Trump-Kim Summit: What Happened, Why, and What’s Next

Following their historic meeting on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. But they offered few specifics. To break down what happened, how we got here, and what all this means, Asia experts Katrin Katz and Karl Friedhoff join Brian Hanson on this week’s Deep Dish podcast.

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Wait Just a Minute: Senior Fellow Phil Levy

Phil Levy, former White House economic adviser under George W. Bush and the Council’s senior global economy fellow, answers questions in just 60 seconds about China’s trade practices, who wins in a trade war, and the likelihood of NAFTA surviving. Watch the latest episode of our new video series Wait Just a Minute.

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This Week's Reads: The Crises of the West

"Allies are not threats," writes Council President Ivo Daalder. "To argue that steel imports from Canada pose a national security threat is, as Trudeau said, 'insulting and unacceptable.'" In This Week's Reads, Daalder spotlights the accelerated deterioration of the rules-based international order and the lasting damage it could impose.

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LIVE Tonight: Eliot Cohen on the World Order America Created

Eliot Cohen, former State Department counselor under President George W. Bush, considers what Trump’s preference for unilateral action and bold statements, and his willingness to question long-held policy positions mean for the international order that the United States created.

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Policy and Politics

Has Trump Irreversibly Altered the GOP's Foreign Policy?

Drawing heavily on Chicago Council Survey research in a new Atlantic piece, Ron Brownstein examines Trump's reprisal of a inter-party Republican foreign policy struggle from the 1950s. Using data about college educated and non-college educated Republicans, Brownstein traces the contors of two foriegn policy stances within today's Republican party. 

Global Economy

How Bad Would a Global Trade War Be?

Why are economists and policy makers so alarmed by the United States and China beginning a trade war? Phil Levy explains in Forbes the many reasons a trade war can severely cost an economy, including disrupting millions of jobs by introducing new trade and production patterns.

The Sunni-Shia Divide: Redrawing the Map of the Middle East?

On June 25, Wilson Center Fellow Ed Hussain explores how tensions between the two main religious sects in the Middle East threaten to redraw the map of the region.

Monday, June 25, 2018
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

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

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Registration closes June 25.

The Sunni-Shia Divide: Redrawing the Map of the Middle East?

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