July 14, 2016

Five Must-See Videos of 2016 (So Far)

Since the start of 2016, we have live streamed and recorded more than 40 programs featuring world leaders, policymakers, business executives, journalists, activists, and other leading global voices. Here are five speakers and panels in particular we think you must see if you missed, or rewatch! 

1. 2016 International Women's Day Global Health Symposium

March 4, 2016

This year's IWD Global Health Symposium looked at the health of the next generation of women and girls locally, nationally, and internationally. Browse this video playlist showcasing a half-day's worth of keynotes and break-out sessions that generated new ideas and a greater understanding of the ways we can help our young girls grown into healthy and productive leaders. 

 

 


2. Red Teams: Thinking like the Enemy 

June 7, 2016

CFR Senior Fellow Micah Zenko describes the way "red teams," groups hired by corporations and security agencies to view a problem from an adversary or competitor's perspective, work to challenge preconceived notions and call attention to weak points in internal systems and operations. 

 

 


3. Global Leadership Awards Dinner 2016 

April 20, 2016

Each year, the Council honors distinguished individuals for their outstanding achievements in international relations, global thought leadership, and philanthropy. Last April, we recognized Academy Award-winning Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Council board member and Chicago civic leader Samuel C. Scott III. Watch both honorees give speeches pushing for reason, tolerance, and change against the backdrop of today's divisive political climate and turbulent global landscape. 

 

 


4. David Ignatius on Syria's Lessons

March 23, 2016

As the Syrian Civil War passed its half-decade mark in March, Washington Post editor and columnist David Ignatius examined the distant prospect of peace, based on the elusive fate of Bashar al-Assad and the destabilizing effect of ISIS. 

 

 


5. The Illegal: Ripped from the Headlines

February 2, 2016

One of the many baleful byproducts of the Syrian Civil War, as well as other conflicts around the globe, is the wave of refugees and migrants who often face obstacles–instead of open arms–when seeking asylum in the Western world. Lawrence Hill, author of "The Illegal," Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and Yolanda Perdomo of WBEZ discuss the refugee crisis and which government policies are helping and which are hurting. 

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Urban Reflections from the 2019 International Student Delegation

Each year approximately 30 students from leading research universities around the world participate in the global student delegation program at the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities. Promising students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving global cities and are enrolled in a master’s or PhD program are nominated by their host universities to attend. The 2019 delegation included 30 students from 20 countries, including China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Their biographies are available here.

The following series of contributions are their reflections and insights inspired by and drawn from their experience attending the 2019 Pritzker Forum.


| By Lille van der Zanden

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| By J. Thomas Chapin

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| By Ian Klaus

Mind the Knowledge Gaps: What Global Conferences Bring to Light

Despite the vast amount of research and data available, it shouldn’t be surprising that large gaps in urban knowledge persist. After all, there are many cities—according to the IPCC and UN data, there are around 1000 urban agglomerations with populations of 500,000 or greater—and cities remain difficult to know.