Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs was founded as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations on February 20, 1922. At its inception, the council included 23 members with the purpose of opposing what they viewed as U.S. isolationism during the first World War. A nonpartisan organization, it is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.

The Chicago Council hosts public programs and private events featuring world leaders and experts with views on global topics. The council runs task forces, conferences, studies, and leadership dialogue.

Ivo Daalder has served as President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since July 2013.[1]


Chuck Hagel at a CCGA event

The council provides its members, policymakers, and the general public with a forum for the consideration of international issues and their bearing on American public policy. It organizes more than 150 meetings each year, including lectures, seminars, conferences, and a travel program, and hosts policymakers and foreign experts from around the world.

The council produces publications, including a biennial public opinion survey, and reports generated by task forces convened to study a specific issue. Task force topics have included:

  • Pacific Council: "Engaging China and India: An Economic Agenda for Japan and the United States"[2]
  • "Modernizing America's Farm and Food Policy: Vision for a New Direction"[3]
  • "A Shared Future: The Economic Engagement of Greater Chicago and Its Mexican Community"[4]
  • "Global Cities Index" - Foreign Policy magazine, global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs published the inaugural Global Cities Index in October 2008. The index is a ranking of the ways in which cities are integrating with the rest of the world. The Global Cities Index ranks cities’ metro areas according to 24 parameters across five dimensions—business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.[5]
  • The Water-Energy Nexus - The competition between water and energy needs represents a critical business, security, and environmental issue, but has not yet received the attention that it merits. Energy production consumes significant amounts of water; providing water, in turn, consumes energy. In a world where water scarcity is a major and growing challenge, meeting future energy needs depends on water availability, and meeting water needs depends on wise energy policy decisions.[6]

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