As Abe Visits Trump, New Data on Public Opinion toward Japan

Americans are broadly favorable toward Japan, value the US alliance with the island nation, and see Japan as key to addressing regional challenges in East Asia, according to a new Council public opinion survey. Read more in this related Washington Post piece.

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This Week's Reads: Springtime for Illiberalism

"It's springtime in Chicago, which means grey days, snow flurries, and Cubs baseball," writes Council President Ivo Daalder. "Unfortunately, a more sinister springtime buds around the world." In This Week's Reads, Daalder details the increasing global rise of illiberalism – and the West's failure to respond.

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What's at Stake in Syria Strike

The world waits with bated breath as President Trump mulls a response to Syria's suspected chemical attack. To strike and risk provoking Russia, or do nothing and look cowardly? On this week's Deep Dish podcast, Foreign Policy’s Dan De Luce and The Wall Street Journal’s Dion Nissenbaum weigh the president's options.

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Big Tech – The Return of Monopolies?

Facebook announced at the beginning of April that up to 87 million of its users may have had their data improperly shared with political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. The data scandal is the latest red flag for Big Tech, where enormous wealth and power has drawn monopoly concerns. An expert panel discusses whether it's time to break up Big Tech.

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Global Economy

The Window Has Likely Closed for a NAFTA Deal This Year

Even if the NAFTA talks concluded this week, there wouldn't be time for congressional deliberation as envisaged in the Trade Promotion Authority legislation, writes Phil Levy in Forbes. Despite the public optimism about the talks, the practical deadline for concluding negotiations and passing a new NAFTA under this Congress seems already to have come and gone.

Global Security

Trump: Alleged Chemical Attack 'Will Be Met Forcefully'

The international community is seeking answers to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, and whether the Assad regime is responsible. Cécile Shea says if Assad did deploy chemical weapons, "that is an example of a nation violating a treaty that has been in force for 95 years, a general rule of law and fundamental strictures of humanity."

Wait Just a Minute: Niall Ferguson

In just 60 seconds, Niall Ferguson, historian and political commentator, answers questions on networks, hierarchies, and Facebook.

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The Retreat of Western Liberalism

Financial Times correspondent Edward Luce discusses how the West can regain its political liberties – and the world that will emerge if it doesn't.

Friday, April 20, 2018
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The Retreat of Western Liberalism

Global Food Security Symposium 2018: Youth for Growth

Youth populations are surging across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, with more than two-thirds of the population under the age of 25 in countries like Afghanistan, Somalia, and Uganda. Explore how the agricultural sector can harness the

potential of this promising demographic with video from this year's Global Food Security Symposium: Youth for Growth and The Next Generation blog series.


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