WBEZ | Chicago Council on Global Affairs http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-council-global-affairs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Subsistence farmers across Africa could face severe drought http://www.wbez.org/news/subsistence-farmers-across-africa-could-face-severe-drought-113227 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Workers%20excavate%20earth%20at%20a%20residential%20area%20in%20southern%20Nairobi.jpg" style="height: 350px; width: 600px;" title="Workers excavate earth at a residential area in southern Nairobi on October 6, 2015, to create larger drainage channels. Heavy floods and drought expected around East Africa, sparked by the El Nino weather phenomenon in coming weeks, could put thousands of lives at risk, the United Nations warned. (Tony Karumba/AFP/GETTY IMAGES" /></div><p><a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/press/super-el-ni%C3%B1o-and-climate-change-putting-millions-at-risk-of-hunger/" target="_blank">Oxfam</a>&nbsp;is warning that this year&#39;s strong El Nino could bring drought to parts of Africa that are already struggling with food shortages. The international humanitarian group says some 10 million people worldwide could face food shortages if El Nino brings fierce rains to some areas and drought to others.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_926907778814.jpg" style="height: 223px; width: 500px;" title="These false-color images provided by NASA satellites compare warm Pacific Ocean water temperatures from the strong El Nino that brought North America large amounts of rainfall in 1997, left, and the current El Nino as of Aug. 5, 2015, right. Warmer ocean water that normally stays in the western Pacific, shown as lighter orange, red and white areas, moves east along the equator toward the Americas. Forecasters say this El Nino is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers in 65 years. (NASA via AP)" /></div><p>This could cause problems for subsistence farmers in Africa.</p><p>&quot;They essentially rely on steady rainfall and predictable rainfall patterns to determine when they plant their crops&nbsp;when they harvest,&quot; said Heather Coleman, the climate change manager for Oxfam America.</p><p>And those food margins are very slim. Small farmers in Africa and elsewhere are dependent on regular precipitation patterns, and they frequently eat only what they grow.</p><p>&quot;If they don&#39;t grow enough to feed their families, then they plunge into this hunger season which is this profound period of deprivation,&quot; said Roger Thurow, a senior fellow on Global Agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. &quot;Their number of meals shrink from three a day to two to one to none on some days.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/africa-could-face-severe-drought-due-el-nino" target="_blank"><em>via Marketplace</em></a></p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/subsistence-farmers-across-africa-could-face-severe-drought-113227 Asia's New Great Game: The Coming Conflict in Asia http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/asias-new-great-game-coming-conflict-asia-107176 <p><p>Rising tensions between major powers in Asia pose new risks to the region&rsquo;s prosperity and stability, and possibly to international peace. Despite decades of rapid economic growth and social improvement in Asia, a flammable mix of still-bitter historical grievances, increasing resource competition, arms racing, and nationalist feeling&mdash;especially among the young&mdash;is fueling disputes such as those among China, Japan, and Southeast Asian nations over claims to tiny islands in the seas around China. As the United States &ldquo;rebalances&rdquo; to Asia, these geopolitical fault lines and flash points threaten to derail the Asian engines of global growth and involve the United States in irreconcilable regional rivalries and even military conflict.</p><div><strong>Marshall M. Bouton</strong> has been president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs since 2001. Prior to that, he served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Asia Society. His previous positions included director for policy analysis for Near East, Africa, and South Asia in the Department of Defense, special assistant to the US ambassador to India, and executive secretary for the Indo-US subcommission on education and culture. He is an author or editor of several books, articles and op-eds on India, Asia, and US foreign policy. Bouton earned a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CCGA-webstory_10.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at&nbsp;The Ritz-Carlton Chicago</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/asias-new-great-game-coming-conflict-asia-107176 Chicago Council on Global Affairs turns 90 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-22/chicago-council-global-affairs-turns-90-97541 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-22/90_WithTag.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The NATO summit on May 20-21 offers Chicagoans a front row seat to a conference of global importance. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, is preparing for the event. Today, <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/files/About_Us/Staff_Bios/Marshall_M._Bouton.aspx" target="_blank">Marshall Bouton</a>, the Council's president, about the NATO summit and the future of the transatlantic security alliance.</p></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-22/chicago-council-global-affairs-turns-90-97541 Examining 'The Origins of Political Order' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/examining-origins-political-order-85631 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/Fukuyama.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent decline of the American economy shows that even a democratic superpower can be brought to its knees. Those events also suggest we need a re-think of the relationship between markets and governments, especially around the issue of regulation.<br> <br> That’s one of the sidebars of the latest book from <a href="http://fukuyama.stanford.edu/home" target="_blank">Francis Fukuyama</a>. <em>The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution</em> is very interested in current affairs - including economic disparities in the West and political revolt in the Middle East. But it is also an exploration, on the epic scale, of how we got to this point. How did various countries develop politically, in many cases moving from societies organized by tribes to states grounded in political institutions?</p><p>On Thursday, April 28, Dr. Fukuyama will discuss his book at <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/files/Event/FY11_Events/04_April_2011/Invitational_Dinner_with_Francis_Fukuyama_.aspx" target="_blank">The Chicago Council on Global Affairs</a>. His talk is part of their <em>Global Economy</em> series. He joined <em>Eight Fort-Eight</em> to discuss the book.</p><p><em>Music Button: Jessica Williams Trio, "The Seeker", from the CD Freedom Trane, (Origin) </em></p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/examining-origins-political-order-85631