Commentary: Abandoning Our Nuclear Arms Treaties with Russia Is a Bad Idea

“For more than fifty years, the United States and Russia have agreed that their own security required negotiating agreements limiting their nuclear weapons deployments and capabilities,” writes Council President Ivo Daalder in the Chicago Tribune. “Yet, the nuclear arms control edifice that was built up over half a century is in danger of coming apart,” he adds.

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Wait Just a Minute: Jared Cohen on Presidential Succession

Jigsaw founder and CEO Jared Cohen takes a minute to answer questions on presidential succession, the history of the vice presidency, and what presidential candidates should look for in a running mate.

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Deep Dish: Iran Reacts to US Sanctions—with Echoes of Run-up to Pearl Harbor

US sanctions on Iran are shifting the strategic calculus for Tehran to retaliate, creating a situation reminiscent of the sequence in 1941 that led Imperial Japan to attack the US naval base in Hawaii, argues Robert Pape. Ellen Laipson, too, warns about the White House neglecting the risks of economic coercion on Iran should it fail. Both join this week's Deep Dish. 

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Kirsten Gillibrand on American Foreign Policy

US Senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand will continue the Council’s America in 2020 series on July 24. Registration is now open to members and will open for the public on July 15 at 9 a.m..

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Doors open: 2:15 pm
Event: 2:30 pm

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

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Registration closes July 24.

Kirsten Gillibrand on American Foreign Policy

Global Cities

Why a Rush-Hour Commute Could Cost More. Transportation Groups Ask Lightfoot to Consider ‘Congestion Pricing’

Transit advocates and public policy groups are asking Mayor Lori Lightfoot to consider “congestion pricing” fees to help cut traffic in busy areas during rush hour. Samuel Kling and other advocates also asked in the open letter to restructure the city’s ride-share tax in a way that encourages people to use more pooled trips, rather than single-passenger rides. Read more in the Chicago Tribune

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Daniel Drezner Looks at Biden’s Foreign Policy

"I recently got a sneak peek at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ 2019 survey data, and let me tell you something," writes nonresident Senior fellow Daniel Drezner in the Washington Post. "An emphasis on alliances, agreements and institutions will play extremely well with the American public — particularly Democrats. There is no enthusiasm for more trade wars, alliance-bashing or retreating from the rest of the world."

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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.


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