Commentary: China's Power is Booming. How Should the US Respond?

“America’s rivalry with China is inevitable. But competition need not lead to confrontation. If America works together with its allies, friends, and partners, it can continue to shape the international order to the benefit of all,” writes Council President Ivo Daalder in the Chicago Tribune

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Video: Hickenlooper Delivers First Major Foreign Policy Address of 2020 Democratic Contest

On Monday, the Council hosted former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who delivered the first major foreign policy address of Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination. He discussed China as a “generational challenge” for national security; Russia as actively working against US interests by “propping up” Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela; and North Korea’s nuclear program that “threatens its region and beyond.”

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Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

The 2019 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities takes place in Chicago June 5 through 7. Join the world's leading urban thinkers and doers for this multiday, international forum cohosted by the Council and the Financial Times. Explore city-based solutions to global challenges, including mobility, migration, and affordable housing with mayors and other civic leaders from Chicago, Barcelona, Brussels, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, Medellín, Mexico City, Montréal, and New York among many others.

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Wait Just a Minute: Derek Scissors

Derek Scissors, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and chief economist of the China Beige Book, takes a minute to answer questions on whether China or India has a more enviable economy, how China's economy is changing, and if the United States should build a stronger relationship with China.

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Global Economy

Deep Dish: The Rise and Fall of US Tariffs on Canada

In the name of national security, the Trump administration raised tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum last year. Last week, President Trump ended the tariffs as the USMCA moves forward. Former US Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and the Council’s Phil Levy join Deep Dish to discuss where the relationship goes now.

Global Economy

Trump Retreats on North American Metals Trade

On Friday, President Trump announced that the “national security” tariffs were coming off steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico. Phil Levy writes in Forbes that the steel and aluminum tariffs have been a futile and costly experiment in protectionism. They remain on many countries in the world, but the opening to our neighbors is to be celebrated.

The Shadow War: A Conversation with CNN's Jim Sciutto

America’s well-known competitors and adversaries are quickly adapting to this a new, covert battlefield, challenging the United States’ global dominance. CNN's Jim Sciutto discusses this and more on June 10.

Monday, June 10, 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 June 10.

The Shadow War: A Conversation with CNN's Jim Sciutto

Next Generation at the Council

The Council carries out its misson in part by positioning the next generation to take a global leadership role through events, programs, and fellowships designed to enhance their global acumen and expand their professional networks. Here's what's up in Next Gen efforts at the Council: 


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