November 9, 2017 | By Brian Hanson, Cécile Shea

Deep Dish: Saudi Arabia Escalations

Saudi Arabia says Lebanon and Iran have declared war on it. Meanwhile, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has initiated the arrest of dozens of royal family members, officials, and business executives in an anti-corruption sweep.  This week's Deep Dish looks at what's going on and explains it within the larger context of geopolitical trends in the region. 

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Workforce Development and Immigrants: The View from Minneapolis

Metro Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to one of the highest percentages of foreign-born residents in the Midwest. Following the Chicago Council’s recent roundtable in Detroit, key stakeholders convened in Minneapolis to discuss the Council’s Ready to Work report and how the foreign-born are incorporated into workforce development plans in Minnesota. 


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This Week's Reads - The Battle for Liberal Democracy Will Be Waged in Cities

The battle between authoritarianism and liberal democracy will be waged in cities. While the stakes remain national, urban areas, where the majority of people live and work, have become the main arenas in which our governance will be decided. The United States and others would do well to start prioritising urban policy as central to their foreign policies.


Issues Illustrated: Global Cities

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This Week's Reads - Water Security Demands Attention

We often overlook water’s global security implications, such as civil unrest or mass migration. With Cape Town's water supplies dwindling, it's time to get serious about preparing for and preventing water-driven conflict around the world.



| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads - Foreign Policy Trade-Offs in China

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