Chicago's world stage keeps getting smaller this spring.
First, the G-8 summit left town before it even got here. The NATO summit is still coming in May, but now we're being told it won't be exactly earth-shattering when it gets here.
Instead of a major announcement, such as the missile defense agreement that came out of the last summit in Lisbon in 2010, we can expect what some people are calling "an implementation summit." At least, that's the opinion of three staff members of the Atlantic Council, a 51-year-old Washington, D.C. think tank, who were in Chicago this week ahead of the summit.
Barry Pavel (John J. Kim~Sun-Times)
"This one [will be] a little less significant and historic," said Barry Pavel, the director of the council's program on international security.