January 10, 2019

Wait Just a Minute: Karen Donfried

Our web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, German Marshall Fund president and former member of the National Security Council, Karen Donfried answers questions on a post-Merkel Germany, if Russia can be contained without the United States, and why Americans should care about European affairs.

Wait Just a Minute: Karen Donfried


Is Germany ready for Angela Merkel's departure?

What we've seen recently is that German voters seem that they are ready for a post-Merkel Germany. We saw diminishing support for Merkel and her party in last fall's election, and in two recent state elections in Germany, her party and her sister party did not do well.

Can Europe contain Russia without the United States?

The US security guarantee to our European allies is a critical factor in deterring Russia from engaging in any aggressive military action.

Why should Americans care about European affairs?

The largest trade and investment relationship in the world is the the one between the United States and the European Union. Investment on both sides of the Atlantic create about 15 million jobs.

What's the best book you've read recently?

A book by Robert Kagan called The Jungle Grows Back. It's an evocative title! It's about the US role in the world.

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Deep Dish: Mexico’s Election - Violence, Corruption and Change

The Mexican presidential election already has a presumed winner. Who is he, and what does it mean for him to campaign against corruption and violence? NPR’s International Correspondent in Mexico City, Carrie Kahn, explains how this election is Mexico’s anti-establishment statement and why President Trump may not be relevant to the campaign.


| By Brian Hanson, Theresa Brown

Deep Dish - Family Separation and US Immigration

How did the United States arrive at its current immigration situation, with family separations happening until Wednesday, and what inspires migration flows as large as the one to the US-Mexico border? 



Wait Just a Minute: Senior Fellow Phil Levy on Trade

Our new web series, Wait Just a Minute, asks experts to answer complex questions about global affairs in 60 seconds. In this episode, former White House economic adviser under George W. Bush and the Council's former senior global economy fellow, answers questions in just 60 seconds about China’s trade practices, who wins in a trade war, and the likelihood of NAFTA surviving.




Ivo Daalder and Yascha Mounk on Technology and Populism

Council President Ivo Daalder sits down with author and political theorist Yascha Mounk to answer this question posed on Twitter. See how Mounk responded, covering topics including "March for Our Lives," Facebook, Brexit, and the rise of illiberal democracy.


| By Alexander Hitch, Rob Paral

Workforce Development and Immigrants: The View from Minneapolis

Metro Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to one of the highest percentages of foreign-born residents in the Midwest. Following the Chicago Council’s recent roundtable in Detroit, key stakeholders convened in Minneapolis to discuss the Council’s Ready to Work report and how the foreign-born are incorporated into workforce development plans in Minnesota. 



| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads - The Battle for Liberal Democracy Will Be Waged in Cities

The battle between authoritarianism and liberal democracy will be waged in cities. While the stakes remain national, urban areas, where the majority of people live and work, have become the main arenas in which our governance will be decided. The United States and others would do well to start prioritising urban policy as central to their foreign policies.


Issues Illustrated: Global Cities

Wondering what is all this hype about global cities? There are several things you need to know about global cities, starting with the fact that you’re probably living in one.