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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| By Kim Lane Sheppele , Brian Hanson

Deep Dish: The Demise of Democracy in Hungary

Princeton University’s Kim Scheppele joins Deep Dish to explain why the failure of one democracy should matter to every democracy and examine whether Hungary could have ripple effects on other political systems in Europe and beyond.

| By Dasl Yoon

Deep Dish Special Edition: COVID-19 Lessons from South Korea

The Wall Street Journal’s Dasl Yoon, reporting from Seoul, joins us to explain what other countries can learn from South Korea’s innovative approaches to successfully flatten the curve of new infections – without shutting down the economy.

| By Karin Larson

A Future for the European Union After the Pandemic?

With borders now closed and countries like Italy in an increasingly restrictive nation-wide lockdown under the threat of the novel coronavirus, Europe is facing a crisis likely unparalleled since the end of World War II. This compounds an already disruptive year, following the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and increasingly calls into question the continued relevance of the political and economic bloc.

| By Richard C. Longworth

Midwestern Voters Aren't Ready for Revolution

The Midwest is caught in the painful shift from one economy to another, and its divided fortunes show this. It is a split between winners and losers, between well-educated city dwellers and the left behind, angry denizens of the old economy. All this has big impacts that are economic and social – and political. 

| By Xuefei Ren

‘The People’s War’ on Coronavirus in China

It is too early to conclude that the epidemic will shake the Communist Party’s grip. Once the “people’s war” has defeated the epidemic, the authoritarian regime may turn out to have become even more powerful. But this crisis has made a few things clear. It illustrates how cities are increasingly important actors in addressing pressing global challenges. It also exemplifies how central-local government relations can shape a country’s response to major epidemic outbreaks.