Do Liberal and Moderate Democrats Divide on US Foreign Policy?

On a crowded debate stage this week, Democratic candidates attempted to differentiate themselves from their competitors and energize supporters. New data from the 2019 Chicago Council Survey shows potential foreign policy fault lines between liberal and moderate/conservative Democratc voters—including how to manage undocumented immigrants and the threat of Iran’s nuclear program—that may determine which candidate they choose.

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Wait Just a Minute: Graeme Wood

President Trump’s decision to move US troops out of northern Syria has raised concerns about the resurgence of the Islamic State. In the latest episode of Wait Just a Minute, Graeme Wood, journalist and author of The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, answers timely questions about ISIS's current reach, capabilities, and deadly worldview.

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Deep Dish: A Prize-Winning Peace in the Horn of Africa

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his role in ending a 20-year military stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea. In fact, the historic rapprochement is just one element of the young leader’s ambitious, fast-moving reforms. Michael Woldemariam and Ertharin Cousin join Deep Dish to discuss.

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Watch - Japan's Approach to Confronting Global Issues

Watch the event video of a diverse panel of speakers exploring Japan’s approach to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Engage or Retreat? American Views on US Foreign Policy

Washington is torn between two futures for US foreign policy: one of engagement and intervention, another of restraint and retrenchment. But where do Americans stand? Read findings from the 2019 Chicago Council Survey of American public opinion on US foreign policy to learn how Americans feel on important issues, including climate change, immigration, China, and Iran.

Global Food and Agriculture

The Looming Global Obesity Threat

While the development community—including global agriculture, health, and security practitioners—has been focused on combatting undernutrition, the number of people who are obese or overweight has been on the rise and is now on par with the 2 billion who are food insecure.  A new report from senior fellow Roger Thurow examines the looming global obesity threat and the need to address the economic, security, and humanitarian threats it poses for the United States and the world.

Policy and Politics

War is Not Over

In a new Foreign Affairs piece, nonresident fellow Paul Poast explains what optimists get wrong about conflict. “The political turmoil of recent years has largely disabused us of the notion that the world has reached some sort of utopian ‘end of history.’ And yet it can still seem that ours is an unprecedented era of peace and progress.”

China's Belt and Road Initiative

Jonathan Hillman joins the Council to explore if the United States should be concerned about the China Belt and Road initiative, or if there are ways the United States can use the initiative to further its own goals in these regions.

Monday, October 28, 2019
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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China's Belt and Road Initiative


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