Report: Consensus on US Trade Policy is Still Possible

There is a way to repair bipartisan support for trade, says a new Council report, which offers a primer on the US trade crisis, explores ways the country can navigate out of its current predicament, and highlights options for new and different approaches to trade.

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Video: Raghuram Rajan on Markets, Governments, and Communities

Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan takes a minute to explain what bananas reveal about markets and governments, the importance of communities in economics, and whether China or India has a more enviable economy.

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Deep Dish: Ryan Crocker on Iran-Iraq Relations

Warming ties between Iraq and Iran, and souring ties between the United States and both, raise the question: Did Iran come out as the real winner of the Iraq war? Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon, joins Deep Dish to discuss.

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2019 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

The 2019 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities, hosted in partnership with the Financial Times, will raise provocative questions about the influence of global cities in solving global challenges like terrorism, climate change, inequality, and urban violence.

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Global Economy

IMF's Crystal Ball Shows Potential Trouble for Trump in 2020

As a regular rite of spring, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gazes into its crystal ball and predicts the fate of the global economy for the years that follow, Phil Levy writes in The Hill. This year, its economists saw dark clouds gathering. They did not predict disaster but did talk of a notable slowing of global economic growth, both in absolute terms and compared to their assessments of three and six months ago.

Global Cities

That Parking Meter Deal Is Still Haunting Chicago. Here's One Fix Lightfoot Can Make.

Recent trends in urban transportation, predicted to accelerate over the next several years, shine a light on a little-discussed provision of the 2008 parking meter agreement: It restricts Chicago’s ability to manage its streets, writes Samuel Kling in Chicago Tribune. Thankfully, Chicago can get out of this mess. 

Jump-Starting America: Reviving the American Dream

MIT economists Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson join the Council’s Phil Levy to explain how America’s postwar boom years provide a blueprint for more equitable future growth.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

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

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Registration closes April 24.

Jump-Starting America: Reviving the American Dream

Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

Global cities are on the front lines of the world’s most pressing challenges: they are targets of terrorism, vulnerable to natural disasters, fraught with inequality, and plagued by urban violence. They are also at the center of the most innovative solutions. Through in-depth panels moderated by Financial Times journalists, intimate discussions, innovative flash talks, intensive workshops, and informal networking – Forum participants will garner new ideas and understanding to improve the efficacy of urban networks, management, and design.


The Council offers globally minded Chicagoans opportunities to go behind the headlines and learn about what is happening around the world without leaving Chicago. Membership contributions also support the important work the Council does to connect Chicago to the world. Join today.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council on Global Affairs is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.