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Will Hurd on Rebooting US Democracy

For the Council's first in-person event since 2020, former Congressman and CIA Officer Will Hurd presents "American Reboot," a playbook for American democracy rooted in bipartisanship, inclusivity, and democratic values.
Will Hurd
Brian Hanson
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About This Event

Will Hurd, former congressman and CIA officer, joins the Council for its first in-person event since 2020 for a conversation on how to strengthen America’s institutions and unite its people as a changing world order unfolds.  At home and abroad, the United States faces a host of era-defining challenges, but political dysfunction and dishonest leadership have undermined efforts to respond, Hurd believes. To preserve the nation’s security and prosperity, he outlines recommendations for a “reboot” of American democracy.

Copies of Will Hurd’s 2022 book, American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done, will be available for sale onsite and online from The Book Cellar


This is a hybrid event, meaning members are able to attend in person in our Conference Center but there will be virtual elements. Space is limited. Not a member and want to participate in person? Join now.

In-person COVID-19 related safety measures will be followed.

Event Schedule

Time Agenda
3:30 pm CDT Conference center doors open and studio welcome
3:50 pm Studio guests seated in preparation for broadcast
4:00 pm Broadcast and moderated on-stage conversation begin
4:30 pm Audience Q&A
4:45 pm Programs adjournment, book signing, and mixer begins
5:30 p.m. Mixer ends
About the Speakers
Former US Representative
Will Hurd is a former Republican member of Congress (TX-23), cybersecurity executive, and officer in the CIA. For two decades, he’s been involved in the most pressing national security issues challenging the country. He is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, board member of OpenAI, and managing director at Allen & Company.
Brian Hanson
Former Vice President, Studies
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Brian Hanson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He managed the Council's research operations and hosted the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
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