WBEZ | InterContinental Hotel http://www.wbez.org/venues/intercontinental-hotel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Feeding and Urban World: A Call to Action http://www.wbez.org/feeding-and-urban-world-call-action-107500 <p><div>Increased urbanization is raising new challenges in food security. Leaders in both developed and developing countries are beginning to recognize that urban food insecurity is at least as pressing a problem as rural food insecurity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Please join The Chicago Council&rsquo;s Emerging Leaders Class of 2013 as they present the findings of their year-long study of urban food security issues. Ambassador <strong>William J. Garvelink</strong> and <strong>Mike Simmons</strong> will deliver remarks and comment on the Emerging Leaders report. Copies of the report will be distributed at the event.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ambassador William J. Garvelink is a senior adviser (non-resident) for US leadership in development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior adviser for global strategy at the International Medical Corps.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mike Simmons serves as policy director to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, where he has helped develop public policy across many issue areas, including homelessness, housing, economic development, and food deserts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/Files/Event/FY13/06_June_13/Feeding_an_Urban_World__A_Call_to_Action.aspx">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/feeding-and-urban-world-call-action-107500 President Obama's Africa Policy: Just Right or Not Enough? http://www.wbez.org/president-obamas-africa-policy-just-right-or-not-enough-105408 <p><p>Containing seven of the world&rsquo;s ten fastest growing economies, the African continent is rapidly becoming an important player in the global economy and international security. While sub-Saharan Africa in particular remains largely under the radar in American foreign policy debates, China is quickly expanding its economic influence in what could be the next critical geopolitical arena. With <strong>President Obama</strong> having to devote significant attention to Iraq and Afghanistan during his first term, scholars and practitioners debate his track record in Africa. What do the current trends in Africa imply for American economic and national security? And will President Obama in his second term need to alter current American policy toward Africa?</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Richard Joseph</strong> is the John Evans Professor of international history and politics at Northwestern University, and a nonresident senior fellow in the global economy and development program at The Brookings Institution. His research and teaching focuses on African governance, political economy, and democratization. Previously, Joseph has directed the African governance program at the Carter Center and coordinated elections missions in Zambia and Ghana, and peace initiatives in Liberia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Mwangi S. Kimenyi</strong> is senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative in the global economy and development program of The Brookings Institution. He is the founding executive director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis and a research associate with the Center for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information on this event <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/Files/Event/FY13/02_February_13/President_Obama_s_Africa_Policy__Just_Right_or_Not_Enough_.aspx">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/president-obamas-africa-policy-just-right-or-not-enough-105408 The Specter of American Decline http://www.wbez.org/specter-american-decline-104712 <p><p>Global challenges to the U.S. agenda foster the broad public perception that America is in decline. The rise of China threatens U.S. economic power, unrest in the Arab world rekindles anti-Americanism, and Iran and North Korea defy American demands to cease their nuclear weapons programs. Are these challenges an accurate gauge of waning U.S. power, or are we in danger of succumbing to the specter of American decline? In the face of such discourse, what can Americans do to alter this perception? How can we continue to compete effectively in the twenty-first century?<br /><br /><strong>Robert Kagan</strong> is a senior fellow in foreign policy at The Brookings Institution. He also serves as a member of Secretary Clinton&rsquo;s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and is cochairman of the bipartisan Working Group on Egypt. His most recent book, <em>The World America Made</em>, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.</p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/specter-american-decline-104712 Saudi Arabia and the New Middle East http://www.wbez.org/saudi-arabia-and-new-middle-east-103967 <p><p>From afar, Saudi Arabia might appear immune to the turmoil and uncertainty engulfing nations such as Syria, Egypt, and Libya. But rather than being an oasis of stability in the Middle East, <strong>Karen Elliott House</strong> argues that Riyadh is nearing its own crisis point. Despite being one of the region&rsquo;s most influential political and economic patrons, the kingdom now faces exceptional domestic challenges, including an uncertain leadership succession, a sclerotic economy, and an increasingly young and frustrated society.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Externally, it must grapple with the immediate danger of Iran&rsquo;s nuclear ambitions and broader popular unrest in a region undergoing profound change.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Join Karen Elliott House for an examination of the inner workings of Saudi Arabia, its role in regional stability, and for insights into the future of the kingdom. Her latest book, <em>On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines&mdash;and Future</em>, will be available for purchase and signing following the <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/files/Event/FY13/12_December_2012/Saudi_Arabia_and_the_New_Middle_East.aspx">program</a>.</div></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/saudi-arabia-and-new-middle-east-103967 Evolution of Revolution: Lessons from the Eastern Bloc http://www.wbez.org/evolution-revolution-lessons-eastern-bloc-103964 <p><p>After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many of the former Soviet Bloc countries sought to attain democratic governance. Their success today is affirmed by the ascension of much of Eastern Europe into NATO and the EU. However, according to Freedom House, newer EU members are experiencing democratic backsliding, a reminder that representative government and a strong civil society requires careful stewardship. What can the Eastern European experience teach us about the prospects for democracy in the aftermath of revolutions and reform movements occurring in places like Egypt or Burma? Washington Post foreign affairs columnist <strong>Anne Applebaum</strong> will draw on lessons from her new book, <em>Iron Curtain</em>, to revisit paths to democratization, discuss the latest economic and political trends in the former Eastern Bloc, and offer perspectives on the present governance challenges in Europe and beyond. Her latest book, <em>Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956</em>, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.</p><p>More on this event <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/files/Event/FY13/12_December_2012/Saudi_Arabia_and_the_New_Middle_East.aspx">here.</a></p></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/evolution-revolution-lessons-eastern-bloc-103964