Report: Competition for Water Increasing, Exacerbating Need for Greater Water, Food and Nutrition Security

According to a new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a combination of careful management strategies, technological innovations, investments, and policies are imperative to address the challenges of water scarcity.

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From Scarcity to Security: Managing Water for a Nutritious Food Future

Approximately 2.4 billion people—more than one-third of the global population—currently live in water-scarce regions. Driven by population growth, rising consumption, urbanization and energy needs, demand for water continues to increase. 

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Deep Dish: What Ukraine's Election Reveals, Five Years after Crimea

Comic actor Volodymyr Zelensky has no political experience but has played the Ukrainian president on TV. He is leading in the polls ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election on March 31. Its been five years since Russia annexed Crimea, and fighting in eastern Ukraine, which has killed thousands, continues. Steven Pifer, former US ambassador to Ukraine, explains what's going on.

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#AskIvo: What Do You Think about the Relationship between Trump and Kim?

The Hanoi summit between the United States and North Korea ended without an agreement on denuclearization. In this week's #AskIvo, Council President Ivo Daalder gives his take on the rapport between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—and what else is needed to reach a deal.

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Public Opinion

Russians Say Their Country Is A Rising Military Power; And a Growing Percentage of Americans View Russia as a Threat

The current period of US-Russia tensions is arguably the longest on record since the end of the Cold War. Our latest survey report finds Russians say their country is once again a force to be reckoned with and view chilled relations with the United States as a cost of increased international influence.

Global Economy

The Endless China Trade War

President Trump shook markets Wednesday when he warned that U.S. tariffs on China might remain for a prolonged period, writes Phil Levy in Forbes. The warning came amidst otherwise-happy talk of how negotiations were proceeding well and how the two sides were hoping to wrap up a deal by April.

Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

Georgetown professor and Russia analyst Angela Stent, and former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves discuss Russia's growing confidence in challenging US power, interests, and allies globally.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center, One Prudential Plaza
130 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

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Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

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