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CANCELED: Prime Minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, to Speak at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, September 29

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The following information was taken from the The Chicago Council on Global Affairs website:

COMPLETING THE VISION OF A UNITED EUROPE: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

His Excellency Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia

At the same time Europe strives to restore confidence in its financial systems and spur economic recovery, the region is grappling with EU and NATO enlargement. Supporters of EU expansion suggest enlargement will boost sluggish European growth and strengthen the region’s voice in global trade negotiations. Proponents of broader NATO membership argue that expansion will provide a more powerful mechanism for ensuring transatlantic security and addressing today’s global challenges.

Macedonia is a country with aspirations to join the European Union and NATO, and is waiting in the wings for formal membership. The World Bank, ranking it third among top reformers of the world, reported that the Macedonian economy has weathered the global economic crisis better than most countries in the region. Macedonia is also poised for accession to NATO; however, it must first resolve a longstanding disagreement with Greece over the formal name of the country. What can smaller European countries like Macedonia contribute to the European Union and NATO, and when will membership fully materialize?

His Excellency Nikola Gruevski was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia on 27 August, 2006. He has been leader of the country’s Conservative Party (VMRO-DPMNE) since May 2003. Previously, he served as Minister of Finance (2000-2002), Minister of Trade (1998-1999), and as Governor of the Republic of Macedonia in the World Bank and European Bank for the Reconstruction and Development (1999-2002). Gruevski served as a Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia from 2002-2006.

The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren
Chicago, IL  60605
Business attire required.

12:00 Noon  Registration
12:30 p.m.   Luncheon, Remarks, and Question and Answer
1:45 p.m.   Adjournment

Members $35
Nonmembers $45

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“Crossroads of Faith: Between Christianity and Islam” a Talk by Eliza Griswold through The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, September 28

The following message comes to CEERES from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs:

Eliza Griswold, award-winning investigative journalist, poet, writer, and now Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, has spent the past five years living and researching along the tenth parallel. A recipient of the 2010 Rome Prize from The American Academy in Rome, Griswold has won awards for both her  non-fiction works and her poetry. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, she reports on religion, conflict, and human rights. Her first book of poems, Wideawake Field, was published in 2007. Her writings have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyHarpers, and The New Republic, among other publications.

Griswold will be presenting a public lecture called, “Crossroads of Faith: Between Christianity and Islam” on September 28 at 5:30pm at the InterContinental Hotel (505 North Michigan Avenue).

Her latest book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

For more information, please click here.

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Congressman Mark Kirk to Discuss His Plans to Build Consensus in Washington Regarding Foreign Policy Issues, August 9

Please find a message from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs below:

Congressman Mark Kirk to Discuss His Plans to Build Consensus in Washington Regarding Foreign Policy Issues

Congressman Mark Kirk will present his vision for using the lessons of history to build a bipartisan and transatlantic consensus on how to address today’s threats and challenges in Europe and the Middle East.

U.S. Representative Mark Kirk represents the 10th Congressional District of Illinois, located in the northern Chicago suburbs. Now in his fifth term, Congressman Kirk is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations and co-chairs the bipartisan Iran Working Group, the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, the Albanian Issues Caucus, and the U.S.-China Working Group.

Hotel Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
20 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611

10:30 a.m.  Registration
11:00 a.m.  Presentation and discussion
12:00 noon Adjournment

Individuals $10
President’s Circle, Corporate Members, and Student Members complimentary

Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Registration forms and more information can be found here: http://thechicagocouncil.org/chicago_council_event_corporate_detail.php?eventid=2257

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