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Connecting the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world.

Middle East

Join us this spring for events examining the role of women in regional political uprisings in the Middle East, the paramilitaries in Iran who help the Islamic regime assert moral control over Iranian society, and the 

rise of the rebel Houthis in Yemen and resulting strikes by a coalition of neighboring Arab states.

Global Agriculture

Ending Malnutrition’s Assault on our Health and Economy

A new Chicago Council report calls on the United States to lead the way in harnessing the power of all the key players in the global food chain to fight malnutrition and improve the health of more than 2 billion people around the world. Read the report and watch video from the Global Food Security Symposium 2015.

Healthy Food for a Healthy World

Global Food for Thought Blog Guest Commentary

Read guest commentary from US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Shawn Baker of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others on our Global Food for Thought blog.

David Brooks on the Road to Character

Our culture focuses on accumulating power, material wealth, and professional achievements instead of the kinds of qualities that will be discussed at our funerals. Author David Brooks asks: How can we lead more substantive lives?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
5:30 pm

The Fairmont Chicago
200 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611

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David Brooks on the Road to Character

Video - Putin's Number One Enemy

Leading a Moscow hedge fund, Bill Browder was an early supporter of Putin—until his company was seized by the Russian government and used to commit $230 million in fraud. After his lawyer was killed for testifying against the officials, Browder became an outspoken Kremlin critic. Watch video of our April 20 event featuring Browder. 

Watch the video.


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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has been connecting the world to Chicago and Chicago to the world for more than 90 years. Each year, the Council hosts over 150 events featuring leaders, policymakers, and other experts from around the world, discussing the most important issues of the day. Additionally, The Chicago Council’s in-house experts and fellows produce high quality research and insightful commentary on a wide range of global issues.