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Public Opinion and Foreign Policy – Does It Matter, and If So, How?


To what extent does (or should) public opinion influence foreign policy decisions? Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with Associated Colleges of the Midwest for the first of a three-part series exploring foreign policy for a Midwestern audience.

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Past Events

Continue the Conversation: The Legacy of America's Longest War


Following the public program “The Legacy of America’s Longest War,” Sponsor-level members and above are invited to “Continue the Conversation” with Council experts on the current and future realities in Afghanistan.


Confronting China's Rise to Regional Dominance


A panel of experts from the United States, Japan, and South Korea discuss a coordinated trilateral response to China’s growing power in the Asia-Pacific region.

An aircraft carrier and a helicopter destroyer sail in formation with 16 other ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force fly overhead in formation.
Kaila V. Peters

Commentary & Analysis

Europeans and Americans Divided on the Transatlantic Relationship

In the News
The Diplomat
Dina Smeltz

“New polling data shows that the American public is much more likely to sense a natural alliance with European countries than the reverse,” writes Dina Smeltz in the Diplomat.

Camera pointed at Biden, Ursula Von der Leyen, and Charles Michel.
Public Opinion

Americans on Their Allies, Partners, and Rivals

Running Numbers by Craig Kafura

The Biden administration emphasizes strengthening ties with America's global allies and partners. Which countries do Americans as their allies—and adversaries?

Flags on a desk below a screen showing US leaders in an online defense council meeting.
Public Opinion


Americans Remain Committed to South Korea, View North Korea as an Adversary

Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

2021 Chicago Council Survey data show that a majority of Americans hold favorable views of South Korea and would support defending the country from a North Korean attack.

North Korean missile test from September 2021.
Public Opinion

2021 Chicago Council Survey

Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

While the Biden administration seems to understand where Americans stand on China and domestic renewal to support global competitiveness, the data disproves their assumptions that Americans are skeptical about trade and weary of US global engagement and leadership.

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Public Opinion


Joshua Busby 

Nonresident Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
Nonresident Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy expert Joshua Busby

Daniel W. Drezner 

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
Council expert Daniel W. Drezner