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Each year, more than 100 Public Programs, open to all members and the general public, cover a wide variety of topics including U.S. foreign policy, and critical global issues such as migration, economics and trade, and agricultural development.

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Upcoming Events

Crisis of Advanced Economies
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Jean-Claude Trichet, Chairman, Bruegel, and former President, European Central Bank

Fairmont Chicago
200 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Invitational Dinner with Jean-Claude Trichet
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Jean-Claude Trichet, Chairman, Bruegel, and former President, European Central Bank

Fairmont Chicago
200 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Members $125 | Exclusively for members of the Board of Directors, Chairman's Circle, Directors’ Circle, President's Circle, and Corporate Principals



Seapower and Global Stability
Friday, May 2, 2014 7:30 a.m.
Rear Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter, President, Naval War College

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $15 | Exclusively for members of the Board of Directors, Chairman’s Circle, Corporate Principals, Directors’ Circle, and President’s Circle.



Ice and Water in the 21st Century: The New Importance of the Arctic and Himalayas
Monday, May 5, 2014 5:30 p.m.
His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President, Iceland

Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Louis B. Susman Distinguished Lecture on Transatlantic Relations with Baroness Catherine Ashton
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President, European Commission

The Ritz-Carlton
160 E. Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



The State of the World's Mothers
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 11:45 a.m.
Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children; Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow for Global Agriculture and Food, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Interviewed by Cokie Roberts, Political Commentator, ABC News; Senior News Analyst, National Public Radio

The Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Members $25 | Nonmembers $35 | YP and Student Members $15



Lunch with the ASEAN Ambassadors: Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam
Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:45 a.m.
His Excellency Dato Yusoff Abd Hamid, (Panelist) Ambassador of Brunei to the United States; His Excellency Heng Hem, Ambassador of Cambodia to the United States; His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, (Panelist) Ambassador Designate of Indonesia to the United States; His Excellency Seng Soukhathivong, Ambassador of Laos to the United States; His Excellency Awang Adek bin Hussin, Ambassador Designate of Malaysia to the United States; His Excellency Kyaw Myo Htut, Ambassador of Myanmar to the United States; His Excellency Ashok Mirpuri, (Panelist) Ambassador of Singapore to the United States; His Excellency Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States; His Excellency Nguyen Quoc Cuong, (Panelist) Ambassador of Vietnam to the United States

Fairmont Chicago
200 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $50 | Nonmembers $60



Lunch with the President of Ireland
Monday, May 12, 2014 11:45 a.m.
His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
NEW VENUE
The Drake Chicago
140 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Members $50 | Nonmembers $60



Whither Pakistan?
Monday, May 12, 2014 5:30 p.m.
His Excellency Husain Haqqani, former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States

Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Global Jobs Forum
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:45 p.m.
Jeffrey D. Klein, President and CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network; Don Welsh, President and CEO, Choose Chicago; moderated by Steve Edwards, Executive Director, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago

Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
636 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Complimentary for Students and Young Professional members | Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Invitational Dinner with Karim Sadjadpour and Michael Singh
Thursday, May 15, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Michael Singh, Managing Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $125 | Exclusively for members of the Board of Directors, Chairman's Circle, Directors’ Circle, President's Circle, and Corporate Principals.



Red Lines and Deadlines: Is an Iranian Nuclear Deal Possible?
Thursday, May 15, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Michael Singh, Managing Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Cyprus: The Next Chapter
Friday, May 16, 2014 11:45 a.m.
His Excellency Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus

The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $50 | Nonmembers $60



The New China: An Age of Ambition
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Evan Osnos, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Next Generation Breakfast: Doing Business in War Zones
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:30 a.m.
John DeBlasio, Founder and Executive Director, GPD Charitable Trust; Board member and Emerging Leader, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
NEW DATE
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
332 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60604

YP Members $10



India in the Aftermath of the World's Largest Democratic Exercise
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Sadanand Dhume, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and South Asia Columnist, The Wall Street Journal; Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; In conversation with Edward Luce, Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times

The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



House of Debt: How Main Street and Wall Street Caused the Great Recession
Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:30 a.m.
Amir Sufi, Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Street
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $25 | Nonmembers $35



Pakistan's Paradigm Shift
Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:45 a.m.
His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States

The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $50 | Nonmembers $60



Behind the Curtain
Wednesday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
YP Meet-up

Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605

YP Members $15 | Not a member? Join now and attend this event for FREE.



Overdoing or Underdoing: Can American Foreign Policy Do Better?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:30 a.m.
Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $10 | Exclusively for members of the Board of Directors, Chairman’s Circle, Corporate Principals, Directors’ Circle, and President’s Circle



Geithner and Paulson: Reflections on Financial Crises
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 5:00 p.m.
The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, former Secretary, United States Department of the Treasury; in Conversation with The Honorable Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute; former Secretary, United States Department of the Treasury

Auditorium Theatre
50 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



KIN Global 2014: Change @ Scale, Changing the World
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Kellogg Innovation Network event

Northwestern University, Pick Staiger Concert Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Complimentary, advance registration is not required.



The Irony of Global Governance: The System Worked
Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Daniel Drezner, Professor, International Politics, Fletcher School, Tufts University, and Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy

InterContinental Hotel
505 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



China & Africa: The Full Story
Monday, June 2, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Howard French, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University; former Shanghai Bureau Chief, New York Times

Sofitel Chicago
20 E. Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Cuba Uncensored
Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Yoani Sánchez, Author and Blogger

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



Invitational Dinner with Yoani Sánchez
Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Yoani Sánchez, Author and Blogger

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $125 | Exclusively for members of the Board of Directors, Chairman's Circle, Directors’ Circle, President's Circle, and Corporate Principals.



Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Is a Solution in Sight?
Friday, June 13, 2014 7:30 a.m.
The Honorable Robert Wexler, President, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $20 | Exclusively for members of the Board of Directors, Chairman’s Circle, Corporate Principals, Directors’ Circle, and President’s Circle



US-China Relations in the 21st Century
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:30 a.m.
James Steinberg, Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; former Deputy Secretary of State, US Department of State

The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $25 | Nonmembers $35



White House Middle East Coordinator on US Policy in the Region
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:30 p.m.
The Honorable Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President, and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and Gulf Region, National Security Council, The White House

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20



2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner
Thursday, June 26, 2014 5:30 p.m.
His Excellency Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Greg Q. Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Four Season Hotel Chicago
120 E. Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Individual Reservation $500



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