January 17, 2019 | By Ivo H. Daalder

#AskIvo: Is China’s Investment in Africa a Debt Trap?

China is investing billions of dollars in Africa each year. But is Beijing’s largesse made with the best of intentions? See Council President Ivo Daalder's response in the latest installment of #AskIvo. Also, be sure submit your question for the next episode on Twitter to @IvoHDaalder using #AskIvo.

#AskIvo: Is China’s Investment in Africa a Debt Trap?

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#AskIvo: US Retreat from the Middle East?

Council President Ivo Daalder answers questions on the latest global affairs news and foreign policy issues submitted via social media using #AskIvo.




Wait Just a Minute: CEO and Founder of Water.org Gary White

In this episode, CEO and cofounder of Water.org and WaterEquity, Gary White, explains the global water crisis, how cities can improve water access, what "water equity" is, and names his favorite movie from Water.org cofounder, Matt Damon.


#AskIvo: How Does 'The Empty Throne' Affect US Alliances?

"Will the current administration have long-term effects on US alliances and influence, or do you believe there can be a course correction?" Council President Ivo Daalder shares his response in this edition of #AskIvo. Be sure to submit your question for the next episode to @IvoHDaalder using #AskIvo.



| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads: The US-China Escalation Problem

"As in real wars, so in trade wars, once you start shooting in all directions, it becomes difficult to know what you’re aiming for or when it is time to stop," writes Council President Ivo Daalder. Following the latest round of escalatory drama in the US-China trade war, Daalder considers the Trump administrations's end goal in This Week's Reads.



Wait Just a Minute: Edward Glaeser

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.


| By Iain Whitaker

Global Affairs Books For The Fall

Every June Book Expo America brings the nation’s publishing houses together with book wholesalers, retailers, and marketers in New York. The event provides an opportunity to collect an unwieldy amount of free as-yet-unpublished books (pro tip: they’re not really free if you end up paying for an extra checked bag).



| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week’s Reads: Summer Rewind

In August, I took a hiatus from This Week’s Reads to focus on my upcoming book that will be released in October. Of course, the pressing global issues of our time–from Brexit to climate change, North Korea to immigration–experienced no complementary interlude. Below is a compilation of mostly long-form articles from the past month that are worth perusing. The topics they touch upon will, undoubtedly, remain relevant through the changing seasons ahead.


| By Brian Hanson, Laura Dawson, Duncan Wood

Deep Dish: There’s a New NAFTA in Town

Mexico and the United States announced a preliminary new NAFTA agreement early this week, which is now pending Canada's approval. Experts join the podcast to discuss the deal's substance and it's chances of being ratified before a number of deadlines.


| By Karen Weigert

Wait Just a Minute: Karen Weigert

Our new web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, our senior global cities fellow, and former chief sustainability officer for the city of Chicago, Karen Weigert answers questions on climate change.


| By Brian Hanson, Steven Cook, Steven Cook, Henri Barkey

Deep Dish: The Turkish Lira Crisis

The Turkish currency crisis was started by a mix of domestic policy decisions and intensifying tariffs from the United States. Experts join the podcast to examine how Turkey got here, and if it will impact other countries' economies.