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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| 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.








| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads - Water Security Demands Attention

We often overlook water’s global security implications, such as civil unrest or mass migration. With Cape Town's water supplies dwindling, it's time to get serious about preparing for and preventing water-driven conflict around the world.



| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads - Foreign Policy Trade-Offs in China

Despite China's unfair trading practices or increasing competitiveness with the United States, key US foreign policy objectives cannot be achieved without China’s active cooperation. The United States must strike a delicate balance for it to hold China accountable while maintaining a strategic partnership.