Washington Dithers on the Road to Damascus

Three developments have recently been made clear in Syria's seven-year civil war. Bashar al-Assad's regime stands secure, a new offensive threatens to put Turkey in direct conflict with US-backed Kurdish forces, and Israel is now ensuring its security. "What’s not clear, however, is what Washington wants to achieve in Syria," writes Council President Ivo Daalder in This Week's Reads.

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2018 Chicago Forum on Global Cities

Solving the world's biggest challenges takes time. Start with three days in Chicago. Registration is now open for the 2018 Chicago Forum on Global Cities. Hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, this three-day international conference raises provocative questions about the influence of global cities and how they can solve pressing global challenges.

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Poll: Russians and Americans See Each Other with Mistrust

Expectations that US-Russia relations would improve under President Donald Trump have been dashed, according to new public polling data from the Council and Moscow's Levada Analytical Center. A related Washington Post piece examines the points of disagreement between Americans and Russians.

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Watch: The Foreign Policy of Cities

The world’s major cities are becoming increasingly influential players on the world stage. The Council and Chatham Host welcomed a panel to examine the arguments for and against major cities explicitly engaging in foreign policy and discuss what such policy would look like.

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Global Security

What the National Security Strategy Discussions Say about the United States

President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy report cannot outline the perfect solution for every issue, writes Council expert Thomas Bodine in the US Naval Institute Blog. However, the recent discourse surrounding its release has served to highlight US internal divisions rather than unite its citizens.

Global Economy

How Many More Jobs Would There Be Without The Trade Deficit?

The Commerce Department released new trade balance numbers today indicating that trade deficits grew by 12 percent in 2017. In Forbes, Phil Levy takes the opportunity to tackle a core fallacy that has driven a lot of bad trade analysis – the idea that trade deficits equate with jobs lost.

Red and Blue: America and the Millennial Agenda

POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki and bipartisan duo Bob Dold and Robin Kelly will join the Council’s Young Professionals network to explore how this generation’s views – and votes – are affecting both sides of the political aisle.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Doors open: 5:45 pm
Event: 6:00 pm

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

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Registration closes February 20.

Red and Blue: America and the Millennial Agenda

Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

For more than 40 years, the Chicago Council Survey has captured the sense of particular eras and highlighted critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy. In addition to surveying the American public, the Council also


works with partner organizations to conduct parallel surveys of public opinion across the globe.



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