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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The Window Has Likely Closed for a NAFTA Deal This Year

April 17, 2018 for Forbes

Trump Tariff Revenue? What Tariff Revenue?

April 12, 2018 for Forbes

Was Letting China into the WTO a Mistake?

April 2, 2018 for Foreign Affairs

The Looming China Trade War: How Did We Get Here?

March 31, 2018 for Forbes

Trump Steel Policy Hits Home in Illinois

March 30, 2018 for Forbes

South Korea Deal Shows Emptiness of Trump Trade Agenda

March 26, 2018 for Forbes

Dumping, Cheating, and Illegality -- Trump Misleads the Public on Steel Tariffs

March 12, 2018 for Forbes

What Trump’s Steel Tariffs Mean for Illinois

March 8, 2018 for CBS Chicago

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