December 9, 2019

Top 9 Most Watched Programs in 2019

In 2019, the Council organized 115 programs ranging from US-China competition over AI to Burma’s democratic doubts to the 40th anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis to another successful Global Food Security Symposium and Pritzker Forum on Global Cities. As we wrap up the year, we invite you to look back at our TOP NINE most watched programs on YouTube in 2019. 

#9 John Hickenlooper on American Foreign Policy 

The first program in the Council’s America in 2020 series welcomed former governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, to present his US foreign policy vision in Chicago as a Democratic presidential hopeful. Look out for more programs in this series in the new year.

#8 Good Economics for Hard Times

Winner of the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Abhijit Banerjee, joined Raghuram Rajan of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to discuss how creative new approaches to economics might improve policy outcomes in areas such as inequality, migration, and trade.


#7 Schwarzman and Paulson on Succeeding in the Global Economy

Stephen Schwarzman, CEO and cofounder of Blackstone, and Hank Paulson, former Secretary of the Treasury, discussed their career experiences at the heart of the global economy. 

#6 2019 Women, Equity, and Global Development Symposium

The Women, Equity, and Global Development Symposium focused on trends towards more equitable representation and leadership in business, politics, and media. Speakers included Diandra Forrest, model and activist; Bethany Meyers, founder and CEO of the be.come project; Alaa Murabit, high-level commissioner on health employment and economic growth at the United Nations; and Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, discussed their experiences and recommendations for a better future.


#5 Kirsten Gillibrand on American Foreign Policy

New York Senator and former Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand gave her US foreign policy address as part of the America in 2020 series. 

#4 Symposium: China’s Rise and the US Japan Alliance

This year’s Japan symposium brought together Asia-Pacific experts to discuss the regional opportunities and risks for the United States, Japan, and South Korea.

#3 General Jim Mattis Learning to Lead

Jim Mattis, a four-star general and 26th Secretary of Defense of the United States, sat down with Council President Ivo Daalder to discuss his career, leadership, and US national security priorities.

#2 2019 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities

Cohosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, this year’s forum featured a unique cross-disciplinary dialogue examining how cities might address the world’s most pressing challenges. Speakers included Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities; Steve Case, cofounder of AOL and chairman of the Case Foundation; Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; and David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. 

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#1 2019 Global Food Security Symposium: From Scarcity to Security 

The Global Food Security Symposium: From Scarcity to Security closed out the year as the top watched program in 2019. This year’s symposium, which took place in Washington, DC in March, looked at the importance of water security to feed and nourish a rapidly growing world population. Speakers included Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Food and Agriculture at Johns Hopkins University; Pierre Ferrari, president and CEO of Heifer International; A.G. Kawamura, founding cochair of Solutions from the Land Dialogue; and Roy Steiner, managing director, food at the Rockefeller Foundation. 

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