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President Erdogan’s long-dominant political party lost elections in Ankara and Istanbul last week. At the same time, a dispute between Washington and Ankara over Turkey buying Russian weapons has hurt ties between the NATO allies.
In this episode, Council distinguished fellow Ertharin Cousin explains the difference between outbreaks, pandemics, and epidemics; what's changed since the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and the one happening today; and how political instability impacts health systems.
Chicago's property tax assessment system has been a serious source of risk, uncertainty, and global reputational concern.
Hoda Muthana’s and Shamima Begum’s requests to return to their home countries after joining ISIS have put women’s roles in terrorism at the center of popular news and conversations about violent extremism.
President Trump has signed an executive order to formally recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Ambassador Dennis Ross joins Deep Dish to explain what's behind the decision.
Over 70 years, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has seen its share of successes and failures. Council President Ivo Daalder explains both on the latest episode of #AskIvo.
The world's population is expected to peak and then decline this century, reshaping everything from economic growth and immigration to government spending and climate change.
The US president and the North Korean leader have met twice now, but more is needed than a good relationship between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to reach a deal on denuclearization.
Five years after Russia annexed Crimea and on the eve of an important election, is Ukraine turning more toward the European Union and Brussels or toward Putin and Moscow?
The US military has intensified its campaign against al Shabaab in Somalia in recent weeks and months. But what is the US goal in Somalia and why is al Shabaab a target?
Prime Minister Netanyahu faces corruption charges ahead of Israel’s election and the subsequent rollout of President Trump’s Mideast peace plan. Douglas J. Feith and Aaron David Miller join Deep Dish to discuss what it all means for US-Israel relations.
Tensions between two nuclear powers have escalated in recent days. Former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter and Tanvi Madan of the Brookings Institution explain the brinkmanship.
Today, there are nearly 8 billion people on the planet, meaning nearly 8 billion people in need of daily nutritional sustenance. This presents new challenges that threaten our fragile global food system.
The Midwest was America’s first frontier, then the foundation of the country’s agricultural and industrial might. It was the birthplace of great industries and a mecca for migrants seeking a better life and new economic opportunity. As the region forged America’s middle class, much of its success resulted from robust global engagement through trade, immigration, and partnerships.
In our this episode, architect and novelist Lesley Lokko explains urbanism, the importance of culture in cities, and how architecture contributes to a city's culture.