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Our Mission

Founded in 1922, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing knowledge and engagement in global affairs. Our in-depth analysis and expert-led research influence policy conversations and inform the insights we share with our growing community. Through accessible content and open dialogue of diverse, fact-based perspectives, we empower more people to help shape our global future.  Learn more about who we are and what drives us.

As a nonpartisan organization, the Council takes no institutional policy positions.

Council founders
Our History Founded in 1922 as a forum to engage Chicagoans in public discussions of world affairs at a time of increasing isolationism in the United States, the Council’s mission has evolved, and its reach has expanded nationally and globally in the digital era.
Council expert Flavia Carbonari poses a question during a workshop at the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities.
Our Community The Council is first and foremost a community where people who care about global affairs can connect — in person or virtually — with each other and with global leaders, influencers, and experts to explore ways they can help shape our global future.

The Next Generation

We believe it critical to engage the next generation of Chicago's, the nation's, and the world's leaders. The Council brings together rising young business, civic, educational, and student leaders to develop their global acumen and lend their voices to foreign policy discussions. We provide opportunities for them to dive deeper into understanding global challenges, strengthen their professional networks, and gain the knowledge necessary to turn ideas into impact.

Funding

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Diverse funding sources enable the Council to maintain its independence. We are committed to being transparent about the sources of support for our operations, programs, research, and projects, and we retain complete editorial control of our work regardless of funding sources.
Supporters stand next to a sign denoting the sponsors for our 2018 Global Food Security Symposium

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