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​​Addressing China's Rising Influence in Africa

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Michael Tiboris

China’s growing contributions to African development should not automatically be feared, but their increased presence should create a recalibration in US approaches to development.

Chinese flag, Beijing, China.
International Development

Leadership Initiative on Corporate Engagement with Public Policy

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Coauthors

This paper provides recommendations for corporate engagement with public policy issues for societal objectives.

US Capitol Building at night
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Reducing Urban Violence: A Common Vision for the Western Hemisphere

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Flavia Carbonari

This report authored by a group of experts from Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, and the United States discusses a regional vision for reducing urban violence in the Western Hemisphere.

Skyline of Caracas, Venezuela at dawn.
Stig Nygaard
Defense and Security

The Fate of the World Trade Organization in the Age of Trump

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Coauthors

There are several reasons to hope, but more reasons for concern now that the World Trade Organization is teetering due to the Trump administration’s multiple attacks.

A flag with the letters WTO OMC waves in front of the World Trade Organization headquarters.
WTO
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Toward City Diplomacy: Assessing Capacity in Select Global Cities

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Coauthors

Cities are now more connected than ever before on a global scale. Yet local governments are not just spectators of this networked age: they are actively forging links across borders, taking part in setting the international agenda, and shifting the landscape of urban politics from local to increasingly global.

view of NYC Times Square from above
Global Politics

Japan, the Indo-Pacific, and the "Quad"

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Emma Chanlett-Avery

This brief analyzes the 2017 ASEAN summit where four of the region's major maritime democracies discussed the revival of quadrilateral cooperation for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

President Moon Jae-In, President Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Reuters
Global Politics

China's Maritime Challenge in the South China Sea: Options for US Responses

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Weston S. Konishi

China's growth in naval power is proceeding at a remarkable rate and foreshadows a change in the regional maritime balance of power. The US will move from being the preeminent naval power in the region to one that China challenges over time.

USA and China flags.
CDC Global
Defense and Security

Heartland Hospitality: Serving the Needs of the Midwest Economy through Immigration

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Sara McElmurry

In order for the Midwest's hospitality industry to truly thrive, reform for the immigration system is imperative.

A barista pours coffee from a silver pitcher into a cup
Louis Hansel
Immigration and Migration

American Opinion on US-Russia Relations: From Bad to Worse

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Coauthors

New Chicago Council Survey results show a majority of Americans support maintaining or increasing sanctions against Russia and views the nation as a greater threat than in previous years.

Aerial view of the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow, Russia
Pedro Szekely
Public Opinion

Growing Markets, Growing Incomes: Leveraging Trade Facilitation for Farmers

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Andrea Durkin

Andrea Durkin outlines recommended actions related to a Council report calling for a new US program to promote trade facilitation in food.

Aerial view of a truck harvesting a crop on a farm
Food and Agriculture