Deep Dish: Venezuela's Post-Election Outlook

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro handily won reelection, but the international community rejected his election as a sham, and the United States responded with new sanctions. To explain what happened and what's next, Francisco Rodriguez, a Venezuelan economist and a policy advisor to leading opposition candidate Henri Falcón, joins this week’s Deep Dish podcast.

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Why Trump’s Cancellation of the North Korea Summit May Undermine the US-South Korea Alliance

"Exploiting divides between the United States and South Korea on North Korea policy is standard operating procedure for Pyongyang," writes Council fellow Karl Friedhoff for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist. "The cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit helps to further that goal."

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Poll: Americans Not Convinced the Intelligence Community Respects Civil Liberties

While most Americans have confidence in the US intelligence community to prevent terrorist attacks, only 43 percent believe it is effective in safeguarding citizens’ civil liberties, according to a new Council report. Using polling data from the Texas National Security Network, the report gauges Americans’ perception of intelligence agencies and the effectiveness of the intelligence community's new emphasis on transparency.

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Global Water

This Week's Reads: Water Security Demands Attention

Cape Town is predicted to be the first major city to run out of water. Day Zero, as it's come to be called, will likely hit the South African port city in 2019. "The United States and the world over has the technical and managerial expertise to mitigate water-related security risks," writes Council President Ivo Daalder in This Week's Reads, but "it comes down to a matter of political will."

Global Economy

China Trade War Postponed, but Trump Strategy Confusion Continues

A trade war between China and the United States was declared "on hold" over the weekend. Phil Levy writes in Forbes that it is certainly worth celebrating the avoidance of a full-blown trade war, but the compromise reached looks more like a temporary truce than a lasting resolution.

#AskIvo: Are We in a New Cold War with Russia?

Council President Ivo Daalder, former US NATO ambassador, answers your questions on pressing foreign policy issues in our new video series #AskIvo. For this first episode, we invited Council intern Natalie Pertsovsky to submit a question. She asks “Are we in a new Cold War with Russia?” Submit your question for the next episode to @IvoHDaalder using #AskIvo.

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

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. What does it take to develop a highly skilled and adaptable workforce?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center
130 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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

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