Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
(1922; Chicago; 80+ staff and fellows; )

This independent, nonpartisan membership organization provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global affairs. Their mission is to educate the public and to bring together “leaders in business, government, education, and the arts in international forums and task forces that drive critical dialogue and offer policy-relevant analysis and solutions on a range of global.” They hold over 150 public and leadership events per year.

Research areas:

  • Global Agriculture and Food;
  • Economics and Business;
  • Energy, Environment, and Climate (from a regional, national, and international point of view);
  • International Politics and Policy;
  • Foreign Policy and National Security;
  • Values, Diversity, and Pluralism (rule of law, religion, migration, human rights).


  • Lester Crown Center on Foreign Policy: Works to shape “debates and informing decisions on important US foreign policy issues.”
  • Center on Global Cities: Works to elevate “global cities as central actors shaping world affairs and advancing city-based solutions to global challenges. “
  • Global Food and Agriculture Program: Works to “advance a more sustainable and resilient food system by addressing challenges and providing leadership in America’s heartland and beyond.”



Leadership: Ivo H. Daalder (President)
Budget: $17m

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