This Week's Reads - A Return to the Interwar Era

French President Emmanuel Macron's speech Sunday sounded more like desperation than hope, afraid that we may have already turned the corner into a world full of nationalism, populism, and competition.





| By Iain Whitaker

Podium Notes: Stoking Brexit From the Council

With Brexit drawing near, this an important moment to note that the Chicago Council on Global Affairs has not been a passive observer of the awkward association between Britain and Europe.



Wait Just a Minute: Michael Beschloss

In this episode, historian and author Michael Beschloss answers questions on presidential history, the system of checks and balances, and offers advice for President Trump and Congress.





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Pathways to a Clean Environment

A recent conference presented by the University of Chicago and Tsinghua University in Beijing took a look at environmental governance in China and the United States. Research associate Andrew Morimoto highlights some of the findings.


Syria and ISIS in the Wake of Brussels

With last Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels serving as a backdrop to the somber conversation, The Washington Post’s David Ignatius talked with Council president Ivo Daalder on March 23 about ISIS and the ongoing war in Syria. 

| By Noah J. Toly

Jihad vs Global Cities

Global cities are frequent targets of terrorist, but they are also sites of radicalization and recruitment. Senior fellow on Global Cities Noah Toly explains the necessity in security efforts that address the roots of radicalization.

How Art Can Help Diffuse Middle East Tensions New

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, a Gulf-based columnist and Twitter commentator on Arab affairs and a speaker at this year's Chicago Forum on Global Cities, details how art exhibitions in Dubai have made promising steps in building connections across Middle Eastern cultures.





On Smartphones and Statecraft

How Apple’s intensifying spat with the FBI over encrypted iPhone data has become the focus of a far wider debate over privacy, security, and the roles of business and government in cyber defense.



Cities as Open-Air Museums

Contemporary artist Arne Quinze, a speaker at this year's Chicago Forum on Global Cities, is known for constructing unconventional public installations in cities all over the world. Learn about his mission to change cities into open-air museums and challenge people to rethink their everyday environments.

How Museums Foster Cultural Understanding in Cities

James Cuno, president and CEO of J. Paul Getty Trust and a speaker at this year's Chicago Forum on Global Cities, examine how cities' musuems foster cultural understanding among their diverse residents.