“The impeachment hearings have given Americans a view into a world rarely seen beyond the Washington beltway and in foreign capitals, namely the work performed by US diplomats and Foreign Service professionals,” writes Council President Ivo Daalder in the Chicago Tribune. “But the hearings have also highlighted another critical question: Why does the United States need diplomats and ambassadors?”Read the Commentary
In this episode of Wait Just a Minute, Kathryn Koob, a former American Embassy employee held hostage in Iran, takes a minute to answer questions about Iran in 1979, what helped her most during her 444 days of captivity, and her advice for future diplomats on the 40th anniversary of the US Embassy hostage crisis.Watch the Video
While Ukraine dominates US news this week due to the impeachment proceedings, Ukrainian President Zelensky and Russian President Putin are preparing for an upcoming meeting to find a peaceful resolution to the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine. Melinda Haring and Joanna Rohozinska join Deep Dish to discuss.Listen to the podcast
Political and economic freedom has been a revolutionary development in society. Historically, states have either been too weak to protect individuals or too strong for people to protect themselves from authoritarianism. Watch economist and political scientist James Robinson as he explains how liberty flourishes in some states but falls to totalitarianism in others. Join us live today, November 21, at 5:30 p.m. CT.Watch the video
Washington is torn between two futures for US foreign policy: one of engagement and intervention, another of restraint and retrenchment. But where do Americans stand? Read findings from the 2019 Chicago Council Survey of American public opinion on US foreign policy to learn how Americans feel on important issues, including trade, China, and divides between Democrats.
“Gas taxes funnel money into a rotten system: the highway-industrial complex, a coalition of construction, auto, real estate, and other interests that demand a never-ending list of carbon-spewing new highways and widened roads, regardless of merit,” writes Council fellow Sam Kling in the Boston Globe.
"Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow Huawei to take part in Germany’s 5G bidding procedure has exposed a deep divide between Europe’s leading nation and the European Commission," writes nonresident senior fellow Theresa Fallon in The Diplomat.
Economist Stephen Roach examines the conflict between the world’s two largest economies and unpack the potentially grave consequences for the global economy, world financial markets, and the international economic system.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center
McCormick Foundation Hall
130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
Registration closes December 5.
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