Council Receives $4 Million Grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Council has received a $4 million grant to its Second Century Campaign from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. These funds will support the Council’s mission to promote public engagement in global affairs and an active US role in the world, and specifically to advance understanding of the increasing importance of global cities. In honor of this significant contribution, the main room of the Council’s Conference Center will be named the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Hall.

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Deep Dish: The Geopolitics of Climate Change

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut have inflicted widespread damage to property, food production, and human life. As extreme weather increasingly uproots communities and economies, leading experts Simon Dalby and Joshua Busby join the latest Deep Dish podcast to predict how today’s climate change will affect tomorrow’s foreign policy.

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Transformative Gift Creates Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy

The Council has announced a major gift to its Second Century Campaign from the Crown Family has made possible the establishment of the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy. The Center will host an annual "Lester Crown Distinguished Lecture on US Foreign Policy," convene a Lester Crown National Security Roundtable, and produce the Council’s signature annual public opinion survey and supplemental research on timely foreign policy issues.

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LIVE Tonight: The Power of Visual Storytelling

Extreme weather events like Typhoon Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence draw attention to the effects of climate change, but the news cycle soon moves on. To shift this narrative, award-winning photojournalists Larry C. Price and George Steinmetz have traveled to the front lines of environmental catastrophe. From capturing the human toll of airborne pollution, to aerial shots of storm-ravaged towns, their visual storytelling has brought an intimacy and urgency to the fight for climate action. They'll join the Council's Karen Weigert and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting's John Sawyer to examine the role of visual arts in galvanizing action on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Tune in at 5:30 p.m. CT

Global Security

Is the World Becoming a Jungle Again? Should Americans Care?

The Trump presidency has raised questions from all sides about established American foreign policy. Ivo Daalder tells The New York Times that one public opinion shift is "...American attitudes on trade and mutual alliances are the most positive in 40 years."

Global Economy

Canada NAFTA Impasse Is No near Miss

The US failure reach any agreement on NAFTA with Canada last week only slightly diminishes already-difficult chances for a new deal, writes Phil Levy in Forbes. The major impact of the continuing Canadian impasse will be political; the Trump administration will have no illusory trade victory to parade around during midterm election campaigning. 

The Collapse of ISIS and Its Aftermath

On October 1, an expert panel examines how the demise of ISIS has altered the wider jihadist network and prospects for the group to resurge.

Monday, October 1, 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 October 1.

The Collapse of ISIS and Its Aftermath

Wait Just a Minute: Urban Economist Edward Glaeser

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, urban economist and Harvard professor Edward Glaeser shares ideas about the biggest opportunities and challenges facing cities and what cities can do to ensure economic growth and inspire innovation.

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