Up Close and Personal

with American and

International Experts

Richard Longworth

Richard Longworth Interviews

Senior Fellow at The Chicago Council
on Global Affairs

Richard Longworth is a senior fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism, which outlines the impact of globalization on the American Midwest. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and former chief European correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Longworth conducts exclusive interviews of national and international leaders and experts.


Ignazio Angeloni

Advisor to the European Central Bank Executive Board

European Central Bank Advisor Ignazio Angeloni discusses the euro crisis, the relative strength of European institutions, and economic strategies for the future.


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Susan Schwab

Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Former U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab examines recent multilateral trade talks sponsored by the World Trade Organization, and shares her opinion on whether Russia should be granted WTO membership.


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Yang Yao

Director, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University

Leading Chinese economist Yang Yao sat down with Senior Fellow Richard C. Longworth on the sidelines of The Chicago Council's international conference on the global economy to discuss China's current and future growth.


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Anne-Marie Slaughter

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State argues why NATO is more important than ever, explains how women are positively impacting U.S. foreign policy, and asseses President Obama's Middle East policy.


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Martin Wolf

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Financial Times' reporter Martin Wolf explains the history of the Eurozone, the political forces behind it, its impact on the United States, and what the future holds for the global economy.


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Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Managing Director, World Bank Group

Managing Director at the World Bank and former finance minister of Indonesia discusses new global economic challenges for  the developed and developing world.


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The Right Honourable the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH

Chancellor, University of Oxford, and Chairman, the BBC Trust

The last British Governor of Hong Kong and a former EU Commissioner for External Affairs describes changes in the international landscape and the continued need for strong international institutions led by the United States.


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The Honorable Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Former Secretary General of NATO

In a wide-ranging interview, former NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer explains the challenges facing Europe today, NATO's relationship with the European Union, and the future of Afghanistan.


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Ambassador Philippe Errera

Permanent Representative of France to NATO

Ambassador Philippe Errera explains why European leadership worked in the Libya intervention, the chances of increased European defense spending, and the transatlantic relationship in a changing world.


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Ambassador Martin Erdmann

Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO

Germany frequently gets criticized about its relatively low level of defense spending and its decision not to take part in the NATO intervention in Libya. Ambassador Erdmann defends his country against these criticisms.


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General Stéphane Abrial

Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, Allied Command Transformation, NATO

General Stéphane Abrial oversees the transformation of NATO forces. He sat down with Richard Longworth to discuss the alliance’s future, while doing so in an era of growing budget constraints. 


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Dmitri Trenin

Director, Carnegie Moscow Center

Dmitri Trenin explains the meaning of Putin’s election as Russia's president, if enough trust exists to enable Russia and the United States to cooperate on missile defense, and whether Russia can ever join NATO.


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Ahmed Rashid

Author of "Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan"

Award-winning Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid discusses the crisis in Pakistan, the futility of extending NATO’s presence in Afghanistan, and the impact that the region may endure in the wake of any military action against Iran.


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R. Nicholas Burns

Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School

The former U.S. Under Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to NATO maintains that the transatlantic alliance remains more vital than ever to the security of the United States and its allies and partners.


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Ambassador Bogusław Winid

Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Poland's under-secretary of state for security policy talks with Richard Longworth about his country's lasting commitment to the efforts in Afghanistan as well his views on the future of NATO expansion and increases in Poland's defense spending.


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Ambassador Ümit Pamir

Member of NATO's Group of Experts and former Turkish Ambassador to NATO

The former Turkish Permanent Representative to NATO addresses Turkey's declining ambitions for EU membership and national sentiments toward Syria, Iran, and Israel.


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His Excellency Sir Peter Westmacott

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America

With the second-largest NATO troop contingent in Afghanistan and the third largest economy in the EU, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott explains the United Kingdom's role at the NATO and G8 summits.


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Nicholas R. Lardy

Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

As the world looks for help to sustain the fragile global economic recovery, China's policy responses both during and in the aftermath of the global crisis have enormous consequences, explains economic expert and scholar Nicholas Lardy.


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Ambassador Ivo Daalder

United States Permanent Representative to NATO

The United States Permanent Representative to NATO asseses the state of the transatlantic alliance, the situation in Syria, NATO's relationship with Russia, and U.S. concerns over reductions in European defense spending.


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