Deep Dish: Alliances Secured America's Past. Will They Secure Its Future?

“The United States needs allies more than it ever has,” says Mira Rapp-Hooper, author of the forthcoming book Shields of the Republic. On the latest Deep Dish, Rapp-Hooper joins Council President Ivo Daalder for a discussion about the state of US alliances at a moment when new concerns are flaring up from the Philippines and East Asia to Europe.

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#AskIvo: What Happens to Germany after Merkel Is Gone?

After a decade and a half as German chancellor, Angela Merkel has said she will step down in 2021. In the latest #AskIvo, Council President Ivo Daalder looks at three big issues rising to the surface in German politics on the eve of her departure.   

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Dallas Fed President on the US Economy in 2020

On Feb. 18, Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, predicted the US economy would be “sluggish” with “signs of stabilization” in 2020 due to “the ratification of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, the Phase One agreement with China, and some greater clarity regarding Brexit.” Kaplan joins the Council on March 5 at 5:30 p.m. CT to examine how the Fed will address external risks to the US economy like the coronavirus.

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2020 US Presidential Election

The 2020 presidential election will be decided in large part by Midwestern voters in key swing states. As key issues like trade, immigration, and national security drive debates, access to balanced views on the factors influencing American foreign policy will be critically important for voters. In the lead up to the election, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will explore the issues, forces, and trends shaping America in 2020 through events, research, and content.

Public Opinion

Can Millennials Save US Foreign Policy?

"From immigration and race to foreign policy and the scope of government, two younger generations, Millennials and Gen Xers, stand apart from the two older cohorts, Baby Boomers and Silents," the Council's Craig Kafura writes for Responsible Statecraft. "And on many issues, Millennials continue to have a distinct – and increasingly liberal – outlook."

Public Opinion

Americans Aren't as Eager to Retreat From the Middle East as Politicians Think

"It is true that American public opinion is highly critical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with two-thirds now saying these wars were not worth the cost," write the Council’s Dina Smeltz and John Cookson in The Hill. "But the experiences from these two wars do not seem to be the deciding factor in shaping many Americans’ decisions on whether the US military should stay in the Middle East."

Council Open House

Join us for an Open House on February 27 at 5:30 p.m. to hear about our work, why it matters, and how you can get involved with our community of more than 4,000 members.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Doors open: 5:00 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center
McCormick Foundation Hall
130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

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Registration closes February 27.

Council Open House


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