LIVE Tonight: Israeli, Palestinian, and US Regional Security Strategies

As Israel and Sunni Arab states align over Iran, sharp differences are emerging between the United States and Europe over regional strategies in the Middle East. On Thursday, February 21, three Middle East experts will discuss what these shifting geopolitics mean for Israel, Palestine, and the United States, with a presentation from Council senior fellow Dina Smeltz on latest public opinion research on the Middle East.

Tune in at 5:30 p.m. CT tonight

Americans Don’t Expect US-North Korea Summit to Bring Denuclearization

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are gearing up for their second summit at the end of this month, but the American public remains unconvinced negotiations will yield denuclearization according to a new Council survey.

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#AskIvo: What's the Most Likely Outcome for Venezuela?

Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó continue to vie for control in Venezuela, even as the country’s political, economic, and humanitarian crises deepen. In the latest #AskIvo, Council President Ivo Daalder makes three overarching points about where the long-troubled nation is headed.

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Deep Dish: China's Blockbuster Influence in Hollywood

The 91st Academy Awards take place Sunday in Los Angeles, but international markets, led by China, have eclipsed the domestic market in importance for the US movie industry. Lynda Obst, producer of Interstellar, Sleepless in Seattle, and Contact, and Orville Schell of the Asia Society join the latest Deep Dish podcast.

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Wait Just a Minute: John Mearsheimer

In our latest episode of Wait Just a Minute, John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago professor and co-director of the university’s Program on International Security Policy, explains what he thinks is wrong with the liberal hegemonic worldview, why he believes realism serves as a better lens, and whom he’d most like to debate on the subject.

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Global Cities

Yes, Chicago Should Keep Trying to Woo Amazon

Suddenly, Chicago may be back in the running as the site for one of Amazon’s two new headquarters, writes distinguished fellow Richard Longworth. The questions now are, do we want it, and how much? There are reasons that 238 cities and regions competed for HQ2 last year. Those reasons remain valid... Done right, it’s a prize worth having.

Asia

US Troop Drawdown in South Korea Worth Considering

A U.S. force reduction long has been considered taboo, writes Karl Friedhoff in The Hill. But if North Korea agrees to credible steps toward denuclearization, a partial reduction of U.S. troops in South Korea — though not a complete withdrawal — should be on the table.

2019 Global Food Security Symposium

By 2050, water stress will affect more than one half of the world’s population. How will we grow an adequate quantity—and quality—of food to feed and nourish a rapidly growing, urbanizing world in the face of increasing water insecurity? Hear from government leaders, social innovators, and influencers at the Global Food Security Symposium 2019 on March 20-21, in Washington, DC.

Register before rates increase February 25

Captain America and Hip-Hop: American Soft Power Diplomacy Dissected

Just as rival nations have risen to test the dominance of America’s “hard power” capabilities, it now faces growing competition in the realm of “soft power.” Is the United States losing its edge in the global battle for ideas and influence?

Monday, February 25, 2019
Doors open: 5:45 pm
Event: 6:00 pm

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

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Registration closes February 25.

Captain America and Hip-Hop: American Soft Power Diplomacy Dissected

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