Girls Leading: From Rural Economies to Global Solutions

Many of the most pressing global issues—climate change, economic development, health, and education—demand that we consider rural girls. The authors of the Council's new Girls Leading report share data and stories of personal struggle and triumph, as well as reasons for stalled progress and solutions for action.

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The Foreign Policy Genius of George H. W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush reimagined the way the US government created and implemented its foreign policy, writes Council President Ivo Daalder in Foreign Affairs. Bush fashioned a national security process that maximized internal cooperation, minimized senior official conflict, and has stood the test of time so well that every president after Bush has embraced it. 

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Deep Dish: The Russia-Ukraine Clash Reveals Putin's Mediterranean Strategy

Russia and Ukraine have been locked in a "frozen conflict," but Russia recently seized three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait to the Black Sea. In this week's Deep Dish podcast, US Navy Commander Tony Chavez joins Council President Ivo Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, to discuss the geopolitical importance of this maritime dispute.

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Wait Just a Minute: Sheila Bair

In this episode of our web series Wait Just a Minute, former FDIC chair Sheila Bair discusses how the US can avoid another major economic collapse, the value of cryptocurrencies, and the trade war with China in under 60 seconds.

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Global Cities

American Automakers are Surrendering Big Cities like Chicago

General Motors’ announcement of plant shutdowns was very much about cities — not just those that make cars, but also those in which it sells cars, writes Samuel Kling in Chicago Sun-Times. It suggests cities can expect big changes in transportation, as traditional U.S. carmakers restructure and give way to services such as Uber and Lyft.

Global Economy

Trade Peace in Our Time - China Edition

President Trump and Xi Jinping emerged from their encounter at the G20 summit with a 90-day plan to reduce the trade deficit and address the issues in their relationship. Phil Levy writes in Forbes that the elation over this announcement reflects a strong desire from producers, farmers, and shareholders to see this problem resolved. 

Blurred Lines: Humanitarian Action and Rule of Law

How do human rights and the rule of law factor into humanitarian assistance? An expert panel discusses this and more on December 17.

Monday, December 17, 2018
Doors open: 5:15 pm
Event: 5:30 pm

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

Register Today

Registration closes December 17.

Blurred Lines: Humanitarian Action and Rule of Law

America Engaged

The Trump administration has made bold attempts to reshape US foreign policy. Is the American public on board? Take a look at the findings of the 2018 Chicago Council Survey.


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