This Week's Reads: Should the European Union Have Its Own Army?

President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw from Syria and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' subsequent resignation, compounded by Trump's earlier declarations that the European Union was a "foe" and NATO "obsolete," have added new urgency to an old debate: Should the European Union have its own army?

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Ivo Daalder on The Axe Files

Ivo Daalder joined David Axelrod to talk about the decline of American influence abroad and current vacuum in global leadership, the cost of abdicating international cooperation, and how growing up outside of the U.S. impacted his appreciation for the United States.

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Deep Dish: US Presidential Power and Its Limits

A president's ability to enact their vision is constrained by international laws and the willingness of allies and partners to go along with what the White House wants. Harold Hongju Koh, former Legal Adviser at the US State Department, joins this week's Deep Dish podcast with Council President Ivo Daalder to discuss the Trump administration and international law.

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Wait Just a Minute: Karen Donfried

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, German Marshall Fund president and former member of the National Security Council, Karen Donfried answers questions on a post-Merkel Germany, if Russia can be contained without the United States, and why Americans should care about European affairs.

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Global Cities

What Your Commute Could Look Like In 2019

The Chicago Transit Authority is taking on major construction projects in 2019. Global Cities fellow Samuel Kling joined WBEZ's Morning Shift to explain the transportation trends the agency is responding to, and how improving infrastructure and public transit will improve life for Chicago's commuters.

Global Economy

Latest US-China Talks: Credit for Good Behavior, Not Much More

Most of the headlines coming out of this week's talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators in Beijing were fairly positive, writes Phil Levy in The Hill. Lower-level negotiators from the two sides met, exchanged ideas and were able to sit across the table from each other for three days without storming out.

The Situation Room: Global Policy-Making in the White House

How does global policymaking unfold in the Situation Room, the White House’s most guarded bunker?

Tuesday, January 22, 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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The Situation Room: Global Policy-Making in the White House

Girls Leading: From Rural Economies to Global Solutions

Many of the most pressing global issues—climate change, economic development, health, and education—demand that we consider rural girls. The world changes as her life changes.


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