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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Video: Four US NATO Ambassadors Meet in Chicago

Four former US Ambassadors to NATO—Nicholas Burns, Ivo Daalder, Douglas Lute, and Victoria Nuland—will meet on the Council's stage for a discussion about the military alliance's past and future—and its current relationship with the United States.

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Global Economy

Trump Brings Trade Tranquility?!

Last week President Trump’s new NAFTA agreement cleared a major hurdle, writes Phil Levy in Forbes. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) rendered the official verdict that the deal would, on balance, help the U.S. economy. The predicted numbers were very small – a GDP gain of 0.35 percent and a jobs gain of 0.12 percent – but they were positive.

Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy

America and Russia Must Agree to Avoid a New Arms Race

Today we are on the cusp of a world with more nuclear weapons, not fewer, writes Lily Wojtowicz in The National Interest. Once both the United States and Russia officially leave the INF Treaty in August, there will remain only one formal agreement between the two nuclear possessors limiting the size and scope of their nuclear arsenals, the START Treaty, which is due to expire in February 2021.

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.


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