The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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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2019 James Beard Leadership Award Honorees: Connecting Culture, Food, and Purpose

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
Caught in the Middle?: Germany's Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty

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
Jump-Starting America: Reviving the American Dream

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
Security in the Sahel: Prospects for Sustainable Peace

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
How Effective is America's Middle East Strategy?

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
Ghana's Growth and Progress

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
Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

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
The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

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
US and China: Economic Powers at Odds

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
A Brave New World: Democracy and Big Data

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
International Women's Day Call with Melanne Verveer - March 7, 2019

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
The Third Pillar: Are Communities Being Left Behind?

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
Captain America and Hip-Hop: American Soft Power Diplomacy Dissected

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
Security: Israeli, Palestinian, and US Regional Strategies

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
The New Rules of War

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
Ransom: Payment Versus Principle

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
America First Meets Mexico First?

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
The Power of Place: Addressing Urban Inequity Through Innovation and Design

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
Exclusive Member Call: Brexit's Final Act?

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
The Situation Room: Global Policy-Making in the White House

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
Pandemic Panic: Protecting an Interconnected World

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
Blurred Lines: Humanitarian Action and Rule of Law

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
Millennials, Money, & Mobility: Cash Rules Everything Around Me

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
North Korea: Can Cooperation Prevail Over Conflict?

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
Brexit Update Conference Call

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
Realism and Restraint: America's New Foreign Policy?

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
Jordan: A Struggle for Peace in the Middle East

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
Latin America's Populist Revival

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
Breaking the News: Trust in the Age of Digital Media

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
The Trump Economy: Taking Stock

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
June 12, 2018 The Future of Energy: Insights From Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

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
Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism

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
The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership

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
Let’s Talk About Funds: Empowering Women Through Financial Literacy

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
The Changing World Order: New Alignments, New Paradigms?

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.
Presidents of War

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
China's Economy and China's Consumers: The Long-Term Outlook

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
Russia, China, and Iran: Reshaping the International Order

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
America Engaged: Attitudes Toward US Global Leadership

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
The Collapse of ISIS and Its Aftermath

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
The Financial Crisis, Ten Years Later: What Have We Learned?

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
Communicating Climate Change: The Power of Visual Storytelling

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
Democracy, Security, and the Cyber Battlefield

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
From Waste to Resources: New Energy for Rotterdam

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
The Return of Inflation—and the Rethinking of Monetary Policy?

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
The Sunni-Shia Divide: Redrawing the Map of the Middle East?

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
Trump, America First, and the World Order America Created

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
Waging Peace: How America Can Avoid War

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
Urban Violence in the Americas

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
The Work Ahead: Machines, Skills, and US Leadership in the Twenty-First Century

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
April 20, 2018 Fascism: A Warning

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
April 18, 2018 Big Tech: The Return of Monopolies?

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
Gentrification: The Good, the Bad, and the Hipsters

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
A Honeymoon that Never Was: The Chilly State of US-Russia Relations

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
The Clean Energy Revolution: Innovating for the Future

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
Central Banks and Regulatory Power: At Odds With Democracy?

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
From Election Hacking to Water Scarcity: Emerging Leaders Tackle Today’s Global Challenges

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
A New Era In Global Trade

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
US Global Engagement; Are We In, Out, Or In Limbo?

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
Georgia: An Update from the Caucus

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
Developing Internationally Focused Students

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
The Power of The Plate

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
Reimagining Pakistan

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
Iceland: An Update

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
Space: Open For Buisness

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
Securing Democracy

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
Troubled Waters? The South China Sea in Focus

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
The Retreat of Western Liberalism

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
Euro-Atlantic Relations: The Czech Perspective

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
Ending Gender-Based Violence

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
Poets of the Podium: The Art of Speechwriting

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
The Indo-Pacific and the "Quad"

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
Youthquake: The Global Rise of the Next Generation

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
Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook

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
American Values in a Global Age

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
Terrorism in Cyberspace

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
The Good Friday Agreement: Ireland 20 Years Later

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
The Puzzle of Growth and the US Economy

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
International Women's Day: Tech Trailblazers for Social Good

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
South Korea at the Crossroads

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
Red and Blue: America and the Millennial Agenda

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
India's Journey: 70 Years Of Independence

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
The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration

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
The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration Session 1

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
The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration Session 2

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
Preparing Today's Workforce for Tomorrow's Economy

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
NAFTA Renegotiation and the Uncertain Future of US Trade Policy

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
The Future of Monetary Policy: Embracing The Unconventional

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
The Trump Presidency: One Year Later

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
Artificial Intelligence: Hype, Hope, Or Hazzard

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
Secure The Vote

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
Blockchain: The New Digital Trust

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
Global City Mayors on Climate Action: The Ripple Effect

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
The Age Of Accelerations

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
Beyond the Plough: The New Faces of Food

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
Blue Skies In Beijing: An Evening with China's Environmental Activist

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
Green Gold Rush: The Rise Of Commercial Marijuana

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
Terrorism And The Dark Web

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
The True Cost of Climate Change: Reinforcing Inequality?

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
From the Highline to the 606

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
Bending The Arc Towards global Health Equity

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
The Bomb and the Missiles: Whither North Korea?

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
Russia, Ukraine, and the Fate of Europe's Borderlands

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
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

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.
The Trap: China and the US Map Their Future

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
The End of the Transatlantic Era? Panel 2

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
The End of the Transatlantic Era? Panel 3

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
The End of the Transatlantic Era? Panel 1

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
Towards a Lasting Peace: Palestine's Political Strategy

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.
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Inclusive Finance

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
The Profitable Harvest: Private Sector Investment in Agriculture

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
Disruptive Forces Changing Cities

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
Japan's Foreign Policy Options in the Trump Era

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
US Ambassadors To ASEAN Countries

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
A New Nuclear Arms Race

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

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
The American Economy Under President Trump

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
Turkey At A Crossroads

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
Battling Africa's Elephant Crises

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
Europe's Year Of Destiny

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
Economic Growth, Monetary Policy, And The Federal Reserve

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
The Future Of NATO And Transatlantic Security

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
Trump And The New Politics Of Immigration

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
Farm To Global Table, Our Interconnected World

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
The Black Sea Region And Transatlantic Security

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
The Economic And Fiscal Consequences Of Immigration

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.
The Global LGBTQ Rights Movement

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
Beyond The Book, Education For The Next Generation

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
Coitus Conflictus. Sex, America, And The Constituion

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
The New Urban Agenda

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
The Chessboard And The Web

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
The Ideas Industry

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
The Cubs' Catharsis With Scott Simon

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
Deterring Revisionist Powers With Admiral Harry Harris

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.
Democracy In Retreat

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
Food, Agriculture, And Africa's Promise

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
The Global Economy In The Trump Era

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
Russia; From Gorbachev's Freedom To Putin's War

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
Food Security - Jenni Duggan, Syrian Seeds Sow Hope For Global Food Security

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
China's Global Ambitions; Past, Present, And Future

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
The Link Between Water And Security

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
The Middle East, Where Are We Headed

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
Made In America?

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
Food Security - Karim Chrobog, Wasted

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
President Trump And The EU: A New Era of Transatlantic Relations

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
Food Security - Lisa Palmer, Hot Hungry Planet

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
The Future Of The EU

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
Africa- Democracy And Insecurity

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
The American Dream And The Complacent Class

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
One China 101- Taiwan, Hong Kong, And Trump's Gambit

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
The New Asian Security Landscape

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
City Diplomacy from Mexico City to Chicago

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
Basic Income- Freedom Or Folly?

1:01:13 | Feb 16th, 2017

Should the US establish a basic income? Share your opinion and pose questions to our speakers via Universal basic income has been proposed as a way to reduce poverty and prepare for future technology-related job losses, critics qu...Show More
Debate- Is Human Rights Dead?

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
The Value Of Mateship- A US - Australia Relationship For The 21st Century

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
Working In Tomorrow's World

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
Climate Change And Global Security

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
Hacked Democracy

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
The Russian Reset And The Future Of US - Russia Relations

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
Your Global Life- Meaningful Travel

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
US - Mexico Relations Under The Trump Administration

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
US Foreign Policy- Intervention Or Restraint?

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
The State of Eugenics: A Global Story Untold

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
Is This The Asian Century?

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
The Future Of Trade

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
Main Street Capitalism- A New Economic Policy

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
A World In Disarray

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
The Media And Democracy In A Post - Truth Era

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
Syria- An Inside View On The Humanitarian Crisis

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
Jeffrey Garten On Globalization In An Age Of Division

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
Jeffrey Garten On Globalization In An Age Of Division

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
Countering Violent Extremism- Lessons From Europe

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
What The Middle East Is Expecting From The New US Administration

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.
Reaching New Horizons- A Chinese Success Story Of Mission - Driven Service

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
Panel 2: From Brexit to Election 2016 - Populism in Europe and the United States

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
Panel 1: The Rise of Populism - Trends, Forces, and Developments

1:14:38 | Dec 7th, 2016

Panel 1: The Rise of Populism - Trends, Forces, and Developments by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Alan Greenspan's Legacy: Lessons for the Federal Reserve in the Era of Donald Trump

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
Broken Promises: From Segregation to Inclusion in Global Cities

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
Europe's Future: Beyond the Euro?

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
The Global Economy: How to Avoid the Next Collapse

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
The Vote Heard Round the World

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
The Middle East and a New Administration

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
Uber, Airbnb, OpenTable: Modern Matchmakers

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
Diplomats and Dissidents: The Iran Wars

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
How Should the Next American President Deal with China?

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
Election 2016 and the Global Women's Movement

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
Boom vs Doom: A Debate on the Future Economy

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
Debt and the Global Economy

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
The Future of North Korea

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
Road to War: Russia, NATO, and the Threat of Inaction

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
Investments in Argentina: Buenos Aires as a Global City

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
The Will to Lead: America's Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom

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
Election 2016 and the Politics of Trade

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
Keynote Panel: Beyond 2016 - The Implications of Populism

58:27 | Oct 16th, 2016

Keynote Panel: Beyond 2016 - The Implications of Populism by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Terrorism and Propaganda in the Digital Age

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
Facing Extremism Through Sport in Pakistan

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
Peru at a Crossroads

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
The US Presidential Election & China's Leadership Transition

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
Immigration and National Security: Balancing Interests

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
The Nuclear Age: Command and Control

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
Ayatollahs and Presidents: Leadership Transitions in Iran and the United States

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
Albania and the Western Balkans: A European Future?

54:41 | Sep 27th, 2016

Sept. 27, 2016 - Albania and the Western Balkans: A European Future? by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
How Nations Survive and Thrive: Lessons for the Next President

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
Global Migration and Its Implications

1:13:31 | Sep 26th, 2016

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

1:03:56 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Sept. 23, 2016 - Rebalancing Immigration and Security by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Obvious Threats We Ignore: Gray Rhinos

1:07:24 | Jun 15th, 2016

The collapse of the subprime loan market, the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and the emergence of ISIS are all crises that governments, businesses, or society failed to recognize or anticipate. According to Michele Wucker these were not ra...Show More
Alter Egos: Obama, Clinton, and American Power

1:21:22 | Jun 14th, 2016

NYT's White House correspondent Mark Landler examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and explains the implications of Obama's legacy on a possible Clinton presidency.
Emerging Leaders' Perspectives on Human Rights

25:40 | May 18th, 2016

Members of the Council’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 will discuss how mental health services, social security, and health care are adapting to address 21st century needs. Each year the Council selects the best and brightest mid-career leaders in C...Show More
Dragonomics: What Everyone Needs to Know About China's Economy

57:36 | May 16th, 2016

China’s economic growth in the last 30 years has been impressive—yet cracks have started to form, requiring tough decisions from the government and the private sector. While the country still presents numerous investment opportunities and provides mu...Show More
American Retrenchment: Implications for India and Asia

1:08:14 | May 16th, 2016

Dr. C. Raja Mohan, a leading strategic thinker and commentator on international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues, will visit the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as its inaugural Marshall M. Bouton Asia Fellow. The fellowship was establ...Show More
The First 1,000 Days: Shaping the Future

1:11:56 | May 16th, 2016

Today, one in every four children under the age of five in the world—nearly 170 million in total—is physically or mentally stunted. In the past few years, devastating food crises and new research on the economic and social costs of childhood hunger h...Show More
From War Crimes to Climate Change: Human Rights in 2016

1:17:28 | May 9th, 2016

The global human rights movement isn’t what it used to be. In the past, human rights were those that needed to be protected from totalitarian regimes, cruelty in war, and other natural and man-made atrocities. Today, these problems still exist, but t...Show More
The New Arab Wars: Uprising is Not Over

1:18:43 | May 9th, 2016

Almost everyone today agrees that the Arab uprising has failed. But Marc Lynch argues it has not failed—it has only just begun. While the protest wave has passed, the conditions which drove it have only strengthened and Lynch believes there will be n...Show More
A Healthier System: Investing in Resource Limited Countries

58:00 | May 9th, 2016

HIV, Ebola, Malaria, and recently the Zika Virus in Brazil have pushed the healthcare system to its limits in many parts of the world. The World Health Organization estimates there is currently a shortage of over 7 million healthcare workers in the w...Show More
Yanis Varoufakis: Europe and the Austerity Fallacy

1:09:22 | May 9th, 2016

The European Union is a house of cards threatening regional stability and global prosperity, argues Yanis Varoufakis. The flawed architecture of the EU’s institutions, which struggled to develop an effective or coordinated response to the Eurozone cr...Show More
Emerging Leaders' Perspectives on Global Cities

21:02 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Members of the Council’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 will discuss their reports on the intersecting challenges facing global cities. Each year the Council selects the best and brightest mid-career leaders in Chicago to join its Emerging Leaders Pr...Show More
Russia, Ukraine, And The New Cold War?

1:15:50 | Apr 22nd, 2016

More than two years after the Kyiv protests, the crisis in eastern Ukraine threatens to settle into a frozen conflict between the central government and separatists. While the Minsk II ceasefire agreement appears to have tempered the violence, a perm...Show More
Warlords Of Ivory

37:08 | Apr 20th, 2016

Zambia’s Kafue National Park is on the frontline of the global fight to save endangered species. Despite an international moratorium on the ivory trade, recent years have seen Kafue’s elephant population pushed to the brink of extinction. A global bl...Show More
The Smartest Places On Earth

1:01:06 | Apr 15th, 2016

Moderated by Karen Weigert , Senior Fellow, Global Cities. SHARE Wednesday 04/13/16 7:30 am Could the next emerging market be, in fact, the West? And where does the future of the world economy lie? Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker join Council fel...Show More
Immigration And Foreign Born Students

1:18:35 | Apr 15th, 2016

Boasting many of the world’s top universities, the United States is a magnet for talented students from across the globe. As graduates, these students are an enviable asset to the economy, adding critical knowledge and skills to the workforce and boo...Show More
Education for All: Eradicating Global Illiteracy

54:38 | Apr 11th, 2016

Literacy is considered a human right, yet an estimated 250 million children around the world are unable to read or write. A lack of resources and unequal access to education—especially in crisis and conflict zones—have left 62 million girls out of sc...Show More
Markets Under Pressure: Major Sovereign Bonds and Beyond

1:00:34 | Apr 11th, 2016

Major sovereign bond markets are the cornerstone of the financial system. They not only provide a method for governments to raise funds but also offer low-risk, long-term assets for pension funds and insurance companies to invest in, serve as a yards...Show More
Unmade In China

1:15:36 | Apr 7th, 2016

This was to be “The Chinese Century.” Lower-cost cars, textiles, and smart phones produced in China have fueled a manufacturing juggernaut that now accounts for 25 percent of global production. But the low-wage labor supply chain that propelled China...Show More
The United States of Excess

35:05 | Apr 6th, 2016

The United States is seemingly addicted to excess. When it comes to food consumption, 38 percent of Americans are now obese, which is more than twice the average for all rich countries. When it comes to burning fossil fuel, America’s per capita carbo...Show More
Emerging Markets: The End of Growth?

41:33 | Apr 5th, 2016

Emerging markets seem to be in trouble. Long touted as the new economic engines of the world, places such as China, Brazil, Russia, or Turkey have lost their luster. Growth is down, investors are retreating, and corruption and political instability s...Show More
The Long Road to Democracy

28:02 | Mar 30th, 2016

Five years on from the protests that forced Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak from power, the hopes of Tahrir Square are unfulfilled. Indeed, rather than beginning to transition toward democracy, Egypt has been backsliding toward dictatorship. What factors deter...Show More
Mervyn King on the Global Economy

32:41 | Mar 25th, 2016

The modern financial system—centered on money and banks—has facilitated unprecedented economic growth in the last two centuries. Yet it has also produced a long string of economic catastrophes, including hyperinflation, deflation, bank failures, the ...Show More
Donetsk, Damascus, and a New Cold War?

25:37 | Mar 18th, 2016

In the two years since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, relations with Washington and major European powers have deteriorated sharply. And today, thanks to the unsettled situation in eastern Ukraine and recent Russian intervention in the Syrian civil w...Show More
US Pop Culture Recast in Middle East

1:14:37 | Mar 17th, 2016

Northwestern University's Brian Edwards examines localization of US pop culture in the Middle East, and what it means for American soft power.
On the Campaign Trail: Political Strategy, Millennials, and the 2016 Election

1:02:59 | Mar 17th, 2016

Political strategists and Institute of Politics fellows Stuart Stevens and Joe Trippi discuss why reaching and engaging millennials is a key issue on the 2016 campaign trail with Council senior fellow Dina Smeltz and Council YP members.
Youth and Gender-Based Violence

50:21 | Mar 15th, 2016

Starting from a very young age, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. From intimate partner violence to tactics of war, gender-based violence takes on various forms and transcends social and cultura...Show More
Chicago Leadership and Redesigning Global Health

49:22 | Mar 14th, 2016

You might not know it, but Chicago has become a world-leader in outside-the-box thinking when it comes to youth and global health. Cloud-based systems, big data from rural areas, and using game-based methods to educate girls on sexual and reproductiv...Show More
Women and Girls in Crisis Zones

51:17 | Mar 14th, 2016

From the Boko Haram kidnapping of over 200 girls in Nigeria, to the Syrian refugee crisis that has affected more than 7.5 million children, crisis and disaster zones occur in many forms, including through terrorist attacks, war, and natural disasters...Show More
The Persisting Issue of Girls' Health

53:10 | Mar 14th, 2016

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to think about health and well-being in new ways. Securing comprehensive health, including mental health, for girls and women around the world will require innovative, data-driven approa...Show More
Basic Steps: Health and Childhood Education

1:01:43 | Mar 14th, 2016

Wearables, language development, and new methods of education in marginalized communities are changing the way we think about the connections between learning and health. The stakes remain high, as more and more children globally receive limited acce...Show More
A Lasting Difference: Sports, Safety, and Training Future Leaders

50:02 | Mar 14th, 2016

With the right support, young girls can contribute to their communities just as much as their male classmates. Sports are one way to keep girls healthy and safe, but how do we maximize these after school programs? And what in-school interventions are...Show More
Education: The Foundation of Health

47:07 | Mar 14th, 2016

Education is inextricably linked to health – a sentiment true locally and internationally. Two organizations in particular have developed replicable models that can empower kids globally. This panel will feature case studies from Options for Youth, a...Show More
American Intelligence on the Age of Terror

1:11:19 | Mar 10th, 2016

General Michael V. Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, and Council President Ivo Daalder take a look at the changing global security environment and how America’s intelligence agencies are responding.
China's Environmental Future

57:58 | Mar 8th, 2016

A panel of China policy experts led by Council senior fellow Dali Yang discusses China's environmental priorities and the future of global business.
The Future of the European Union

59:36 | Mar 8th, 2016

Dutch Ambassador to the United States Henne Schuwer on the EU agenda and Dutch priorities as the Netherlands takes the helm of the EU presidency for the first six months of 2016.
Narconomics: The Business of Cartels

1:10:19 | Mar 1st, 2016

Cartels today boast over a quarter-billion customers and more than $300 billion in annual revenues. Author Tom Wainwright examines the power of cartels and how economics might be the key to their demise.
George Friedman on the Global Crises

1:10:15 | Feb 25th, 2016

Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman analyzes emerging global hot spots and the political, cultural, and economic forces fueling conflict today.
Niger: Boko Haram, Security, and the Quest for Development

48:05 | Feb 25th, 2016

Ambassador of Niger to the United States Hassana Alidou discusses the challenges her country faces and its future in the global arena.
Europe: What Next?

10:56 | Feb 23rd, 2016

University of Chicago professor Luigi Zingales explores the economic future for a continent strained by increased security concerns, the migrant crisis, a slowing economic recovery, and rising populism.
Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century

56:09 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Commander of US Strategic Command Admiral Cecil D. Haney discusses the latest developments in national security and how we should prepare for threats across cyberspace, nuclear, and space domains.
Bill Clinton and the Turbulent Nineties

1:02:49 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Presidential historian Gil Troy examines the political culture of the turbulent nineties, and how the legacy of Bill Clinton's presidency is shaping the 2016 election.
Axelrod on the 2016 Elections

1:11:25 | Feb 22nd, 2016

David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, discusses the 2016 election with POLITICO senior reporter Natasha Korecki.
Asia and Australia in the 21st Century

53:01 | Feb 16th, 2016

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb discusses the Asia-Pacific region's growing economic and political power.
China's Foreign Policy: The Xi Era

1:15:17 | Feb 10th, 2016

China's foreign policy has become increasingly proactive since Xi Jinping came to power. Foreign Policy's Isaac Stone Fish presents the latest on China's grand strategy.
Life on Hold: The World's Largest Refugee Camp

52:09 | Feb 10th, 2016

In the middle of an ongoing refugee crisis, activist and author Ben Rawlence provides an inside look at the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab.
The Future of Money

1:07:32 | Feb 4th, 2016

Money is increasingly more about bits and bytes than bits of paper. Tyler Cowen and Randall Kroszner discuss how technological innovations are transforming finance.
The Resource Curse and the Role of the West

58:29 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Author Leif Wenar discusses the role that governments, the private sector, and consumers play in improving the conflict-ridden global resource trade.
The Illegal: Ripped From the Headlines

1:07:55 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Author Lawrence Hill, executive director of the National Immigration Forum Ali Noorani, WBEZ's Yolanda Perdomo discuss the current refugee crisis in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, and US and Canadian immigration policies.
COP21: What Happens Next?

1:21:22 | Feb 2nd, 2016

A panel of experts reviews the COP21 agreement, its ambitious goals, and the road to implementation.
The Future of Food: Innovation, Technology, and Agriculture

1:13:06 | Jan 28th, 2016

By 2050, the world will need to feed almost 10 billion people—but how? An expert panel discusses the innovations that will define the future of food.
Another Word for Beauty

1:05:04 | Jan 27th, 2016

Neli Vazquez-Rowland of A Safe Haven Foundation discusses innovative approaches to rehabilitation for incarcerated females with Nischa Pieris of the Inter-American Commission of Women and Meade Palidofsky, founder and artistic director of Storycatche...Show More
Secretary Robert Gates on Leadership

1:05:26 | Jan 26th, 2016

Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses the smart, committed leadership that can reform America’s failing institutions.
YP Town Hall 2016

1:21:33 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Council President Ivo Daalder joined Young Professional members to discuss our year thus far and what to expect as we look ahead to the spring.
The New Asian Order: And How America Can Compete

1:15:39 | Jan 20th, 2016

Evan Feigenbaum, vice chairman of the Paulson Institute, discusses the emergence of Asian economic powerhouses, and the new political and economic institutions across the Asia-Pacific region.
Drone Strikes: A Debate

1:12:59 | Jan 20th, 2016

Legal experts Alberto R. Coll and Mary Ellen O'Connell debate the use of drone strikes as a central part of US counterterrorism efforts.
An Environmental Warrior: The Story of Mama Aleta

52:16 | Dec 10th, 2015

"Mama” Aleta Baun, who saved her people from the brink of a devastating mining and deforestation campaign, and Regan Pritzker discuss the relationship between indigenous peoples and land in the face of a rapidly shifting climate.
Syria and the Global Refugee Crisis

1:12:55 | Dec 8th, 2015

An expert panel discusses the situation on the ground in Syria and the policy implications of the global refugee crisis.
George H. W. Bush: An American Odyssey

59:19 | Dec 4th, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, Jon Meacham, describes what today’s leaders can learn from George H. W. Bush’s beliefs, values, and leadership philosophy.
Health Care on the Frontlines

57:12 | Dec 4th, 2015

When an outbreak or natural disaster hits a community, women—both at home and in the hospital—are often the first to respond. Examine the unique challenges women face as they battle diseases around the world.
Cities Drive the World — What Drives the World's Cities?

56:50 | Dec 1st, 2015

A panel of experts examines how cities can maintain their cultural and competitive edge and maximize the benefits of global integration while minimizing risks.
The Robot Revolution

1:07:35 | Nov 16th, 2015

Robots are now performing functions as diverse and sophisticated as surgery, disaster response, and combat. How are robots set to impact the work around us and what developments lie on the horizon?
The Global Food Price Paradox with Former USAID Administrator

1:08:22 | Nov 13th, 2015

Today's global food system is coming to be characterized by heightened food price volatility. Council senior advisor and former head of USAID Rajiv Shah explains the intricacies of the global food price paradox.
Winter is Coming: Garry Kasparov on Putin's Grand Strategy

1:10:57 | Nov 12th, 2015

How can the West confront Russia without conflict? Former world chess champion and activist Garry Kasparov explores Putin's worldview and US-Russia relations.
Pakistan: An Update

56:08 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Ambassador Husain Haqqani provides insights on Pakistan’s aspirations to be a key regional player and its complicated relations with countries such as India, Afghanistan, and the United States.
Terror Near and Far: The Global Jihadist Movement

1:11:56 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Georgetown University professor and Brookings senior fellow Daniel Byman explains how the emergence of IS affects the global jihadist movement.
2% Growth: The New US Normal or an Opportunity for More?

1:10:24 | Nov 2nd, 2015

George W. Bush's former economic advisor, Glenn Hubbard, examines how America can grow faster through a focus on long-term issues.
The Red Web: Russia, Cyberspace, and Internet Freedom

1:09:05 | Oct 26th, 2015

Journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan explore the Russian government's far-reaching powers of digital surveillance technology and what this means for political freedom.
Chicago Release: Public Opinion, Foreign Policy, and the Road to 2016

59:20 | Oct 23rd, 2015

Political strategist David Axelrod and Alex Castellanos join Chicago Council President Ivo Daalder and pollster Dina Smeltz to discuss partisan trends from the 2015 Chicago Council Survey of public opinion on US foreign policy, and how they might aff...Show More
Niall Ferguson on the Life of Henry Kissinger

1:13:22 | Oct 20th, 2015

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson discusses the life of one of the most influential strategic thinkers–Henry Kissinger.
Shaping the World Around Them: Women in the 21st Century

56:40 | Oct 20th, 2015

Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli led an expansive conversation with 50 of the world's most groundbreaking women. Find out what they learned.
Beyond Containment: Shaping China's Rise

56:47 | Oct 15th, 2015

Many see China’s rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas Christensen describes a new paradigm where the challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while encouraging the country to contribute to global order.
China's Economy: A New Equilibrium?

1:11:46 | Oct 15th, 2015

This year’s Dr. Scholl Visiting Fellow on US-China Relations Yang Yao discusses China's current and future economic trends.
The US-South Korea Alliance: The Presidents' Agenda

1:04:34 | Oct 14th, 2015

In advance of South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s forthcoming visit to Washington, DC, an expert panel discusses the obstacles and opportunities facing the US-South Korea alliance.
Ambassador Robert Jordan on the Saudi Arabia and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

56:29 | Oct 14th, 2015

Ambassador Robert Jordan reflects on his time as ambassador to Saudi Arabia during a pivotal era in recent American history, and discusses the US-Saudi relationship and the role of American foreign policy in the Middle East.
Putin: The Rise and Reign of Russia's New Tsar?

1:12:47 | Oct 14th, 2015

What does Putin really want? New York Times national security reporter, Steven Lee Myers, gives an insider’s view on Russia’s new tsar.
A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone

55:51 | Oct 14th, 2015

New York Times' national security reporter, Scott Shane, discusses the radically changing face of war in the post-9/11 era.
Anne-Marie Slaughter on Women, Men, Work, and Family

55:30 | Oct 13th, 2015

Anne-Marie Slaughter joined a Chicago Council audience to discuss why the feminist movement remains unfinished and how it still fails to provide a solution to the challenges that will unite all women.
Pakistan's Adventure Diplomats

53:09 | Oct 9th, 2015

Samina Baig–the youngest Pakistani woman to ever climb the world's seven highest mountains– and her brother Mizra Ali Baig share their goals for adventure diplomacy and the future of Pakistan.
The Real Business of Global Finance

1:10:25 | Oct 8th, 2015

Financial Times' columnist John Kay discusses what goes on inside the notoriously arcane financial industry and what reforms are needed to prevent the next financial crisis.
The US and ASEAN: Economy, Trade, and Regional Dynamism

49:08 | Oct 8th, 2015

A delegation of US ambassadors to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) provide on-the-ground insight on the future of trade and partnership in Asia.
Doomed to Succeed? The US-Israel Relationship

56:35 | Oct 8th, 2015

Ambassador Dennis Ross shares his thoughts on the United States, Israel, and the future of this storied relationship.
The Substance in Living Simply

55:57 | Oct 8th, 2015

William Powers, author of New Slow City, questions if living with less ultimately means having more when millennials are encouraged to do more, have more, and be more.
Stormy Seas: Climate Change and the Economy

1:09:40 | Oct 1st, 2015

What is the cost of climate change–and what are the opportunities to take action to prevent it? The Chicago Council, Christian Science Monitor, and World Resources Institute discuss how the private sector, civil society, and NGOs can come together an...Show More
Politics of the Papal Visit

57:51 | Sep 29th, 2015

Marco Politi, Italian author and journalist at il Fatto Quotidiano, discusses the politics behind the papal visit to the United States next week.
Risky Business: Global Finance and the Perils of Specialization

59:40 | Sep 29th, 2015

The Financial Times' US managing editor Gillian Tett argues that organizational silos get in the way of innovation and thinking that produces solutions. She launches the fall Global Economy Series, sponsored by Zurich, with a talk about how silos can...Show More
Breakfast with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades

55:57 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Greece's neighbor Cyprus has emerged as an example of post-bailout success. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades discusses the current situation and the country's continued emergence from crisis.
Chile’s Ambassador on Diplomacy and Trade Between the Americas

45:47 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdés and Dr. Arturo Valenzuela discuss what makes the partnership between the US and Chile so strong, and what the shift in US policy towards Latin America means for the region.
Lunch with Ukraine's Minister of Finance

59:08 | Sep 21st, 2015

While geopolitical concerns continue to dominate news about Ukraine, the country is also facing questions about its financial stability. Ukraine's minister of finance, Natalie Jaresko, explains the reform efforts underway to ensure Ukraine's economy ...Show More
EU Ambassador on the Transatlantic Agenda and Global Economic, Financial & Security Challenges

58:51 | Sep 18th, 2015

Europe is confronting an international migrant crisis, uncertainty in Greece, a resilient ISIS in its vicinity, conflict in Ukraine, burgeoning populist movements, and slow overall economic growth. How can Europe and the US work together to resolve t...Show More
Disgraced: Culture and Heritage in the 21st Century

1:02:14 | Sep 17th, 2015

Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel discusses the roles race, religion, and class play in modern society.
DC Release: Public Opinion, Foreign Policy, and the Road to 2016

1:00:10 | Sep 16th, 2015

The 2015 Chicago Council Survey highlights the dramatic partisan divide over US foreign policy. Chicago Council President Ivo Daalder, Senior Fellow Dina Smeltz, POLITICO Editor Susan B. Glasser, and POLITICO Senior Foreign Correspondent Michael Crow...Show More
Can Violence Be Cured?

1:15:54 | Sep 11th, 2015

Is urban violence a health crisis? Chicago epidemiologist and founder of Cure Violence, Gary Slutkin, explains how violence can be treated using the same methods physicians use to successfully stop an epidemic.
State of the Unions: The EU and the US in the 21st Century

1:07:07 | Sep 9th, 2015

Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt assesses the current global economic situation and f