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Japan, the Indo-Pacific, and the "Quad"

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Emma Chanlett-Avery

This brief analyzes the 2017 ASEAN summit where four of the region's major maritime democracies discussed the revival of quadrilateral cooperation for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

President Moon Jae-In, President Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Reuters
Global Politics

China's Maritime Challenge in the South China Sea: Options for US Responses

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Weston S. Konishi

China's growth in naval power is proceeding at a remarkable rate and foreshadows a change in the regional maritime balance of power. The US will move from being the preeminent naval power in the region to one that China challenges over time.

USA and China flags.
CDC Global
Defense and Security

Heartland Hospitality: Serving the Needs of the Midwest Economy through Immigration

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Sara McElmurry

In order for the Midwest's hospitality industry to truly thrive, reform for the immigration system is imperative.

A barista pours coffee from a silver pitcher into a cup
Louis Hansel
Immigration and Migration

American Opinion on US-Russia Relations: From Bad to Worse

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Coauthors

New Chicago Council Survey results show a majority of Americans support maintaining or increasing sanctions against Russia and views the nation as a greater threat than in previous years.

Aerial view of the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow, Russia
Pedro Szekely
Public Opinion

Growing Markets, Growing Incomes: Leveraging Trade Facilitation for Farmers

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Andrea Durkin

Andrea Durkin outlines recommended actions related to a Council report calling for a new US program to promote trade facilitation in food.

Aerial view of a truck harvesting a crop on a farm
Food and Agriculture

When Hunger Strikes: How Food Security Abroad Matters for National Security at Home

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Cullen S. Hendrix

Efforts geared toward smallholder farmers have become more efficient and effective over the past several decades in helping to bringing millions out of poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and growing economies around the globe.

A shop inside Mercado de La Boqueria, in Barcelona with produce stands
Food and Agriculture

Midwest Diagnosis: Immigration Reform and the Healthcare Sector

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Nicole Fisher

The recommended policy changes would not only address issues in the Midwest, but would help ensure an improvement in healthcare across the country.

An ambulance drives past a hospital; background is blurred
Camilo Jimenez
Immigration and Migration

Grow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for US-Africa Trade Relations

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Andrea Durkin

Andrea Durkin provides recommendations from a Council report aiming at addressing food security in Africa and US-Africa trade relations.

An aerial view of produce stands at a street market
Food and Agriculture

Employing Agriculture: How the Midwest Farm and Food Sector Relies on Immigrant Labor

RESEARCH
Policy Brief by Stephanie Mercier

Foreign-born workers are on the land, in laboratories, and everywhere in between. Immigration reform will strengthen Midwest agriculture.

A barn in a field of grass, with a sun setting in the background
Timothy Eberly
Immigration and Migration