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Now Is the Time to Provide Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine

"The intensifying violence in Ukraine...once again raises the question of what Russian President Vladimir Putin wants, and how the US and Europe should respond," writes Ivo Daalder in the Financial Times.

A report by a group of former senior US officials will be published next week by The Chicago Council, Atlantic Council, and Brookings, outlining a plan of action for the US and NATO. Tune in next Monday for a live stream of the report's release.

Read Daalder's Op-Ed in the Financial Times
Tune in the live stream on 2/2

Germany's Sphere of Influence

Peter Wittig, Germany's ambassador to the US, discusses combating global economic challenges and security threats.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
5:30 pm

The University Club
76 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Germany's Sphere of Influence

2015 Gates Annual Letter

Betting on African Farmers

In their 2015 Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are making a big bet—that thanks to innovation and investments in smallholder farmers, “Africa will be able to feed itself.”

Hear from Smallholder Farmers

The Last Hunger Season

In an 8-part film series, Senior Fellow Roger Thurow explores a year-in-the-life of Africa's smallholder farmers. Witness their journey from the hunger season to improved harvests and better lives.

The Oil Bust Reshapes the Economy

Global oil prices are 30 to 40 percent lower than they were just a couple of months ago. According to Distinguished Fellow Richard Longworth, this kind of violent swing proves only one thing – that what goes up can go down, fast, and could go right back up again, just as fast. 

Read Longworth's latest post.

Global Cities and New Realities

01/29 - Cities and People: Toward a More Resilient World

President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin explores how vulnerable cities and people are to the disruptions of tomorrow.

Aon Lecture on Asian Economies

02/12 - A New Deal for New Delhi

Explore Prime Minister Modi’s India and the prospects for economic growth with Infosys director and former Business India editor Omkar Goswami.


Find out how Europe is weathering terrorism, geopolitical strife with Russia, and Greece's possible withdrawal from the Eurozone with  

upcoming programs featuring German Ambassador Peter Wittig,  Stratfor Founder George Friedman, and French Ambassador Gérard Araud. 

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