Commentary: After Stirring Up the Middle East, Trump Now Wants NATO’s Help? That’s Rich.

"There is very little appetite among America’s allies for NATO to deepen its engagement in the Middle East," Council President Ivo Daalder writes in the Chicago Tribune. "While they have long condemned Iran for its destabilizing behavior in the region, including its support for terrorist groups, most allies blame Washington more than Tehran for the recent escalation of tensions."

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Joseph Nye Compares the Foreign Policies of Trump and Obama

American values and interests play a critical role in how US presidents craft their foreign policies, as Harvard professor Joseph S. Nye Jr. explains in his newest book, “Do Morals Matter?" Watch Nye explain the core similarities and differences in the foreign policies of President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama.

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Strange Bedfellows: Anti-Immigrant Conservatives and Environmentalists Join Forces in Europe

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria, the young head of a conservative party deeply opposed to immigration, has just formed a coalition government with Austria’s Green party. The odd pairing holds important and timely lessons for the larger realignment of left-right politics taking place across Europe, not least in Europe’s biggest economy, Germany. Sam Jones of the Financial Times joins Deep Dish to discuss.

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Watch Live Tonight at 5:30 pm CT: The New Era of US-China Competition

How might China’s rising power challenge the United States’ role as a global leader? Join Ambassador Ivo Daalder and Asia-Pacific security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro for a conversation on how the US-China competition might evolve in 2020. Watch the event live tonight, January 22, at 5:30 pm CT. 

 

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Global Security

The One Reason to Have Nukes

“The ‘sole purpose’ of possessing nuclear weapons is to prevent their use by others. If there's another purpose - if it's to prevent conventional or, or weapons-of-mass-destruction use, for example - then a world without nuclear weapons might still be one where you want to keep them, even if others don't,” Council President Ivo Daalder explained to the Ploughshares Fund's Press the Button Podcast. 

Policy and Politics

Is NATO About to Become 'More Involved' in the Middle East?

"No NATO ally supported the US decision to take out Soleimani," Council President Ivo Daalder said to Al Jazeera. "Turkey may have said it openly, but all allies think it was a strategically disastrous decision. It's also why NATO will not expand its involvement in the region to any great extent." 

Bill Weld on American Foreign Policy

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld joins the Council at 9:00 a.m. January 27 to give a keynote speech on American foreign policy as part of the America in 2020 series.

Monday, January 27, 2020
Doors open: 8:45 am
Event: 9:00 am

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

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Bill Weld on American Foreign Policy

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 trade, China, and divides between Democrats.

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