and purpose. It defines our place in the world and the issues we care most about. This year’s James Beard Foundation honorees are recognized for their leadership within their communities, their...Show More

58:52 | Apr 29th

Amid Brexit, a rising China, and an increasingly assertive Russia, Germany finds itself in the middle of a range of foreign policy challenges. Meanwhile, reverberations from the US-China trade war are taking their toll on Germany’s export-driven econ...Show More
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1:02:15 | Apr 24th

America’s post-war history offers a blueprint for a more equitable economic future, argue MIT economists Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson. Starting in 1940, unprecedented public investment allowed for breakthroughs in science and technology. Advance...Show More

1:04:07 | Apr 12th

The Sahel region of Africa faces many challenges in building a more peaceful and prosperous future. From violent extremism to increasing migrant and refugee flows, instability in the Sahel has become a focus for regional and global policy leaders. In...Show More

1:03:13 | Apr 11th

Concerns over Iran’s increasing influence in the Middle East have placed high on the US foreign policy agenda. The alliance with Saudi Arabia, withdrawing from the JCPOA, and recent decision to retain over 2,000 troops in Syria, reflect Washington’s ...Show More

53:57 | Apr 1st

The Republic of Ghana is widely considered to be a shining star in Sub-Saharan Africa. With growing economic strength and a strong democratic political system that recently experienced another peaceful transition of power, Ghana’s successes mean furt...Show More

58:36 | Mar 28th

Is Russia back? Following a decade of post-Soviet malaise, Russia has reemerged under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin as a chief player on the world stage. Indeed, Putin’s Russia has been ever more assertive in testing—and defying—the libe...Show More

1:01:44 | Mar 18th

In the coming years, artificial intelligence could fuel tensions between the United States and China, argues quantitative futurist, Amy Webb. Today, nine giant corporations—six American, three Chinese—control the bulk of the data and advances in comp...Show More

1:01:06 | Mar 13th

Trade tensions rose sharply in 2018 between the United States and China as both sides imposed steep tariffs on imports of certain goods. The mounting tension between the world’s two largest economies caused global markets to drop, and uncertainty rem...Show More

58:53 | Mar 9th

Next year China is expected to implement a far-reaching Social Credit system, using data collected from a multitude of digital sources to score the "trustworthiness" of its citizens. For many in the West, such all-encompassing surveillance might soun...Show More

48:34 | Mar 7th

Women's rights have become increasingly important to development efforts. On the eve of International Women's Day 2019, Melanne Verveer joined the Council's Katelyn Jones to consider progress made, to acknowledge past and present challenges, and to i...Show More

59:00 | Mar 6th

We're doing it wrong. As government and the market economy, two highly debated and complex pillars of our society, become more sophisticated and powerful, the core of society, the community, the third pillar, is being lost. When the gap between commu...Show More

1:03:41 | Feb 26th

In the 1980s Joseph Nye coined the term “soft power,” referring to a country’s ability to attract rather than coerce. For many years America has enticed the world through the appeal of its cultural outputs, even when US foreign policy is unpopular. I...Show More

1:04:07 | Feb 21st

n an era of decentralized terrorism, digital threats, and an unpredictable political climate, national security tactics are being put to the test. This is especially true concerning Israel, Palestine, and the United States, where shifts are happening...Show More

59:36 | Feb 13th

Warfare today is a mixture of ancient principles and modern realities. Military planners must consider a bewildering range of conventional and emerging threats—everything from the actions of rival nations, to terror networks, cyber-attacks, eroding i...Show More

1:04:03 | Feb 7th

In late 2012, ISIS began kidnapping Western journalists and aid workers in Syria. While several European governments paid millions of dollars in ransom, and their hostages were freed, the United Kingdom and United States refused, arguing that any ran...Show More

1:03:21 | Jan 29th

On December 1, Andrés Manuel López Obrador was sworn in as Mexico’s president, beginning a new era in relations between the United States and its southern neighbor. The two nations share a complex set of overlapping interests on trade, security, and ...Show More

1:01:36 | Jan 24th

Over the past few decades, changing economic and demographic trends have led to a new demand for innovative downtown spaces. However, as people and wealth are increasingly concentrated in city centers, resources have been invested into projects that ...Show More

44:37 | Jan 23rd

Prime Minister May's Brexit deal was been overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Commons on January 15, and no one seems sure what will happen next. For the Council's second exclusive members-only Brexit update conference call, anlysts and commentat...Show More

59:52 | Jan 22nd

Located in the basement of the White House, the Situation Room has been the scene of some of modern history’s most fraught moments. For years it has served as a secure communications center with global reach, where policymakers analyze highly classif...Show More

1:02:54 | Jan 17th

Despite extensive health advancements following the Spanish Flu, HIV, and SARS pandemics, the world is still highly vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases. In fact, the number of outbreaks has more than tripled in the last forty years. Witho...Show More

1:06:19 | Dec 17th, 2018

International humanitarian disasters have become a grim reality that frequents our newsfeeds. To address the numerous challenges and extensive needs for post-disaster recovery, major donor countries have spent decades developing and perfecting the le...Show More

1:03:58 | Dec 14th, 2018

Millennials are becoming the most influential consumers in America and the world. They are taking over the US workforce and some are soon to be the recipients of the largest wealth transfer ever. Their financial behaviors—how they spend, save, and in...Show More

1:01:22 | Nov 27th, 2018

Since the June summit between American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, progress on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula has been sporadic. Both leaders have made cautious moves aimed at trust building, while North ...Show More

47:44 | Nov 21st, 2018

On November 15 United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May announced details of the draft Brexit deal she has negotiated with the European Commission. Council members were invited to join a conference call with expert analysts to discuss the deal, and ...Show More

1:02:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

The United States has been the dominant global power for over a quarter of a century, yet it has struggled to realize its lofty vision for a more peaceful and prosperous world. Relations with China and Russia have soured, the European Union is wobbli...Show More

58:11 | Nov 16th, 2018

Nestled in the heart of the Middle East, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has played a pivotal role in the struggle for peace in the region. While neighboring Syria, Israel, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia have attracted an array of headlines—from sectarian di...Show More

1:03:02 | Nov 5th, 2018

The center appears to be collapsing across Latin America. In Colombia, Ivan Duque’s tough stance on the FARC peace deal and the economy swept him into office in June. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s left-wing populism delivered a historic electoral vic...Show More

1:02:31 | Nov 1st, 2018

Distrust in digital news media is on the rise. The digital revolution has reshaped American news habits, making information readily available and engaging. Yet, concerns over misinformation and “fake news”, objective reporting sources, news feed algo...Show More

52:17 | Oct 31st, 2018

The Trump administration has implemented shifts in economic policy—retreating from multilateral trade negotiations, deploying tariffs, and passing a huge tax reform bill—that have already made their mark on America’s economy and Americans’ daily live...Show More

59:51 | Oct 30th, 2018

The Trump Administration has proposed cutting R&D investment across the board at a time when countries like China and India double down on investment in clean energy and renewables. How can the United States maintain its global leadership position on...Show More

1:07:33 | Oct 29th, 2018

Proponents of globalization promised a world of shared prosperity and universal liberal values. But the political upheavals of recent years have been driven by a sense that globalization failed to deliver. Rising inequality and the fissiparous effect...Show More

1:04:55 | Oct 25th, 2018

From the ruins of World War II the United States led the creation of an international order based on strong alliances, free and open markets, and a commitment to democracy and human rights. But today this order, and the historic peace and prosperity ...Show More

1:02:21 | Oct 24th, 2018

Why are money matters a taboo for many women? Research continues to show that women earn less than men and that men are four times more likely than women to ask for a raise – and when women do ask, they receive 30 percent less than men. Women are al...Show More

57:59 | Oct 16th, 2018

Each year a prominent scholar, former senior policymaker, or public intellectual known for contributions to Asia’s economic and political development and/or international relations speaks at the Council on Global Affairs.

1:02:51 | Oct 15th, 2018

There is no more serious task a president can undertake than to lead a nation into war. Those presidents who held the office during wartime have sometimes needed to shelve their domestic policy ambitions. In addition, presidents of war have also had ...Show More

1:00:29 | Oct 10th, 2018

The burgeoning US-China trade war promises to dominate headlines this year, but the larger story of China’s economy is just as intriguing. A structural transition from a manufacturing-led economy to a services- and consumer-based one is proceeding ap...Show More

1:00:45 | Oct 5th, 2018

Iran’s relations with Russia and China have helped it form a bulwark against Western efforts to isolate it. From political exchanges and international trade agreements to military cooperation, closer cooperation among the “triple axis” on these issue...Show More

1:00:50 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Strong global leadership has been a pillar of US foreign policy for more than half a century, but some believe the Trump administration’s America First agenda strays from the country’s enduring tradition of international engagement. For years, public...Show More

58:24 | Oct 1st, 2018

The so called ISIS caliphate may have lost swaths of territory, but thousands of its surviving members and the broader jihadist movement continue to exist. The tensions and drivers that provided a breeding ground for ISIS and al-Qaeda to operate from...Show More

1:03:16 | Sep 27th, 2018

As two of the nation’s top policymakers and regulators, Sheila Bair and Hank Paulson were at the frontlines fighting to contain the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Ten years later, the country’s economic situation could not be more...Show More

1:02:09 | Sep 24th, 2018

Climate change has commanded global attention for decades – but critical solutions at scale have yet to be implemented. While policy and protest continue to dominate the dialogue, photographers and documentarians have witnessed the extraordinary effe...Show More

1:02:15 | Sep 12th, 2018

The theft of emails from Democratic National Committee servers prior to the 2016 presidential election may have changed the course of American democracy. But election meddling is only one facet of a broad and pervasive cyber threat to the United Stat...Show More

59:14 | Sep 11th, 2018

The largest port city in Europe, the City of Rotterdam, has a culture of embracing novel ideas from around the world. Through the promotion of a circular economy and energy transition, Mayor Aboutaleb has set an ambitious goal to significantly reduce...Show More

59:06 | Sep 5th, 2018

While unemployment decreased steadily and growth picked up, inflation consistently undershot the Federal Reserve’s inflation goal of 2 percent. Until this May, that is. Recent data revealed that, for the first time in six years, inflation was on targ...Show More

58:26 | Jun 25th, 2018

Tensions between Islam’s two main religious sects—Sunni and Shia—are spiraling out of control and threaten to redraw the map of the Middle East. Sectarian tensions have further provided a fertile ground for terrorist networks such as ISIS and Al-Qaed...Show More

1:01:53 | Jun 21st, 2018

With America First, the Trump administration is paving the way for a new global order - or perhaps a new global disorder. This disengagement is creating a void for other nations and ideologies to fill, at a moment when populist movements and external...Show More

58:18 | Jun 19th, 2018

Avoiding war, while securing nation’s vast global interests, is a perennial challenge for any United States president. This is especially true in today’s fraught international climate, when there are no shortage of flash points that could rapidly dra...Show More

59:54 | Jun 14th, 2018

The Americas are home to 47 of the world’s 50 most violent cities. Cities throughout the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia have long been studying the complexity of factors driving the violence and identifying effective interventions to red...Show More

1:04:54 | May 30th, 2018

The industrial revolution defined the last century and a half, and now we find ourselves in the midst of another paradigmatic transformation in the nature of work. Automation, artificial intelligence, and fierce global competition are changing the la...Show More

1:07:21 | May 24th, 2018

The 20th century was defined by the clash between democracy and fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the sp...Show More

1:04:01 | May 24th, 2018

Not so long ago, Silicon Valley was America’s pride and joy. Google, Facebook, and Apple represented the best of America—our drive to innovate, to dare, to dream. But the winds have decidedly shifted in the last year or two, as Big Tech’s enormous we...Show More

1:05:56 | May 23rd, 2018

Where do we stand on the now-familiar and paradoxical narrative surrounding gentrification? While high end development booms have pushed out locals and increased prices in neighborhoods like Pilsen, Brooklyn, and London’s Elephant and Castle, gentrif...Show More

1:02:07 | May 22nd, 2018

According to a recent Council survey, 46 percent of Russians and 62 percent of Americans thought the US leadership change would herald an era of warmth, camaraderie, and collaboration. Though the new administration is now well-into its second year, t...Show More

1:06:56 | May 21st, 2018

Climate change—that “tragedy of the horizon”—is already here. From relentless wildfires to hurricanes to droughts, 2017’s slew of extreme weather events highlighted the existential threat facing us in the coming decades. But as bleak as the reality o...Show More

1:07:11 | May 17th, 2018

Almost a decade after the start of the financial crisis, the world’s major economies are enjoying sustained growth. But even as the economic cloud of the Great Recession begins to lift, economists and policymakers are still grappling with the legacie...Show More

1:01:23 | May 16th, 2018

How should the next generation of leaders approach the interconnected challenges of the 21st century? Debates over global challenges—from dousing the fires of populism and securing US elections, to tackling water scarcity and assisting in conflict zo...Show More

56:18 | May 15th, 2018

The Trump administration has charted a new course on trade deals, largely eschewing multilateral frameworks for bilateral agreements. Indeed within days of taking office, the administration unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TP...Show More

1:00:22 | May 15th, 2018

Where is American foreign policy heading? Jake Sullivan, former director of policy planning at the US Department of State, argues that the current administration is departing from core principles that have underpinned US foreign policy for decades—th...Show More

57:23 | May 14th, 2018

By aligning with the strong democratic standards of its western allies, Georgia has managed to become an important economic and logistical hub in the Caucasus region. The last decade has yielded key successes for Georgia — most notably its first peac...Show More

1:00:30 | May 8th, 2018

While some Chicago-area classrooms are responding to a progressively connected and globalized world, others are limited by a lack of resources and funding. Study abroad opportunities and programs such as the Illinois Global Scholar Certification and ...Show More

1:06:34 | May 6th, 2018

From ingredient apps to blockchain-enabled produce trackers, technology is disrupting the traditional food system and making transparency its new bedrock. Consumers increasingly want to know more concerning the origin, quality, sustainability, and tr...Show More

1:01:19 | May 1st, 2018

Since its birth seventy years ago, Pakistan has grown to become an important player on the global stage, as a result of its geostrategic position, youthful demographic, and nuclear weapons capability. Yet, fractured relations with India and political...Show More

45:37 | Apr 30th, 2018

The United States was the first country to recognize Iceland’s independence in 1944 – and the relationship has remained strong ever since. Iceland shares many of the same objectives as the United States Including a bilateral defense agreement, partne...Show More

1:01:51 | Apr 27th, 2018

Once a theater of Cold War rivalry, space has today become the venue for a new competition between nations, corporations, and trailblazing billionaires. As the US government’s budget for space exploration has decreased, so has ended its monopoly on a...Show More

1:01:02 | Apr 25th, 2018

During the 2016 US presidential election, American democracy came under an unprecedented attack which continues to this day. This attack aims to undermine democracy and the means by which the attack was carried out was entirely unconventional for the...Show More

1:06:42 | Apr 24th, 2018

If you build it, do you own it? Tensions over territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea—not limited to the construction of islands capable of supporting military outposts—have been simmering for years. Only a few weeks into 2018, both ...Show More

1:01:25 | Apr 20th, 2018

Populism’s recent surge across the West should not have been a surprise. Storm clouds had been gathering for some time, in the shape of ever more polarized and nostalgic electorates, and widening inequality, argues the Financial Times’ Edward Luce. N...Show More

54:49 | Apr 9th, 2018

Sitting in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic has long been a crossroads for the region. Yet in recent years, the country has not been immune from populism and growing influence from Russia in the country. Will the Czech Republic continue its e...Show More

1:09:14 | Apr 6th, 2018

The toll of gender-based violence has long been hidden from society, as victims suffer alone out of stigma. Yet, courageous women across the globe are breaking this code of silence. From self-defense classes in Jordan to using film to educate and cha...Show More

1:00:40 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In most cases, addresses to the nation are delicately crafted, behind the scenes, by expert speechwriters. What are the ingredients, and what is the process, for developing a major speech? Featuring: David Litt, Former Speechwriter to President B...Show More

59:49 | Mar 30th, 2018

At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in November 2017, officials from the United States, Japan, India, and Australia met to discuss the revival of quadrilateral cooperation. Japan chaired the meeting, focusing on the theme of ...Show More

1:05:25 | Mar 29th, 2018

The world is now home to the largest youth population in human history. How can countries capitalize on the potential of this promising demographic to secure economic growth and stability? What role will key sectors such as agriculture and technology...Show More

1:00:07 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Hierarchical structures such as states dominate our understanding of history. But as rulers assert their power from the towers of palaces, real power often resided in the town squares below. The age of the world wide web has illuminated the power of ...Show More

55:03 | Mar 16th, 2018

In recent years the United States has appeared to retreat from global leadership and waver in defense of its ideals. How is America viewed from abroad today, and what factors influence these attitudes? If America loses its appetite to lead, whose val...Show More

56:55 | Mar 15th, 2018

Join the Council on Global Affairs and Minister Ciarán Cannon for a conversation on the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, what Brexit means for Ireland’s future, and Ireland’s role in the European Union. Featuring: Ciarán Cannon, Mini...Show More

1:00:15 | Mar 15th, 2018

In cyberspace borders, regulation, police, and passports cease to exist. Evolving their tactics, terror networks have entered the cyber realm and exploited its immense power. Meanwhile, anonymizing software and encryption tools help them to avoid det...Show More

58:15 | Mar 14th, 2018

The bulls have been raging and the economy has added jobs year after year, yet productivity growth has remained stubbornly stuck for more than a decade. Is the productivity paradox due to a mismeasurement of our modern digital economy, or must we fac...Show More

1:08:07 | Mar 8th, 2018

Gender imbalance pervades many workplaces, and nowhere more so than in the STEM fields. Despite this, women have been at the forefront of major technological breakthroughs. What barriers have traditionally held women back from careers in STEM? How ca...Show More

52:05 | Mar 6th, 2018

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics placed South Korea front and center on the world stage. While Chinese economic influence in the country continues to grow, the security alliance with the United States remains critical in the wake of North Korean ...Show More

1:02:34 | Feb 20th, 2018

Millennials are now the most populous living generation in the United States, and have overtaken baby-boomers and Gen Xers in becoming the largest voting group. With increased demographic, political, technological, and global shifts to their core pla...Show More

59:11 | Feb 13th, 2018

Seventy years after independence, India is the world’s largest democracy, one of its most diverse societies, and the economy with growth potential that could rival China’s. Yet, it also remains one of the poorest and unequal. With three decades left ...Show More

1:20:52 | Jan 24th, 2018

Shortly after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. What will be the future of Asia Pacific economic integration following the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacifi...Show More

57:17 | Jan 24th, 2018

After several years of strong job growth many employers are struggling to find workers with the required skills while workers struggle to find meaningful employment. How should post-secondary education itself be re-envisioned to adapt to an increasin...Show More

1:15:48 | Jan 24th, 2018

Seventy years after independence, India is the world’s largest democracy, one of its most diverse societies, and the economy with growth potential that could rival China’s. Yet, it also remains one of the poorest and unequal. With three decades left ...Show More

1:10:42 | Jan 24th, 2018

Shortly after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The withdrawal from this agreement signified a major shift in US trade policy. What will be the future of Asia...Show More

56:42 | Jan 23rd, 2018

No one said it was going to be easy, but the heat is ratcheting up as NAFTA renegotiation becomes contentious and the parties race toward a March deadline. The United States has put forward novel proposals that have encountered stiff opposition from ...Show More

57:37 | Jan 23rd, 2018

In February, the Janet Yellen era at the Federal Reserve will conclude and the Jerome Powell era will begin. What will the change mean for US monetary policy? Does the low-inflation economy demand that these unconventional approaches to monetary poli...Show More

58:55 | Jan 19th, 2018

The first year of President Donald J. Trump’s administration has been unlike that of any other American president. Trump’s prolific use of Twitter, willingness to reevaluate long-held policies and alliances, and populist nationalism have made a signi...Show More

52:48 | Jan 18th, 2018

Artificial intelligence promises to transform almost every aspect of daily life in the years ahead. From virtual assistants and self-driving cars, to robotic surgeons and autonomous weapons, the applications are almost limitless. But with advances in...Show More

56:06 | Jan 17th, 2018

The 2016 United States presidential election demonstrated the vulnerability of electoral systems to outside interference. While much attention has focused on social media and leaked emails the security of voting systems themselves poses a critical th...Show More

1:04:31 | Dec 14th, 2017

The currency of the future isn’t gold, dollars, or even bitcoin – it’s trust. As the number and nature of daily transactions increase due to digital connectivity and global trade, trusting who is on the other end of the interaction becomes paramount....Show More

1:08:52 | Dec 4th, 2017

What role do cities and their mayors have in combating climate change? With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas and estimates that climate change could cost the world’s major cities twice as much as the rest of the planet – ci...Show More

1:14:50 | Dec 4th, 2017

Today’s is a world of rapid and bewildering change. Globalization, climate change, and, above all technology, are transforming societies in ways that would have seemed unimaginable only a generation ago. From workplaces and communities, to the farthe...Show More

58:55 | Nov 27th, 2017

Food demand is expected to increase substantially by 2050 due to rising populations and incomes. With this staggering demand comes an unprecedented business opportunity for small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs. The old guard is changing: young leade...Show More

1:01:08 | Nov 16th, 2017

Prosperity or health – does one have to choose? With massive industrialization and urbanization, China’s environment pays a heavy price. China’s most recent annual environmental report notes that three quarters of Chinese cities cannot meet the natio...Show More

58:43 | Nov 15th, 2017

Is marijuana legal or illegal – can it be both? The legal marijuana industry is poised to add more than a quarter of a million jobs to the economy by 2020. Cost savings from legalization could be over $7.7 billion and tax revenue could range from $2....Show More

1:02:21 | Nov 13th, 2017

How has terrorism changed since 9/11? Rapid globalization and ubiquitous access to the internet, mobile phones, and social media have created a breeding ground for terrorist communication networks to flourish. By using the dark web and messenger encr...Show More

1:03:22 | Nov 9th, 2017

As India, Niger, and the southern United States grapple with historic flooding, new research is illustrating the inclusive costs of climate events and whom they affect the most. A changing environment – via floods, droughts, or storms – affects resid...Show More

59:38 | Nov 9th, 2017

If someone handed you the keys to the city – what would you do first? Both Dan Doctoroff and Steve Koch, former deputy mayors of New York and Chicago respectively, used their proverbial keys to redevelop and revitalize their cities.  Handpicked by th...Show More

58:43 | Nov 8th, 2017

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that everyone has a right to health. Yet today, 400 million people lack access to essential health services. Thirty years ago, that number was much higher; in recognition of this inequity, Paul Far...Show More

0:00 | Nov 2nd, 2017

This year has seen North Korea test more than 20 missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles. North Korean state-run media and American experts now claim that much of the United States is in range for a nuclear strike. The rhetoric betwee...Show More

0:00 | Oct 17th, 2017

A quarter of a century after the Cold War formally ended, Ukraine is at the heart of a new frozen conflict between Russia and the West. With its annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in the eastern Donbas region, Russia has challenged ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2017

Join the Council on Global Affairs and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for a program on the state of cooperation between Greece and United States on economic and security issues in Southeast Europe.

0:00 | Oct 13th, 2017

Sparta and Athens grew toward a conflict that neither wanted – what Graham Allison calls Thucydides’s Trap. Named for the classical Greek historian, Thucydides’s Trap describes the structural stresses that result when a rising power threatens to disp...Show More

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2017

The United States and European Union face many of the same challenges today: they must maintain economic growth in the face of global competition, harness and manage rapid technological change, and respond to diverse security threats. Yet a transatla...Show More

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2017

The United States and European Union face many of the same challenges today: they must maintain economic growth in the face of global competition, harness and manage rapid technological change, and respond to diverse security threats. Yet a transatla...Show More

0:00 | Oct 5th, 2017

The United States and European Union face many of the same challenges today: they must maintain economic growth in the face of global competition, harness and manage rapid technological change, and respond to diverse security threats. Yet a transatla...Show More

0:00 | Oct 4th, 2017

Join the Council on Global Affairs and Ambassador Husam Zomlot for a conversation on politics in Palestine and Israel and the prospects for a lasting peace in the region.

0:00 | Sep 28th, 2017

It is estimated that eight of the world’s richest men control as much wealth as the poorest half of the population, according to a recent Oxfam report. This concentration of wealth has widened the gap between rich and poor, and women often suffer the...Show More

0:00 | Sep 19th, 2017

The private sector has steadily increased investment in global agriculture, but the global south will continue to face an investment gap that amounts to billions of dollars. This gap, along with increased food production demands due to rising populat...Show More

0:00 | Sep 15th, 2017

Cities are increasingly driving the global economy. Yet there are numerous disruptive forces that threaten to deepen inequality and economic exclusion unless cities adapt and evolve. The choices that municipal leaders make today to give the workforce...Show More

0:00 | Sep 7th, 2017

East Asia is an increasingly dangerous place, with tensions high on the Korean Peninsula, a more assertive China, territorial disputes, and questions about the future role of the United States. These developments present critical challenges for Japan...Show More

1:16:21 | May 24th, 2017

In recent decades the United States has led international efforts to halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. But many of President Trump’s statements on nuclear weapons suggest a coming shift in US policy. In questioning America’s secu...Show More

54:41 | May 24th, 2017

Formed in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional organization dedicated to intergovernmental cooperation and economic integration. There is significant economic potential in this fast-growing region with 625 million pe...Show More

1:00:15 | May 22nd, 2017

In January 2017 Xi Jinping became the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos. Xi’s attendance, and his robust defense of globalization, were symbolic of the changing realities of global power. As global...Show More

1:15:35 | May 17th, 2017

America’s economy seems strong—the labor market is tight; inflation, wages, and home prices are rising; and households and businesses appear optimistic. During the presidential election campaign, President Trump proposed a wide-ranging set of policy ...Show More

55:21 | May 16th, 2017

Majestic and highly intelligent, the world’s largest land mammal has been endangered for decades. In September 2016, the elephant’s precarious future was brought into stark relief by new data indicating that the African population had declined a stag...Show More

1:13:38 | May 16th, 2017

Turkey is an important member of NATO and a powerful player in the Middle East. Recently the stability of the country has become a concern as it is now a target of the Islamic State, and is fighting a low-level insurgency by the Kurdistan Workers’ Pa...Show More

1:15:30 | May 15th, 2017

In 2017 the European Union entered its sixtieth year with a sense of apprehension. A populist surge that had propelled the UK’s vote for Brexit and President Trump’s election in the US now ominously stalked the EU, as the Bloc faced a succession of c...Show More

1:01:14 | May 8th, 2017

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the third time in a decade this March—and may do so again at the next rate-setting meetings. What is the US economic outlook given the potential shifts in economic policy signaled by the new US administra...Show More

42:07 | May 5th, 2017

At a time of uncertainty around security cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe, the Polish administration has advocated for strengthening ties with NATO. Poland is one of only five NATO members that currently meet the alliance’s target for spendi...Show More

1:15:23 | May 4th, 2017

President Trump was elected on a pledge to fix an American immigration system that many perceive to be broken. Already, through a series of executive orders, the new administration has begun to forge a radical shift in immigration policy based on str...Show More

1:20:11 | May 2nd, 2017

What should our food system look like? According to the USDA, American consumption of local foods has tripled in the past two decades and demand is predicted to be worth over $20 billion by 2019. And yet, markets continue to expand globally, connecti...Show More

36:38 | May 1st, 2017

The Black Sea region serves as an important nexus between Europe and Central Asia. Yet myriad threats to stability in this region could have a significant impact on transatlantic security. In recent years, countries bordering the Black Sea have exper...Show More

53:02 | Apr 27th, 2017

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation host a special briefing with two of the researchers behind the National Academy of Sciences' report, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration.

1:17:05 | Apr 27th, 2017

The historic 2015 US Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage put the US on par with over 20 other nations in advancing the LGBTQ movement. However, countries like Uganda have done the opposite, passing laws that criminalize homosexuality. D...Show More

1:11:35 | Apr 25th, 2017

The number of American passport holders has doubled in the last decade as globalization has impacted our businesses, homes, and increasingly – our classrooms. Students today are exposed to more global ideas than any of the proceeding generations, be ...Show More

1:18:23 | Apr 24th, 2017

Days after the inauguration, the Trump administration announced that American aid money would stop flowing to foreign nonprofits working on abortion. This action illustrates America's long-standing moral and legal tensions related to sex. Throughout ...Show More

1:14:47 | Apr 20th, 2017

With more than half of the world’s populations now living in cities, and urbanization occurring at unprecedented rates, there is opportunity to rethink how cities are designed. For government leaders and urban practitioners, the United Nations’ New U...Show More

1:14:38 | Apr 19th, 2017

Geopolitics has long been portrayed as a chessboard of competing nations. The metaphor still holds true for high-level statecraft but does not capture the full complexity of the modern world, argues Anne-Marie Slaughter. Today a vast web of global co...Show More

1:14:06 | Apr 14th, 2017

Influencing the marketplace of ideas used to be reserved for an elite class of public intellectuals with broad expertise and academic cache. Today’s thought leaders don't need doctorates or fellowships to reach large audiences of people hungry for ne...Show More

59:09 | Apr 13th, 2017

The Chicago Cubs broke the curse of the Billy Goat when they lifted the Commissioner’s Trophy on November 2, 2016. In a wider sense their dramatic, never-say-die World Series victory also helped to lift a mood of sporting cynicism. In an era when our...Show More

58:01 | Apr 12th, 2017

Please join Harry B. Harris, Jr., the commander of US Pacific Command, for a public program at the Council in which he will share his insights on how the United States military can deter threats and ensure security in the Asia Pacific region.

3:46:08 | Apr 11th, 2017

What comes next for the world’s democracies? Can governments and civil society bridge the growing disconnect between citizens and their elected leaders? Can open political systems be retooled to confront the complexity and volatility of the global ag...Show More

1:09:39 | Apr 6th, 2017

Africa is home to several of the world’s fastest growing economies. Yet the continent’s continued development faces many challenges including a burgeoning underemployed youth population, climate induced migration, and political instability. Moderniza...Show More

1:13:22 | Apr 4th, 2017

The US economy seems exuberant—market indices are reaching new heights, labor markets remain strong, and the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates soon. Abroad, economic bright spots are appearing in Japan, Europe, and elsewhere. Yet global unce...Show More

1:16:31 | Mar 29th, 2017

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, some observers opined that Russia would have the opportunity to be freed from the grip of authoritarianism that prevailed under communist rule. Yet recent years have seen media censorship on the rise and...Show More

20:47 | Mar 23rd, 2017

In the lead up to the 2017 Global Food Security Symposium, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is collaborating to produce Food Security, a podcast examining nutrition, hunger, and food security around th...Show More

1:06:38 | Mar 23rd, 2017

With a history spanning millennia, China can play the long game. And it has been, according to Howard French. By championing globalization and Eurasian integration, rapidly expanding its military capabilities, and making contentious regional territor...Show More

1:02:12 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Each year a day is designated to focus on the importance of water. Yet each day, more than half a billion people lack access to safe water sources – and in many countries it is leading to domestic instability. Rivers flowing across borders and declin...Show More

1:14:00 | Mar 21st, 2017

As the Trump administration begins to take shape, what is next for the US and the Middle East? From the most recent travel ban focused squarely on the Middle East, uncertainty over Iran and the nuclear deal, and developments in relations with Israel ...Show More

1:15:37 | Mar 20th, 2017

American consumers love authenticity, even of the manufactured variety. A recent study by Edelman Digital found that 40 percent of millennials prefer to buy from local businesses regardless of additional cost over mass-market alternatives. Companies ...Show More

27:20 | Mar 16th, 2017

In the lead up to the 2017 Global Food Security Symposium, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is collaborating to produce Food Security, a podcast examining nutrition, hunger, and food security around th...Show More

49:47 | Mar 14th, 2017

In an interview a few days before his inauguration, Donald Trump called NATO “obsolete” and said Angela Merkel’s decision to welcome more than a million refugees to Germany was “catastrophic.” He has also praised Brexit and spoken out in support of o...Show More

23:34 | Mar 9th, 2017

In the lead up to the 2017 Global Food Security Symposium, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs collaborated to produce Food Security, a podcast examining nutrition, hunger, and food security around the wo...Show More

1:14:18 | Mar 7th, 2017

The rise of authoritarian nationalism and general economic malaise are straining democratic governance around the world—including in Africa. Countries such as Burundi, Congo, and Ethiopia have experienced an erosion of democratic institutions, fraudu...Show More

57:41 | Mar 7th, 2017

Forged from the ruins of WWII, the European Union was born in a time of crisis. Yet the crises the bloc has faced in recent years have shaken it to the core. From the large-scale refugee flows to the persistent threat of deadly terrorist attacks, fro...Show More

1:15:08 | Mar 3rd, 2017

What is next for the American Dream? A shrinking middle class and entrenched political polarization have called into question America’s status as the world’s land of opportunity. Tyler Cowen argues that a populace once driven by its relentless vision...Show More

1:16:50 | Mar 2nd, 2017

The "One China" policy—whereby the US maintains formal relations with Beijing and not Taiwan—has been the cornerstone of US-China relations for decades. It was upended within one month of Donald Trump’s victory, when the then president-elect accepted...Show More

3:28:27 | Feb 23rd, 2017

From withdrawing from the TPP to questioning China’s practices regionally and economically, President Trump's administration promises policy changes for Asian security. Leading thinkers in Asian security convene at a half-day symposium to explore wha...Show More

13:03 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Mayors have to take care of their populations, and sometimes that means going to other countries. A delegation of Mexican mayors from Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Juarez came to Chicago to conduct city-to-city diplomacy during an "emergency time" in...Show More

1:01:13 | Feb 16th, 2017

Should the US establish a basic income? Share your opinion and pose questions to our speakers via https://chi.cnf.io/ Universal basic income has been proposed as a way to reduce poverty and prepare for future technology-related job losses, critics qu...Show More

1:15:50 | Feb 16th, 2017

For the first of the Council’s new debate series, University of Chicago Law Professor Eric Posner and Northwestern Professor Ian Hurd will go head to head in a conversation moderated by Kirkland and Ellis partner Leslie Smith on the credibility of un...Show More

1:02:02 | Feb 15th, 2017

Following President Trump’s order to withdraw the United States from the TPP, Australian Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey analyzes the impact on US influence in the Asia-Pacific region and explores the broader implications for global trade ...Show More

1:12:07 | Feb 14th, 2017

America’s workforce is on the cusp of momentous change as technology and demographic change transform the nature and availability of work. Robots and algorithms present increased competition to workers, but also hold the promise of augmenting human l...Show More

1:10:07 | Feb 10th, 2017

In 2006, Syria suffered its worst drought in 900 years which experts cited as a contributing factor to the social unrest and riots preceding the current civil war. Global “hot spots” - where tensions are high due to overpopulation, resource scarcity,...Show More

1:14:37 | Feb 9th, 2017

Technology is exposing democracy’s vulnerabilities. After hackers, allegedly working for the Russian government, stole politically sensitive documents and used them in an attempt to influence the US election outcome, governments across the world have...Show More

1:13:39 | Feb 8th, 2017

Like his two immediate predecessors, President Donald Trump is entering office determined to improve relations with Russia. At a time when US-Russian relations have deteriorated sharply as a result of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, its military inter...Show More

15:24 | Feb 7th, 2017

Snorkeling in Mozambique – good for the local economy, or bad for the local ecosystem? What about being an early traveler to a country like Cuba? As travel and tourism extend access to emerging markets, global citizens can use their dollars, time, an...Show More

1:15:28 | Feb 7th, 2017

The US-Mexico relationship is at a crossroads. President Trump’s vows to renegotiate NAFTA, crack down on immigration, and to create physical and economic barriers between the two countries, portend disruption in longstanding commercial, political, a...Show More

1:15:02 | Feb 1st, 2017

Are Americans imperialists or isolationists? Whether the United States should intervene and lead, or show global restraint, is a recurring theme of US foreign policy, argues Stephen Kinzer. This debate may be more pertinent now, as President Trump fo...Show More

45:46 | Jan 31st, 2017

The new documentary, The State of Eugenics, gives voice to survivors of an often-forgotten chapter in US history when eugenic sterilization was legal. After the Midwest premiere on January 11, director, writer, and producer Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, Uni...Show More

1:12:43 | Jan 26th, 2017

Eighteen years into the 21st Century, it is time to re-evaluate what has been called the age of Asia. Following the rise of populism and anti-globalization movements in the west, Asia has every opportunity to become the well-oiled, policy-defining vo...Show More

59:59 | Jan 25th, 2017

Trade featured prominently in the presidential campaign, with both major party candidates strongly criticizing international trade agreements. Under the Trump administration, the fate of trade agreements—both completed and under negotiation—is uncert...Show More

1:01:03 | Jan 24th, 2017

Are the best days of America’s inclusive economic growth and social development over? According to the 2016 Chicago Council Survey, 57 percent of Americans believe the next generation will be worse off economically than today’s workers. David Smick a...Show More

1:21:13 | Jan 23rd, 2017

The world is entering an age of disarray, argues Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Globalization, climate change, and new technologies are challenging nation-states and eroding the foundations of global order. As power is ...Show More

1:17:21 | Jan 19th, 2017

Election 2016 was a watershed moment for American politics as well as for its journalists. A host of new digital media outlets and bloggers, some set up just to chase clicks and harnessing the vast power of social media, caught the public’s attention...Show More

1:18:19 | Jan 17th, 2017

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have been killed, and another 4.8 million are refugees. This devastating humanitarian catastrophe is one of worst since World War II, and has resulted in t...Show More

1:12:52 | Dec 15th, 2016

In 2016 the Chicago Council Survey of public opinion recorded its highest levels of support for globalization. Yet anti-globalist sentiments have often set the tone during the presidential election campaign. Candidates of all stripes have accused fre...Show More

1:12:53 | Dec 14th, 2016

In 2016 the Chicago Council Survey of public opinion recorded its highest levels of support for globalization. Yet anti-globalist sentiments have often set the tone during the presidential election campaign. Candidates of all stripes have accused fre...Show More

56:43 | Dec 13th, 2016

Polling by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs reveals that record numbers of Americans now consider terrorism directed or inspired by ISIL and Al Qaeda to be a critical threat to the United States. In Europe, the scale of recruitment of “foreign f...Show More

57:49 | Dec 7th, 2016

Watch Israel’s former minister of defense and former military chief of staff Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon discuss the new geopolitical realities in the Middle East and how countries in the region will respond to the incoming Trump administration.

1:06:41 | Dec 7th, 2016

From humble beginnings as the youngest of 12 children in rural China to the chairman, founder, and president of Dataway Horizon, the leading public policy polling firm in China, Dr. Victor Yuan is a true Chinese success story. Dr. Yuan boasts over 20...Show More

1:13:52 | Dec 7th, 2016

Panel 2: From Brexit to Election 2016 - Populism in Europe and the United States by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

1:14:38 | Dec 7th, 2016

Panel 1: The Rise of Populism - Trends, Forces, and Developments by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

1:05:39 | Dec 6th, 2016

Alan Greenspan was once extolled as a "maestro" for his seemingly uncanny talent in leading markets like an orchestra. As chairman of the Federal Reserve for two decades, he largely elevated it above politics and presided over the metamorphosis of fi...Show More

1:16:19 | Dec 5th, 2016

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Great Migration that saw millions of Black Americans migrate from the south to the urban centers of the north with the promise of security and economic prosperity. Worldwide, global cities are destina...Show More

1:13:02 | Nov 30th, 2016

The global economy is nearing a crossroads—as central banks alone seem unable to foster high inclusive growth and durable financial stability. According to Mohamed A. El-Erian, there are two paths ahead: one leading to recovery, prosperity, and stabi...Show More

1:14:15 | Nov 30th, 2016

Europe has been rocked by several crises in the last few years—the global financial crisis, the eurozone crisis, rising migration, nationalism, and populism, among others. And now Brexit seems to threaten the very existence of the European Union. Jos...Show More

1:11:23 | Nov 29th, 2016

Donald Trump will take control of the White House on January 20, 2017, defying numerous polls and predictions. From Wall Street to Main Street, and in the office of nearly every head of state in the world, the attention now turns to the President-ele...Show More

1:14:43 | Nov 17th, 2016

American intervention in the Middle East has posed a far riskier undertaking in the years since the Arab Spring. Intensifying sectarian conflict, eroding state structures, and the growing influence of non-state actors and regional powers will leave t...Show More

1:14:55 | Nov 16th, 2016

Uber, Airbnb, OpenTable – what do they all have in common? These “matchmakers” don’t sell widgets, they sell access; diner and open seat, car and rider, hotel guest and available room. These new, often global, models of business rely on simplicity fo...Show More

1:10:27 | Nov 7th, 2016

Prior to 1979, the US and Iran were economic and military partners. However, the fall of the Shah and the US Embassy hostage crisis broke diplomatic relations, and ignited long lasting political disputes, and mistrust between the two countries. As Ir...Show More

1:08:04 | Nov 4th, 2016

Eight presidents, both Republican and Democratic, have aimed to integrate China into the international system and pursue constructive US-China relations. But that longstanding consensus is under growing pressure, as security competition in Asia inten...Show More

1:00:05 | Nov 1st, 2016

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that improvements in the status of women and girls also drive the prosperity and security of families, communities, and nations. In recent years the US government has incorporated gender equality as a metric of...Show More

1:13:31 | Oct 31st, 2016

What is the future of the economy? As the presidential election looms, this question continues to play a critical role in the discourse. Robert Gordon contends that economic progress will be slow—due to slower innovation, plateauing education, an agi...Show More

1:08:55 | Oct 25th, 2016

Almost a decade after the financial crisis, global economic growth is fizzling and many of the world’s economies are laden by high and often rising public and private debt. With increasingly limited scope for conventional monetary policy, decision-ma...Show More

56:34 | Oct 20th, 2016

Former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO Thursday 10/20/16 Doors open: 11:45 am Event: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm We will live stream this event at 12:20 p.m. CT In recent years, Russia has become an increasingly bold and competitive actor in inte...Show More

1:11:05 | Oct 20th, 2016

North Korea recently rattled the international community yet again when it conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test to date. Though North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have strained even its relationship with China, its closest ally, North Kore...Show More

43:37 | Oct 19th, 2016

Argentina is charting a new course. Since the election of Mauricio Macri as president in 2015, the country has begun moving away from populist policies and towards free-market strategies. By cutting export taxes, halting currency controls, and devalu...Show More

1:13:10 | Oct 18th, 2016

The famous staple of Obama’s foreign policy—“leading from behind”—has been under scrutiny throughout his presidency. While some have argued for less interventionism, many others have critiqued his actions (or lack thereof) on the Iran nuclear deal, R...Show More

1:13:10 | Oct 17th, 2016

Election 2016 has been a rough ride for proponents of trade. Throughout a divisive primary season, and a contentious general election campaign, support for trade has fallen victim to a rising backlash against globalization. Despite the recent efforts...Show More

58:27 | Oct 16th, 2016

Keynote Panel: Beyond 2016 - The Implications of Populism by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

51:45 | Oct 14th, 2016

In an era where nearly any data point is at our fingertips, it’s increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. Terror groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are well known for their sophisticated use of social media tools. Jou...Show More

1:10:39 | Oct 14th, 2016

Maria Toorpakai Wazir is ranked among the top female squash players in the world. Growing up in a Taliban stronghold in Northern Pakistan, where girls are not expected to play sports or even attend school, Toorpakai Wazir became one of Pakistan’s top...Show More

1:03:50 | Oct 13th, 2016

Carolina Trivelli, a Peruvian economist, will visit the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to deliver the Annual Gus Hart Lecture as the Council’s 2016 Gus Hart Visiting Fellow. This fellowship has been endowed by the Hart family to honor former Chica...Show More

1:10:41 | Oct 12th, 2016

With the US presidential election less than 100 days away, US-China relations face yet another critical turning point, with both major party candidates emphasizing different trajectories for the relationship. Next year, China faces its own leadership...Show More

1:03:54 | Oct 7th, 2016

Immigration policy and its implications for national security have dominated the 2016 presidential election debates. How should policymakers balance their concerns for threats with pragmatic solutions? What are the future risks—and benefits--of possi...Show More

1:13:48 | Oct 6th, 2016

There are over 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence today – down from over 70,000 in 1986. Though the threat of a nation using one of these catastrophic weapons has lowered, chances of an accident are still considerable. Eric Schlosser spent six years...Show More

1:04:52 | Sep 29th, 2016

Iran’s politics are in flux. At home, moderates gained ground over more conservative candidates during this year’s parliamentary elections. Yet tensions remain high among the different factions—in advance of the presidential election next May. Abroad...Show More

1:08:42 | Sep 27th, 2016

During the heated 2016 presidential campaign―with America’s global leadership increasingly challenged and its domestic politics gridlocked―voters may have the impression that the country faces almost insurmountable crises. But governments across the ...Show More

54:41 | Sep 27th, 2016

Sept. 27, 2016 - Albania and the Western Balkans: A European Future? by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

1:13:31 | Sep 26th, 2016

Sept. 26, 2016 - Global Migration and Its Implications by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs