Through task force reports, international conferences, and fellowship programs, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is growing its expertise on trade and the global economy. Topics covered range from major trade agreements with Asia and Europe to currency movements to economic relations with China. A team of distinguished fellows and research associates provides analysis and commentary and advises policymakers on the most pressing economic issues of the day. Leading economists from Asia also spend time at the Council each year as visiting fellows through its Dr. Scholl Foundation Visiting Fellowship on US-China Relations, and several are now nonresident fellows.
The Council on Global Affairs also takes advantage of extensive experience and Chicago's vibrant business community to assess both underlying commercial trends and corresponding policy options. The Council has published reports analyzing how Chicago can benefit from advanced manufacturing and trade and attracting more foreign direct investment. We partner with leading local institutions such as Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to convene discussions on the state of leading trade negotiations from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to multilateral talks under the World Trade Organization. The Council also hosts events featuring US and international government officials and economists such as the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting in Chicago in December 2014. And our Global Economy Series brings renowned economists to Chicago each year to speak to the public about the latest global economic developments and the impact on the US economy.


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Economic Divisions Are Driving Political Ones

November 19, 2020 for POLITICO

Deep Dish: Fareed Zakaria on a Post-Pandemic World

November 19, 2020 for Global Insight

Deliver for the Heartland, Help Close the Divide

November 17, 2020 for Newsweek

Did the UNSG Say “Revolution”?

October 9, 2020 for Global Insight

The Best Medicine for a COVID-19 Economy? More Education and Training

October 2, 2020 for The Hill

'Ally-Shoring' Will Help US Rebuild Economy and Global Leadership

September 10, 2020 for The Hill

Deep Dish: Solving Global Inequality with Thomas Piketty

September 3, 2020 for Global Insight

With High-Tech Farming, We Can Usher in a Rural Renaissance

August 27, 2020 for Chicago Tribune

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