Missing in Munich

Having spent last weekend at the international security conference in Munich, Council President Ivo Daalder shares his two overriding impressions in This Week's Reads. "Missing in Munich were the kind of strong statements of vision, powerful calls to action, and new ideas for addressing common challenges that have been the hallmark of years past," writes Daalder. Also missing? "America."

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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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What to Make of the Munich (In)security Conference

Each year, defense and security officials meet in Munich for an international debate about global security challenges. On the latest Deep Dish podcast, find out what did and didn't happen at this year's summit, courtesy of The Washington Post's Josh Rogin and Foreign Policy's Julie Smith.

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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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Policy and Politics

Mueller Investigation Heats Up as 13 Russians Indicted

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued two high profile indictments in the past week. Senior fellow Cécile Shea tells WTTW's Chicago Tonight that these indictments are especially interesting for how much detail they each disclose that almost certainly comes from intelligence sources. 

Global Economy

The Commerce Department Makes A Feeble National Security Plea For Steel Protection

The Commerce Department just released a report calling for substantial new barriers to imports of steel and aluminum, ostensibly addressing national security concerns. However, in Forbes, Phil Levy points out that the security analysis in the report is so weak that it appears to be protectionism in search of an excuse.

International Women's Day: Tech Trailblazers For Social Good

This International Women’s Day, join the Council for an exciting discussion with leading innovators whose extraordinary minds are showing the world that women and girls have a key role to play.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Doors open: 11:45 am
Event: 12:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center
130 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

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Registration closes March 7.

International Women's Day: Tech Trailblazers For Social Good

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.


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