Let's Talk About North Korea

Diplomacy is underway for a face-to-face between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – potentially the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. In This Week's Reads, Council President Ivo Daalder takes a look at how we arrived at this historic moment, and "how unusual the entire process has been." For more on the North Korea talks, listen to the Deep Dish podcast.

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April 20: Madeleine Albright on Fascism

The 20th century was defined by the clash between democracy and fascism. Given the horrors under Hitler and Mussolini, one might expect the world to reject fascism in the modern era. But in her new book, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warns that the threat of fascism endures. On April 20, Albright will discuss at a Council members-only event.

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Inside the State Department

As Secretary Tillerson exits the State Department, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, president of the American Foreign Service Association, joins the Deep Dish podcast to discuss the US Foreign Service. She talks State Department cuts, political appointees, military partners, and more.

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Watch Live: Global Food Security Symposium 2018

Youth populations are surging worldwide, with more than two-thirds of the population under the age of 25 in countries like Afghanistan and Uganda. At the Global Food Security Symposium on March 21-22, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee); Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons; the ONE Campaign's Gayle Smith; and more explore how the agricultural sector can harness the potential of this promising demographic.

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Global Food Security Symposium 2018: Youth for Growth

Youth populations are surging across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, with more than two-thirds of the population under the age of 25 in countries like Afghanistan, Somalia, and Uganda.

Explore how the agricultural sector can harness the potential of this promising demographic at this year's Global Food Security Symposium March 21-22 in Washington, DC and in this year's blog series, The Next Generation.

Global Water

Americans Are (Rightly) Worried about the Safety of Their Drinking Water.

The Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster has left many Americans anxious about the safety of their own tap water, writes fellow Michael Tiboris. New research confirms that there are, in fact, real reasons to be concerned.

Global Food and Agriculture

Philanthropist Ertharin Cousin on Fighting Global Food Poverty

“Too often we have this skewed vision of the poor that they are vulnerable,” distinguished fellow Ertharin Cousin tells the FInancial Times in a feature story on the former head of the World Food Programme. “They are some of the strongest people you will ever meet."

Join Chicago's Next Generation of Global Leaders

The Council is seeking applications from exceptional young professionals for its Emerging Leaders Program class of 2019. The program provides exclusive opportunities for participants to engage directly with some of the world’s leading influencers and thinkers while expanding their global acumen and key professional skills. Learn more about what it means to be an Emerging Leader in this interactive snapshot.

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The People vs. Democracy

With populist movements gaining prominence across the world, faith in democratic institutions has fallen to an all-time low. Can liberal democracy be saved?

Tuesday, March 27, 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 March 27.

The People vs. Democracy


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