Transformative Gift Creates Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy

The Council has announced that a major gift to its Second Century Campaign from the Crown Family has made possible the establishment of the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. The Center will host an annual "Lester Crown Distinguished Lecture on US Foreign Policy," convene a Lester Crown National Security Roundtable, and produce the Council’s annual public opinion survey and foreign policy research.

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Issues > Ideas > Impact

The establishment of the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy will enhance the Council’s ability to increase public engagement and foster a deeper understanding of the public’s attitudes on critical foreign policy issues.

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2018 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

For more than 40 years, the Council’s annual public opinion survey has captured critical shifts in American thinking on US foreign policy. The Crown Center’s polling work will continue this heritage while building a new tradition of research that seeks to inform—and influence—the public debate on critical global issues. The 2018 Chicago Council Survey will be released in October.

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Deep Dish: Endgame in Afghanistan, America's Longest War

Ambassador James Dobbins established the US embassy in Kabul at the beginning of the War in Afghanistan in 2001. Since then, the United States and its NATO allies have been at constant war. On this week's Deep Dish podcast, Dobbins and former US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute discuss whether and how an endgame might take shape in America's longest war.

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Global Economy

Trump Tops up Tariffs with Tweet as Turkey Teeters

There are two clear reasons why the administration might want to double its Turkey tariffs - one economic, one diplomatic, writes Phil Levy in Forbes. The downsides to this move may outweigh those motivations, including that if Turkey fails it will not do so in isolation.  

Global Food & Agriculture

Meet the Social Entrepreneur behind Africa's "Uber for the Farm"

The Council's "Youth for Growth" report examines how the agricultural sector—the single largest employer of young people in sub-Saharan Africa—can be a key driver of African economic growth around the continent's surging youth population. Two members of the report's task force talk in Forbes about how one of their companies offers enticing jobs for young African farmers. 

Wait Just a Minute: Historian and Author Eliot Cohen

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, military historian and author of The Big Stick, Eliot Cohen, answers questions about the biggest challenge facing the international order, how "America First" affects US security, and what advice he'd give to US allies.

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Democracy’s Crisis of Identity

What is driving the focus on identity in politics today? On September 10, Francis Fukuyama explores how identity can be molded to support, rather than undermine, democracy.

Monday, September 10, 2018
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 September 10.

Democracy’s Crisis of Identity

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