Americans Consider US Arms Sales a Hazard to US Security

As Congress weighs the decision by the Trump administration to sell additional weapons to Saudi Arabia, a newly completed survey of US public opinion finds that most Americans oppose the US sale of weapons in general, and they are fairly divided on whether the US relationship with Riyadh makes a positive or negative contribution to US national security.

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Wait Just a Minute: Jared Cohen on Presidential Succession

Jigsaw founder and CEO Jared Cohen takes a minute to answer questions on presidential succession, the history of the vice presidency, and what presidential candidates should look for in a running mate.

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Emerging Leaders Class of 2020

Each year, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs selects a highly competitive cohort of Chicago’s up-and-coming professionals to participate in its Emerging Leaders Program. Emerging Leaders become part of a network of globally fluent leaders who will continue to raise the bar for Chicago as a leading global city. 

Meet this year's class

Kirsten Gillibrand on American Foreign Policy

US Senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand will continue the Council’s America in 2020 series on July 24. Registration is now open to members and will open for the public on July 15 at 9 a.m..

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Doors open: 2:15 pm
Event: 2:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center
McCormick Foundation Hall
130 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

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Registration closes July 24.

Kirsten Gillibrand on American Foreign Policy

Global Cities

Why a Rush-Hour Commute Could Cost More. Transportation Groups Ask Lightfoot to Consider ‘Congestion Pricing’

Transit advocates and public policy groups are asking Mayor Lori Lightfoot to consider “congestion pricing” fees to help cut traffic in busy areas during rush hour. Samuel Kling and other advocates also asked in the open letter to restructure the city’s ride-share tax in a way that encourages people to use more pooled trips, rather than single-passenger rides. Read more in the Chicago Tribune


The Real Threat to Liberalism Is the US’ Unwillingness to Defend It

"These attacks on the liberal order are serious and real," writes Council President Ivo Daalder in the Chicago Tribune. "But they cannot succeed on their own. And that’s where the real problem lies. For the United States appears no longer willing, and our Western allies do not seem able, to do what is necessary to defend the liberal order."

Join the YP Network

Nearly 2,000 smart, sophisticated Chicago Council on Global Affairs members under the age of 45 participate in the Council's YP Network. Through this network, members see, hear, and interact with the world's most influential thinkers and doers; rub shoulders and network with Chicago’s rising young business and civic leaders; and gain insights needed to compete in a fast-changing global economy.

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Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

Global cities are on the front lines of the world’s most pressing challenges: they are targets of terrorism, vulnerable to natural disasters, fraught with inequality, and plagued by urban violence. They are also at the center of the most innovative solutions.

Through in-depth panels moderated by Financial Times journalists, intimate discussions, innovative flash talks, intensive workshops, and informal networking – Forum participants will garner new ideas and understanding to improve the efficacy of urban networks, management, and design.


The Council offers globally minded Chicagoans opportunities to go behind the headlines and learn about what is happening around the world without leaving Chicago. Membership contributions also support the important work the Council does to connect Chicago to the world. Join today.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. The Council on Global Affairs is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.