December 24, 2015

Top 5 Must-See Videos of 2015

We hosted many fascinating speakers and events in 2015, so picking five of our favorites was hard. So instead of calling them 'favorites,' here are the top five programs you must see, or watch again!

1. Syria and the Global Refugee Crisis

December 8, 2015

More than 500 people packed the room to hear an expert panel discuss solutions to the war and refugee crisis in Syria.



2. The Global Food Price Paradox with Former USAID Administrator

November 10, 2015

Council senior advisor and former head of USAID Rajiv Shah talks about the role of innovation in combating global hunger and malnutrition. 



3. DC Release: Public Opinion, Foreign Policy, and the Road to 2016

September 16, 2015

Council President Ivo Daalder, senior fellow Dina Smeltz, POLITICO editor Susan B. Glasser, and POLITICO senior foreign correspondent Michael Crowley discuss the dramatic partisan divide over US foreign policy highlighted in the 2015 Chicago Council Survey. 



4. Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

April 23, 2015

Journalist Mona Eltahawy explains why real changes in the Middle East will not succeed without revolutions of social, sexual, and cultural thought.



5. David Brooks on the Road to Character

May 6, 2015

New York Times columnist David Brooks examines the global sources of depth and character and how can we lead more substantive inner lives.



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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

Social Equity: The Legacy of 100 Resilient Cities

On July 31, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) officially ceased its operations, marking a turning point in the modern urban resiliency movement to create cities that can bounce back from disaster. In six years, the Rockefeller Foundation-funded initiative brought a standardized urban resilience framework to cities across the globe, facilitating the development of more than 80 resilience plans in the process. As a result of its work, urban resiliency planning has become a common practice for city governments, with many institutionalizing the position of a chief resiliency officer.

| By Ian Klaus

Will Ambassador Subnat Go to Washington?

On June 28, 2019, Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-CA33) and Joe Wilson (R-SC02) introduced H.R.3571, the “City and State Diplomacy Act.” The Act seeks to mandate a senior official at the State Department charged with “supervision (including policy oversight of resources) of Federal support for subnational engagements by State and municipal governments with foreign governments.” The position would be at the ambassadorial level, and “Ambassador Subnat” would require the consent of the Senate and oversee a new Office of Subnational Diplomacy.