Commentary: China’s Secrecy Has Made the Coronavirus Crisis Much Worse

“Authoritarian political systems don’t do well when confronting unexpected crises, especially those like infectious diseases that require a rapid local response,” Council President Ivo Daalder writes in the Chicago Tribune. “They disempower officials at the lower rungs. The firmer the control at the top, the less likely the initiative from the bottom.” 

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Wait Just a Minute: Kelly Magsamen on the Threat from Iran

Kelly Magsamen, former National Security Council director for Iran under US presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, takes a minute to answer questions on Iran, its proxies, and whether the United States should support anti-regime protests.

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Deep Dish: One Woman Is Standing Up to Murder and Violence in El Salvador

On Feb. 9, soldiers with automatic weapons briefly occupied El Salvador’s legislature, demanding more funds to fight rampant criminal gangs. For years, violence and crime have led to poor living conditions in the country and mass emigration. Rosa Anaya joins Deep Dish to discuss her groundbreaking work rehabilitating inmates and gang members in El Salvador.

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Watch live tonight at 5:30 p.m. CT: Hong Kong and the Future of One Country, Two Systems

The threat of coronavirus has paused months of tumultuous public protests in Hong Kong, but the issues that drove the movement—greater autonomy and political freedom from mainland China—may still ignite unrest. Experts join the Council February 18 at 5:30 p.m. CT to analyze whether the “one country, two systems” policy can survive in 2020. 

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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

The Folly of Retrenchment

"The American people may favor greater burden sharing, but there is no evidence that they are onboard with a withdrawal from Europe and Asia," writes Brookings' Thomas Wright in Foreign Affairs. "As a survey conducted in 2019 by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs found, seven out of ten Americans believe that maintaining military superiority makes the United States safer, and almost three-quarters think that alliances contribute to U.S. security."

Public Opinion

Report: American Public Support for US Troops in Middle East Has Grown

Presidential candidates have made headlines and promises around stopping “endless wars.” But new data from the Chicago Council Survey shows just 24 percent of Americans think the US should decrease military presence in the Middle East. Instead, a majority of Americans think it should be maintained (45%) or increased (29%).

Trade Wars, Slowing Global Economy, and Monetary Policy

As the US election approaches, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Robert S. Kaplan, joins the Council to examine the type of monetary policy the Fed could prescribe to insulate the US economy from external risks.

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Doors open: 5:15 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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Trade Wars, Slowing Global Economy, and Monetary Policy


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