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 Brian Hanson, Saeid Golkar, Ilan Goldenberg

Deep Dish: What Happens After the Iran Deal?

The Iran deal is vulnerable from a few different angles. President Trump may abandon it on principle, Iran's leaders are in a precarious domestic political position and may be willing to renegotiate, and Israel made a bold move to discredit it this week. Deep Dish this week asks what this means for the deal and the players involved.







| By Brian Hanson, Dan De Luce, Dion Nissenbaum

Deep Dish: What's at Stake in Syria Strike

President Trump said Syria would pay a "high price" if it is confirmed that the Assad regime deployed chemical weapons in the attack on Douma, Syria. Deep Dish weighs what his options and the consequences are for such a price.


| By Ivo H. Daalder

This Week's Reads: Springtime for Illiberalism

Illiberalism thrives when popular concerns about external threats are directed toward internal institutions and protections. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's reelection used this ideology to reject the "other" and establish deeper illiberal roots in Central Europe.


| By Iain Whitaker

Podium Notes: Lessons from a Global Affairs Limerick Competition

In the lead-up to our "Poets of the Podium: The Art of Speechwriting" program with the Poetry Foundation, the Council hosted a global affairs limerick competition - quite possibly the first ever of its kind. Now, having pored through the prose, here are our five wholly un-academic takeaways.



| By Niamh King

Honoring M. Cherif Bassiouni

Niamh King, vice president for programs and strategic content at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, briefly recounts a few of Cherif Bassiouni’s appearances at the Council and highlight the moments and insights that have stayed with her.