December 13, 2017

Top Council Quotes from Fall 2017


Take a look back at what we learned in the fall of 2017 with five great quotes from Council speakers! Below you can find the speakers and programs in order of appearance if you want to see more.

1. "We don't like the answers provided by populists, but we have to be humble enough to recognize that some of their questions are relevant. Because if they were not relevant, why would people vote for them? So we cannot consider that every citizen is less intelligent than we are–those who vote for populists. I think we have to consider that they may have some reasons to do that." - João Vale De Almeida, EU Ambassador to the United Nations, The End of the Transatlantic Era? 

2. "In China, the cost of violation is, you know, is much lower than the cost of compliance. So basically our market is rewarding the polluting factories, so whoever spent money got disadvantaged." - Ma Jun, Founding Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, Blue Skies in Beijing

3. "Part of what the Russians do is they take advantage of existing problems. So what they do in Europe, for example, you know, for many years, is they back far-right and far-left parties. And these aren't parties they invent. They did not invent Marine Le Pen's National Front. That's been a part of French politics for many years. What they did is they funded it." - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post Columnist and London School of Economics Professor, Russia, Ukraine, and the Fate of Europe's Borderlands

4. "And you can't ignore, you know, one kind of extremism because you don't feel it's important or your base doesn't like it, and just focus on another because we have a bigger problem with extremism in this country. It's not just limited to Muslims. And if we just limit it to Muslims, we're sending a message to our allies and friends who are Muslim that, who, should be helping us is [sic] that this really is a campaign against Islam, and we don't want to give that message because it really hurts us in the long run." - Joby Warrick, Journalist, Washington Post, Terrorism and the Dark Web

5. "So rather than take us backwards, the nation needs our cities to move us forward. And that future will be hyper-global, more digital, more urban, more multi-racial, and multi-ethnic." -  Amy Liu, President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution, Disruptive Forces Changing Cities

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