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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices and conduct independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide, the Council on Global Affairs is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world.

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices and conduct independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide, the Council on Global Affairs is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world.

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I appreciate the content but please raise the volume levels across the board. I have to raise the audio to 100% to be able to hear the podcast in a quite room. I listen to the podcast on the train as well and I constantly have to rewind to catch what I missed due to the low volume. The intro is at appropriate levels but the rest of the live audio is too low. Also FYI some podcasts cut off not sure if that was a podcast upload/download error or it cut off upon recording.

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Great content w/ Low live-audio Levels

By Andyr421 - Mar 19 2016
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I appreciate the content but please raise the volume levels across the board. I have to raise the audio to 100% to be able to hear the podcast in a quite room. I listen to the podcast on the train as well and I constantly have to rewind to catch what I missed due to the low volume. The intro is at appropriate levels but the rest of the live audio is too low. Also FYI some podcasts cut off not sure if that was a podcast upload/download error or it cut off upon recording.
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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices and conduct independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide, the Council on Global Affairs is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world.

Rank #1: The Will to Lead: America's Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom

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The famous staple of Obama’s foreign policy—“leading from behind”—has been under scrutiny throughout his presidency. While some have argued for less interventionism, many others have critiqued his actions (or lack thereof) on the Iran nuclear deal, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the war in Syria, among other issues. Many argue that America’s foreign policy over the last eight years has strengthened Russia and China. As the general election nears, the nature of America’s foreign policy has become an increasingly contentious issue. What does the future hold for America as a global leader? Should it continue to “lead from behind,” or is the time ripe for a leadership that brings the country front and center on the international stage?

Oct 18 2016

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Rank #2: Niall Ferguson on the Life of Henry Kissinger

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Harvard historian Niall Ferguson discusses the life of one of the most influential strategic thinkers–Henry Kissinger.

Oct 20 2015

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Rank #3: Beyond Gridlock: The Hill, the White House, and the National Interest

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With Maxmillian Angerholzer III, President and CEO, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; James Kitfield, Senior Fellow, CSPC, Contributing Editor, National Journal; Christopher P. Lu, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Labor; Norman Ornstein, Senior Fellow, CSPC, Contributing Editor and Columnist for both the National Journal and The Atlantic. Recorded live April 14, 2015.

Apr 14 2015

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Rank #4: The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

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In the coming years, artificial intelligence could fuel tensions between the United States and China, argues quantitative futurist, Amy Webb. Today, nine giant corporations—six American, three Chinese—control the bulk of the data and advances in computing that underpin these technologies. But while the US tech titans face little oversight and report primarily to shareholders, the Chinese government closely supervises the work of its tech companies, guiding research and investment in ways that are beneficial to the state. With competition between these superpowers intensifying, will China’s centralized, top-down approach give it the edge in the race for technological supremacy? How can the White House, Pentagon, and Silicon Valley craft a shared national strategy for AI?

Mar 18 2019

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Rank #5: Putin: The Rise and Reign of Russia's New Tsar?

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What does Putin really want? New York Times national security reporter, Steven Lee Myers, gives an insider’s view on Russia’s new tsar.

Oct 14 2015

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Rank #6: The American Dream And The Complacent Class

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What is next for the American Dream? A shrinking middle class and entrenched political polarization have called into question America’s status as the world’s land of opportunity. Tyler Cowen argues that a populace once driven by its relentless vision and innovative spirit has shortchanged itself by settling down, digging in, and becoming too comfortable. How can America regain its dynamism? Is this a global phenomenon? Join the Council on Global Affairs and Tyler Cowen for a debate on how to revitalize American society from the ground up.

Mar 03 2017

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Rank #7: Beyond the Plough: The New Faces of Food

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Food demand is expected to increase substantially by 2050 due to rising populations and incomes. With this staggering demand comes an unprecedented business opportunity for small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs. The old guard is changing: young leaders are putting their entrepreneurial minds to work, pioneering innovations and products that tackle challenges to global food security. From channeling funds into “soil to shelf” ventures to using blockchain for produce traceability, entrepreneurs and business executives across the globe are adding new tastes, new roles and new jobs to the food sector. Join the Chicago Council for a conversation with the next generation of agriculture managers who are charging well-beyond the plough to introduce new ways we think about what we eat.

Nov 27 2017

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Rank #8: Food Security - Lisa Palmer, Hot Hungry Planet

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In the lead up to the 2017 Global Food Security Symposium, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs collaborated to produce Food Security, a podcast examining nutrition, hunger, and food security around the world. This is the first of three episodes showcasing work from journalists whose projects tie into the big picture of global agriculture and food security. Roger Thurow interviews Lisa Palmer, who has covered the threat of global environmental change and its impact on our ability to feed a growing population in her project Hot, Hungry Planet. If you like the show, join us in Washington, D.C. March 29th-30th for the 2017 Global Food Security Symposium. Learn more and register at http://thechicagocouncil.org/globalfoodsecurity2017

Mar 09 2017

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Rank #9: Carly Fiorina on America Today

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Former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina, on leadership across the corporate, nonprofit, and political sectors.

Nov 07 2013

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Rank #10: Doomed to Succeed? The US-Israel Relationship

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Ambassador Dennis Ross shares his thoughts on the United States, Israel, and the future of this storied relationship.

Oct 08 2015

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Rank #11: Beyond The Book, Education For The Next Generation

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The number of American passport holders has doubled in the last decade as globalization has impacted our businesses, homes, and increasingly – our classrooms. Students today are exposed to more global ideas than any of the proceeding generations, be it through social media, art, or their classmates. How do we provide the next generation with the understanding of interconnectedness to thrive in an economically and digitally linked world? The inaugural class of Koldyke Global Teachers traveled to Thailand, Australia, and throughout Europe to deepen their knowledge of global education models and bring cross-cultural experiences back to their classrooms. The Koldyke Global Teachers Program was generously established by Patricia Blunt and Martin J. Koldyke in 2016 and invests in the professional development of Chicago-area high school teachers. Join the teachers as they share stories and best practices for guiding future global citizens here in Chicago.

Apr 25 2017

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Rank #12: The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration Session 1

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Shortly after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The withdrawal from this agreement, which was previously billed by the Obama administration as a way to enhance American economic growth and sustain American influence in the Asia Pacific region, signified a major shift in US trade policy. What will be the future of Asia Pacific economic integration following the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership? What local and regional impacts will this withdrawal have for the United States on foreign direct investment and trade from Asia? Featuring: Bart Édes, North American Representative, Asian Development Bank; Shihoko Goto, Senior Northeast Asia Associate, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Jonathon Hallberg, Executive Director, Jefferson County Development Corporation; Jason Hester, President, Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia; And other participants. Moderated by Karl Friedhoff, Fellow, Public Opinion and Asia Policy; Michael Lev, Member, Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune; Phil Levy, Senior Fellow, Global Economy.

Jan 24 2018

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Rank #13: The Global Economy In The Trump Era

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The US economy seems exuberant—market indices are reaching new heights, labor markets remain strong, and the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates soon. Abroad, economic bright spots are appearing in Japan, Europe, and elsewhere. Yet global uncertainty remains high—especially given the possible economic implications of the broad policy shifts signaled by the new US administration. According to IMF director Christine Lagarde, a global ‘race to the bottom’ in taxes, trade, or financial regulation would be a ‘black swan’ with devastating economic consequences. What does the future hold for the US and the global economy in the era of Donald Trump?

Apr 04 2017

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Rank #14: The Ideas Industry

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Influencing the marketplace of ideas used to be reserved for an elite class of public intellectuals with broad expertise and academic cache. Today’s thought leaders don't need doctorates or fellowships to reach large audiences of people hungry for new thinking. Rather, TED talks, social media, and online mediums can be used to create positions of expertise. Drezner argues that political polarization, heightened inequality, and eroding trust in authority have converged to create a new intellectual class. Join the Council and Drezner as he explains how the marketplace of ideas has changed in the 21st century.

Apr 14 2017

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Rank #15: The Situation Room: Global Policy-Making in the White House

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Located in the basement of the White House, the Situation Room has been the scene of some of modern history’s most fraught moments. For years it has served as a secure communications center with global reach, where policymakers analyze highly classified intelligence while debating and guiding America’s national and foreign strategy. In the early 1990s, the “Sit Room” housed opposing views among diplomats, military and intelligence officers, and White House staff on how to end the Bosnian War, the deadliest conflict in Europe since WWII. Join the Council for a behind-the-scenes account into the complexities and challenges of global policy-making in the White House’s most guarded decision-making space.

Jan 22 2019

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Rank #16: Secretary Robert Gates on Leadership

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Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses the smart, committed leadership that can reform America’s failing institutions.

Jan 26 2016

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Rank #17: Security in the Sahel: Prospects for Sustainable Peace

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The Sahel region of Africa faces many challenges in building a more peaceful and prosperous future. From violent extremism to increasing migrant and refugee flows, instability in the Sahel has become a focus for regional and global policy leaders. In order to achieve a sustainable peace, the underlying causes for regional instability must be addressed. How can sustainable development and regional partnerships help improve security in the Sahel? What other policies can help enhance economic and physical security in the region?

Apr 12 2019

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Rank #18: Ambassador Robert Jordan on the Saudi Arabia and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

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Ambassador Robert Jordan reflects on his time as ambassador to Saudi Arabia during a pivotal era in recent American history, and discusses the US-Saudi relationship and the role of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Oct 14 2015

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Rank #19: City Diplomacy from Mexico City to Chicago

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Mayors have to take care of their populations, and sometimes that means going to other countries. A delegation of Mexican mayors from Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Juarez came to Chicago to conduct city-to-city diplomacy during an "emergency time" in US-Mexico relations. Salomón Chertorivski, secretary of economic development of Mexico City, sat down with the Council's Brian Hanson to discuss what they hoped to achieve.

Feb 22 2017

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Rank #20: US Foreign Policy- Intervention Or Restraint?

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Are Americans imperialists or isolationists? Whether the United States should intervene and lead, or show global restraint, is a recurring theme of US foreign policy, argues Stephen Kinzer. This debate may be more pertinent now, as President Trump formulates his global strategy. From the imperialist invasions of the 19th and 20th centuries, to the more recent interventions overseas, any action the United States takes has major global reverberations. Why has the United States oscillated between intervening and restraining in an increasingly complex international system? What does the past tell us about our future?

Feb 01 2017

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United States v. Constitution: Does our Democracy Need Saving?

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Democracies are facing multiplying challenges, from structural changes to geopolitical shifts to cultural transformations. Though the United States remains one of the strongest democratic nations in the world, it is by no means immune to democratic backsliding. As the American public becomes more polarized on issues such as press freedom and US-Russia relations, the question of how core democratic commitments is being even more sharply presented. Will our institutions hold? Do the systemic weaknesses revealed by recent pressures on the US Constitution require fundamental change in how it is interpreted and implemented? How likely is it that our democracy could erode, and can we mitigate the risk?

Nov 01 2019

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Democracy’s Crisis of Identity

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Identity has become a defining—and divisive—political concept around the world. In recent years appeals to group identity have underpinned the election of Donald Trump, the success of the Brexit “leave” campaign, the rise of politicized Islam and anti-immigrant nationalism, and the emergence of powerful social movements like #metoo. But as demands for recognition based on nationality, ethnicity, religion, and gender have risen in prominence, these narrower identities are conflicting with the universal values of liberal democracy, argues Francis Fukuyama. What is driving the focus on identity in politics today? And can identity be molded in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy?

Sep 10 2019

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2019 James Beard Leadership Award Honorees: Connecting Culture, Food, and Purpose

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Food transcends beyond the plate, creating both pleasure and purpose. It defines our place in the world and the issues we care most about. This year’s James Beard Foundation honorees are recognized for their leadership within their communities, their contributions to their cultural heritage, and their utilization of farming and food as a form of advocacy for social good. How have these leaders elevated social issues through food and culture? How have they brought about disruption, awareness, and purposeful change?

May 07 2019

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Caught in the Middle?: Germany's Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty

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Amid Brexit, a rising China, and an increasingly assertive Russia, Germany finds itself in the middle of a range of foreign policy challenges. Meanwhile, reverberations from the US-China trade war are taking their toll on Germany’s export-driven economy, contributing to its slowest rate of growth in five years. The rise of populism worldwide has also reached German politics, with its consequent pressure on Germany’s postwar liberal democracy. As the era of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership comes to a close, how will Germany confront the foreign policy challenges it faces? In what ways will Germany’s internal politics affect its decision-making on external issues? Will the US pullback from the world stage be met with more robust German diplomacy?

Apr 29 2019

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Jump-Starting America: Reviving the American Dream

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America’s post-war history offers a blueprint for a more equitable economic future, argue MIT economists Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson. Starting in 1940, unprecedented public investment allowed for breakthroughs in science and technology. Advancements such as radar, digital computers, jet engines, and eventually the internet, enabled America to achieve economic supremacy, and were themselves catalysts for even greater economic growth. Yet in recent decades innovation has tended to reinforce inequality and concentrate wealth in a few coastal enclaves. How can America recreate an economy where the benefits of growth are shared more widely? And will technology help or hinder this process?

Apr 24 2019

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Security in the Sahel: Prospects for Sustainable Peace

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The Sahel region of Africa faces many challenges in building a more peaceful and prosperous future. From violent extremism to increasing migrant and refugee flows, instability in the Sahel has become a focus for regional and global policy leaders. In order to achieve a sustainable peace, the underlying causes for regional instability must be addressed. How can sustainable development and regional partnerships help improve security in the Sahel? What other policies can help enhance economic and physical security in the region?

Apr 12 2019

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How Effective is America's Middle East Strategy?

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Concerns over Iran’s increasing influence in the Middle East have placed high on the US foreign policy agenda. The alliance with Saudi Arabia, withdrawing from the JCPOA, and recent decision to retain over 2,000 troops in Syria, reflect Washington’s wider effort to contain Tehran. Yet, foreign policy experts warn that America’s new strategy may be missing the bigger picture, namely the changing geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East. New power shifts, such as Turkey’s pivot toward Iran and Russia, and Putin’s increasing role as a mediator in Syria, could weaken America’s influence in the region. How effective is the United States’ current strategy in the Middle East? And how would America’s further disengagement from that part of the world impact its reputation as a global leader?

Apr 11 2019

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Ghana's Growth and Progress

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The Republic of Ghana is widely considered to be a shining star in Sub-Saharan Africa. With growing economic strength and a strong democratic political system that recently experienced another peaceful transition of power, Ghana’s successes mean further prosperity for its people, the West African region, and the African continent. Please join us at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as we discuss Ghana’s future with President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Apr 01 2019

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Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

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Is Russia back? Following a decade of post-Soviet malaise, Russia has reemerged under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin as a chief player on the world stage. Indeed, Putin’s Russia has been ever more assertive in testing—and defying—the liberal international order created after World War II. From its annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine, to its burgeoning partnership with China and steady military buildup in the Arctic, Russia is presenting new challenges to the US and its partners around the world. Yet, with a petro-economy the size of Italy’s, few close allies, and military spending eclipsed by that of the US, has Russia truly resumed its Soviet superpower status? How will Russia’s role in the world change in the wake of the US retreat from global leadership?

Mar 28 2019

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The Artificial Intelligence Arms Race

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In the coming years, artificial intelligence could fuel tensions between the United States and China, argues quantitative futurist, Amy Webb. Today, nine giant corporations—six American, three Chinese—control the bulk of the data and advances in computing that underpin these technologies. But while the US tech titans face little oversight and report primarily to shareholders, the Chinese government closely supervises the work of its tech companies, guiding research and investment in ways that are beneficial to the state. With competition between these superpowers intensifying, will China’s centralized, top-down approach give it the edge in the race for technological supremacy? How can the White House, Pentagon, and Silicon Valley craft a shared national strategy for AI?

Mar 18 2019

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US and China: Economic Powers at Odds

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Trade tensions rose sharply in 2018 between the United States and China as both sides imposed steep tariffs on imports of certain goods. The mounting tension between the world’s two largest economies caused global markets to drop, and uncertainty remains as to whether negotiators will be able to break the impasse and end the trade war. What can we expect in 2019 for US-China economic relations? What happens if the United States and China fail to reach a final agreement on trade issues? Join the Council on Global Affairs as trade experts Phil Levy and Derek Scissors discuss the state of trade relations between the United States and China and the implications for the global economy.

Mar 13 2019

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A Brave New World: Democracy and Big Data

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Next year China is expected to implement a far-reaching Social Credit system, using data collected from a multitude of digital sources to score the "trustworthiness" of its citizens. For many in the West, such all-encompassing surveillance might sound darkly Orwellian. But the platforms and devices used by the Chinese system are proliferating, and today the United States government and tech giants like Facebook and Google, possess previously unimaginable troves of information on the public’s activities and interests. How can democratic societies prevent this mass collection of data from being misused in ways that undermine rights and freedoms, or leave public opinion open to manipulation? Where do we draw the line between privacy and transparency in the digital age?

Mar 09 2019

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International Women's Day Call with Melanne Verveer - March 7, 2019

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Women's rights have become increasingly important to development efforts. On the eve of International Women's Day 2019, Melanne Verveer joined the Council's Katelyn Jones to consider progress made, to acknowledge past and present challenges, and to identify future policy avenues on the path to gender equality nationally and globally.

Mar 07 2019

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The Third Pillar: Are Communities Being Left Behind?

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We're doing it wrong. As government and the market economy, two highly debated and complex pillars of our society, become more sophisticated and powerful, the core of society, the community, the third pillar, is being lost. When the gap between communities and the political and economic elite grows too wide, it has manifested itself in violence and populism. With communities left out of the equation, Raghuram Rajan suggests that we are "doing it wrong." In an era of globalization and digital connectivity, what does a healthy third pillar look like? Will a shift to strengthening and empowering local communities be the answer to growing economic disparity and political unrest?

Mar 06 2019

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Captain America and Hip-Hop: American Soft Power Diplomacy Dissected

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In the 1980s Joseph Nye coined the term “soft power,” referring to a country’s ability to attract rather than coerce. For many years America has enticed the world through the appeal of its cultural outputs, even when US foreign policy is unpopular. It has unleashed an attractive arsenal of Hollywood blockbusters, genre-shaping tunes, and mega brands such as McDonald’s and Apple. As these cultural phenomena spread globally, so did US influence, attracting partners and support. Yet, in the age of the “America First” modus operandi, is US soft power—expressed through culture, education, diplomacy and aid—declining? And to what extent is the American story being eclipsed by a rising China, the world's other movie hubs, Bollywood and Nollywood, and even K-pop bands?

Feb 26 2019

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Security: Israeli, Palestinian, and US Regional Strategies

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In an era of decentralized terrorism, digital threats, and an unpredictable political climate, national security tactics are being put to the test. This is especially true concerning Israel, Palestine, and the United States, where shifts are happening as fast as policy can be developed. How are these actors staying up-to-date with regional and domestic challenges ranging from nuclear dangers, to demographic and societal changes, and political factionalism? And what impact has America’s recent foreign policy shift had in the region? Join the Council, Chuck Freilich, and Shibley Telhami for an exploration of Israel’s national security focus, the current situation in Palestine, US relations, and the impact of Russia’s growing influence in the region.

Feb 21 2019

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The New Rules of War

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Warfare today is a mixture of ancient principles and modern realities. Military planners must consider a bewildering range of conventional and emerging threats—everything from the actions of rival nations, to terror networks, cyber-attacks, eroding international treaties, and even climate change. In this complex and fraught security environment, the United States faces no shortage of potential flashpoints as it seeks to defend its global interests. How, then, can the nation avoid war? And if it is drawn into armed conflict, what weapons, tactics, and strategic principles will help the US win?

Feb 13 2019

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Ransom: Payment Versus Principle

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In late 2012, ISIS began kidnapping Western journalists and aid workers in Syria. While several European governments paid millions of dollars in ransom, and their hostages were freed, the United Kingdom and United States refused, arguing that any ransom would fuel terrorism and encourage further kidnappings. As a result, many American and British hostages faced a terrible fate. What overlapping moral, political, and legal considerations must governments confront when their citizens are taken hostage? Should governments—or citizens and corporations—ever pay ransom to terrorists?

Feb 07 2019

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America First Meets Mexico First?

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On December 1, Andrés Manuel López Obrador was sworn in as Mexico’s president, beginning a new era in relations between the United States and its southern neighbor. The two nations share a complex set of overlapping interests on trade, security, and immigration, which have drawn them closer together in recent decades. But presidents Trump and López Obrador were elected on vows to put their nations first: to win deals against the forces of globalization and the political establishment, and to wrest better terms from NAFTA, while the US is taking an ever harder line on immigration and border security. As right wing and left wing populist leaders face each other across the Rio Grande, what are the prospects for future cooperation?

Jan 29 2019

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The Power of Place: Addressing Urban Inequity Through Innovation and Design

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Over the past few decades, changing economic and demographic trends have led to a new demand for innovative downtown spaces. However, as people and wealth are increasingly concentrated in city centers, resources have been invested into projects that often exclude low-income communities. Transformative placemaking frames urban regeneration as an equity issue and calls upon city leaders and innovators to address equal access to public spaces and invest in communities with less social and economic capital. How can innovative development expand work and educational opportunities for all - rather than expand the urban equity gap? How can city governments and the private development sector re-define the parameters of urban development?

Jan 24 2019

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By Andyr421 - Mar 19 2016
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I appreciate the content but please raise the volume levels across the board. I have to raise the audio to 100% to be able to hear the podcast in a quite room. I listen to the podcast on the train as well and I constantly have to rewind to catch what I missed due to the low volume. The intro is at appropriate levels but the rest of the live audio is too low. Also FYI some podcasts cut off not sure if that was a podcast upload/download error or it cut off upon recording.