Council Receives $4 Million Grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Council has received a $4 million grant to its Second Century Campaign from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. These funds will support the Council’s mission to promote public engagement in global affairs and an active US role in the world, and specifically to advance understanding of the increasing importance of global cities. In honor of this significant contribution, the main room of the Council’s Conference Center will be named the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Hall.

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Deep Dish: The Geopolitics of Climate Change

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut have inflicted widespread damage to property, food production, and human life. As extreme weather increasingly uproots communities and economies, leading experts Simon Dalby and Joshua Busby join the latest Deep Dish podcast to predict how today’s climate change will affect tomorrow’s foreign policy.

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Transformative Gift Creates Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy

The Council has announced a major gift to its Second Century Campaign from the Crown Family has made possible the establishment of the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. The Center will host an annual "Lester Crown Distinguished Lecture on US Foreign Policy," convene a Lester Crown National Security Roundtable, and produce the Council’s signature annual public opinion survey and supplemental research on timely foreign policy issues.

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#AskIvo: How Does 'The Empty Throne' Affect US Alliances?

"Will the current administration have long-term effects on US alliances and influence, or do you believe there can be a course correction?" Council President Ivo Daalder shares his response in this edition of #AskIvo. Be sure to submit your question for the next episode to @IvoHDaalder using #AskIvo.

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Global Security

This Week's Reads: The US-China Escalation Problem

"As in real wars, so in trade wars, once you start shooting in all directions, it becomes difficult to know what you’re aiming for or when it is time to stop," writes Council President Ivo Daalder. Following the latest round of escalatory drama in the US-China trade war, Daalder considers the Trump administration's end goal in This Week's Reads.

Global Economy

The Pain from the Trade War Is Coming

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday said that the new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods were so tiny that “nobody’s going to actually notice it at the end of the day.” But "Secretary Ross is wrong," argues Council senior fellow Phil Levy. In his latest commentary for The Hill, Levy offers seven reasons why the tariff effects have appeared minimal so far, but are likely to get much worse.

The Collapse of ISIS and Its Aftermath

On October 1, an expert panel examines how the demise of ISIS has altered the wider jihadist network and prospects for the group to resurge.

Monday, October 1, 2018
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

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

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Registration closes October 1.

The Collapse of ISIS and Its Aftermath

Wait Just a Minute: Urban Economist Edward Glaeser

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, urban economist and Harvard professor Edward Glaeser shares ideas about the biggest opportunities and challenges facing cities and what cities can do to ensure economic growth and inspire innovation.

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